Finally, a bit of good news. Mark Stoops told reporters on today’s SEC Teleconference that after playing sparingly over the past several games due to an ankle injury, junior linebacker Jason Hatcher should be back at full speed Saturday. After watching teams tear holes through Kentucky’s pass rush the past few games, that is very welcome news.
Stoops was also asked about his team’s recent slide and how it’s mentally impacting the players. He said that this week, the staff’s just trying to get them to “enjoy” the game again.
“I’m not sure if they’re pressing or not, but we talked about a lot of things,” Stoops said. “We addressed a lot of issues this week and that is part of it with getting out there and enjoying it. Enjoying the preparation, enjoying the grind of a tough season, and enjoying playing football again. Getting out there and playing a little looser and enjoying what we’re doing and playing with that passion we need.”
Enjoying the game again? Sounds familiar. Maybe John Robic should go over to the Nutter Training Center and start a kickball game.