Mark Stoops entered the SEC Teleconference without an update on Terry Wilson. The Kentucky quarterback has missed the first two practices of the week with a minor hand injury. Stoops did add that the injury occurred last Saturday at Missouri.
Moving forward with or without Wilson, Stoops is ready to put the 20-10 loss to Missouri in the rearview mirror. Hindsight is 20-20, but even before the game coaches recognized something wasn’t right about the players’ preparation.
“Everybody wants to win on Saturday. It’s about how you win on Monday, Tuesday and so on. We talk about that with our preparation and it’s a credit to Missouri,” Stoops said. “We did not match their intensity and it begins and ends with me getting the team ready to play. When you play Kentucky, I want you to play an energetic, tough, physical team. We may win, we may lose but we’re going to play the game the right way and I don’t feel like we did on Saturday and that’s a disappointment. That’s a direct reflection of myself.”
To ensure it doesn’t happen again, Kentucky’s coaching staff has brought extra juice to this week’s practice. It’s not artificial. There’s nothing fake about the enthusiasm. The Wildcats are mad, ready to make amends for the Missouri loss against Georgia.
“Our players are intelligent. They know what’s going on. They realize what’s happening. They care. I expect us to get it rectified.”