Khalid Henderson had a big game at weakside linebacker in the absence of Ryan Flannigan in the lineup against Vandy. He had a critical fumble recovery that the Cats weren’t able to take advantage of, as well as many hits and pressures on the quarterback throughout the game. The team was in shambles after the most disappointing loss in the Stoops era yesterday. The Cats had so many chances, and the recurring theme for UK seemed to be awful disorganization, despite what Stoops had to last week about that being a non-issue going forward. Senior Henderson talked with reporters yesterday after the devastating loss to Vanderbilt, and had this to say about the Cats locker room afterwards:
The guys are frustrated. There’s a lot of pandemonium but we know at the end of the day that we all got to go back to work on Monday and stick together because we got ourselves in this situation and the only way we are going to get out of it is together. As we told all of the guys, go back to work. I understand that we can do the same thing we did earlier in the season, come out on fire, but your character is being tested and if you don’t rise above it, this is the results you are going to get.
Pandemonium. This team and its leaders are in panic mode as the season comes to a familiar ending down the stretch. A month ago, nobody saw yesterday’s loss coming, but here we are sitting at 4-6 with a current five-game losing streak. The young guys are in shock, and the quarterback disaster isn’t helping out the situation. The morale of the entire team is shaken and the problem has now become not only physical, but mental as well. We are exactly where we didn’t want to be 6 weeks ago before the Auburn game, and it sucks.
While the loss yesterday was as disheartening as they come, hearing that from a senior shows how bad the older guys on this team want the guys to come together as a unit and finish the job. They can’t fathom a repeat of last season’s ending and they will be fired up in their last game at Commonwealth against a rival none of them have been able to beat. This team has gone through hell and half of Georgia in the backhalf of the schedule, but our team will still have their shot at 6 wins and a bowl somehow.