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Five Takeaways from Mark Stoops’ Monday Press Conference


Stoops was ready to drive at the end of the first half

Many fans were upset with the call at the end of the first half to run out the clock and head to the locker room. With over a minute on the clock and timeouts on hand, fans wanted a quick drive to add some points to the score before halftime. Stoops said that he and Dawson were ready to do just that but after the second down didn’t go as planned, they backed off.

Grinding out first downs is what wins you games

The final plays of the fourth quarter are what won the game for Kentucky. Kemp’s ability to grind out four or five yards on the run to give Kentucky the first down was the difference maker on Saturday. Instead of having to punt the ball to give Missouri the chance to make a drive, Kentucky was able to run out the clock to end the game. Stoops noted the importance of those plays moving forward and specifically what moved Kemp ahead of Williams in the depth chart.

Patrick Towles bounced back despite criticism

The quarterback position is the hardest to play because it’s the easier person for everyone to put the blame on. After a loss, the center of criticism is put on the quarterback. Towles responded to the criticism in the best way possible by having himself quite a game. His performance on Saturday was so good that Stoops gave Towles the game ball, which he does not do very often. “Everyone is going to face adversity, but it’s how you respond to it. That’s what I’m most proud to see him do,” Stoops said.

Drew Barker will play Saturday

Stoops has wanted to give Barker a couple of series earlier on this season, but finding the right situation to play him in has been hard. However, Stoops said that Barker will play at one point during the game against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.

Stoops will not tolerate anything against EKU 

The off-the-field issues with Eastern Kentucky will be addressed and taken care of early this week with the team. There will be zero tolerance for anything off the field or any talk leading up to the game on Saturday.  Stoops said he will have little to no tolerance for any chippy plays once the tackling begins. “If I see any of that stuff then they’re not gonna play. Because I’m not going to deal with that. That looks classless and it looks sloppy and we will not play that way,” Stoops said.

Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

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23 Comments for Five Takeaways from Mark Stoops’ Monday Press Conference

  1. Booby Petrino
    3:05 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Oh here it is…back with some edits 🙂

  2. a
    3:13 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Stoops just needs to shave his head. He’d look really intimidating if he did.

  3. Jessica Smith
    3:13 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    I’m so excited to finally see Drew in a game. He is a better qb, and is sexier.

    • Bourbon Breath
      3:28 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      Is this a joke? Sexier? Who gives a sh*t. Well I guess you. You sound like my friend’s sister, while watching the game she said she liked UK’s outfits.

    • theWilkman
      4:03 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      Aw come on, Bourbon Breath, our “outfits” were great!

  4. Don Armejo
    3:36 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    If that bitch ass Grafree plays, I would like to see somebody break his knee. He’s from my area, what a bitch he is.

    • Keyboard Thug
      4:09 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      This coming from someone behind a keyboard. If hes from your “area” I guess you went to high school with him why don’t you shoot him a text or call see if you are still talking that trash. Be a man. Break his knee what is wrong with you what if someone from an opposing team said that about Boom or Patty Ice? Is this our fanbase? Jesus

    • Don Armejo
      10:29 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      With their fully automatics they like to push the weak around

  5. Mitch
    3:53 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    “Classless, sloppy and we are not going to play that way.”

    From the coach that instructed players to start stuff before the Louisville game last year.

    • Mathlete
      3:59 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      Those are some strong words, got proof to back it up?

    • Mathlete
      4:06 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      That’s a pic of everyone’s favorite walking sexual harassment suit in the face of one of our assistants, doesn’t look like evidence of Stoops having anything to do with that skirmish.

    • Booby Petrino
      4:34 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      lol I love how Card fans insist he instructed players to do that. Were you in the locker room, trolls? Did you hear him say it? Or are you just full of $shit? I think the latter is the answer and we all know it.

  6. UKfanNKY
    4:01 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Mitch you are full of [email protected]#!!!

  7. Michael
    4:09 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Looks like Stoops might have put on the wrong shirt this morning. 🙂

  8. Dusten
    4:10 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    I’ve been waiting to hear that Barker was going to get some time against EKU. It’s a great move by Stoops. I hope he gets 3 or 4 series under his belt.

    It’s a shame about Kraemer. Kind of puts a damper on the “revenge” feel of this game, and makes it all seem pretty petty. I hope his family and friends are doing well, or at least as well as can be expected.

  9. Poppschmidty
    4:31 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    I’m hoping Barker is able to come in early and get some first string reps in. We won’t know much if it’s just mop-up duty. Let that ball fly!

  10. Troy
    4:33 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Dusten… well said. Louisville sucks. Go big blue If your gonna aim, aim for the face.

  11. Sanford
    4:59 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Cards fan arrested during game, accused of stealing keg from stand

    (Sent from WHAS11 News)

  12. what if
    7:25 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    what if barker comes in and gets 3 or 4 drives and he throws like 3 touchdowns off the rip , what are we gonna do then ?

    • Groupon
      8:14 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      We will all remember that we are playing EKU…….