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Five Takeaways from Mark Stoops’ Monday Press Conference

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Garret Johnson is the “whole package”

Johnson has been a big impact on the offense this year in his ability to make plays. His ability to beat one-on-one coverage and alter routes to help out Towles has been huge part of the offense’s success this year. After hearing what Will Muschamp said to Johnson after the game on Thursday, we know that Kentucky got a special player in Johnson. As a true sophomore, I am excited to have this guy around for a couple more yeas.

It’s time for Matt Elam to shine 

Elam is a name we have not heard much this season, but that is about to change. With the season ending injury to Melvin Lewis, Elam is going to have to step up in his place. Melvin Lewis has been great this season and it’s a huge loss to the defense, but the coaches have full trust in Elam. “Matt will be ready. I though he did some good things. This a great opportunity for him and he needs to step up and play,” Stoops said.

Stoops believes this game will be the biggest challenge of the season

Kentucky’s trip to Starkville might be the hardest challenge for the Cats this season. Out of Mississippi State’s 22 starters, 21 of them are juniors and seniors. This is one of the most experienced teams in all of college football and will be a true test for a young Kentucky team. Saturday’s game will tell us a lot about this Kentucky team and the rest of the season.

Dak Prescott has not thrown an interception this season 

Kentucky’s secondary has to be ready to come out and play on Saturday. Prescott is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the SEC with his dual threat ability to make plays. The secondary has to be able to make plays and compete with Mississippi State’s talented wide receivers. Contesting passes and putting pressure on Prescott will be crucial for Kentucky’s defense.

The full return of the Mac

Austin MacGinnis is set to do the kick-offs against Mississippi State. After handling only field goals against Auburn, MacGinnis will return to his role of doing kick-offs. Jordan Jones, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury, should practice this week and play on Saturday.

 

Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

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



  1. Dong Wong
    1:55 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Only game don’t worry too much Stoop



    • Ha!
      2:04 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      2-4…..



  2. tippytoe
    2:00 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    I agree Juice is special, but why doesn’t Towles throw to him more? Especially on the money downs. The rest of the receivers are not reliable.



  3. T White
    2:08 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    While we could very well be 6-0, we should be happy with 4-2. In years past, we are most likely sitting at 1-5. The biggest difference with the rest of the season is the fact there isn’t a game left on the schedule that we can’t win. Pleased with the process. Keep throwing to Juice.



    • jcatron
      2:11 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      +1



    • theWilkman
      2:57 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      Take is a step further, we could also be 0-6. 4-2 is a great place to be at this point in the season. Fans disappointed with 4-2 need to check their expectations. Those same fans would have been stoked if you told them that would be our record this summer.



  4. Troll
    2:38 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Miss St. is #2 of the 4 game losing streak. Things are getting better but a long way away at the same time.



    • Captain Obvious
      2:39 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      No shit, Sherlock. Did you expect the SEC title this year?



    • BAdams
      3:00 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      After having 2 win seasons not long ago, I’ll take a 6-6 record with a bowl game. But something you guys have to remember, our guys are young and they are only going to continue to learn from game film. We already pulled out some victories we normally would have not gotten.



    • Cardz4Lyfe
      3:08 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      Hey, everyone can’t play in the AAC….



    • troll
      3:50 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      Nope I expected UK to be Uk, just like they are. UK will never win the SEC east. They can’t even beat a bad Auburn team and took overtime to beat an FCS team. Same ole’ UK as it will always be.



    • Ha!
      3:53 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      When does the “ACC Takeover” start? Were you just referring to soccer?



    • troll
      3:59 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      You think UK beats the cards this year? Bahahaha. Stoops can’t beat Petrino no matter how bad UL is this year. It’s going to be funny reading everyone laughing at UL then get beat by UL. Still are and always will be bottom feeders of the SEC.



    • Ha!
      5:06 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      Well, we almost beat you last year, at your house, when Louisville had 12 NFL guys…. I like our chances. UofL isn’t an SEC team, just a mediocre team in a basketball conference. Do you miss the AAC yet?? Bahahahahaha. 😉



  5. Dog Years
    3:16 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    After the Jokester years and being in the 3rd year of the Stoops era I’ll take 6-6 and a bowl game. Maybe they pull an upset or two and go 7-5 or 8-4.
    The point is the team is getting better and the coaching will get better, we’re competitive against teams we used to get blown out by.



    • Rick
      8:59 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      I agree 100%. Any bowl would be an improvement. It might not happen, though. Hope they get their shit together.



  6. timer
    3:30 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Not only are we 4-2, we were very much in the games we lost. Four SEC games, and we had a chance to win every one of them.

    The schedule toughens up now. The coaches are going to have to step-up. For the first time in a long, long time, I believe we have a group of coaches who can.



  7. Rick
    9:12 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Birmingham or Memphis. Sad, but I’ll take it. Been to UK Bowl games in Birmingham, Memphis and Nashville. 3 – 1 record. Not bad! 3 cold cities in Dec though. Nashville was like Lambeau Fieid the last time.