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Khalid Henderson: “There’s a lot of pandemonium”



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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.

Article written by Kaan Solagan

Senior at the University of Kentucky. Atherton High School Alumnus. "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." - The Greatest

10 Comments for Khalid Henderson: “There’s a lot of pandemonium”

  1. wkuguru
    3:10 pm November 15, 2015 Permalink

    I dont know what happened last night but it looked really bad. When WKU can make this much progress so few years into the BCS scene it makes you wonder what the heck UK is even doing. WKU is doing great things with mainly players who came out of high school ranked no higher than 2 stars, with the occasional 3 star player. I realize they have a slightly softer schedule than UK but we beat Vandy, had IU beat “who took Michigan to OT” and lost by 3 and scored 20 on LSU in horrible conditions, and didn’t score those 20 in garbage time. Our offense actually looks like an air raid one which is what UK was touting when Stoops was hired. It’s sad that the battle for the governors cup wont included the best football team in Kentucky but I suppose thats what you get when you’re a directional school. Good luck to UK but I think the coaching situation is going to have to change before things get better, the players are done.

  2. Tej
    4:21 pm November 15, 2015 Permalink

    Obviously, there is pandemonium with this team. It seems that the play calling, the time management, and the special teams play is questionable at best. Coach Stoops had not been a head coach until this job. His assistants, especially the OC and DC, are young or in new positions. Perhaps a seasoned coach, like a Rich Brooks type, would be a good choice to put on staff as an associate coach. There will be guys out there available after this season-like Al Golden, Frank Beamer, and a host of others-who might add some game time experience on the sideline or in the booth. A former player who’s a color commentator mentioned something similar during an NFL game today when talking about Dallas’ head coach in his first couple years. Coach Stoops is a proven recruiter but some in-game mistakes are evident.

  3. Rixter
    4:45 pm November 15, 2015 Permalink

    Don’t feel to badly about never beating Louisville. There are lots of rivals these players have never beat. Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State…..

  4. BluKudzu
    6:28 pm November 15, 2015 Permalink

    What do you expect? This is the third year of B2B of hiring a head coach in the SEC with no head coaching experience. How did the first one turn out? Remember Joker? This is looking worse.
    BTW, i was moderated off these boards AFTER THE ULL GAME for predicting this. I saw it coming. You people laughed and called me a troll. Oh wait, is freddie, john clay and all of KSR TROLLS NOW TOO?

    • inside info2
      7:45 pm November 15, 2015 Permalink

      nothing p!$$es me off more than being called a troll when you have valid criticisms of the team. people couldn’t take off their blue tinted glasses long enough to see they were in a burning house. glad the KSR staff has finally seen it too.

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:13 pm November 15, 2015 Permalink

      Will somebody please give these two the pat on the back they so desperately want?!?!?!?!

    • BluKudzu
      8:53 am November 16, 2015 Permalink

      Why don’t you do the back patting? You’re comments at this stage are more troll-like, due to you being a real douche and not adding anything of significance. Back patting accepted, you spiteful little person. You were the one that screamed “troll” like a little fat girl, all season long, when people spoke intelligently, and you had nothing. You still have nothing. Who made you comment police anyway? Go away.

  5. BLUEsky
    8:26 pm November 15, 2015 Permalink

    Hello everyone! Glad to be here with the KSR group. Long time listener of the show, and long time UK basketball and football fan going back to the days of Joe Hall. Enough, though, with the intro. I was at the Vandy game along with a family member. No one fan was more upset about the loss than me. However, rather than call for coaching changes, I believe BBN should rally the troops and get behind the coaches and players at this juncture of the season. JMHO. Think about it. If we pull it off and win the next two, go to a bowl game, and pull that one off, the season will not seem that bad looking back at it overall. Again, IMHO. I sat right behind UK in the 17th row at Vandy and had a birds eye view of what was happening. While I don’t claim to be a football organization guru, I can tell you that coach Stoops worked his tail off to try and win that game. It was obvious to me that the game meant a lot to him, and to the players. I believe coach is a good man and a hard worker. He strikes me at the type you would want on your side in any tough situation. Yes, he hasn’t been a head coach for very long; but, he is gaining valuable experience in that regard and will only get better as time goes along. The same goes for coach Dawson. He is doing some things for the first time as well. If BBN can be patient, I think the future is bright for the football program. In closing, I will reiterate that the team needs the support of the fans right now more than ever. And if they have the support of the fans, then perhaps that is enough to help them pull together as a group, move forward, and make success the only acceptable outcome to finish out this season and beyond. Addendum: I like what I am seeing from the basketball team so far also. Go Cats!

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:03 pm November 15, 2015 Permalink

      TIP: Don’t let the negative fans on this site be your comparison for the majority of #BBN. While we are ALL frustrated, only fair-weather fans jump ship and “boycott” the team.

      We may not beat Louisville – but I’m damn sure gonna be watching and rooting for the Cats, along with all of my friends and most of the people I know….

      The “real” BBN knows how to show support.

  6. BluKudzu
    9:12 pm November 15, 2015 Permalink

    Everyone roots for the Cats. Nobody wants this. But there are some that know football, ver, very well. And they know the difference in what they are being lead to believe, and reality.
    Reality is we have good players and a coaching staff that has demonstrated how clueless they are.
    Further, don’t blame Stoops. Blame the guy that hired him.
    I am not sure this team can score 24.5 points, and cover the spread while turning it over and giving the other team points.