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Tackling was an Issue During First Scrimmage


The worst news you can hear from a scrimmage is the news of a season-ending injury.  The second-worst news is probably hearing the team struggled to tackle.  Today, we got both.

Both defensive coaches talked about what they must improve over the next few weeks, most notably tackling.  D.J. Eliot said the coaching staff is going to harp on tackling in the weeks to come after today’s scrimmage.  Mark Stoops wants to get as many live reps as possible for the inexperienced defense.

“We’ve got to get that experience.  That’s why it’s so important for us to get out there and play a game and put them in that situation because we have some guys that haven’t played much in this system,” Stoops said.  “We need to continue to get out there and get as many game-like situations as we can.  We did get quite a few snaps today.  Hopefully we’ll learn a bunch from this.”

Courtney Love’s reasoning is understandable; they simply had trouble wrapping up.  To be fair, they probably haven’t tackled in a live game situation since April’s Blue/White Game.

Hopefully today helped kick off the rust.  If the problem persists, the offense will have to carry the team more than we initially thought.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

9 Comments for Tackling was an Issue During First Scrimmage

  1. 3 fan
    3:43 pm August 13, 2016 Permalink

    Same shit different year sounds like

  2. jaws2
    4:03 pm August 13, 2016 Permalink

    Inexcusable. How can a defensive coordinator from Fla St. not be able to teach tackling. We haven’t had Division 1 tackling since Rich Brooks left.

  3. CopenhagenCat
    4:56 pm August 13, 2016 Permalink

    Nothing new. They can never tackle worth a crap. One reason they lose to sucky teams.

  4. everythingsblue2
    5:07 pm August 13, 2016 Permalink

    I learned to tackle in HS…

    Didn’t everyone who actually played in a football game??

    Issues with fundamentals of the game are unacceptable at this level and a cancer that has plagued this program for YEARS.

    I appreciare KSR’s attempt to be positive, but many (not all) of the bloggers on this site, whom I respect very much, they seem to live in a different reality as exampled by their constant beratement of DJT and NEVER comment on the “goings on” of HRC…

    Sorry to get political, but it seems to me that a Democratic “lean” is a requirement of employment here…

    In other words, living in an alternate reality…

    • Billy Hill
      5:23 pm August 13, 2016 Permalink

      Its simple: It’s because DJT is THAT much worse than everyone else. I know it’s hard for you to believe.

      And in what reality do you live in where a guy who never really says anything of substance, is suddenly going to make everything better? I’m sure the transgender and Mexican stances really strike a chord with you, though. So there’s that.

  5. Dylan101
    5:31 pm August 13, 2016 Permalink

    Tackling an issue? Shocker

  6. BluKudzu
    10:17 pm August 13, 2016 Permalink

    I swear, I really thought Eliot would say, “The reason they were so successful, was because we did not prepare for what they did today.”
    Seriously, make the move, Stoops. This guy is killing you. He is not a DC, he is not a recruiter, he is not a good coach.

    • UK Big Board Update
      10:11 am August 14, 2016 Permalink

      Good god, you’re miserable.

    • BluKudzu
      10:18 pm August 14, 2016 Permalink