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Five Takeaways from Mark Stoops’ Monday Press Conference

When you’re trying to stay serious, but you’re too excited because it’s game week

When you're trying to stay serious, but you're too excited because it's game week

When you’re trying to stay serious, but you’re too excited because it’s game week!

It’s officially game week and the excitement around Lexington cannot be missed. Let’s begin this exciting week with five takeaways from Stoops’ weekly press conference.

Kentucky could see a change in the return game

It seems like forever since we’ve seen a kickoff or punt returned for a touchdown. Randall Cobb was the last to return a punt back in 2011 and Derrick Lock was the last to return a kickoff back in 2009. Thankfully, true freshman, Sihiem King could fix that. King has proven to be the playmaker Kentucky needs to return kickoffs. Stoops noted that King has been explosive, protected the football well and made big plays, which has put him ahead of Ryan Timmons.

Wide receiver is one of the most improved positions

Mark Stoops and his staff have worked very hard at improving the wide receiver position since beginning here just three years ago. The hard work has finally paid off this season. Fans are going to see some of the best wide receivers this season that Kentucky has had in a long time. The inside wide receiver spot is one of the deepest on the team according. Two star freshman wide receivers, Tavin Richardson and Jabari Greenwood, are in a position to get red shirted because there are too many good players ahead of them. If that isn’t a sign we are improving, I don’t know what is.

Veteran leadership is going to come from second year guys

Any experience that Kentucky has is going to help them win games. However, most of the experience and leadership is going to come from second year guys. Kentucky is playing nine true freshman and 10 redshirt freshman. Last season Kentucky had to rely on a lot of freshmen to make plays on both the offense and defense. That experience from last season, especially from the offense, will only help the team.

Success is going to come from improvement

Improvement across the board will be key to the success of this football team. More consistency in each game will be the reason this team is  successful. As we know the players want a bowl game, however Stoops does not want them to get ahead of themselves. Stoops philosophy for this season is to just take each game one at a time.

Stoops is anxious for the first game

The first game of the college football season is one of the most exciting games on the schedule. After a long offseason, the players and coaches are anxious to get back on the field and finally begin the season. However, for any opener coaches are finally able to see the kind of players they have. In Stoops’ third season as a head coach, he knows that playing in a real game will be true test for a lot of players. Stoops is confident in his team and is anxious to finally watch them play.

Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

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



  1. Corey
    4:00 pm August 31, 2015 Permalink

    Ryan Timmons was a big play nightmare last season. He’ll be a solid rotational receiver, but it’s pretty telling when a true (late-signee at that) freshman comes in and convincingly takes your job. Can’t wait to see King.



  2. UK Football Optimist
    4:24 pm August 31, 2015 Permalink

    I’m ready for Blake Bone to channel his inner OBJ and make a plethora of one handed catches. Also Ryan Timmons was a true sophmore, plagued by injury for a majority of the season and still was in the right position to make big plays. Be patient the big plays will come. Our linebackers are shaky though, still cant wait for the season regardless.



  3. Mark Stoopid
    7:00 pm August 31, 2015 Permalink

    “Success is going to come from improvement.” Well, there is real thoughtful statement. Did he just figure that out?



  4. Bobby Petrino
    9:28 pm August 31, 2015 Permalink

    “Success is going to come from recruiting everyone else’s headcases and convicts. We must do anything to win.”