Before rolling through countless appearances at SEC Media Days, Mark Stoops spoke with members of the local media for more than ten minutes. There was not a ton of breaking news, but he did provide updates on five players. There’s a lot of good news, but first, the bad news about Phil Hoskins.
“He’s not quite ready yet, no. I wish he was, but he had to get two shoulders fixed before he got here,” Stoops said. “Hopefully Phil will be able to step in and help, but I would anticipate that maybe not until game three, game four or game five.”
Derrick LeBlanc needs all the help he can get on the defensive line and he can’t immediately turn to the junior college transfer. It takes most JUCO defensive lineman about half a season to figure out SEC football. Now Hoskins is even further behind.
If there’s a silver lining to that terrible news, Hoskins’ status is the only bad news from today. Stoops said quarter Drew Barker is 100 percent after undergoing offseason back surgery. Stoops is currently not allowed to watch players workout with a football, but has only heard good things about Drew. The last piece of the puzzle for Barker is regaining confidence.
Stoops also updated us on two incoming players. Slot receiver Lynn Bowden and cornerback Michael Nesbitt have not made it to campus but, “We do anticipate they’ll be there on the first day of fall camp.”
Stoops also discussed the luxury of coaching upperclassmen, the dynamics of Matt House’s defense and more.