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Stoops Proud of Team’s Poise in Week One

Kentucky was far from perfect against Toledo. Rather than completely focusing on the Wildcats’ week one mistakes in the 38-24 victory, head coach Mark Stoops was pleased to see his players were unfazed when adversity struck.

“You have a game plan. You work on that game plan for a couple weeks heading into that first game, then sometimes things change,” Stoops said at Monday’s press conference. “I was really proud of our players and our coaches to stay poised, stay focused, make a few adjustments, just settle in and start playing football. I thought we did some really good things.”

Nerves probably played a part in the early mistakes. Inexperience was the most likely cause. A lot of players, especially in the secondary and in the backfield, simply had not seen those looks in a live scenario. Stoops does not believe those early mistakes will be replicated in week two.

“The good news is early on in the game, some of the mistakes that happened are easily fixable,” Stoops said.

“We’ll get back to work this week, work on this things and hopefully make a big improvement between week one and week two. We’re really focusing on ourselves. Now that we have a game under our belt, we have some guys that haven’t played a lot football that we can see what they can do, get back to work this week and look to improve.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

7 Comments for Stoops Proud of Team’s Poise in Week One

  1. maximumscott
    2:33 pm September 2, 2019 Permalink

    Lets hope taggert has a good year at FSU bc if Stoops has another big year at UK… FSU gonna come looking. Sorry but he gone and I wouldnt blame him on that one.

    • BlakeBlueNation
      2:57 pm September 2, 2019 Permalink

      Why so pessimistic. Stoops just had his contract restructured and is getting star recruits. You think he’s going to throw that all away? Kentucky is heading in a much better direction and he will probably have more success staying here than leaving for them

    • csnailnrun
      3:19 pm September 2, 2019 Permalink

      Being in the premier conference and the relationships that he has built this program on, I expect him to return the commitment to the BBN relationships built. He loves our Kentucky Wildcats.

    • MtnCat
      3:17 pm September 2, 2019 Permalink

      Agree BlakeBN. Stoops can go as far here as he can climb and it will be of his making. FSU is not Kentucky is any stretch of the imagination.
      Stoops has a comfort and appreciation level he is just beginning to reap the benefits of. He is growing roots here. BBN is getting behind his program. He is about to unleash a sleeping giant upon the land. He is recruiting high character kids and making an impact on lives….this ain’t Rick Petino here, ain’t making that mistake. Bring It!

    • satcheluk
      3:19 pm September 2, 2019 Permalink

      Taggart may not finish the year if he doesn’t get a big win quick. My fathers an FSU letterman and I live in Tampa and the natives are extremely restless, even before the Boise St collapse.

    • SuperTroy18
      3:34 pm September 2, 2019 Permalink

      Stoops is exactly where he wants to be. The only school I think that could potentially sway him is Ohio State. Here, he’s in the SEC, and he’s close to home. That’s what he tried so hard to get when getting this job. You forget how much he wanted to be here. It’s probably what won him the job over a couple guys with more HC experience. Stoops will be in Lexington for a long time. If he continues this upward trend, and we are title contenders, I don’t see him ever leaving. It’s a perfect job for him. And he seems to be the perfect coach for us.

    • kentuckybackupplayer
      3:45 pm September 2, 2019 Permalink

      why take a step down to fsu. we beat them the last time we played them and we can beat them now too.