After Kentucky’s first scrimmage, Mark Stoops was not pleased with the effort from his defense. Leading into today’s showdown at Kroger Field, fans waited with bated breath to see if the defense responded. Good news folks: the defense did it.
“Today I’d say the defense won,” said offensive guard Logan Stenberg. “The offense didn’t come out, play the way we needed to play and play the way we can.”
Kentucky’s defense brought the sense of urgency they completely lacked a week ago. It was a much cleaner scrimmage overall, but they still have plenty to clean up before August 31.
“I felt like there were times when one side or there other had success because the other side was a bit sloppy,” said Stoops. “I wanna see more good fundamental football across the board where one side is winning because the other side is making outstanding plays. That wasn’t always the case today, but I feel like our position on the football was much better defensively. We were much more sound across the board. I feel like the offense worked for their yards.”
Even though the defense got the best of the offense, Terry Wilson and Co. instilled confidence in their coach after another turnover-free outing by the Cats’ quarterback.
“Offensively, we’re going to be fine. We’re going to be good. They continue to run the ball very effectively. We’re doing some very good things,” said Stoops. “There’s some hard plays to defend out there and I think Terry’s getting more and more comfortable with the first, second down passing game.”
Nik Scalzo was the only player to suffer significant injury during the scrimmage. Quinton Bohanna, Lynn Bowden, Boogie Watson and a few others were held out for precautionary reasons. Brandin Echols returned and looked “more and more comfortable” in his first live 11-on-11 action.
Today was the last big moving day for many of the underclassmen still trying to climb their way up the depth chart. Coaches will use the film to tighten up the two-deep before Toledo game prep begins this week.
“We have to get dialed in here this week starting Monday, make some decisions today or tomorrow. Not that it’s a final decision, but have some good idea of who is in the two-deep,” said Stoops.
“We’ve got to work hard and concentrate on putting one great unit out there on each side of the ball and have some guys who can go out there and play winning football as well.”