Tough Timing for Eli Brown
Redshirt freshman Eli Brown has spent most of the season rotating in at will linebacker with Jordan Jones. When Jones left during the first quarter of Saturday’s game with back spasms, Brown was forced into a role he hadn’t seen before, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Stoops said he was put “in a bad position” after dealing with a personal loss during the week leading up to the game.
The lack of reps during practice showed during the game. The same also applies to Mike Edwards. The safety has been one of the Cats’ best defensive players, but an injury prevented him from taking any snaps during last week’s practices.
Too Many Explosive Plays
In the rushing game alone, Kentucky gave up 9 explosive plays for 272 yards, an average of 30 yards per play. In the other 32 rushes, they only allowed 4.43 yards per carry. Most of it can be attributed to missed tackles, giving Tennessee 110 yards after a miss. Missed tackles, confusion with “wrinkles” in the Cats’ defensive structure and inattention to details led to Kentucky’s demise.
The attention to details is what frustrates Stoops the most. “That’s why we’ve improved a great deal, why we’ve gotten better this season,” but Stoops didn’t see that on Saturday.
Lloyd Tubman Returns to Kentucky
Seneca product and former Kentucky defensive end Lloyd Tubman will be on the visitor’s sideline at Commonwealth Stadium this Saturday. Tubman was dismissed from the team after he was charged with first degree rape, although he was never indicted. “I prefer not to comment on that with sensitivity to everyone involved,” Stoops said today.
In his first season with the Governors Tubman has 27 tackles, 7 for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Impending Bowl Eligibility
Even though we can use permanent marker to write a “W” in for Saturday’s matchup with Austin Peay, Mark Stoops said, “We’re not in a position to overlook anybody.”
Kentucky could have become bowl eligible the last two weeks. Even with the consecutive losses the Cats still managed to finish with their best SEC record since 2006. Now, it’s time to finish the season on a high note. “We’re never going to quit fighting.” As the fight song says, “Till the Battle is Won.”