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.”