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Six Notes from Mark Stoops’ Call-In Show


Defending the Triple Option

The hottest topic during pre-bowl season has been defending Georgia Tech’s flex-bone offense, a throwback to an era of football forgotten by many.  Stoops said it’s “totally different” than their version of the run-pass-option.  There aren’t many similarities to the spread read option either.

“There’s really not much that would carry over, other than a quarterback that’s very athletic,” Stoops said.

As happy as Stoops is to be playing on New Year’s Eve in only UK’s third Florida bowl game, he’s not happy to be facing Tech’s offense.  “If there’s any drawback to this draw, it’s the practice time.  It’s so different when you go good-against-good, then go against the scout team. It’s so different.”

Bowl Logistics

Players will get some time off to return home for Christmas, but not for long.  The team will arrive in Jacksonville Christmas night.  The beautiful thing about arriving on a Sunday and having the game on a Saturday, is that it will function like a normal game week.  The practice schedule will be much of the same, they’ll just be in a much warmer location, with fun activities (a.k.a. funtivities) to attend in-between instead of class.

Recruiting Updates

After landing four commits last week, Stoops is running out of room.  Tonight he said they may only take two-three more players.   He can’t speak of recruits by name, but I think it’s safe to say he’s pretty pleased Joshua Paschal will be a Wildcat.  “We went to D.C. and landed a big fish.”

An Injury Note

Stoops revealed defensive back Kendall Randolph missed action at the end of the season with a high ankle sprain.  Like most players, Randolph is good to go after receiving some much-needed rest after the Louisville game.

Playing Against the Play-Action

Freddie’s post on the play-action pass could not have been timed any better.  He’s frequently discussed the difficulties of defending the triple option.  Today was no exception, but made sure to remind fans that Tech will threaten his defense vertically.

“They only pass it on average 11 times per game, but when they pass it, they do it in big chunks.” Stoops said the opportunities are there, “because you have to commit so many to the run game, and commit so many to the alleys, it opens things up.”

“I told you so.”

That’s what Freddie will be saying when he hears which redshirts have impressed the coaches the most during bowl practices.  But, you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for another post to see who they are.  Hint: they are guys who Freddie liked at Signing Day.

For those starving for updates on the football team, interviews, features and more are coming as the game draws closer, including a LIVE Football Podcast this Thursday at 7:00 in Lexington at the Original Brooklyn Pizza.  We hope to see you there.

Article written by Nick Roush

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