Mark Stoops’ appearance on the SEC Coaches Teleconference was brief this week, but in his opening remarks, Stoops said he feels his team has bounced back nicely from a disappointing loss to Georgia.
“We’re off to a good start in our preparation for Tennessee. I think our team has really responded well after a tough, hard-fought loss this past weekend at home to Georgia,” Stoops said. “It’ll be a real challenge going and playing on the road against a quality football team that’s extremely well coached and very talented. You can see even through some adversity and some injuries, they have plenty of great talent on that team and again, they put a lot of stress on you on both sides of the ball and on special teams.”
When asked, Stoops said it doesn’t matter that Tennessee’s had a lot of injuries this season because they’re a talented team regardless.
“From the injury standpoint, not much because we know they have very talented players,” Stoops said. “They certainly looked like they came out fresh and ready to play last week and I’m sure they are prepared to have a strong finish, so we’ll have our hands full.”
As we told you earlier in the week, Tennessee will be without star kickoff returner Evan Berry on Saturday, but running back Alvin Kamara and defensive back Cam Sutton returned to practice yesterday after missing two and six games, respectively.