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Five Takeaways From Kentucky’s First Preseason Scrimmage

The words disappointment and average were used to describe Kentucky’s first preseason scrimmage today from players and coach Stoops. With three weeks till the season and good reports seemingly coming from every direction today’s scrimmage was an eye-opener to this team, and it feels like it has slowed the momentum down a little bit heading into September 1st.

No Injuries

Starting off with the silver linings from today’s disappointing scrimmage, UK did not have any injuries. The past few years it seems like Kentucky has been very unfortunate when it comes to injuries in their preseason scrimmages, look to last year when UK lost Dorian Baker and Cole Mosier due to injury. But, after scrimmage one all the players are healthy, outside of some bumps and bruises. Benny Snell did not participate due to a bum calf, but there is no need to panic, he is just being held out to get it to 100% by next week. Cedrick Dort had an ankle rollup, seems to be nothing too major. Stoops did not comment on Josh Paschal’s status.

Average, at best

Like I mentioned earlier, the theme of the day was disappointing and average. Sloppy play on both sides of the ball and lack of energy were the biggest problems today according to leaders such as Kash Daniel and Josh Allen. Even though it wasn’t a great scrimmage, a take away from an optimistic point of view is there’s a new standard at Kentucky when it comes to the football program. Kash Daniel said, “Our standard is to be the best team on the field, every time we step between those white lines.” An average practice in 2018, might’ve been great practice in 2015. At the very least, you can tell this team doesn’t want to get complacent or settle. That has to be a good sign going forward.

Inconsistency at Quarterback

Arguably the most significant offseason news for fans to follow this offseason has been the quarterback battle. Usually, by this time everyone would like to have an idea at who the quarterback will be to take the first snap against Central Michigan. We are three weeks from the season, and it seems like neither Stoops or Gran has an answer to that question. Hoping that Hoak or Wilson would reach out and take that spot, Stoops said the quarterbacks have been inconsistent, and they aren’t the only position as Stoops said the wide receivers had inconsistent play as well. With 21 days until the first Caturday, let’s hope one of the guys’ gets consistent quick. If you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterback.

Bunchy Stallings had High Praise for George Asafo-Adjei and Says Energy Needs to Start with Them

While there wasn’t much talk of who played exceptional today, senior guard Bunchy Stallings had high praise for his fellow offensive lineman, George Asafo- Adjei. Stallings said George’s growth this offseason has been like night and day, and he still has some more to learn as they see different schemes throughout the year. Bunchy Stallings also said that even with Benny out, who is undoubtedly this teams spark of energy, the energy needs to start up front. Stallings said Coach Gran had relayed the message that big men lead the way and to make sure the offensive line’s energy is up so that the offense can feed off each other.

There’s Still Time

There is still time, not a lot of time, but time nonetheless. First scrimmages can be an eye-opener and players can be a little antsy, I’m sure that was the case today. With three weeks left, that should give Stoops and the Wildcats plenty of time to address the issues and fix it. At the end of the day, that’s what these scrimmages are for, and I believe Stoops, and his staff fully expect to give better updates on this team next week. Take it with a grain of salt; every team will have their ups and downs in the offseason, Kentucky’s just happened to be today. While today was disappointing, there should be no need to panic or change your outlook on this season based off today’s scrimmage. But, Kentucky needs to fix their mistakes quickly.

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19 Comments for Five Takeaways From Kentucky’s First Preseason Scrimmage

  1. jaws2
    4:23 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

    At this stage, there is NO excuse other than incompetent coaches, to be in this position at the QB spot.
    We’ve either failed at recruiting, or failed at QB coaching.

    • justaregulardude
      4:38 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

      Same true at Bama?

    • jaws2
      4:53 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

      Seriously? You’re comparing Bama’s QB situation to ours? An All SEC QB and an up and coming possible All SEC QB? You know zero about football talent or you’re on something!

    • satcheluk
      4:58 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

      So says the guy banging on his keyboard anonymously and without credentials. Or I guess you give them equally high praise for their outstanding development of SJ when he was pressed into service unexpectedly? Didn’t think so. Sometimes it’s just on the players to perform.

