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Kentucky’s Film makes EKU Head Coach Mark Elder’s Eyes Bleed

Nate Hutchinson | The Register

Eastern Kentucky head football coach Mark Elder has discovered that preparing for Kentucky is much more difficult than he initially anticipated.  He can hardly watch the Wildcats’ film.

My eyes are bleeding from looking at it as a matter of fact,” Elder said on today’s OVC teleconference.

Some people use the idiom to describe disgust, but Elder was nothing but complimentary of the Cats, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

“I think that they’re a complete football team.  You look at all three phrases from their game from last week, you look at all the games from a year ago, the first thing that stands out to me is their defense; how good they are on defense and how improved they are from defense.

“They were good last year, but they’re legitimately a major, big-time defense.  They’re stout.  They’re very, very tough against the run.  Schematically they put you in a tough spot by putting more people in then box then what you’re capable of blocking.  Not only are they good up front, but they’re schematically difficult to run the football against.  They’ve got two outside linebackers that are big-time, big-time playmakers.

“I remember the guys that are starting for them from two years ago at Tennessee.  They were the same dudes, they we’re just younger.  Obviously they were making freshman mistakes two years ago, and now they’re veterans that are balling out.”

Elder did not stop at the defense.  He described Stephen Johnson as dynamic, shared concerns about UK’s big wide receivers and said the offensive line is “going to present some problems for ya.”  He ended by pumping up the Cats more than some fans.

“They’re a complete football team, they’re a tough football team and might be the best football team at Kentucky from the last 25 years.”

Feel free to listen to more from Elder.  

Article written by Nick Roush

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19 Comments for Kentucky’s Film makes EKU Head Coach Mark Elder’s Eyes Bleed



  1. maximumscott
    3:06 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    Coach talk. I do see this team being one of the best in decades. Still gotta prove it.

    Can you believe the SCAR game has worse odds for us to win than UT, UF, UL. Fn crazy. By the computer and sports analyst we should lose to SCAR by at least 10 points. That will be a good measuring stick.



  2. KatsKlaws
    3:22 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t know why he is worried about wide receivers because I don’t think Gran knows he has any…



    • Mathlete
      3:50 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      I feel like Gran is saving a lot of the good stuff in the back of the playbook for South Carolina and Florida. Why would you give tougher opponents game film on plays they otherwise don’t know how to defend? The coaches aren’t dumb, they’re pretty sure they can beat Southern Miss and EKU with a vanilla playbook and uncork the good stuff when they need it later.



    • TBW3011
      4:10 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      He knows. Gran can’t get them the ball though. The QB has to.



    • ClutchCargo
      4:28 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      KatsKlaws, do you even watch football? Read Mathlete’s response and then go ahead and click the Like It button.



    • KatsKlaws
      5:48 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      Ha ha yeah right ….that’s it they are holding back 😂 ..does no good to hold back if you get beat week one…if not for a defensive score they would have lost ….

      Either the QB can’t throw or the receivers can’t catch…I have my guess as to which one it is…but we will see



    • dismore
      7:39 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly. I keep hearing people say we didn’t want to show our playbook. Always makes sense to take a risk of loosing over showing your playbook. 😒



    • Eazy
      10:11 am September 6, 2017 Permalink

      That’s bs. Bama always takes a knee at the end when the game is in hand. In our case you put the game away by taking a knee. If you run it it gives them a chance at a fluke scoop and score. Basic football 101.



    • KatsKlaws
      7:57 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      And for those that say Stoops is nice and classy for not putting it in the end zone at the end of the game…get outta here…we aren’t playing for funsies …scores matter, it’s what is remembered at the end of the day.I just don’t understand all this be nice and don’t hurt anybody’s feelings thing …smh



    • Mathlete
      8:29 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      You’ve never played euchre, have you? You don’t have to play the bower on the first hand if you can win with a 10. You do enough to win the hand you’re playing, and then play your better cards when you need them.

      Same thing in football, don’t show your best plays until you need them to win that week and move on. Bama lights up the scoreboard for style points to get into the playoffs (and because they thrive on non-offensive touchdowns). We’re just playing to win games and go bowling again.



    • KatsKlaws
      9:02 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      Swagger can’t be turned on and off with a switch…you wanna be big time, act big time, all the time…if you are just happy to win a game and go to the peon bowl why the hell even play. Stoops should put that ball in the end zone any chance he gets…



  3. secrick
    3:29 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    Hope he is right. One thing for sure Coach Stoops is not going to run the score up on anyone and i like that.



    • xXWaddle10Xx
      4:23 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      Very Classy move by Stoops.



    • ClutchCargo
      4:31 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      Classy and smart. No sense risking a turnover or injury when taking a knee will guarantee victory.



    • Eazy
      10:12 am September 6, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly, people saying we should have scored are ignorant. Bama didn’t run it in at the end either.



  4. Sentient Third Eye
    4:30 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    The weird thing is…he wasn’t speaking figuratively about his eyes bleeding. Creepy.



  5. az1006
    5:34 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    It was clearly a situation where he was hiding his cards a bit. Extremely simplistic play calling, and I thought it actually got MORE simplistic as the game went on, even though it was growing less and less effective. I can see where it was a bit frustrating (it was for me, too), but I can also understand that there are far bigger fish to fry in the coming weeks. We were slinging it all over the place and putting up points in bunches in the 1st half against USM last year…We lost. I’ll take the W all day, and look to improve as we go along.



  6. AirRaid98
    6:48 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    Sounds like Cal when we play scrub teams



    • Eazy
      10:13 am September 6, 2017 Permalink

      UK will beat EKU by 35.