Captain Obvious subbed in for Mark Stoops on this week’s SEC Coaches’ Teleconference.
One of only three public appearances this week, Kentucky’s head coach is anxious to return to the practice field this afternoon after six challenging weeks of SEC football.
“It’s a good time for us to get the open week. Playing six straight SEC games obviously takes its toll on anybody,” Stoops said. “We’re a bit beat up coming off a couple tough losses so we certainly need the time to regroup, get back to work, have great practices this week, have a chance to heal up a bit and certainly work on ourselves and work to improve, along with getting a bit ahead on our next opponent, Vanderbilt.”
The No. 1 concern for Stoops and every member of the Big Blue Nation is obvious. Kentucky’s passing game must improve, plain and simple. The Wildcats’ pass offense ranks 97th nationally out of 103 FBS teams. To score more points, UK must do more than just run the football.
“We had some success moving the ball Saturday. It’s generally when we have some success moving the ball, it’s running the football. We need to improve in the passing game. That’s a variety of things. That’s protection. That’s getting open. That’s delivering the football on time. It’s also schematically putting them in a position to be successful. A lot to work on there in the pass game.”
Everything is a problem in the pass game. We should hear more specifics as to what that problem’s solution could be when Stoops speaks at length with local reporters this evening.