– The typical line of questioning for Coach Stoops remained the same, with injury inquiries followed up by QB questions. Stoops met the QB question with a laugh, but did admit that Jalen ran for a 50 yard TD this afternoon. While none of the coaches would go into too much more detail, Stoops did let us know that if Jalen doesn’t win the QB battle, he could very well be on the field at another position, “there’s a place for him, whether he wins the job or not, to play-make in a game because of the dimension he gives you.”
– Today Coach Stoops went a little more in depth than he had before regarding Ashley Lowery’s progress on the field, as well as the repercussions he might face off the field. There is still some time before Lowery knows if he will be the starting safety against WKU, “He is going with the first team and I will make a decision on that pretty soon; we haven’t gotten into specific gameplans for that first game yet.” While Lowery may have to face some consequences for his accident, he physically hasn’t suffered any set backs on the field, “He’s very big and strong. He comes from a great program in Florida. I’ve known his head coach for some time. He comes from a very good background, just a good tough kid and very mature. He’s handled himself very well.”
-Injury Update: There is none. Za’Darius is the same ole same ole, with a few other guys sharing an ankle tweaking experience.
– Cornerbacks Coach Derrick Ansley has a very tall task ahead of him turning an inexperienced group into SEC defenders, but he believes his guys have improved tremendously thus far, rating their improvement since the Spring on a scale of 1-10, “probably a 7. One of the things I’d like to see more is them being physical. We haven’t tackled them into the ground as much, and we’re incorporating that as we go. We have to be more physical getting off blocks, we’re getting stuck on blocks too much right now. Physicality, that’s a mindset we have to take better care of.” It hasn’t been debilitating, but the group lacks consistency, something that every position has to work on.
– Coach Stoops is still waiting to confirm both Melvin Lewis and Nate Willis’ status for this year. In case you haven’t noticed, the NCAA loves to take their time when it comes to determining player eligibility. However do not worry; both guys should be practicing before too long.
– You may not be able to notice from afar, but defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot isn’t always the most charismatic guy in front of a crowd. OT Darrian Miller told Kyle Tucker yesterday that of all the new coaches, Eliot is the most serious, saying, “I’ve never seen him smile”. It’s a shame Miller wasn’t with the media today, because KSR favorite Alan Cutler actually got Eliot to not only smile, but laugh multiple times during his interview . You can see his full comments below, but nothing makes me smile more knowing that the ‘badass DC’ actually shared a laugh with the media.
As the commenters have brilliantly pointed out, I may have mistaken the 2nd quote from Mark Stoops regarding Ashley Lowery. That quote actually applies to Alex Montgomery, not Lowery. The comment about Florida took me a little off guard, kind of like when Stoops referred to Jalen as Jaleel (as in Hytchye) today.