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Notes and Quotes from Mark Stoops’ Radio Show

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The Bye Week has chiggity changed things up in the normal routine, but the one thing that remained the same was Mark Stoops’ Radio Show.  Without his regularly scheduled news conference, there were a few tidbits of news to share tonight after having some time to wrap his head around Saturday’s wild win.

  “Unfortunately, I think our players thought the bye week started a week earlier this time.”  I don’t think there’s a more accurate description of Saturday night’s game.  It’s impossible to lose in a Bye Week, but the Cats proved it was VERY possible to lose to EKU.

—  Stoops defended Towles to all of the Barker fanatics.  I used the term “fanatic” because that’s what you all are at this point.  Sure Pat played poorly in the first half, but he didn’t in the second half.  Stoops couldn’t find a possession in that game, nor could he in any of the four prior games, where an opportunity presented itself to give the backup a shot.

“Patrick is our starting quarterback.  Someday when Drew is the starting quarterback, he’s going to want that same support from me.”  I’m sure the haters will continue to hate, but remember, Barker is the backup for a reason.

—  Stoops didn’t lose the game, or his sense of humor.  One caller began his call like many do, “How ya doing?”  Stoops responded, “Better than I could be doing.”  He isn’t lying.

—  If we need to pick an identity for this team, it has to be resiliency.  The most difficult part about being a Kentucky football fan in 2015, is that you have no idea which team is going to show to play.  They’ve had a few halves of explosive offense through the air, but sometimes their running game looked too good to keep it away from them.  Other times the defense carried them and made critical stops.  Last week the offensive line got manhandled after manhandling a Top 25 Missouri team that had the 4th-best defense in America entering the game.

The only thing you can bet on – every game will be close.  As Matt and many others have pointed out, UK could easily be 0-5 or 5-0.  Stoops said Saturday was the most pressure the team has felt, but they did not buckle under the extreme pressure.  They showed resiliency by making big plays.  When things got tough in the past, bad habits started to show.  You can see signs of improvement now that the good habits are surfacing in tight situations.

—  Kentucky will begin their practice week by treating this Saturday as though it were a Monday of game week.

—  I’m going to use Freddie Maggard’s words for this one, “D.J. Eliot may be good at coordinating an SEC defense, but don’t let him borrow your car.”  Before leaving on a recruiting trip last week, Eliot wrecked their car before leaving the parking lot.  I cannot WAIT to bring this up to him on Wednesday.

Injury Update

The Good News: 11 days in between games means that any and all players have time to become healthy enough to play.

The Bad News: there are lots of them, and they are some of the most important players on the roster.

Regie Meant was playing well until his injury, but it’s allowed C.J. Johnson to play inspired football.  Jordan Swindle should be able to return, even though I believe he made a brief appearance when things got scary in the second half.  Garrett “Juice” Johnson will have to take some time to heal his wounds after taking a couple of brutal blows across the middle of the field.  Stoops confirmed what I heard after the game – Austin MacGinnis hurt his groin in practice on Thursday, pulling his groin when his toe took too big of a chunk out of the dirt in practice.  MacGinnis’ injury might be the most significant.  The Cats aren’t blowing out anyone, and they need every point they can get.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

29 Comments for Notes and Quotes from Mark Stoops’ Radio Show



  1. Le Docteur
    9:23 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Sorry but people who want to see what Barker can do are not necessarily fanatics. Towles is wildly inconsistent and inaccurate. It’s not unreasonable to want to see Barker play in a game — particularly since the coaches themselves keep mentioning that they too want to get him in a game. So you have a piece on this blog but if all you can do is name-call and attempt to bully, then you suck at your job. Try a cogent argument sometime instead. Saying your unsupported opinion matter of factly and loudly is not going to do it. Here’s an idea for a piece for you: irony. The coaches have wanted to get Barker some snaps beginning from the first game but Towles’ poor play has kept every game in too much doubt to slip Barker in for even one series.



    • whatwasthat
      10:11 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      If only it were true that one player was responsible for the erratic play, Kentucky football fans, so ignorant about football and you sir could be the president of the ignorant. Rewatch the game sir, you will see that Patrick had a pretty good game, yes he had two interceptions but it is fans like yourself that just look at the bad I guess to feel better about yourself. I’m sure everyone like you have eagle eye hindsight and you know so more than the coaches or anyone else for that matter.



