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Mark Stoops Previews Florida

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Stoops met with the media (very briefly) one last time before the team heads to Florida. Here is what he had to say…

The Team Had a Good Week

Stoops was happy with the attitude he saw from his team this week. Stoops said guys were focused and trying to get better. “It’s been a long week. We’ve needed to get a lot of work done and we have. We’ve had some good practices the past couple of days and a good walkthrough today,” Stoops said.

Stoops Isn’t Worried About Drew Barker on the Road

This will be Drew Barker’s first start on the road. Other than practicing with crowd noise, Barker’s preparation for Florida has been no different despite the tough road environment. “I don’t anticipate that it’ll be an issue. It’s loud and you’re going to have to deal with that and we have at practice. He’s been efficient, so I don’t know what else you can do,” Stoops said.

Stoops said it helps that Barker has been around to see what playing on the road is like.

Denzil Ware Has Tried to be a Leader

On Wednesday we learned that Ware called an all players meeting this week. When asked if Ware has stepped up as a leader on this team, Stoops said Ware has tried to be a leader all year.

“Denzil means very well. I think Denzil will be the first to tell that he’s talking to himself too because he made some critical, critical errors in that game. So I don’t think that was anything about pointing fingers, it was about ‘let’s get on the same page and let’s get our act together’,” Stoops said.

The Battle at Punter Continues 

The coaches are not yet settled on one punter yet. However, Grant McKinniss will be out on the field first.

Injury Update

Both Josh Allen and Blake McClain will play on Saturday.

Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

7 Comments for Mark Stoops Previews Florida



  1. 502CodeRed
    6:48 pm September 8, 2016 Permalink

    Fire this bum Stoops and go after Tom Herman at Houston. Or maybe even Jeff Brohm at WKU.
    The bottom line is UK Football is a place where coaches die. It’s going to take a BIG hire to bring this program out of the cellar. Stop being cheap and get out the checkbook.



    • Billy Hill
      8:53 pm September 8, 2016 Permalink

      LOLOLOL. Tom Herman is not coming to UK…..



    • ukkatzfan
      9:28 pm September 8, 2016 Permalink

      502 code red. I am for Stoops 100 %. With that being said, you are funny. . “It’s going to take a BIG hire to bring this program out of the cellar.” “even Jeff Brohm at WKU.” Now to be serious, we are going to win on Saturday in Florida on CBS.



  2. jdarren1963
    8:50 am September 9, 2016 Permalink

    “Stoops said guys were focused and trying to get better.” Does that include the coaches?



  3. kycats13
    10:14 am September 9, 2016 Permalink

    How can we make a mistake on recruiting a punter? I would think it to be pretty obvious when you go to watch him punt that he can either punt it high and long or NOT. I don’t think that is a skill that would not be transferable over county or state lines. It just doesn’t make sense.



  4. CatFanDu
    1:44 pm September 9, 2016 Permalink

    When UK beats Florida, will the “Stoops bashing” cease?



  5. UK Maine-iac
    10:16 pm September 9, 2016 Permalink

    We’re not gonna get a huge name to coach football as long as Cal is here. And sorry, but if the university has to sacrifice the football program so the basketball program remains elite, then yeah, keep doing that UK.