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ESPN Talks Kentucky Defense With Stoops

Yesterday our head football coach made the trip to Bristol to participate in the annual ESPN Car Wash which  means lots of interviews and lots of rehashing SEC media days. However, in  an interview with Edward Aschoff Stoops got to go a bit more in-depth than the usual prepared lines. Of course it was all about his forte, the defense, and here’s a bit of what he had to say:

The defensive mind and former defensive back has had to partake in many a long breathing session because of the play of his defense. This is Stoops’ bread and butter. He was one of the sport’s hottest defensive coordinating names at Florida State, and now he’s had to watch a revamped unit trudge through the SEC ranking in the bottom four in the league in total defense the past two seasons.

Giving up an average of 400-plus yards in his first 24 games at Kentucky hasn’t exactly been the most flattering start for Stoops, but as he’s coped with dedicated patience, Stoops sees reason to hope. Despite losing stars on the edge in Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith, Stoops thinks his 2015 defense might be the best he has had in Lexington.

The article goes on to drop some names of guys who could be stars in the new 3-4 defensive scheme. Jason Hatcher, Denzil Ware, and senior CJ Johnson are listed as potential replacements for the pressure Bud and Z were able to bring last season. Melvin Lewis, Matt Elam, and Regie Meant are guys expected to anchor the defensive line for the next couple of seasons. And Josh Forrest returns as the leading tackler from a year ago. While the defense is still pretty young Stoops is accumulating some serious depth and playmakers that were severly deficient the past few seasons. That can make all the difference in the 8 game grind of the SEC.

[ESPN: Kentucky defense starting to find SEC talent and depth]

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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8 Comments for ESPN Talks Kentucky Defense With Stoops

  1. C.M. Tomlin
    6:40 pm July 22, 2015 Permalink

    Defense, what defense?

    • Drew Franklin
      6:43 pm July 22, 2015 Permalink

      I am cool with the whole scene

  2. Slapdick
    7:04 pm July 22, 2015 Permalink

    I live in a trailer next to a toxic waste dump.

    Go Cats

    Three goggle

    • CardFan502
      9:43 pm July 22, 2015 Permalink

      Yo, dawg, come up with something more original. Wut are you, like 10, 12 yrs old? U keep sayin da same shit.

  3. lribookend
    9:11 pm July 22, 2015 Permalink

    Is CJ Johnson a hybrid of CJ Conrad and Corey Johnson? Get the names straight, and I might consider you having a tinge of credibility. Otherwise, you end up in the same pile as the other ksr writers who can’t produce a few paragraphs of information that don’t contain numerous spelling, grammatical and factual errors. A wise man once told me that when verbal errors are made, they should be allowed some slack because of nervousness, thinking ahead about what they are going to say, etc. But anything a person puts in writing can be read by a second person, or spell and grammar checked by the Microsoft robots. When you put something in writing, you put yourself in the spotlight. Errors reflect sloppy, uncaring, slightly less intelligent people who think the readers will accept whatever slop they post. Sadly, most of the under 30 crowd do not seem to care. Their writing skills are probably even worse than the KSR writers, so why would they complain? KSR writers, show respect for your readers. Proof-read everything you write. Ask another person to proof read your writing. Use grammar and spell checkers built in to the Microsoft applications.
    Or, just throw some dung towards the wall and hope that some of it sticks…..I’m glad I am no longer a member of the younger generation. Their standards have dropped as low as their shorts.

    • Wow, dude. You’re right about the grammar, or lack thereof, on this site, but lighten up a little. It’s a free site.

    • theWilkman
      11:58 am July 23, 2015 Permalink

      Hey, asshole – the ESPN piece is the one that writes “CJ Johnson”. Prior proof-reading issues aside, that’s on ESPN, not Andrew. Go somewhere else for your UK news if it pisses you off this much.

  4. Freddie
    10:28 pm July 22, 2015 Permalink

    Keep driving on Andrew. Good stuff.