Protection from the offensive line needs to better
Towles was sacked a total of six times on Saturday, more than the first two games combined. Florida’s talented defensive line won too many one-on-ones against our guys up front. Stoops said that the technique from the offensive linemen and communication needs to be better. There were many times that Towles could have stepped up in the pocket to avoid the sack and make a play. Playing a true freshman like Big George is going to be very hard for any team in the SEC because they are facing talent on the defensive line that they have never seen before.
Patrick Towles is still our guy
The inconsistency from Towles has been the talk the fans since the first game. Towles has done some great things that has shown that the talent is there, but the misses are what people like to focus on. “I think the frustrating thing for him and for me is that when there layups to be had, you can’t miss layups,” Stoops said.
Linebacker position is getting keys guys back
Jason Hatcher has earned his starting spot back at the strongside linebacker position. Stoops said that Hatcher showed signs in the Florida game that he is ready to take his starting job back. With Hatcher and Flannigan officially back, the linebacker position that has struggled in the first two games will be much improved.
Containing Maty Mauk’s is going to be important
Will Grier made to many plays with his feet on Saturday that shouldn’t have happened. Kentucky needs to do a better job at containing opposing quarterbacks, starting against Missouri. Stoops said that Mauk’s ability to make plays is “a pain in the butt sometimes” from a defensive point of view.
Team and coaches are moving forward
After a disappointing loss, the players and the coaches are already on to Missouri. The players realize what happened on Saturday and are ready to improve and move forward to Saturday’s game against a ranked opponent. Stoops noted that both the young and older players have already moved on and their confidence is fine.