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Stoops explains the Jalen Whitlow comments, says he’s pumped for the Spring Game


Think he’s comfortable with us now?

KSR was live at Spring Practice this morning, and Mark Stoops stopped by in the second hour to talk about his team’s progress. Stoops’ brother, Bob, was one of the surprise visitors this morning, and our Stoops joked that he’s “putting him to work,” complete with a UK pullover. Earlier, he told reporters that his older brother, the head coach at Oklahoma, put on the pullover because he was cold, not because he lost a bet. Mmhmm. Sure.

Overall, Stoops said he’s pleased with his team this spring, and said they’re “much more efficient on both sides of the ball,” mainly because of the improvement at the quarterback position. Stoops praised Patrick Towles in particular for his progress, calling him a “perfect example” of how a redshirt season can help certain players. “I really appreciate what Patrick did,” Stoops said. “He worked hard, and it’s showing.”

When Stoops was on the show a few weeks ago, he notoriously said that if the Cats played a game that day, Jalen Whitlow would be the starting quarterback. A few days later, Whitlow announced he was transferring. What happened? Stoops says he regrets giving Matt a hypothetical answer, but at that very moment, he would have gone with Jalen because he was the most experienced. “That was a hypothetical,” Stoops said, taking blame for trying to giving the show a soundbite. “No more good sound bites from me! It was stupid for me to say as a hypothetical. I shouldn’t have said it.” Stoops added he’s sad to see Jalen go, but they had to go in a different direction at QB because of Neal Brown’s system, and Whitlow wasn’t interested in playing wide receiver.

Stoops says he’s pumped for the Spring Game, which is coming up Saturday at 3:30 p.m. While capacity will be limited to 42,500 because of construction to the stadium, Stoops thinks they can still replicate some of the excitement from last year’s record-breaking Spring Game, the benefits of which they’re still reaping. Stoops said he was stunned by all of the feedback they got from the Spring Game from recruits, some of which the marketing staff is using in their latest campaigns:


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17 Comments for Stoops explains the Jalen Whitlow comments, says he’s pumped for the Spring Game

  1. UKfansNKY
    12:38 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

    Looking forward to the Spring Game and the Season to get under way…….GO CATS!!!

  2. Lost a bet?
    12:38 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

    What do you mean by the lost a bet reference? Wasn’t Mark on the sidelines for the. Oklahoma Alabama bowl game in an Oklahoma sweatshirt? These guys are brothers in a close football family. They pull for each other. Why is that unusual?

  3. icejj
    1:00 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

    that b s….jalen is the best QB and because of the backlash he wanted to clear the way for the other QB. Jalen was having a great spring and hands down the best QB

    • Common Sense
      1:10 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

      Jalen is the most athletic QB. Neal’s system is a throwing happy system. He is a scrambling QB so its not surprising to see him leave. He wasn’t the best thrower on the team and that’s what Neal needs. IMO Barker or Towles will be the QB. I don’t think Smith has a chance and honestly, I don’t think he’s a great passer either.

  4. Hollahollaholla
    1:04 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

    Isn’t Towles #14? Hmm, interesting

  5. schwing
    1:08 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

    caption on that picture… yeah, he does look pretty comfortable for a zero-win SEC coach.

  6. Stoops troops
    1:19 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink


  7. icejj
    1:25 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

    Believe me when I say the word will be to recruits …don’t go! Whitlow threw better and ran better than any QB by far on this team. This kids see this and the don’t like the coaches

    • Stoops troops
      1:35 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

      Bull $hit. You ever watched a UK football game?!

    • Really????
      1:53 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

      Did u even watch last season? Jalen was many things like athletic, etc.. But a great passer he wasn’t nor would he ever have been. Hate to see him go but he def wasn’t the right guy for a passing attack. Needs to find a triple option system if he wants to b a qb. Period

    • UKfan
      2:06 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

      I agree. Jalen was athletic, but he was quick to tuck and run then to look for the open guy. I wish he would have stayed and developed at a different position. Imagine if Randall Cobb had not changed positions.

    • Yeah right
      2:08 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

      I remember all those passes that were five to ten yards off target last year. Jalen threw very few passes on target and couldn’t throw the long ball at all. There is a reason he wasn’t being recruited as a QB by any good D-I programs and couldn’t even start as QB on his high school team. He is a good running, scrambling QB but in all honesty is a mediocre passer. He is a fine young man who I hope finds the right place were he can excel and I wish him well. Personally I feel he would have been better off taking the Randall Cobb route and become a receiver who would play the Wildcat once in awhile. I believe his best chance at the NFL would have been for him to take that road.

  8. Damien Harris aka #1 RB in class of '15
    1:33 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

    Sure would be nice to see the cat walk and CWS packed.

  9. Cricket
    2:01 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

    Chirp, chirp, chirp.

  10. UKfan
    2:03 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

    Whitlow isn’t a good fit for the air raid offense which everyone knew would happen. This should come as a surprise to no one that he was being replaced at QB. It would have been a bigger surprise if he wasn’t.

  11. KYStout
    2:08 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

    Nice to see Coach Stoops doing crunches during his interview.

  12. icejj
    7:22 pm April 23, 2014 Permalink

    Just watch u will see. He was the rb and qb. He had subpar wr and weak ol. Just watch what happens to UK qbs.