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‘Pissed Off’ after A&M Loss, UK Football is Happy to get Back to Work

John Glaser | USA TODAY Sports

John Glaser | USA TODAY Sports

The loss to Texas A&M hurt more than most losses.  The wait to shake off the loss lasted too long.

It was a long week.  The guys were ready to get back out here and get back to work,” Terry Wilson said after today’s practice.  “I just wish we could’ve kept going.”

Kentucky played far from perfect football, yet still had a chance to win at Kyle Field.  The win that slipped from their grasp hurt, and they couldn’t beat out the bad feelings on another opponent the following Saturday.

“I tell ya, after that Texas A&M loss, it really upset a lot of us.  For the lack of a better term, it pissed us off,” said C.J. Conrad.  “I personally haven’t felt that way after a loss in a long time.  I think that’s what kind of has motivated us to stay one game at a time because we don’t want to have that feeling again.”

In their first game week practice since the loss, Kentucky brought a vindictive attitude.  They practiced like a team ready to right their wrongs.

“We had great energy at practice today.  We had a great bye week and got healthy.  The energy was up today at practice,” Conrad said.

His offensive coordinator agreed.  “I loved where they were today,” Eddie Gran said.  He has seen teams fly out of the gates coming off a bye week, while others have fallen flat.

“You’ve gotta be somewhere in between.  You gotta come out, you gotta be consistent, you gotta have the energy, you gotta have the enthusiasm, you gotta be focused and locked in.”

Last year the Kentucky football team fell flat out of the bye week, blown out 45-7 in Starkville.  It all started in practice.  Mark Stoops met with his player unity council earlier this week to show them what went wrong.

“Some of our levels in practice weren’t very high and it was a direct reflection of how we played,” Conrad said.  “This week at practice it’s nothing crazy.  We just have to keep the intensity up and practice hard.  That’s what we did today and we’re on good track right now.”

Drake Jackson is Back

Jackson said it would’ve been tough to play last Saturday, but this week he is feeling much better.  He’s still considered day-to-day but the plan is to play against Vanderbilt.

Integrating New Pieces

Part of the coaches’ Bye Week agenda is to self-scout and reevaluate their approach.  One piece of the puzzle is adding a few new potential playmakers into the mix at wide receiver.  Ahmad Wagner and Zy’Aire Hughes were the first two to emerge.

“They are improving and things are starting to click.”  Gran said Wagner had two or three impressive catches in today’s practice, while Hughes has steadily shown more and more over the last three weeks.

Hughes’ Odd Nickname

The former McCracken County quarterback turned UK wide receiver is known by his teammates and coaches as ‘Fish.’  Why? I do not know, yet.  The KSR investigative team will be on it ASAP.

Terry Touchdown Maker Dorian Baker

Want to hear more from the UK Football team?  Listen to what Terry Wilson and Doran Baker had to say before they take on Vanderbilt Saturday night at Kroger Field.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

21 Comments for ‘Pissed Off’ after A&M Loss, UK Football is Happy to get Back to Work

  1. BigolBlue
    9:26 pm October 16, 2018 Permalink

    8-4 team. No passing game No kicker
    Midd Tenn st-W

    • You sound fun.

    • mashburnfan1
      10:28 pm October 16, 2018 Permalink

      BigolBlue typical week:
      Tues-be a dick-sleep
      Wed-play atari-sleep
      Thurs-choke the chicken-sleep
      Fri-Read up on what my U6 latest scandal is-sleep
      Sat-watch U6 lose 66-20-sleep

    • zoupman
      11:33 pm October 16, 2018 Permalink

      Probably right.

    • michaelb
      8:51 am October 17, 2018 Permalink

      Lol , everybody is mad at this but he’s right . I wouldn’t be surprised if we drop the next six . That’s typically what happens every season . Guess what we’re not a new team anymore – people know how to stop us now . It’s totally possible for us to lose these six games . & 8 -4 is an awesome season to us . Screw u if you don’t think so

    • cats646
      8:59 am October 17, 2018 Permalink

      8-4 would not be an awesome season after what we’ve done so far. Screw you for thinking so. Moron.

    • michaelb
      10:08 am October 17, 2018 Permalink

      Well we’re bout to find out . You must have amnesia lol

  2. gasman01
    9:29 pm October 16, 2018 Permalink

    I’m more worried about Tenn, than Missouri.

    • USMC5150
      9:44 pm October 16, 2018 Permalink

      Hopefully BAMA will beat them up before we play them.

  3. jimmer
    9:35 pm October 16, 2018 Permalink

    I’d rather not hear anything cute and clever from Wilson and Baker. How about go earn the “Touchdown” moniker then chatter.

  4. cats646
    9:53 pm October 16, 2018 Permalink

    Stay pissed off boys!! Go big blue!

  5. bbn606
    7:01 am October 17, 2018 Permalink

    I think Terry Tochdown should be be changed to Terry slide before they hit me and don’t get the first down.

    • cats646
      8:31 am October 17, 2018 Permalink

      That actually did piss me off. Hopefully he learned from that. And watched that Steven Johnson heart of a Wildcat film.

  6. drbigblue
    8:51 am October 17, 2018 Permalink

    BigoBlue, with Tenn, Missouri playing tougher, Those look like potential loses along with Georgia. Vandy’s lowest scoring games came against Clemson and Georgia, 13-14 points. Our defense looks great and holds their own but Without a passing game, how are we going to score more than 13-14 points. Our running game and offensive schemes are to predictable and too easy to defend. Vandy may not be a W either.

    • cats646
      9:01 am October 17, 2018 Permalink

      Our running game has scored us over 14 points every game except A&M. And we didn’t use our running game. we kept throwing it. That’s what got us beat you idiot. Our running game is one of the best in the country. Sit down and hush up now.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      11:28 am October 17, 2018 Permalink

      Bigoblue logs into alternate account and agrees with self to not look so idiotic. Instead he successfully makes himself look twice as stupid.

    • henderblue
      12:32 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

      That’s funny..probably true

  7. henderblue
    12:33 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    My reply meant for Thetruth….

  8. Shively1978
    1:14 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    Tennessee is still not very good. Terry Wilson had one bad game. He dosent have to pass for a lot of yards just keep the defense honest as he did st Florida and we will be ok. Without Terry we don’t beat Florida

    • CombatMedic_98
      7:39 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

      You must’ve missed the Texas A&M game terrified Terry didn’t do squat we have the lowest passing yardage in the SEC will be luckyTo beat Vandy

  9. CombatMedic_98
    7:40 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    Bottom line is terrified Terry needs to make up for the first six games in the next six games or he needs to be benched and put it on her own and if that don’t work put in Danny Clark even if that don’t work I guess I’ll have to play quarterback