Angry Mark Stoops has returned to the Kentucky sideline sooner than expected.
Following the Wildcats’ first scrimmage of the preseason, the UK head coach did not have anything good to say about his team’s performance at Kroger field.
“Not good enough today. Not a good enough scrimmage. I was really disappointed to be honest with you,” he said. “I felt like it was bit flat. I expected a lot more out of these guys across the board.”
The team did not bring enough energy to meet Stoops’ expectations. Even the little things were ugly.
“I felt like we were just sloppy. We had some pre-snap penalties that hurt some drives. Offensively, we had some drops. Late in the scrimmage we put the ball on the ground. Defensively, we were just average. I felt like we were just average across the board. I didn’t really see exceptional play from either side.”
In the quarterbacks’ first opportunity to impress coaches in a pressure-packed situation, nobody stood out. The passers weren’t good enough and the receivers didn’t make plays.
“I don’t feel like anybody has stepped up on the offense to make a spectacular play. Wide receivers, I just feel like we’re very average there right now. Nobody’s stepping up and making any great individual plays. I think the quarterbacks are a part of that as well. They’ve been inconsistent.”
With Benny Snell on the sideline with a calf strain, the team had to rely on others to provide energy and make plays. Up until this point, Stoops was satisfied with the Cats’ progress. Today they took a step back, although he’s confident it will not keep the team down for long.
“I’m not pleased. I just feel like there’s a lot more with us. It’s a long training camp, but I expect more coming out for the first scrimmage.” He added, “It’s not what we’re looking for.”
“I expect this group to bounce back and get back at it next week because we’ve got a lot of work to do.”