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It’s a good thing there was a Bye Week, and other takeaways from Stoops’ Press Conference

Mark Zerof/USA Today

Mark Zerof/USA Today

Mark Zerof/USA Today

–  Tyler has kept you well-informed of the injury situation, but it should be said again: this team REALLY needed a break.  “You can’t help but feel better,” Stoops said.  “It was nice to have one day off.”

Even so, a week might not have been enough.  Dorian Baker is done for the year, Kyle Meadows probably is too, Towles’ ankle is tweaked, and those are just the people we know about.  The ‘banged up’ qualification probably applies to more than not.  Hopefully the Bye Week gave them enough mental rest to overcome the physical pains for just one more week.

–  Get Reggie Rattled.  When it was announced the Reggie Bonnafon would be Louisville’s starting QB for the final two games of the season, UK fans became optimistic that the defensive line could rattle the true freshman in a big game.  That changed last week when a composed Bonnafon went to Notre Dame Stadium and threw for 180 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 35 yards and two scores.  “I’ve been impressed.  [He’s] very cool.  He’s just been very poised back there, making good decisions.”

–  About the play-actions.  Stoops may have only briefly mentioned Petrino’s play-action passes, but it was enough for me to exhale.  There isn’t one thing that could disappoint me more than if the Cats gave up a deep ball to Devante Parker off a play-action on the first play of the game.  They did it against Florida State.  Petrino did it at WKU against the Cats and I can name at least a handful of personal memories from Petrino’s last tour at Louisville, with Urrutia’s stiffarm against Miami the most memorable.

The bad news: the corners were pretty banged up after Tennessee.  It also doesn’t help that stopping the run will be the #1 priority this week on defense, making them even more susceptible to the play-action.  “Any offense that has the balance that can run and pass, they put you in that situation where they can get him (Parker) in some one-on-ones because they can run the ball.”

Stoops is going to add some wrinkles to apply additional pressure on Parker in underneath coverage, but if UK’s corners are stuck in one-on-ones I do not like our chances.

–  Patrick Towles could enter the NCAA record books, for the wrong reason.  If you haven’t been paying attention, Louisville has the best defensive back in America.  Gerod Holliman has recorded 13 interceptions this season, one shy of tying an NCAA record that has stood since 1968.  To give the stat some perspective, 17 UK players have caught passes this season: Holliman has more catches on defense than half of them do on offense.  To make things even more difficult, he isn’t a corner you can throw away from, he plays centerfield of the defense as safety, “The other safety, #2, is just as good.  He doesn’t have the numbers, but very good football players, both of them.”

–  At the end of the day, it’s either win or go home for the Cats.  Despite the obstacles that lie ahead and everything that’s at stake in this game, Stoops is confident his team’s effort will not be lacking, “I think we all know what we’re playing for.  They know that.  There’s no point in hiding it from them.” 

Article written by Nick Roush

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

27 Comments for It’s a good thing there was a Bye Week, and other takeaways from Stoops’ Press Conference



  1. BeastCat
    2:07 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

    I HATE UofL and their fans with all my heart. Let’s find a way to get this W! I believe! Go Cats!



    • cats paw
      2:24 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      And you make remarks that others have a serious personality disorder?? Do you hate all the kids that compete against your child’s tee ball team also?



    • UK Big Board Update
      2:25 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      ^ TROLL’S BACK TO DEFEND HIS CARDS!!!!



    • J-Dub421
      2:51 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      Does cats paw ever do anything on this site other than try to troll UK fans? At least 90% of his comments are trying to start crap with other posters for no apparent reason.



    • BigBlueBoom
      3:27 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      cats paw – he probably just hates douches, which sums up Louisville players, fans, and coaches.



    • theWilkman
      3:31 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      He only “chirps up” when the Cats are doing bad or when the Birds are mentioned. My guess is he’ll have a lot to say Saturday, not so much 12/27



    • cats paw
      3:32 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      Wrong JDUB. 100% of my post are REPLIES to others that started crap! Like big board that constantly calls me a troll but cannot make a single post without mentioning Louisville. I don’t think it requires being filled with hate and obsessed with the Tards to be a UK fan.



