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.