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Stoops pleased with team’s mindset going into Vandy game

Saturday’s loss to Tennessee was upsetting for us all, but Mark Stoops is pleased with how his team has regrouped in practice this week.

“Proud of our team with the way they’ve responded this week, they way they’ve bounced back,” Stoops told reporters in his final appearance before Saturday’s game. “I really feel like coming off a tough loss they had their focus early in the week. Anytime you come off a tough loss like that, you have to bounce back quick. I’m proud of our team and the way they’ve responded. I feel good about it. Hopefully it will carry over to Saturday and we’ll go down there and play a complete football game. We’ll need to.”

A few other notes…

All eyes on Ke’Shawn Vaughn

Yesterday, Brad White said stopping Ke’Shawn Vaughn is the defense’s top priority on Saturday. Today, Stoops raved about Vanderbilt’s star running back’s playmaking ability, telling reporters that Kentucky’s been burned by similar backs this season.

“He’s explosive. He’s a complete back. He has that ability, that toughness that you’re talking about where he hits it and he’ll find a seam. And they do a nice job with — again, you’ve heard me talk about it two or three times down the stretch here — but just hinge sets, cutting it off, getting it to the edge and that’s where he has another gear. He has good vision and then he can take it to another level. Once again, like some of these teams have been doing to us, they’re going to get the ball with him running on some smaller guys, and you have to be clean in your tackling and you have to have great pursuit there.”

They’re practicing at the Titans facility tomorrow

With the Titans on bye, the Cats will travel to Nashville earlier than usual and go through their practice and meetings at the Titans indoor practice facility tomorrow afternoon. Stoops said he hopes the changes will help the team be more rested and focused on Saturday.

“It’s just because of the bus ride, to be honest with you. Again, trial and error. I didn’t like the last time that we were in a similar situation, with the long bus ride. We didn’t play the way we wanted to, so hopefully this will help.”

Fingers crossed.

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8 Comments for Stoops pleased with team’s mindset going into Vandy game

  1. MaruchanRamenNoodles
    9:16 pm November 14, 2019 Permalink

    Fire Eddie Gran

  2. Collie
    12:17 am November 15, 2019 Permalink

    Yes please! #fireeddiegran

    • dave1964
      8:19 am November 15, 2019 Permalink

      So positive coach Stoops you have lost three games that were totally winnable if not for poor ? coaching.

  3. Collie
    12:46 am November 15, 2019 Permalink

    Lynn Bowden is such an elite dual sport athlete but we won’t let him throw a pass… Smoke and Rodriguez average more yards per run than Rose and get less PT. The tight ends are supposed to be better than C.J. Conrad and are forgotten.

  4. mashburnfan1
    12:51 am November 15, 2019 Permalink

    Will wait for Saturday night to know. I do know how we responded last year after the tough UGA loss and this after the staff blew the UF game. We were also told he was happy with their prep and all after those tough losses and we were terrible the next 2 games.

  5. JDizzle14
    8:03 am November 15, 2019 Permalink

    We hear the same things from this staff game after game, year after year–what they WANT the public to hear. What sounds good. Stoops has actually been sounding happier and more pleased the longer this season has gone on…..oh wait, i forgot, of course hes pleased. Hes havin his dream season: Getting to play a WR at QB who can best execute the style he wants to run and able to justify it because of the injuries and attrition, and can do it without admitting this is what he really wants. He’d rather go 5-7 with LBJ at QB averaging 10 pts a game than go 7-5 with Smith at QB averaging 20 ppg. Thats a successful season for him. Because he can always brag abt what a great job theyre doing executing his game plan and controlling the clock and piling up all those rushing yards…..thats essentially what he said after the TN game. He was actually pleased and happy with the offensive performance.