    • BluKudzu
      4:59 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

      Comparing UK Football to Alabama football in any favorable light, even in the most delusional circumstances, shows what an idiot you really are.
      Alabama has QBs that can lead their team championships, UK does not have a QB that can be competitive in most SEC games we play.
      HOWEVER, I did find your lame comment entertaining.
      2 QBs = 0 QBs.

    • krautdog
      6:04 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

      A totally lame theory! Alabama, Florida & LSU ALL won National Championships with 2-TWO-quarterbacks!!!

    • mashburnfan1
      6:39 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

      Actually this would have been a Senior Drew Barker led team had he stayed healthy and been as good as the rankings we would be in great shape, that is not on the coaches. Plus they have had others that left or decomitted. Personally I don’t think Hoak is SEC material but is also not what I get paid to do so will hope they are right. I saw him up here in Columbus and was terrible vs every good team they played, his stats were made good vs the lesser teams. I know nothing about Wilson or Clark other than the fan day practice I saw and 1 practice does not make a player. Even at that practice Hoak threw behind everyone, Wilson made some bad decisions and Clark threw the ball well and is the biggest and strongest of the three {has the physical look}. From what I hear Terry has the most potential so if no one is obviously better you go with him and hope he develops and he does have some experience at lower level college ball.

    • cats646
      7:19 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

      BluKudzu can you add? 2=2. Smh

    • jaws2
      8:01 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

      satcheluk SJ wouldn’t have started for 12, TWELVE teams in the SEC last year. Yeah, I’ll give them credit for ‘developing’ SJ into a bottom 4 QB in the SEC. Awesome accomplishment. Oh, and unless you can add your face to these posts, you’re one of many “banging on the keyboard anonymously”.

    • bailey000
      8:39 am August 13, 2018 Permalink

      This is college football. There is attrition at all positions. Tell me what situation we are in. Neither of these guys have taken a snap yet, and you’re acting like all is lost at QB. Not a very smart comment. Shhh

  2. EK
    4:45 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t worry basketball season is almost here

    • satcheluk
      5:00 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

      Basketball can wait. Football as a sport is king and if we ever produce a consistent winner it will dwarf basketball which it already does in revenue.

    • catsarerunnin
      5:26 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

      Lol now that’s funny!

    • krautdog
      6:06 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

      Sorry-basketball is king in KY!!!

    • bailey000
      9:04 am August 13, 2018 Permalink

      Almost all of the money brought in from UK apparel is because of basketball. So, no football doesn’t dwarf basketball in revenue. Also, you won’t find actual numbers on what teams bring in because if a shirt just says UK on it it isn’t considered sports generated money. The universities do this so it looks like Athletics are a smaller revenue generator. If they actually showed the money generated from athletics the argument to pay players would be much more compelling. I love UK, but the whole thing is a racket. My daughter will attend this fall and it is about $30,000 a year for an on campus full time student. 30000 students, that’s 900,000,000. Plus state and federal money. So where does all this money go from athletics? We all know about the donations received to build the football facility and stadium renovations. Plus, more state money.
      Don’t guess they can afford to pay players that the NCAA won’t allow to have jobs. Right??
      Look up what kind of money these programs bring in. Then add a lot of money for all the logo stuff that the universities say isn’t generated from sports.

      Sorry I left the conversation and went on a tangent. Couldn’t help myself. Just spend $400 on a parking pass. And $150 on a “housing application.”

  3. peaches76
    4:57 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

    Great response EK…geez

  4. EK
    5:17 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

    Satcheluk…must be nice living in La La land! An peaches…just telling the truth. GO BIG BLUE

    • cats646
      7:22 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

      Football is an overall better sport though, and way more fun to watch. But I am extremely excited for football and basketball both!! Go cats!!!!!!!!

  5. kjd
    10:24 pm August 11, 2018 Permalink

    Every team has their ups and downs in the OFFSEASON!?
    C’mon, this football practice for the 2018 season. This is a veteran team who has been saying a lot about being the best. SMH. Talk is cheap. Gotta put the effort in to be the best.
    Need some serious leadership on this team. We’re supposed to have talent. Time for it to show up.