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Wednesday Night Practice Notes: Stoops Very “Frustrated”



Coach Stoops clearly wasn’t thrilled with today’s practice.  You could see it on his face as he was walking towards the podium.  The look of disappointment couldn’t have been any more obvious.  “(I’m) just very frustrated.  Preparation wasn’t good enough, effort wasn’t good enough, attitude wasn’t good enough; so it’s not good.”  Stoops even went as far as saying that he hopes they will restart practice.  When asked whether it was the offense or defense that made him so disappointed, he said that it was the entire team in general.  “Guys are looking to hide under a rock,” which he later described as players saying “oh I just missed that throw,” or “I should have made that catch”.

– After the team displayed such a disappointing practice, Stoops wasn’t too optimistic about playing the #13 Gamecocks this weekend.  “This is the most frustrated I’ve been because we’re right in the middle of our tough stretch, getting ready to play a tough game on the road in a hostile environment.  If we go in there with that attitude, we’re gonna’ get rolled.”  He also commented on the spread for the upcoming game, saying quite simply “(it’s) 21 points….and right now, that ain’t enough.”  Not exactly the kind of thing you want to hear from a head coach, but at least Stoops is honest.  “I’m gonna’ tell you like it is, there’s no games with me.”

– There was light at the end of the tunnel, folks.  Stoops made it clear that he will get it out them, talking about the attitude and level of play he expects from the team.  “I don’t know when, but this – the current attitude- is not OK.”  RB Raymond Sanders later added that his teammates need to “wake up, and come out tomorrow with a better attitude and ready to perform.”  Sanders believed some guys just weren’t feeling it today; lagging around on plays, walking through the motions.  If anybody felt that this was acceptable, I’m sure Stoops showed them otherwise.  Multiple players looked to be doing disciplinary-type workouts after practice; sit-ups, push-ups, and sprints.




– Offensive coordinator Neal Brown was less frustrated after practice, but you could tell his opinions were similar to that of Mark Stoops’.  “It was a little bit better on our side of the ball today, we had a better focus on blitzes and things.”  Of course, the major concern coming into today’s practice was who the starting QB would be.  Prior to media availability, it was announced that the QB’s were off-limits.  This wasn’t very surprising, considering that the coaching staff is doing their best to keep their game plan a secret.

–   Speaking of the QB position, Brown went into further detail about the whole “more reps”  situation.  “When I say most of (the reps), I don’t think we’re at the position to go 90-10 or 95-5.  We’re at more like 65-35 with the reps.”   He also added that there hasn’t been the separation that he had hoped for at this point in the season.  If one QB begins to out-perform the other with consistency,  then we can expect to see that person earn the majority of the snaps.  Overall, Brown said that they wanted to be a one-quarterback system.  With the poor performances so far this season, it’s hard to make a decision, but we shall soon find out.  For what it’s worth, Maxwell Smith and Coach Brown walked off the field together in a deep conversation.  Could Smith be the guy come Saturday?

– When asked how UK’s offense was going to contain South Carolina’s DE Jadeveon Clowney, he chuckled, “If they let us, I’ll play with 15 (players). You have to account for him, he’s a dynamic player…he’s big, he’s strong, and explosive.  He’s a disruptive player.”  So far this season, Clowney has recorded a total of 12 tackles and only 2 sacks.  While Coach Brown noted that Clowney’s numbers aren’t as spectacular as last year, that doesn’t mean he’s no longer a force on defense.  They will need to do all they can to keep him out of the backfield and off whomever eventually earns the starting job.



– Freshman receiver, Ryan Timmons, shared his thoughts on what it was like in his SEC game debut.  “It’s a tough league, guys were a lot faster than I thought and on top of it all, they hit a lot harder too.”  He went on to mention that he was glad to get his first SEC game out of the way and excited to play in his first SEC road game.   When asked about today’s poor practice, Timmons said that this was the roughest Coach Stoops had been since the beginning of practices.  He added, “We have a great team that we are about to play, so we can’t have a wasted practice like we did today.” If UK has any chance of moving the ball Saturday, the young core of players like Timmons and RB Jojo Kemp will have to step up and be leaders on offense.




Article written by Kory Henry

"We will kick, pass, and run, til the battle is won!" Bleeding blue since 1990. @KoryHenryKSR

6 Comments for Wednesday Night Practice Notes: Stoops Very “Frustrated”

  1. JLP
    9:27 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe my English is weak, but I am having trouble digesting this sentence: “I’m not going to speculate, but Smith may be the guy come Saturday.”

  2. steve
    9:59 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    1-i dont want to speculate, but kory henry may not know what ‘speculate’ means.

  3. Steady
    10:56 pm October 2, 2013 Permalink

    Definition of speculate (v)
    Bing Dictionary
    spec·u·late [ spékyÉ™ làyt ] 1.conjecture: to form a conjecture on the basis of incomplete facts or information
    2.consider possibilities: to think over possibilities
    3.make risky deals for profit: to engage in financial transactions such as commodity trading that have an element of risk, especially in the short term, with the hope of making a profit

  4. Navin
    9:22 am October 3, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops is starting to crack and resemble his brother Mike (fired AZ HC) with that temper tantrum – dude is in over his head. They can get verbal commits, but this is what you get when you hire a guy with ZERO head coaching experience.

    Good luck, lol.

  5. Georgia Blue
    10:29 am October 3, 2013 Permalink

    He need to throw more temper tantrum at some of these Momma Boys. If its to Hot in Kitchens find somewhere else to play. This is a Grown Man League and the Momma Boys needs to stay at home. Stoops keep making them boys work hard and keep pushi g them to be the best that they can be. Who cares that you may run some off at the end of the season. Its time and has been time for UK to start competing in FOOTBALL PERIOD. NICK SABAN has 4 and 5 Stars and he don’t put up with players going thru the motion. I watch him get mad at the whole offense with 20 sec in the game winning by 19. That’s the sign of a winner. You always go Hard no matter what the circumstance in a game or practice.

  6. KMan
    6:44 pm October 3, 2013 Permalink

    Glad you trolls are alive and well. Trolling around hanging onto every word. Good informational piece about practice and how coach Stoops is not going to accept average effort or play. JP, Chris, Steady, I’m impressed with your English lesson. You guys fit the definition of “nerd”. Please copy and paste it on here please.