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“We’ll continue to work both guys.” Stoops says kicking job is open

Kicking was an issue in Kentucky’s crushing loss to Ole Miss in the home opener. There was Matt Ruffolo’s 49-yarder that doinked off the right upright in the second quarter, a miss you can live with from that range; but there was also the missed extra point in overtime that ultimately cost Kentucky the game in the end.

Naturally, the topic of kicking came up in Mark Stoops’ postgame press conference, to which Stoops said he will consider going back to last year’s starter, Chance Poore.

“We’ll continue to work both guys,” Stoops said. “We’ll continue to work Matt, we’ll work Chance. If we feel like Chance gives us a better opportunity, we’ll go with him.”

Poore was replaced by Ruffolo after a very shaky start in 2019, including a crucial miss from 35 yards in the final minute against Florida. Ruffolo stepped in for Poore and hit 4 of 5 field goals and 18 of 20 PATs, but now his job is in trouble following the big miss in the overtime loss.

UK star defensive end Josh Paschal defended Ruffolo after the game. Paschal told reporters, “Ruffolo, he missed the extra point but it’s a team sport. He missed the extra point but as a defense that backs him up, and unfortunately we didn’t.

“The game didn’t go our way and we didn’t execute like we should’ve, but we can’t blame it all on Ruffolo because at the end of the day, there’s a 100 different plays that you can blame somebody on.”

Well said from Paschal, still a tough spot for Stoops as kicking troubles linger.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

15 Comments for “We’ll continue to work both guys.” Stoops says kicking job is open

  1. dhard
    8:50 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

    How about working in 2 new coordinators?

  2. eyebleedblue
    8:51 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

    Special teams coach?

    Silver lining, it’s not Grans fault this week.

    0-5 gonna be ugly

    • dhard
      8:57 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

      Gran becomes way too predictable and if you can’t hang 50 on that ole miss defense, you are not much as when we needed to put them away, the offense stopped.

    • CJKAssassin123
      9:32 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

      Actually the ST coach is Max Duffy!

  3. danielscott52
    8:56 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

    How about it’s 2 games in. Love the fair weather UK fans. Just look for something to bitch about .

    • dhard
      9:00 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

      Did you watch that dumpster fire and call it goid?

    • danielscott52
      9:15 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

      I watched like I have for 30 years. And sit and watch fans just bitch over everything. We’re in midst of best run we have had. I commend Stoops for staying here this long. Why would a coach ever want to come here. Our fan base is sad. Even going to games , it’s sad the crowd. Every loves to be negative

    • Jester
      10:02 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

      I doubt you’ve watched UK football for much more than 5 years. Here’s a newsflash for you–UK football has not been above mid-level for decades, only showing sparks of greatness for a year or two before sinking back to their normal.

      If you don’t understand that, you need to get your head out of the sand and find someone who can educate you. Fans like you, who are dishonest and cheer for mediocrity are much worse than those that can see the reality of the team.

  4. dhard
    9:19 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

    I have watched and persevered for 57 years and yes, we have a good couple of years, but what I have seen the last two weeks points to poor coaching and worse execution of that poor coaching.

  5. KYCat4EVER
    9:22 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

    SPOT ON shard!

    It’s time our one dimensional OC was let go …


  6. blueblood80
    9:29 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

    1. This team was overhyped by KSR and other sites ALL summer.
    2. Terry Wilson can’t throw.
    3. Ole Miss receivers made our DB’s look overwhelmed and pathetic all afternoon. Sit that K. Joseph!
    4. Offense is boring, play calling is questionable.
    5. The sun will rise tomorrow. U.K. will go 4-6.
    I’ll still be a true fan……

    • tdub
      12:00 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

      I agree blue. Only thing I would add is Rose should have been sat too

  7. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    9:29 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

    If u can’t find an SEC caliber kicker, put a helmet on a soccer stud. Geez

  8. CJKAssassin123
    9:30 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

    How about we just let Max Duffy kick the FG’s and rugby style punts deep out of bounds the rest of the season?

  9. EdC
    11:32 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    Here’s a thought … you COULD actually recruit kickers.