Older Guys Better Step Up or Step Aside
Stoops had some conversations earlier this week with some older players that are currently at the top of the depth chart, but could easily have their spots taken. He did not wish to disclose who he had those conversations with, but did let us know that no one is safe on either side of the ball this Saturday, “There’s competition going on at a lot of spots.”
Mizzou can cause Havoc on Special Teams
Gary Pinkel’s teams have always raised hell on Special Teams, getting penetration and putting pressure on their opponent’s kickers. Kentucky must have flawless execution on Saturday. Just last week they blocked a punt. Stoops attributes Pinkel’s disruptive style, “It’s usually from guys giving extra effort and really giving a good push up front and they’ve always done that. They’ve always played hard.”
Gary Pinkel Owes Stoops
At the SEC winter meetings in Destin, Gary Pinkel’s plane experienced some technical difficulties. Needing a ride to Cleveland for a Hall of Fame ceremony, Coach Cal and Mark Stoops let him tag along. After they were dropped off in Lexington, the plane took Pinkel to Cleveland. I hope Pinkel gave Stoops an “I owe you” because now would be the time to cash in.
The New Recruiting Room is, “Very Helpful.”
Stoops tried, but could not hide his grin when talking about the advantages of the new recruiting room. He could not compare it to the last one because they wouldn’t let him see it, “They tried to keep me out of there,” Stoops said with a laugh. We thought he was joking, until his face straightened up, “For real.”
Drew was there for the full facility tour and will have all of the scoop tonight at 8:00.
Look below to see Stoops’ talk in its entirety.