Fall Camp | Mark Stoops impressed by young, "elite" cornerbacks

08/11/2015 08:45 PM

LEXINGTON — Passing defense was not a strength for the University of Kentucky football team last season.

The Wildcats allowed 215.8 yards per game, good for No. 43 in the country, and really struggled against opponents with tall, physical wide receivers (see: DeVante Parker, Louisville).

But head coach Mark Stoops has been impressed by what he’s seen from his defensive backfield so far in fall camp, praising his mix of young and veteran talent that is on its way to becoming a collection of coveted “elite” players.

“Film doesn’t lie, so ultimately the best players are going to play,” Stoops told media members after practice. “I want to see elite players. What we need to do as we move forward with camp is put them in some very tough situations and see who’s going to make the competitive plays.

“I like what I see so far from the young corners and we’ll see who turns out to earn the starting jobs and the playing time.”

Stoops specifically mentioned the positive performances of the underclassmen corners and how quick learning of the defense will allow Kentucky to be more versatile on defense this season.

“I like those guys equally,” Stoops said. “I think Chris [Westry] may have some top-end speed that you look for, but I really like the way [Baity & Jackson] are moving around, as well as Kei Beckham. Kei is a guy that has the instincts to play inside and move around — the smarts and instincts to play some nickel and some dime — so we’re moving him around a little bit.”

Click below to watch Stoops comments on the corners and why KSTV thinks they’ll be an integral part to UK’s success in 2015.


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