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Hump Day Practice Notes from the Defense

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Pash rush needs to better

It seemed like Dak Prescott had time to balance his checkbook and order pizza before our defense got to him on Saturday. Losing Melvin Lewis cannot be an excuse for the defense to not be able to put pressure on the quarterback. Pass rush is not Matt Elam’s strength like Lewis, “but other guys got to step up and be more effective pass rushers,” Eliot said.

Defensive line coach, Jimmy Brumbaugh, says more consistency will lead to better pass rush. A point of emphases this week in practice was releasing off the blocks faster and working on play action.

We will see more of the freshmen in the secondary

Derrick Baity and Mike Edwards are two freshman who’ve expanded their roles on the defense this week. Both are listed as starters along side veteran players. Eliot said that you should expect see more of both of these players. “He’s a very athletic player, he covers very well, very good in small places and he’s fast,” Eliot said about Edwards.

At one point in the Mississippi State game, the entire Kentucky secondary was comprised of all freshmen. Baity described the experience as fun. “Being young we are always going to practice with each other. We just had a chemistry out there.” Baity said. “We are brothers.”

With Baity coming in at 6’3” and Christ Westry at 6’4”, these defensive backs bring a lot of height to the defense on each side. “It’s hard to throw it over us,” Baity said.

“I like playing with everybody but us for four freshman, we got a connection,” Edwards said about the entire freshmen secondary. A game like Saturday in Mississippi State boosted Edwards’s confidence with the extra reps, and is ready to prove himself yet again against Tennessee.

The defense is focused on themselves right now

When asked about defending Joshua Dobbs after struggling to defend Dak Prescott, Eliot said “We’re more focused on us than concerning ourselves about the opponent. We’re really focusing on us getting better and improving from our mistakes.” Eliot knows his defense has to be better, but it is important to keep the focus where it needs to be.

Mississippi State was worst game of the season

Even though Eliot said the MSU game was the defense’s worse game of the season, he is not discouraged. Like Stoops said all week, there is no need to panic. “I’m not discouraged about our progress and I’m not discouraged about the future,” Eliot said.

 

Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

15 Comments for Hump Day Practice Notes from the Defense



  1. The Bell Witch
    8:23 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    The Crooked “K”, people. I’m telling you.



  2. SoddyCat
    8:30 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    I truly believe that not preparing for the upcoming opponent is one of the major factors of the team not being ready to play in the first half of just about every game we have played. Just do not understand any coaching staff that does not focus on and prepare for the specific opponent they are going up against. No wonder the defense looks clueless most of the time. Obviously these coaches are unexpected and clueless as to how to prepare for an opponent. Gee!!



    • True!
      8:32 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      I agree. This is middle of the season, damnit! And we are still focusing on “ourselves?”



  3. Keep it up!
    8:30 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    “A point of emphases this week in practice was releasing off the blocks faster” More false starts too now? Great!



    • theWilkman
      9:51 am October 29, 2015 Permalink

      Defense can’t be called for false start.



  4. sucks
    8:53 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Defense



  5. KES
    8:58 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    we are going to get rolled. be about 35-13



    • Brian
      9:49 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Really? Wake Forest is kind of struggling. Oh well, if you think so….



  6. Efense
    8:59 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    We got no D.



    • Efense
      9:50 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Because I’m choking on it. :O



  7. Bluebros
    9:06 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    So… Why didn’t Hatcher play last week? Odd to see him dressed but not get a snap



  8. Wendy
    9:30 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Mark Stoops = No head coaching experience prior to UK.

    DJ Elliott = No defensive coordinator experience prior to UK.

    Shannon Dawson = No independent play calling experience as an offensive coordinator at West Virginia.

    These guys had ZERO experience in their positions. Is anyone honestly surprised that the staff is struggling with game management and running the offense and defense???



  9. PVPB
    9:42 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    I’m with Bluebros. Why no Hatcher?



  10. Moto
    11:23 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Kindsey you need to start using something that has spell check on it when you type your posts! It seems every post has at least one, usually more. I won’t get into anything else about it, I don’t want to hurt your feelings.



  11. Carts
    12:55 pm October 30, 2015 Permalink

    Another post full of misspellings, missing words, etc from this person. The editors are doing a great job of editing for sure!