On today’s SEC coaches teleconference, Mark Stoops was asked about Stephen Johnson, his fumble-prone starting quarterback, who has more fumbles than anyone in the Southeastern Conference and ranks second in that category nationwide.
Coach Stoops said, “I think Stephen’s very resilient. I knew he was when we recruited him. He has great poise. But that doesn’t mean that he can’t be affected because certainly great defenses in hostile environments have a tendency to affect all quarterbacks for the most part. So, I think how he responds, how he bounces back this week, will be a big indicator for him as he moves forward. I’m anxious to see it.”
Stoops also said he is very confident Johnson will respond with adversity and that the first-year Wildcat put his three-fumble game in Tuscaloosa behind him. Stoops believes the offense will get back to playing good football, as it has done at times in 2016.
This is a game where a turnover here or a turnover there will likely make the difference in the outcome.