Nothing has changed
This is still the same 4-5 team, and we still play Vandy this weekend as we try to end our current losing streak. The Cats will need to come out firing in Nashville to produce the type of week we can build on going forward, nobody is going to hand us anything in the SEC. Stoops emphasized the importance of UK getting ahead early in order to get the nation’s nineteenth-ranked defense on their heels early. The offense has been dysfunctional lately to say the least, and a quick start is necessary to give our offense the jumpstart we’ve been looking for.
The team has performed well in practice this week Stoops said, and he believes focus is not an issue for the team right now. The staff continues to preach to the team about reinforcing strong mindsets amidst the negativity outside of the program, along with the importance of sticking to the basics. They aren’t out here playing dodgeball and messing around trying to get the guys fired up to play, the passion is already there. Same thing, different week. The players’ level of focus in practice, meetings, and on the sideline Saturday will decide how Saturday turns out, and Stoops seems confident that the Cats will be ready.
Boom is ready to go for Vandy
Stoops addressed Stanley William’s injury on Thursday, and said the running back will be ready to go on Saturday as the starter. The brace should not affect his play because the hard metal part of the brace will be away from the ball on the outside of his injured right arm. Stoops expressed no concern regarding the injury, saying that Boom could carry the ball in either arm and that his only worry was about the pain Boom would face while playing.
Hatcher is back, MacGinnis is healthy
A big focus of the defensive struggles has been getting more pressure into the backfield and limiting the time opposing quarterbacks have to pass the ball in the pocket. Hatcher’s return will provide much more pressure at strong side linebacker, and critical depth at a defensive position of need where youth has been filling in. Austin MacGinnis is also back at full speed this week and will be expected to be taking care of field goals and kickoffs. We’ve got to see some kicks go out of the end zone this weekend.
The quarterback race has been decided and the team knows which direction they are headed on Saturday. When asked about the situation, Stoops had this to say, “We’ll let it unfold on Saturday. There’s really no reason, they don’t care. They’ll be ready for either quarterback. Things don’t really change for them. There’s no point in bringing it up right now.” Whoever it is, they better come out hot or their ass will get cold ridin’ the pine.