Skip to content

Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.

SEC Football Coaches Anonymously Talk About Kentucky

Not long ago, we heard Jimbo Fisher, Barry Odom and other head coaches talk about Mark Stoops’ Kentucky football program at SEC Media Days.  They shared plenty of praise from the podium, but what do they really think?

Athlon Sports spoke to coaches around the conference who spoke more candidly under the veil of anonymity.  Some may be surprised to see the private statements mirror the perception from public remarks.  The coaches are lukewarm on the Cats and generally believe Stoops has done a good job in Lexington.

“They have gone .500 in the SEC two years in a row. Any time you can do that at Kentucky, you are doing something right. And they have a chance to be pretty good again this season.”

That comment could be seen as a backhanded slight at Kentucky, just like this remark about Stoops’ defense.

“Mark Stoops has done a nice job. His defenses play hard. I don’t know if they are that talented, but they play hard.”

A few shared their concerns about Kentucky’s uncertainties at quarterback

“Eddie Gran did a good job with the offense last year. Found the things that they were good at. Ran the Wildcat a bunch. It will be interesting to see how their offense evolves and adapts with a new quarterback.”

“I thought Stephen Johnson was one of the more underrated players in the league. I think he was really good. Made plays with his feet and his arm. You looked at his stats, and they were very consistent. They will miss him. And with Drew Barker no longer on the team, I’m not sure what they will do at quarterback.”

Others decided to shine a light on the program’s playmakers, Benny Snell and Lynn Bowden.

“Benny Snell is a workhorse. Anybody who can gain 1,000 yards in back-to-back years in the SEC deserves some recognition. I don’t put him in the same class as Nick Chubb and Sony Michel at Georgia or some of the backs at Alabama, but to me he is a tough player who runs hard and doesn’t just gain the yards the play is blocked for. He can gain above and beyond and get to the second and third level. When he was ejected from (Music City Bowl), that really hurt them. He’s a very confident player. A hard worker. He will be the featured player in the offense.”

“Lynn Bowden is an exciting young player. They did a lot of creative things to get him the ball. He will be a good player for that program, and he’s still really young.”

SEC coaches approve Stoops’ performance thus far.  It’ll be interesting hear what they think after the 2018 season.

[Athlon Sports]


Article written by Nick Roush

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

11 Comments for SEC Football Coaches Anonymously Talk About Kentucky

  1. Bluebloodtoo
    11:25 am July 31, 2018 Permalink

    Everyone found nice things to say, but no one seemed all that concerned about them. There was always a qualifying remark in each statement referencing Kentucky as different. I’d love to see these coaches worried about Kentucky.

  2. 2Dogs
    11:27 am July 31, 2018 Permalink

    “Backhanded slight”? What would you expect any coach with an ounce of ability to assess and evaluate SEC talent and coaching to say about UK? Breakout year, dark horse, they have all the pieces?

    • foamfinger
      12:41 pm July 31, 2018 Permalink

      Generally, I think the defense has done very well the past few years since the offense has sometimes struggled to stay on the field. At the beginning of games, the defense usually holds their own, but our offense sputters at times and it really hurts us.

  3. ClutchCargo
    11:31 am July 31, 2018 Permalink

    Every SEC coach is focused on getting his own team ready at this point in the year. I’m sure they are annoyed by even having to answer such a question, so I don’t think there is much to see here.

  4. Alleykat16
    12:14 pm July 31, 2018 Permalink

    Move along nothing to read here. I dont know what he thinks these coaches are going to say about UK. We get a bunch of 3 * and a couple 4*’s and these coaches turn them into fairly good, hard working football players. As far as Mr. Snell coming in he was a 3* back and look what his hard work and this coaching staff has done for him. He is a great kid that is on the edge of doing something very special this season. GOBIGBLUE!

  5. Willis Wolf Tattoo
    1:17 pm July 31, 2018 Permalink

    On Benny Snell: “I don’t put him in the same class as Nick Chubb and Sony Michel” That’s nice considering they were 2 senior RBs running behind a 5 star OL. 2,000+ yards in 2 years! Show the man some respect!

    • ClutchCargo
      1:26 pm July 31, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, and I wonder which coach that could have been, based on the two players he mentioned?

    • foamfinger
      10:43 am August 1, 2018 Permalink

      Also, Snell was in an offense that wasn’t quite explosive through the air. Really, the only big thing he had going for him his first year was that defenses got tired of chasing Boom and he was our late game back. Last year, defenses were game planning against him and dared Johnson to throw it.

  6. UKWildcatNation
    2:32 pm July 31, 2018 Permalink

    Saying Benny is not in the same class as Chubb, Michel, etc. is the most ridiculous thing I have seen in a while. He led the league in broken tackles and yards after contact! I would love to see him play behind an offensive line full of future pros like at Georgia & Alabama!

  7. UKFootballYall
    9:49 pm July 31, 2018 Permalink

    It would be fun to see how these anonymous coaches, including Nick, would do for a season or two if they coached at a school like Vanderbilt. Without their talent, which they really don’t have to do much to recruit anyway, they would likely achieve average results at best. It’s funny to hear them sound off like experts of the game when most are merely beneficiaries of location.

    • foamfinger
      10:52 am August 1, 2018 Permalink

      Actually, I think only Saban and Mullens would be able to have decent showings. When he took over Michigan State, they were under sanctions and he showed dramatic improvement. At LSU, they went from being very bad to one of the best programs by season’s end. Alabama went 6-7 the year before Saban got there, and then went 7-6. The next year he went 12-2.

      Mullens was able to recruit very undervalued players from Mississippi when he got there to build that program. I think some of the things I’ve read were he was recruiting stick thin kids from very rural areas that ended up putting on tons of weight when they got to campus. A lot of them were from poorer areas and didn’t always get enough food to put on the weight and muscle required. But their film looked great as they knew their positions and understood the game mentally.