On today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, Mark Stoops was asked what it felt like to be on the verge of not only bowl eligibility, but the program’s first SEC winning season since 1977. Stoops admitted that the team’s recent success is “very gratifying,” but also a result of several years of hard work.
“I think it says a lot about our team and the character our players have and I think it goes back a long way,” Stoops said. “I don’t think any one thing changed in the past five or six weeks. I think this has been part of this turnaround has been going on for a long time. Our players have worked extremely hard, our coaches have, for many years to keep on building and doing the right things and developing our players and putting them in a position to win. It is very gratifying to see us playing better football.”
However, Stoops was careful to add that while the recent wins are great, he wants his team to “push forward” and not be satisfied, a message he’s been hammering home in practice this week.
“It’s always week to week, so, we’ll have another great opportunity this week. I have been proud of the growth that we’ve made and we’re going to challenge them to continue to push forward,” Stoops said. “We need to challenge our team and stay aggressive in our approach and our preparation as we look forward to the Georgia game. We know it’ll be a great challenge for us. They’re a very well-coached team, a lot of talented players across the board and we certainly will have our hands full and we’re excited about the opportunity to be at home and play in front of a great crowd and have a great atmosphere here this Saturday.”
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