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Mark Stoops opens up about Mikel Horton’s transfer

Last night, KSR broke the news that junior running back Mikel Horton is transferring from the program. The move wasn’t a surprise; Horton had only three carries for 12 yards this season and lost his spot as the team’s power back to freshman Benny Snell. On today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, Mark Stoops was asked about Mikel’s transfer, and while he wished Mikel the best of luck, he admitted he saw it coming. 

“It’s not an issue handling the loss. As you know, he’s only had a few carries this fall. Yeah, we did see it coming. It’s just one of this situations where, for whatever reason, he gets behind on the depth chart and has to earn the trust of the coaches and the players as he moves forward. He was starting to to that, and doing a better job and being more accountable, and then some other guys emerged.”

“You know, there’s only one football, and we’ve been playing pretty solid at the running back position and he had a hard time getting back on the field. We wish him the best of luck, but depth is certainly not an issue. We’ve got quite a few [running] backs on scholarship.”

According to Jen Smith, Horton is no longer with the team, but will finish out the semester at UK. Like Stoops, we also wish him the best of luck.

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6 Comments for Mark Stoops opens up about Mikel Horton’s transfer



  1. Duuuuuude
    1:10 pm September 28, 2016 Permalink

    I wish him all the best.

    I suppose that by finishing out the semester, he could transfer for his senior season and be able to play immediately next year for somebody.



  2. Rise
    3:11 pm September 28, 2016 Permalink

    I seen it coming at the end of the New Mexico State game. I remember he got a carry late in the game and had a solid gain. One of the O-lineman tried to give him a high five or what not and he pushed him away and said a few words. I knew right then he was frustrated with his playing time.



  3. ClutchCargo
    3:40 pm September 28, 2016 Permalink

    This is what happens when you accumulate an adequate amount of SEC quality depth at any position. It’s a good problem to have. Everyone wants to either be on a winning team or come in and play immediately against the best conference. Hopefully we become that winning team sooner than later.



  4. GroundControlToNumber9
    8:47 pm September 28, 2016 Permalink

    Attitude is the most important thing a player can bring each day.

    If you aren’t a team player then you don’t have a seat at the table.

    We don’t know Mikel Horton’s story. But we do know he’s no longer on the team (and will lose this semester of eligibility). College football is a long season and RB’s get hurt all the time. Sad to see a guy drop in the depth chart and then quit (on the opportunity to be there as a reserve back ready to show his juice when called upon).

    No coach is going to force a kid to quit mid-semester (because you can’t replace them then) unless:
    1. Bad attitude
    2. Bad attitude
    3. Bad attitude

    You can’t blame a coach if you have a bad attitude. It looks like it’s Mikel’s blind-spot (as attitude often is).

    He was a strong runner and fun to watch at times. Hope he grows and starts making better decisions when faced with adversity.



  5. Luether
    9:04 pm September 28, 2016 Permalink

    Should have at least stuck out the season. Immature and entitled…



  6. blitzedanddazed
    9:14 pm September 28, 2016 Permalink

    Again this is just Stoops showing why he is a horrible Coach. Horton is a good player with a good attitude that could have been utilized on this football team. If not as a conventional tailback, then at another position. But Stoops refuses to think outside of the original plan he sees a player contributing to the Team. Stoops thinks he can just discard players like his Brother Bob at Oklahoma. UK is not Oklahoma. Horton would have been a good slot receiver / kick-punt returner or even a fullback in certain situations.