In Kentucky’s first full scrimmage of the spring season at Kroger Field, the defense dominated the offense. “We kicked their ass,”defensive tackle Adrian Middleton said Saturday. This afternoon, it was the offense’s turn to kick some ass.
Benny Snell said the defense was “horrible. We destroyed them. I hope they never play like that again because we scored on every drive.”
Mark Stoops wasn’t so happy to see his defense get taken to the woodshed.
“With being a head coach, you’re pleased with one side and pissed off at the other,” he said. “The offense was physical, making competitive plays, just had an attitude about them. The defense we did not play very good.”
Stoops’ defense was firing on all cylinders last week. After the Saturday scrimmage, the offense had the upper hand all week.
“The minute we think we’ve got it all figured out, we don’t. That mentality has to change defensively. We’ve got to be more consistent.”
While frustrated at the defense, Stoops was pleased to see the offense respond. Part of that falls on the quarterbacks’ shoulders. They improved across the board and gave playmakers an opportunity to make plays, and today Lynn Bowden did just that.
“Lynn made a super catch again on third and goal,” Stoops said. “He had tight coverage. Guys were draped all over him and he came down with the big catch. He made some people miss in the open field off a screen too.”
Benny Snell made a few plays of his own too. Held out of the last scrimmage, he was prepared to make the defense pay for what happened when he was on the sideline.
“He makes a huge difference,” Stoops said. “It’s hard to quantify how much he means, because he makes people miss, he gets tough yards, he has that mentality and he starts ’em. He wasn’t going to be held out today.”
Each side now has a spring scrimmage win. The grudge match will be one week from today under the bright lights of Kroger Field at the Blue/White Game. Get your tickets now.