    • WeareBBN
      10:56 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      WWT…you need to rewatch the game. Pat was horrible and several catches were the wr’s jumping, reaching back and diving to catch his passes, even on screens and simple quick throws to the sidelines. I am not saying Drew is better, we don’t know since he has never played, but Pat has proven to be either very good or very bad, and mostly bad dating back to last year.
      I also find it ironic Stoops is calling out his players for thinking EKU was a bye week, he and his staff did the same thing….Stoops stated that Drew would play this week and he said that as he figured it would be 38-3 by the 4th quarter as it should have been. NC State is an average team and beat EKU 35-0.



    • whatwasthat
      12:25 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

      I have weareBBN, 29/42 329 yards 3tds 2 ints. I’m going to let in on a little secret weareBBN, NFL much less college quarterbacks throw perfect passes every time that is why you want good receivers so they can snag the errant throw, that’s their job. I could break it down for you in basketball terms for you since this is the sport you probably follow and understand, just let me know.
      On a related note.
      Nolan Ryan once threw a ball instead of a strike, true.
      Pete Rose struck out one time , true.
      Tom Brady threw the ball to the other team once, true.
      My point is you need to get off the kids back and he is just a kid still, he can do things with a football you can only dream about. maybe if the fans quit worrying about the betting line and how much money they lost because the spread wasn’t covered we would have better discussions about football and if you do have a gambling problem, please seek help.



  2. Tom Seaver
    9:35 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    It’s really funny that you call someone out for name calling, then following that up with name calling and insults. How about this for a cogent argument: we are 4-1. We could be 5-0, if Baker catches Towles pass. But hey, why throw that out there when it gets in the way of your fanaticism. Oh, and irony didn’t play on the line for us, so the pathetic line play that allowed us to rush for all of 55 yards against EKU has to be on Towles. Yeah, fanatic fits.



    • Le Docteur
      9:57 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      I apologize. You’re right. Towles is consistent and accurate. The coaches have not said over and over how they want to get Barker snaps. Stoops did not say after EKU that HE considered benching Towles and if he did say that, he was wrong or fanatical about Barker. I’m irrational and I only want Barker to get in the game because of my irrational hatred of Towles, a person I have never met. It has nothing to do with Towles’ actual game performance. Oh, and you’re right, I don’t know and certainly don’t appreciate our team’s record. I’m a fanatic. Again, I’m sorry. (That’s irony, my friend. Not saying a writer is bad at his job because he bullies instead of reasons.)



    • J-Dub421
      12:31 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

      Leather Docteur, please explain why you seem to know for certain that Barker is better than Towles. No one has seen him play since high school. Do you attend practice regularly? Are you a Division one coach? What makes you think you are more qualified than our coaching staff?



    • J-Dub421
      12:32 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

      Sorry, should have said le, autocorrect got me.



  3. Oscar Brohm
    9:46 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Nick it is time to grow up and get real a job



    • WildCat Corey
      9:58 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      I agree, I’m not sure who is worse BTI or Nick but they both suck.



  4. Just a Fan
    9:56 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    I am so tired of Stoops BS, and yes fans want to see Barker because Towles is below average qb and if it wasn’t for some amazing catches by future NFL receivers than UK would be 0-5. Stoops is pissed off at Barker about his off the field behavior, and that’s why Barker is the backup.



    • Brian
      10:01 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Boy, all the trolls are really running with this “…..we should be 0-5” shit. Give it a rest.

      We aren’t 0-5. We are 4-1.

      I think some commenter on here once said “IF the Queen had balls, she’d be the King”.



    • Carolina Cat
      10:11 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Real FB fans who watch this team know Patrick should be on the Bench. Patrick make a couple of good plays or more often one of the receivers bails him out and the CATS win and for most that is good enough.With just an average qb, and I think Barker is way better than average would be blowing out these teams UK has played so far.



    • whatwasthat
      10:17 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Some more of the ignorant society of KY football fans. I know that there is a good chance that Carolina cat and the other members of the society are probably just whoreville trolls but don’t you just wish they would go crawl back under the rock from were they came.



    • J-Dub421
      12:24 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

      If Barker was better, he’d be starting. Unless you think Coach Stoops is sabotaging our program and wants to lose.



