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Four Notes from Monday’s Press Conference with Mark Stoops

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Chet White | UK Athletics

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.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

17 Comments for Four Notes from Monday’s Press Conference with Mark Stoops

  1. Sentient Third Eye
    2:08 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

    Nobody jinx it with the 6th win. Stoops is something like 0-13 with five wins trying for six.

  2. Laker Cat 18
    2:24 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

    Kash Daniels anyone?

  3. UK Big Board Update
    2:26 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

    onlyone aka
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    Real name: Dennis Spain of Nicholasville, KY
    Occupation: negativity troll
    Calls himself “The Boss”
    Claims to be a good Christian

    • cats paw
      3:32 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

      MRS T— since its obvious you read and responded to others on this post i would like to ask if you approve of the above post where UK Big Board is purposely trying to cause harm and/or harrassment to other UK fans??? not a very good look for KSR to allow such post!!! what on earth would it take you all to ban someone if you allow this type of bullying??

    • UK Big Board Update
      5:57 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

      Awww, nice try troll.

      You might be next! 😉

    • UK Big Board Update
      5:58 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

      And I am just providing the information that Mr. Spain made readily available. 😉

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      5:58 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink


  4. RealCatsFan
    2:54 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

    Did a post get deleted or something?

  5. olejordy
    3:03 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

    6-6 is the best we have to look forward to for years to come. What a shame.

    • UK Big Board Update
      3:05 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

      Whatever you say, dork.

    • BluKudzu
      3:46 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

      Unless something changes, dramatically, specifically with the direction of our our defense, 6-6 may be a gift. The offense has done a terrific job this year, no doubt about it, but our defense has gotten worse. We have already surpassed last year’s total points given up by the defense, and still have 2 games to go. Last year, the defense was not stellar, by anyone’s opinion.
      The real shame, in my opinion, is the offense, and even the special teams, do not get the credit they deserve, for the success of this season, because of the continuing decline in the defense.
      With the likelihood of a 13th game, we could possibly give up over 400 points this season. Given that being the case and winning 4 games in the SEC, You have to hand it to Stoops and Gran for pulling this off.
      And we are going to a Bowl.
      Go CATS

    • JayR
      5:05 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

      with the amount of talent returning next season (offense loses 1 starter… defense 2…) going 6-6 would be a considered a disappointment so saying 6-6 is all we have to look forward to is just ignorant. live in the past all you want, but the future of ky football looks bright

    • UK Big Board Update
      6:05 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

      “3-8 is the best we have to look forward to for years to come. What a shame.” – olejordy, 2005

      BluKduzu: If I remember correctly, the hope for this season was 6 wins and a bowl. Yes, we could have had 7-8 wins, but we could have also had 4-5 wins, like many, such as yourself, thought we would.

      A bowl, any way you look at it, is a success. Don’t let any idiot tell you otherwise.

    • BluKudzu
      6:58 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

      UKBBU, I absolutely agree with you it could have gone either way. But you have to give credit where credit is due. I will even go a step further, after Florida, and prior to Stoops taking over the Defense, I was hopeful we would win three, maybe 4?

      Our defense at that time, was spinning around like dirt in a Dyson, getting nothing done. The move that got us 4 wins in the SEC and to a bowl, was Stoops taking over the defense. I do not believe we would have stopped anyone the rest of the season had he not done so.

      That and the dedication to the ground game made this team stronger. As I have said before, this is the best run blocking line we have had at UK in a long time. Eddie Gran recognized it when he got here. and he said he was going to make it happen. He did. I respect that, 1 year, BOOM!

      You were being kind, when you stated, I thought we would only win 4 or 5. I did not have that faith.
      We get the defense dialed in…..this team will challenge. If not, we better control the clock, and put up 50 every game.

  6. UKfansNKY
    3:26 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

    I’ll back the BLUE & Stoops 100%……………………..Suck it John Clay& the Herald Leader!!!!

  7. ky1988
    6:09 pm November 14, 2016 Permalink

    Defense was put in though spot this year lost hatcher ,meant, Lloyd. I see next year cats having major jump with extra weeks of practice they will get for bowl.