Stoops knows where this team is and where they are headed
Panicking is not something this coaching staff and team want to do quite yet or at all. After a not so good loss on the road, people are worrying that the old Kentucky football is still here. With five games still left in the season, all this team needs to do is regroup and move on. If Stoops isn’t worried, than I know I’m definitely not worried.
The coaching needs to be better
Stoops started off his press conference by saying there are things he and the coaching staff could have done better on Saturday. Any coach after a loss is going to tell you that they wish they did things differently obviously, but I think this game was a little different. Things need to be addressed and fixed on both sides of the ball including play calling and personnel. As we’ve seen from the updated depth chart today, things have already started to change. It will be interesting to see if the playing calling and defensive plans will change in the last five games of the season.
Defending the Tennessee offense will not be easy
Despite their record, the Vols are a very good team, offensively and defensively. Kentucky will be facing yet another dual-threat quarterback in Joshua Dobbs. Dobbs not only can make plays with his arm, but also with his feet. Thankfully, preparing for Dak Prescott with help the defense prepare for Dobbs and his ability to make plays with his arm and feet. With Kentucky’s experience of defending quarterbacks like Dobbs so frequently now, hopefully they will be able to contain him and shut him down.
It is all about producing
“Maybe somebody’s not making plays, maybe you got to move onto the next guy,” Stoops said. As Kentucky gets more talented players each year, it is all about production now. Players have to earn their job each week, no matter how long you’ve been around. Derrick Baity and Mike Edwards are two great example of this. They have expanded their role on the defense, and have earned starting spots.
Garret Johnson will be fine
Johnson has be one of the most consistent wide receivers this year. Johnson made a heck of catch against Mississippi State to give Kentucky a first down. The offense missed his consistency and his ability to make plays in the second half of the game after he injured sprained his shoulder. Thankfully, Stoops said Johnson will be fine and believes he will be ready to go in the next couple of days. With so many dropped passes against MSU, the rest of the season could have been a lot worse had Johnson’s injury been more serious.