    • Beavis
      6:44 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

      At times the way Towles plays and Barker still sits,,,,Barker must be down right awful. But there is nothing wrong with putting Barker in and letting Towles watch the D from the sidelines. Prepares Barker for the future, prepares Barker in case Towles gets hurt and maybe just maybe Barker could put a little pressure on Towles to play better. Nothing wrong with QB competition.



    • theWilkman
      10:40 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

      Coach Stoops doesn’t play Barker because Towles is HIS MAN (even though he was recruited by Joker, while Barker was recruited by Stoops) and he doesn’t really want to win (even though he gets $100,000 for every SEC victory).



  5. Ha!
    10:10 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Where did all this negativity come from? If you told UK fans that we’d be 4-1 to start the season, everyone would have been ecstatic. And yet, these negative ass, nancy-boy fans are STILL whining like spoiled little girls who didn’t get their way.

    We are .800 in football, we’ve got top recruits committing left and right, our top ranked basketball team is about to get going, our rival down the road has a losing record in football, and their AD and HOFCRP is getting crushed by everyone, everywhere in the media over a freaking HOOKER SCANDAL.

    Good grief, people!!!!

    ITS A DAMN GOOD TIME TO BE A CAT!!!



  6. Hasbeen and never was Lorenzen
    10:17 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Patrick played a great game, it was everbody fault except for his. For all you haters you do so not know FB like me.



  7. Perspective
    10:27 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Stoops: “Some day when Drew’s our starting quarterback, he’s going to want that same support from me.”

    He’s already preparing for the idiots to start calling for Hoak and Jones once this becomes Barker’s team.

    Sorry, Coach Stoops,

    Sincerely,
    The Non-Crazy Majorty of BBN



  8. whatwasthat
    10:33 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    In related news, Peyton Manning threw two interceptions against the Vikings why hasn’t Denver replaced that bum yet. Ky football fans say
    Pull that bum Lorenzen and put Shan Boyd in, lol.
    Pull that bum Hartline and put Morgan Newron in, lol
    Pull that bum smith and put Jalen Whitlow in, lol
    Ah the Kentucky basketball fan er, football fan so entertaining.



    • Blonde Bomber
      11:25 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Boy, does this sound familiar. You’re right as rain. All of these dumb asses calling for Barker seem to forget that the most accurate QB in our camp the last two seasons Reece Philips got some game time last season, how’d that look??? Clue, not good. Towels needs to cool it with the winking and the hushing the crowd and just concentrate on being a good QB and we’ll be fine.



    • whatwasthat
      11:59 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Yep the winking has got to go, I see him do it now and just laugh. We all have nervous tics but find another one Pat. Kentucky is football poor, many schools just didn’t have football teams until consolidation and the fan base equates it to basketball which isn’t even close, both are sports but that’s all the connection they have.



  9. Mike
    1:17 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

    Can someone from KSR write a post about how not to cheer or chant go big blue when we have the ball.



  10. UK Fan From a Afar
    3:21 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

    Juice spent the night in the hospital Saturday night for observation. Needs a couple days of rest, should be 100% for Auburn.



    • DACats86
      9:21 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

      Good to hear. He took a hell of a shot across the middle. Heard the pads over the roar of the crowd.



  11. Edward
    4:57 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

    Stephen Garcia of Saturday Down South rating SEC QB’s:

    Patrick Towles (Kentucky): 29-42 for 329 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs
    My Take: Towles has become one of the better QBs in the league. He struggled against a very good Florida defense, but outside of that game, he has been crushing it. He did throw two costly picks, but he’s a gunslinger and I love that. Towles is also sneaky fast. Look for him to continue to fire the ball.
    My Grade: B+



  12. kybigblue
    8:23 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

    Barker has not taken a snap at UK so we don’t know how he would perform in a game. Towels is the QB with experience and possibly the game experience of Towles is why Stoops named him as the starter but we don’t even know that for sure. Barker isn’t likely to transfer since he has been red shirted he would lose a year of eligibility if he had to sit out another year.



  13. OhBoy
    10:38 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

    People on both sides of this argument are crazy. Towles and Barker are very similar Qbs in style. Did you see how many rushing yards and rushing TD’s Barker had in High School? He was just big enough and just fast enough to do that on that level…..NOT in college, let alone the SEC. Both Qbs have accuracy and consistency issues. What it comes down to is that there is no better option right now than Towles because we just have average Qbs right now. Just cross your fingers and hope one of these guys Stoops signs in the future is a legit pocket passer or else all these nice receivers he is signing will go to waste.