Stoops Knows What He’s Doing with the DBs
There’s a lot of treats to experience at Kentucky football practices, but none better than watching Coach Stoops instruct the DBs. It’s firm, but not too intense. He throws a lot at his players (including som jargon that I don’t even understand), but doesn’t hesitate to slow things down and instruct one-on-one (like he did often with Chris Westry).
One drill began a little sluggishly, not living up to Stoops’ standards. He raised his voice, “You’re not gonna hold the receivers in this league. You’re going to beat them with technique.” Needless to say, when you walk away, you know that man knows what he’s talking about.
Holy Sihiem King
Some guys are good. Some guys make you say, WOW. King is the latter, and today was definitely his day.
First, I don’t know how this kid wasn’t recruited by more schools. Second, I’m glad they didn’t. Third, his speed cannot be measured with words. You have to see it to comprehend it.
On bubble screens out of the backfield, he outran guys to the sideline before turning it upfield, untouched. Those plays I expected, but the ones inside the tackles were the most impressive. You’d think it’d be the speedster’s worst nightmare, instead, it might be where he’s best. He’s so agile and can change direction so quickly, he can pull off three moves before finding the tiny hole. The last play during team period he tiptoed around linemen as they flew by him, before accelerating through the gap for a monster run. I don’t think we’re going to have to worry about the running back position too much with King in the picture.
Practice is Getting REALLY Fun
Changing things up to start practice, after the team finished stretching it was time for the coaches to show what they’ve got. With Stoops as the neutral quarterback, an offensive coach and a defensive coach went head-to-head. Unfortunately for outside linebackers coach Andy Buh, he didn’t stand a chance against the running back, Chad Scott. The offense went absolutely nuts. Towles and Barker were screaming as stormed toward Coach Scott. Scott avoided the dog pile before giving Boom a big chest bump.
No matter how hard it gets during two-a-days, it’s the little things that remind you why football is so fun.
Towles Looked Good Going Deep
I’ve seen the better days of Patrick Towles, but he still managed to let them fly fairly well. Other than one ball that was horribly underthrown to Jeff Badet, Towles has a couple of beauties down the sideline. The most impressive was a jump ball between Blake Bone and Chris Westry. Bone came down with it, but the refs are still reviewing the replay to see whether his foot stayed inbounds.
Today’s WR MVP: Alex Montgomery
Another day, another new name to add to the “Playmaking Wide Receivers” list. Alex did work in the middle of the field, laying out for a couple of throws that would have been out of the reach of many. If Alex can remain consistent, the defense isn’t going to have a clue who to key on.
I Should Have Done My Laundry
I didn’t realize I was wearing an orange shirt until Zach West and Jordan Swindle started talking trash. The offensive line was not happy with me and they are not a group you want to piss off. Alan Cutler loved every second of it. I have no hard feelings because it wouldn’t be the first time I wore something stupid. When I met Mitch Barnhart at Fan Day a few years ago, I was wearing a red shirt. When will I learn?
As we said before, Boom was back in full pads today but did not participate in full contract drills. Jeff Badet returned, but had his reps limited. The biggest surprise return was Kobie Walker, doing so with impeccable timing as linebacker depth wanes.
On the negative side of things, Ryan Timmons sat today out with an ankle tweak. Shannon Dawson said afterwards that he probably could have practiced, but they decided to play it safe.
I’ll be back a little later with plenty of pictures from today’s practice.