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A Players Only Meeting and More in Today’s Practice Notes

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

—  Before Kentucky got back at it in full pads, Josh Forrest and Patrick Towles got the team together for a meeting that lasted about an hour.  Towles said after practice, “We needed some energy.”  A lot of people are comparing them to last year’s team, and this team refuses to believe that.  He wanted to make sure the ship was steady during uneasy times to finish the season strong.

Mikel Horton said the team was split on a bunch of little things, but he feels much, much better after the meeting.

“Half of us were on the same page, and half of us wasn’t on the same page.  We sat down and talked with each other about what we need to fix, what was working, and what we think we need to do to make stuff work.  We broke it down to specific things and now I felt like we had a really great practice today.  A great practice.”

Many may see the first part of the quote and worry, but it didn’t worry Shannon Dawson.  At this point of the season, it’s east to get bogged down by the physical and mental stress.  Hitting the reset button is healthy during an unhealthy time.  “The theme is – everybody’s beat up,”Dawson said.

—  As disastrous as the game looked, they did run the ball well.  Tennessee’s defense has done two things very well all year: start strong and defend the run.  They accomplished the first one against Kentucky, holding them to consecutive three-and-outs to start the game.  But to Dawson’s credit, they were the only three-and-outs of the game.  During Shannon’s film sessions, he went back and re-watched Tennessee’s games and came away with this: “I thought we did as good as anybody against them on the run.”

That, plus Mikel Horton’s 100-yard game, is good reason to want to run more this week against Georgia, reiterating Stoops’ statements from Monday.  The offensive line may have looked ugly at times against the pass, but they opened up holes exceptionally well in the run game.

—  Sihiem King is now Number 10.  Khalid Henderson is on the kickoff return team, so there was a lot of jersey changing going on.  This should make things much clearer.

—  The biggest problem for the offense.  People have complained about a lack of identity, but this is worse.  “Critical errors at times that kill us,” Dawson said.  Schematically there aren’t irreversible problems, but they’re making simple mistakes that not only make the offense look bad, but they deflate the stadium and the sideline.  The momentum killers have been too tough to overcome the last two weeks.  Take a few of those away and insert explosive plays in their place, and who knows what happens…

—  Drew Barker says his sprained shoulder feels better, but if I were to bet, I’d say it’s probably the reason why we didn’t see him play last week in the 4th quarter.

“I had a 40-yard run called back, can you put that on the stats?”

That was Shannon Dawson’s question for me this week after we got into a little kurfuffle last week.  It was all in good fun, but boy did I feel my face turn red in the process.  If you’re missing my reference, you should listen to last week’s podcast.  You should also listen to the one we’re about to record because J-Lo promises it will be the best yet.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

24 Comments for A Players Only Meeting and More in Today’s Practice Notes

  1. Tanin Smith
    7:45 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    Love Love Love you guys. If you could, could you check out my website? It’s inspired by you guys, and my dream is to someday work for you guys. If not, thats ok 🙂

  2. The Rest of the story
    8:00 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    Talk talk talk, I am afraid results trump talk anytime. Beat Ga. and I will turn around.

    • Questioning Glare
      8:56 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

      Best a perennially ranked and hungry team with obviously superior talent than us on the road? That’s the only way to turn you around?

    • Captain Obvious
      12:04 am November 4, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, QG…. You see, some of our fans are complete idiots.

  3. apocalypse
    8:01 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    The biggest problem facing our offense (other than the OL) is we have one of our best players stuck in the backfield acting like a H back. Put Conrad on the line and let the kid loose down the middle. At least that will make the safety’s play honest and give more shots down the sidelines.

    Now, Coach Stoops needs to have a coach’s only meeting and rip some tails. Absolutely amazing that we are now 8 games in and everyone is not on the same page.

  4. Bingo The Elephant
    8:05 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    Remember when the team went to that pool party at the beginning of
    the season? Remember when some people up in here suggested that
    successful teams in the SEC would be practicing that day instead of
    playing kiddie pool? Remember when the other people up in here
    laughed at those “they should be practicing” folks and said, “No, the
    guys need to have FUN, this is BONDING time”? Can y’all see now
    what a load of horse dookie “bonding” is, when the work ain’t been
    put in FIRST? The “bonding” happens when you’re out there workin’
    your tails off together. The “bonding” happens when the coaches
    earn the players respect by having a clue what they’re doing, and
    by actually leading instead of pushing. This ain’t rocket math.

    • Idiot
      8:19 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

      You’re an idiot

    • Priceless
      8:21 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

      dildo, I mean Bingo has figured it out. If they had that one practice instead of gone swimming it would be a much different team.

    • leon singleton
      8:55 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

      It made candy asses out of them.

    • RealCatsFan
      9:42 am November 4, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, Stoops probably also didn’t make them wait 30 minutes before getting in the pool after that cake and kool aid too. 😀

  5. The Rest of the story
    8:31 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    Non football related and a very sad night for all the Libs at KSR. Matt Bevin wins the race for governor and Ryan and Matt are curled up in a corner right now crying. Boo hoo boys boo hoo. Maybe Conway should have spent his ad money on issues instead of bashing his opponent. See ya Mr. Gigglepants.

    • KES
      8:59 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

      wait until that tea pary nut bankrupts Ky like the tea party gov bankrupted Kansas, see who’s crying then

    • Eater of Chick-Fil-a
      9:02 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

      I sincerely doubt Ryan cares… he may not even know by the show tomorrow morning to be honest.

    • Just Say'n
      11:22 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

      KES your party has already put the COUNTRY in to bankruptcy! Congrats.

    • RealCatsFan
      9:45 am November 4, 2015 Permalink

      SSDD. The sheeple continue to vote in the clowns from the two major parties, and we will get more of the same inaction and finger pointing, while they laugh all the way to the bank. “Meet the new boss – same as the old boss.” Be an independent thinker and vote for someone who is NOT a dem OR repub.

  6. Eater of Chick-Fil-a
    9:01 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    I sincerely doubt Ryan cares… he may not even know by the show tomorrow morning to be honest.

    • Eater of Chick-Fil-a
      9:03 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

      Not sure why this posted twice.

    • Haha
      12:08 am November 4, 2015 Permalink

      Did you just lie…?

  7. Andy
    9:52 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    Something better good come out of this players only meeting. The last one resulted in nothing to show for cept errors and beatdowns. For starters Towles, please throw the ball not behind or too high above your recievers. For the defense, please please tackle.

  8. Catlogic15
    11:13 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    Another players only meeting….and they’re “split on issues”.
    This coaching staff has lost this team.

  9. Glenn Fohr
    7:38 am November 4, 2015 Permalink

    I would say Badet and others had a few things to say to Patrick. Don’t throw the ball behind us and hit us when we are open. Simple pitch and catch. And Pat could have said catch it when I do put it on the money.

    • RealCatsFan
      9:46 am November 4, 2015 Permalink

      And Patrick probably said “Catch the damned ball when I hit you right in the numbers, beotch.”

  10. kyle heavy
    10:50 am November 4, 2015 Permalink

    How does no one get that “half the team wasn’t on the same page” is the defense vs. the offense? They are obviously probably pointing fingers at each other, which can create some turmoil. If I was the defense I would be very frustrated with the offense.