Drew Barker still needs more reps
Stoops was pleased with Barker’s first start, but still believes he needs more reps. Barker looked very comfortable and poised in his first time taking over the offense. The weather yielded Barker from throwing the ball as much as the coaches and the fans would like to have seen, but that won’t be the case on Saturday. In order for the Cats to win, Barker is going to have to make plays with his arm.
It was important to play a complete football game
After five straight frustrating losses, it was good to see the team play a complete game. Both sides of the ball played extremely well despite the horrible weather conditions. After the Vanderbilt game, there were a lot of things that coaches want the team to clean up. It was comforting to see the Cats regroup and play well right before one of the biggest games of the year.
On Louisville’s two quarterbacks
In Louisville’s loss to Pittsburgh over the weekend, two different quarterbacks played. Kyle Bolin, who played the first half, was replaced by Lamar Jackson in the second. Both quarterbacks are dual threat players who can make plays with their arm, along with their feet. Historically, Kentucky has not been very good at stopping a running quarterback but hopefully with the hype of the game things might be different this weekend.
“He’s a talented player. You can see he’a guy who can be a definite threat when he pulls the ball down and extend plays,” Stoops said about Lamar Jackson.
The two quarterbacks will not change Kentucky’s preparation too much, but they will prepare for both quarterbacks. Louisville will name a starting quarterback later this week.
Seniors have been special to this team
Saturday will be a special day for many players. Not only is it the last chance to make a bowl game, but it is some of the players last game at Commonwealth Stadium. The seniors have played a special role this year that the coaches are grateful for. They have been become leaders to the young guys on the team through the mid-season struggle. “Our obligation as the big blue nation is to send them out the right way,” Stoops said.
Stoops said that Melvin Lewis will participate in Senior Day but is unsure if his family is making the trip from California. Thankfully, the new turf field allows Lewis to be able to ride his scooter/cart out on the field.
Stoops wants the stadium packed
Everyone knows how important Saturday’s game is. It is not only a chance to go to a bow game, but it is the biggest rivalry game of our football season. On top of all that, it is senior day. The fans need to come early and celebrate the players who have worked hard to turn this program around. Home field is a important aspect to winning a football game we need to take full advantage of that against Louisville. After last Saturday’s weak showing, let’s pack Commonwealth to support the seniors and celebrate getting a sixth win over the Louisville Cardinals.