    • J-Dub421
      3:38 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      Cats Paw, how were you replying to Beast Cat in this thread? You just came out firing at him/her for no apparent reason. And Louisville hate should be prevalent this week because we play them on Saturday and its a rivalry game. This is a thread leading up to the Louisville game, so the comment was on topic. I’m just trying to understand your logic here.



    • cats paw
      3:51 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      JDUB…as stated in my post, he commented on my post yesterday (without any insults directed towards him) that I must have a personality disorder.



    • UK Big Board Update
      3:54 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      Anybody remember THIS gem from our good “buddy” cats paw? That’s right, he’s even called Calipari’s coaching into question, regarding Anthony Davis:

      “cats paw November 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      The question needs to be asked…..why did the potential best forward of all time only rank #5 in shots per game for Kentucky? Much like Dean Smith was the only man who could keep Jordan under 20 points a game, any big man is limited to garbage dunks in the dribble drive offense.”

      This dude is an obvious hater and troll. KSR, it’s time to take out the trash….



    • theSkinny81
      4:08 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      Anybody else notice that cats paw is using another name to ‘like’ his own comments?



    • cats paw
      4:21 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      OMG UK big Board Board is back to stalking. Anyone remember when he spent two weeks copying and pasting another guys comments over the past two years! It’s time to remove the stalkers from this site!



    • BeastCat
      4:36 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      J-Dub, I’m a him. BigBlueBoom you are right on point! Cats Paw/Leuther/TimeExpired and whomever else you are registered under, get some help ! Go Cats! #UofL-Hate-Week



    • UK Big Board Update
      4:38 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      LMAO. Google “cats paw KSR”. Takes two minutes, not two weeks, dumbass.

      #BeSmarterThanTheInternet



    • theWilkman
      4:39 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      Big Board is here to hold trolls accountable. An impossible task, but I admire him for trying.



    • J-Dub421
      4:43 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      BeastCat, I just didn’t want to make an assumption. I’m sure lots of women post here.



    • BeastCat
      4:51 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      haha, I hear ya J-Dub421.



  2. J-Dub421
    2:14 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

    What happened to Dorian Baker? Does anyone know?



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      2:28 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      Scroll down, hurt his knee in practice. No more specifics, other than he’ll need surgery.



    • J-Dub421
      2:59 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      Thanks. This is a bummer; I was looking forward to watching Dorian lower the boom on some poor fool again.



  3. tkat
    2:25 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

    Louisville likely gets this W, this year. But over next few years, they should expect to be on the losing end. Kentucky is on the rise!



  4. sammydog
    3:12 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

    Louisville has spent 30 yrs in their effort to build a good football program beginning with Howard. UK has spent 30 yrs trying to avoid putting resources into the football program. Now that UK has made a commitment it will take years to get it done to be competitive in our conference. We could be competitive with the Cards in a few years but not this one.



  5. El_Joe
    3:40 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

    “There isn’t one thing that could disappoint me more than if the Cats gave up a deep ball to Devante Parker off a play-action on the first play of the game. They did it against Florida State. Petrino did it at WKU against the Cats”

    Uh, no he didn’t. WKU’s first play of that game was a 4 yard pass. In fact, WKU’s longest TD of the game was a 14 yard run. Their longest pass play was 25 yards to the tight end. No idea what you’re talking about.

    The Florida State part is correct, but that’s it.



    • Red headed Stepchild
      3:49 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      WKU did pass the deep ball early in first series. IT DID NOT WORK.



    • bonkrshr
      4:09 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      Never let a good story be deterred by small details, facts, etc.~ Pat Forde



    • bsmith4
      7:53 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      bonkrshr i know u



  6. wildcat502
    5:50 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t take this the wrong way, Louisville is good, but to say Kentucky doesn’t stand a chance in this game is wrong. Look at Louisville`s schedule and tell me we couldn’t have won 7 or 8 games, if we played their schedule.
    Miami Florida — 6-5
    Murray State — who knows, but bad
    Virginia — 5-6 Louisville loss
    Florida International — 4-8
    Wake Forest — 3-8
    Syracuse — 3-8
    Clemson — 8-3 lost big to Georgia
    NC State — 6-5
    Florida State — 11-0 But barely winning games
    Boston College — 6-5
    Notre Dame — 7-4 Louisville`s big win, but ND has lost 4 of their last 5 games, including Northwestern