We’re close, folks. The first Mark Stoops Show of the season just concluded and it’s nice to have Tom Leach back with Stoops on Monday evenings.
There’s been plenty of talking since the season ended back in December (yup, we’ve been eight full months without football), but especially over the last few months. Talking season as they call it. This will probably be the least newsworthy Mark Stoops Show of the season because he’s not recapping a previous game while previewing the next opponent, but there were still a few interesting nuggets from Monday night.
Here’s what was discussed during the first Mark Stoops Show:
- He started talking QBs and said that when talking with Terry Wilson, and the other quarterbacks, now it’s time to show what they can do on the field against other opponents. He will run mostly the same offense that UK ran with Stephen Johnson but didn’t want to give too much away. There will be some options and designed runs for Wilson.
- Stoops liked that Wilson played and started in JUCO last year. UK doesn’t have a QB that has started a college game at the SEC level, but Wilson isn’t fresh out of high school and hasn’t been buried on a college depth chart. He has experience going against college athletes and college level coaches.
- Landon Young’s injury was a “freak athlete” during a non-contact drill. He mentioned this during the luncheon but it still stinks for Young. The Cats have been unlucky during the offseason.
- He again mentioned Jordan Jones being banged up so he will ask more out of DeAndre Square and Chris Oats. “They’re definitely going to play, how many snaps we’ll see,” Stoops said. He later said those two players have been the biggest surprises of the defense this summer. Anyone else thinking we won’t see too much of Jones on Saturday?
- Stoops mentioned Miles Butler’s time around the program as a factor in his decision to go with Butler as the starting kicker. Like he said earlier today, Chance Poore could be used on long kicks at the end of the first half or the end of a game because Stoops said he has a stronger leg. The goal is to redshirt him, but he can still play in four games. Grant MacKinnis will be the starting punter and boot the ball during kickoffs.
- Stoops said the team missed Dorian Baker last year after he had an incredible camp. He described Baker as strong and big. He’s excited to have him with Tavin Richardson. He also mentioned Isaiah Epps, Josh Ali and Lynn Bowden as receivers that have improved and will make an impact.
- Shocker, but he also singled out David Bouvier. The Kentuckian has been praised more than any other player this summer.
- It sounds like we won’t see too much from former hooper Ahmad Wagner. Stoops told Leach that he didn’t think he was going to be eligible this year so he would have plenty of time to develop and get back in the swing of football, but since he can play this year he is still a little behind. Stoops said it would be a developmental year but said he has unbelievable ball skills and can “go up and make a play,” at 6 foot 5, 238 pounds I believe it.
- It sounds like Stoops won’t move George Asafo-Adjei. He’s “settled” in and is playing good football. It’s going to be Naasir Watkins or E.J. Price replacing Young.
- Stoops was asked by a fan if Benny Snell was the best running back he’s ever coached. He said he’s up there with Stanley “Boom” Williams and other running backs he grew up playing against.
- He mentions recruiting Adrian Peterson to Miami (Fla.). He was beaten out by his brother and Peterson ended up having an amazing career for the Sooners “At least he played for my brother.”
- Stoops said that Kash Daniel is leaner, quicker and more confident. “I’m excited about Kash.”
- When asked who’s the No. 2 running back behind Benny Snell, Stoops let the depth chart do the talking. Earlier today UK used an “or” for the second string running back. It will either be Sihiem King or A.J. Rose and Stoops wouldn’t budge with who has the edge. Both “earned the right” to see snaps but Stoops is unsure how many snaps. He complimented Snell’s ability to handle a plethora of carries (reminded him of Peterson) and said that helps UK’s style of being physical and making defenses face the offensive line, tight ends and Snell nonstop. He did say he’s impressed with the backup running backs and mentioned some freshmen have done nice things, too. Ah, gotta love real SEC depth (my words, not Stoops).
- Stoops also praised Quinton Bohanna and his improvements. Marquan McCall was also mentioned along with Jerquavion Mahone. Nick Roush has been praising those three all summer.
- Some student won tickets to the Justin Timberlake concert that will take place at Rupp Arena in September. May as well call me a jelly monster living on jelly mountain.
- Stoops said this has been a really united team. He’s impressed with the leadership and the team’s togetherness. He wants a team that is player led because coaches won’t always been around. The team knows that and he hopes they will take care of things 24/7. Let’s roll, boys and girls.