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Updates from the Bye Week: the Good, the Bad and the Goofy

Although fans may have a week off from buying tickets, tailgating and cheering on the Cats, the football team is still practicing and already preparing for next Saturday’s matchup against Mississippi State. Following today’s practice, defensive coordinator Matt House and a few members of the defense spoke with the media. Even though there’s no game this week, I know you’re still interested, because, c’mon, we’re 5-1. Here’s what you need to know:

Denzil “Wares” a Cast

When he came out to answer questions from the media, Denzil Ware had his left wrist wrapped.

“This? Oh, I don’t know, man. Just got a little aggravated, a little injury,” Ware said. “It ain’t nothing. I’m just going to play through it – be tough. It’s just a little cast.”

The OLB was all laughs when discussing the cast, so it doesn’t seem to be an injury worth worrying about, at least at this point.

(Sorry for the Ware/Wear pun… I had to do it).

What they’ve done Right

For just the seventh time since Commonwealth Stadium opened in 1973, the Wildcats have started a season 5-1. Although some fans are frustrated with the closeness of the games or even the “conservative play calling,” something has to be moving in the right direction. Not one for ego-building, Coach House had just a single line to say about what the team has done well so far this season.

“I think we’ve played team defense well, and we’ve played base defense better,” House said.

What they’ve done Wrong

Coach House mentioned that the team has given up five explosive runs this season, three of which came during the Missouri game.

“The common denominator, to be honest with you, was lost leverage and missed tackles,” House said. “In the pass game, it’s been a variety of different things – whether it be a finish on the ball, a guy out of position – but they’re all correctable things.”

During the Bye week, the team will continue to work on those frustrating missed tackles. But Coach House finding just five “explosive runs” throughout six games is a big deal, at least for one player.

“For it to only be a single digit number, I’m really proud of that,” Denzil Ware said of their opponents’ explosive runs.

Fun with the Defensive Backs

During Coach Steven Clinkscale’s time with the press, he had to pause and quiet a few of the players joking off in the background. Instead of quieting down, Mike Edwards and Lonnie Johnson decided to join in on the fun. What does Coach Clinkscale say they need to work on? “Growing up.”

I’ll let you watch the interaction for yourself:


Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)