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How the Players Handled the Loss

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There’s plenty of blame to be dished out, but immediately after the game all that was left was one feeling: hurt.

“It hurts. Everyone in the locker room was hurt and crying. It was emotional because we don’t like losing. We have to start executing the little things,” Mikel Horton said.

It’s a feeling that’s going to stick with the team for awhile.  Instead of moving on to the next opponent, a long offseason lies ahead.  “It is the worst feeling in the world, especially (against) Louisville,” Mikel Horton said.  “We have got to come back harder and stronger in the offseason as a team. We have to move as one and that’s our goal.”

A.J. Stamps was disappointed in the way his team handled themselves when faced with adversity, “That’s not the way we expected it to go. We faced adversity and we didn’t come out on the right end of the stick.”

Stamps also took it one step further: today was the worst loss he’s ever experienced.  “With a bowl game on the line and it being my last game here at Kentucky, (it’s the worst feeling I’ve been through here).”  But A.J. doesn’t have any regrets during his time at UK.  “It’s been a great place. I’ve had a great time the two years I was here and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”

Even though there isn’t room much room for optimism within the fan base, the departing Seniors are confident in the players returning.

“This is a great place and I am excited to see what Kentucky has in store for the years to come,” Farrington Huguenin said.  “Kentucky is not in trouble and I don’t think Mark Stoops is going anywhere. We have some young guys that will start taking control.”

“I definitely expect the program to grow,Josh Forrest said, but he challenged the young guys to take the next step.  “A lot of young guys that have played will have to step up. We have a lot of freshmen that played that are older now and will not make the same mistakes as they did this year.”

The young guys must move forward, if not, Kentucky football will continue to hurt for years to come.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

8 Comments for How the Players Handled the Loss



  1. cats paw
    8:28 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    In other words “wait till next year”. It will take just a couple days for the homers to lose sight of reality and start believing in the hype of next year. And I’ll be back next December just shaking my head…



  2. Bluebros
    8:57 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    zzZzz… Post-game coverage has been pretty bad today. Guessing Nick is taking the 2nd half off as well. Gee, look at a catch by an Auburn player, guess what, UK players are hurting…



  3. ScoggDog
    9:06 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Well … we can always call in and talk about it … oops, looks like maybe we won’t. No link to the post-game show.

    This is almost as good as when Tubby held the “not taking calls” coaches show at the end of his tenure.



  4. The Frizz
    9:07 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Agh. Pfftth. Burgle. Oooohhhooohooohhhh. Whatever.



  5. bluecat15
    9:15 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    More Kool-Aid please.



  6. Howdy Doody
    9:16 am November 29, 2015 Permalink

    Hate to say “I told ‘ya so..” but I did. That Blue Aid Matt was selling is now bitter.



  7. Gitback Coach
    12:42 pm November 29, 2015 Permalink

    Did Forrest also challenge the young guys to show more maturity and self-discipline than he did after his pick 6?

    Clearly, he was one of UK’s leaders this year. Ergo, this team has endured serious leadership issues.