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Stoops on Florida punt return TD: Max Duffy “shanked it”

Florida Gators receiver Kadarius Toney (1) runs a punt return back for a touchdown during a football game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Nov. 28, 2020. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Florida Gators receiver Kadarius Toney (1) runs a punt return back for a touchdown during a football game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Nov. 28, 2020. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Kentucky was poised to take a 10-7 lead over Florida into halftime, but then, disaster struck. After the offense failed to get a first down, which would have enabled Terry Wilson to take a knee and run the clock out, Max Duffy punted the ball away with less than a minute left…and Florida’s Kadarius Toney returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. Momentum squelched.

This was the second major special teams error of the day. In the first quarter, Florida faked a punt on 4th and 2 and got the first down. Two plays later, the Gators scored to go up 7-0. Kentucky’s former special teams coach, Dean Hood, left the program in December to take the head coaching job at Murray State. When asked if he regrets not naming a new special teams coach, Mark Stoops deferred to specific plays, namely the punt return for a touchdown, which he chalked up to a shank by the otherwise stellar Max Duffy.

I wouldn’t say regret. I’m disappointed in certain plays. We have a Ray Guy [Award] winner that just missed a punt. I mean, I love Max [Duffy] and Max is our guy but he missed a punt. We’re going dead left. He shanked it right. He knows that. I’m not going to give up on Max. He had a bad — and the same guy that is coaching and talking to our snappers, our holders, our kickers, our punters is the same guy the last five years [Quality Control Assistant Louie Matsakis], so nobody talks to the coaching staff — nobody has changed that talks to those guys.”

Still. Getting an actual special teams coordinator should probably be a priority heading into next season.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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14 Comments for Stoops on Florida punt return TD: Max Duffy “shanked it”



  1. WhitakerBankShot22
    4:19 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Did Eddie Gran “Shank” today’s game plan?



    • nocode96
      4:29 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      I think lots of you guys are wrong in your disdain for Gran. He’s handcuffed and lonely as frustrated as any fan, probably more so actually. Stoops has done this with every OC we’ve had. They run big offenses before and after they come here, just not while they’re here. To me, that’s not on Gran at all, this type of abysmal, unwatchable football is entirely at the fault of stoops.



    • bigblue98
      5:05 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      Nocode – I agree with you 100%. This is on Stoops as he’s shutting Gran down. I just looked at West Virginia under Neal Brown. They’re averaging 438 yards per game, with 277 coming from passing. When he left here to go to Troy they flung the ball around, yet at Kentucky Brown was very limited in what he could do. This program should be better than this now. The facilities have been tremendously upgraded, so Stoops isn’t fighting with the facilities challenges in recruiting that past coaches had to deal with. The window of opportunity has passed by. Missouri with their freshmen quarterback will be better. Mississippi St with Leach will eventually be better. We are back trying to go 2-6 in conference, scheduling three gimme games out of conference, and then trying to beat Louisville to go 6-6 so they can go to a bowl. Unfortunately, this year in Covid has exposed UK football for the fraud it is. We are now battling it out in the East for 5th or 6th place. I personally don’t believe getting rid of Gran will solve anything as the problem is much bigger than him.



  2. dhard
    4:22 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    He blamed the punter? They need to run his overpaid backside out of town for that.



    • Jester
      4:49 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      Have you ever heard him say “that’s my fault”? Usually the closest he will come to that is something along the lines of “we just have to do better and make adjustments” or “It’s been really tough.”



  3. magimae
    4:53 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    The only bright spot on this years team and Coach Stupid throws him under the bus, no class at all.



  4. justgettingstartedbro
    4:56 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops: “I’m not making excuses but he did shank the punt.”



  5. Headhurts
    5:23 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops has his faults but he’s had some historical moments too, beating TN, FLA, 8 win season, all-time rusher B.Snell, L. Bowden, recruiting’s way better, this year is tuff but not sure UK can get better HC, that said we need a new OC.



    • bigblue98
      6:05 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      I wouldn’t mind Steve Sarkisian as head coach, especially with Beau Allen at qb.



  6. panicpat
    5:45 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Agree head hurts. Stoops has done numerous good things here. Eddie gran is where the problem starts



  7. BTownUKFan
    6:55 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    What I would like to understand is why you run off tackle for 3 yards, call time out, run off tackle for 3 yards, call time out, run off tackle for 3 yards. There was barely a minute left when Kentucky got the ball, throw the ball downfield or run out the clock. The situation he put Duffy in was 100% the fault of the coaches. WHile I’m at it, why does it seem our offense goes into CF mode every time we get in the red zone. Miscommunications, time outs, penalties? How many time have we gotten in the red zone this year and not score or had first and goal only to have to settle for a field goal. Something is obviously wrong.



  8. dcforuk
    8:02 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Was Benny a blessing?



  9. jaws2
    10:30 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Unfortunately Stoops will be back in 2021. Don’t expect much better results. The guy is to damn stubborn and player loyal to be a good head coach and blames everyone but himself for this disgusting brand of football. Wilson shouldn’t have started more than 2 games this year and Gran has no choice other than to run the Stoops play not to lose offensive scheme. The CEO needs to go.



  10. TBW3011
    12:31 pm November 29, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe he did. Doesn’t excuse the defense not even knowing who the return guy was. I guess that’s what happens when you have no special teams coach though.