There were unknowns surrounding the Kentucky football team entering the first week of the 2017 season. They have a long way to go, but Mark Stoops learned a lot about his football team in the 24-17 victory at Southern Miss.
“Very proud of them, just like I have been talking about really. I felt like the team was very united, very unselfish and maybe not exactly real pleased with their individual play at times but happy to get the team victory.”
There were times when the offensive linemen weren’t on the same page. A few defensive backs didn’t effectively communicate on every play, and on one occasion it led to a homerun by Southern Miss. They lost too many 50/50 balls, but at the end of the day there were many more positives than negatives.
“It’s not so much about how an individual plays. It’s more about how does the team play when you’re in the game. I think our team is starting to have that mentality more. How effective are we when you’re in the game? That was very evident with all the guys we played.”
The Southern Miss win wasn’t a beautifully dominating performance. However, the Cats walked away with a win and many teachable moments.
“We know we missed some plays. We all can do better in that game.” Stoops’ silver lining: “We have a good team and they are unselfish.”