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More from Mark Stoops on the SEC Coaches Teleconference


Earlier today, I shared Mark Stoops’ comments from the SEC Coaches Teleconference about the improved game day atmosphere and fan support in Commonwealth Stadium from his first year until this season. Now here’s a little more from Stoops on today’s call…


He knew he had something special in Boom Williams all along.

When asked about his expectations for Boom Williams when Boom was signed to the 2014 recruiting class, Stoops said he always knew Boom was special.

“We really knew we had something special with Boom all along,” said Stoops. “He’s a guy that fits very well with the offense and would fit really well in any offense, quite frankly. He’s a very explosive guy. He’s got very good vision and, just being a true sophomore, I think he’s really got a lot of good football ahead of him as well.”

He said Boom is only going to get better.

The new recruiting room was “chaotic” in season opener, but a big hit last weekend.

Kentucky had its biggest recruiting day, maybe ever, with a ton of high-level targets and commitments in town for the Florida game. Though he said it was chaotic in Week 1 as everyone scrambled to get the stadium ready, it was a big success in its second run.

“We had an awful lot of recruits in there. The room has been a big hit. It’s great because of location; they get to feel the energy in the stadium and gather with other recruits and gather with coaches right prior to the game and right after the game. So it’s been a very big success. It’s helped us, the renovations in general. I think people are excited about it and it can only help us as we move forward with recruiting and showing the commitment of this place.”

We will have plenty of photos of the recruiting room after I tour it tomorrow afternoon. Look for that some time tomorrow evening. Really excited to get in there and check it out.

He likes his team’s mentality.

“I like the way they work,” Stoops said of his young and improving team. “We’ve got some good, young talented players. We’re still just scratching the surface on some of these guys and the talent we have. We’re just looking to get better and better every week. There’s no shortcuts, and we understand that. There’s a lot of great teams in this league that have been doing things right for a long time and we’re just going to be one of them.”

He pointed out that Kentucky hasn’t always been the best or most talented team and it’s still not, but they’re getting better by the day.

Note: Maybe a little unnecessary to remind us Kentucky hasn’t always been the best. We are very aware of that.

Missouri is a lot like Florida, defensively.

Expect another four-man rush with good, hard-nosed pass rushers when Mizzou comes to town this weekend. Stoops expects another great challenge, similar to last week’s with Florida.

He said, “I think we have to learn from the Florida game. I think we have a true freshman tackle that’s getting some good experience that I think will get better from week to week. And I think schematically, we always look for ways to take our shots when they’re there, but look for ways to protect our line and do different things and different protections to try and help out a little bit.”

If the offense plays like it did against Florida, there’s no point in kicking off the football. The offensive side of the ball needs serious improvement this week to get that third win in the book.

“We’ll have our hands full again this week.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 Comments for More from Mark Stoops on the SEC Coaches Teleconference

  1. inside info2
    4:15 pm September 23, 2015 Permalink

    It was great to contrast the 3 main KSR opinions since Saturday:

    1. Jared Lorenzen — Former QB at UK and in the Pros. Plenty of football knowledge. Defended Towels and tried to deflect heat from him on Twitter. Probably overly defensive. And not objective since he coached him in HS and probably had a big influence on him coming to UK. Continually refers to Towels as “my man”.

    2. Matt Jones — not nearly as much football knowledge as others on the site. Defended Towels and knocked readers on the site who were knocking Towels. Not objective either since he is too close to the staff and can’t be too critical of them if he still wants access to the inside portion of the program

    3. Freddie Maggard — fairly critical of Towels. Mentioned him being replaced at least for a series or two. Reading between the lines of his posts it sounds like he may have given up on Towels. Not biased and has no reason not to be objective as far as I can tell. Has the most football knowledge of the writers on the site (Lorenzen doesn’t write for KSR anymore). Was a QB himself at UK.

    I’m going with Maggard on this. If Towels hasn’t done anything in the first half of the Missouri game, start Barker the 2nd half. Barker may not be any better in practice and I have been highly critical of his immaturity while at UK so far, but what do we have to loose? It might shake things up and cause Towels to stop worrying about his golden locks of hair and worry about the game. Or maybe Barker is better in game than he is in practice.

    • Towels
      6:22 pm September 23, 2015 Permalink

      how many towels does Towles need to tolwe?

  2. Kyblue34
    4:34 pm September 23, 2015 Permalink

    Totally agree with your post, but there are a lot of fans that don’t think this logically. Plus, if Missouri’s defense is a lot like Florida’s, then clearly our offense needs to do something different or the result will be the exact same.

  3. Claydwildcat
    6:28 pm September 23, 2015 Permalink

    I think a ton of blame goes to offensive line. To be an effictive quarter back you need to have time for progessions and be able to set your feet and throw. Towles had little time to find a reciever and accurately deliver the ball. Wide outs cannot drop easy passes. This is a game of momentum and rhythm. Drops kill this. You cannot keep a defense on its heals. That being said. Towles needs to improve his movement in the pocket. Does not step up into pocket. Needs to throw the ball away to avoid negative plays and needs to pull it down and run 3-4 times instead of stopping and trying to throw them taking sack. Accuracy is aided by timing and being able to set his feet he did not have much of that, but the things I just listed need to happen! Not calling for Drew yet but we need to get wins!

  4. Tej
    9:02 pm September 23, 2015 Permalink

    Great to see the objectivity in #1’s post. Lorenzen is biased, Jones isn’t knowledgeable, and “reading between the lines…” of Maggard’s post, a conclusion is reached-Towels, aka Towles, should be benched. Wow. I will stick with the coaches’ approach and decisions, which I think are objective.

  5. BluKudzu
    9:52 pm September 23, 2015 Permalink

    Jared, Freddy, Nick, and Drew all agreed the MO game is the biggest in PT’s career. They pretty much agreed; If a RS Junior can play no better than what they have seen thus far, then it is time to make a change. Who knows what we will see Saturday. I am hoping PT gets his act together and leads us to the win.

    • BluKudzu
      10:00 pm September 23, 2015 Permalink

      Or I’m gonna kick my dog all over the yard, just like after the Florida game……

    • BluKudzu
      5:09 am September 24, 2015 Permalink

      Name stolen. The child that posted under my name, seems to be screaming for attention. Must have been the middle sister of that family, feeling as though there is no purpose in life, and knowing mommy always loved the other two girls best.
      After she grows up, she marries the first loser that pays any attention to her, has babies, lives in a trailer, while her man treats her like shit. This is her only escape from a hellish world she has chosen. A bitter life lashing out at those she does not know, because welfare ain’t getting it done. You are witnessing the Obama cell phone plan, at its best.

    • BluKudzu
      10:32 am September 24, 2015 Permalink

      Rhite Power! I’m so angry. But I like to use my imagination to conjure up stories!