UK FOOTBALL | Mark Stoops still angry after second scrimmage

08/22/2015 04:48 PM

LEXINGTON — After mostly positive reviews through the first two weeks of fall practices, the University of Kentucky football staff has been unimpressed with the team’s play the last two days, especially after a disappointing scrimmage on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.

“Really, I’m disappointed — disappointed with our effort the last two days,” head coach Mark Stoops told media members after the scrimmage. “I talked about it last night when we got done after practice. I thought we’d come back and respond today, but it’s just not good enough.”

Saturday’s competition was originally intended to be the second and final big scrimmage of fall camp, but after seeing a lack of urgency and execution, Stoops said the team may need to play again before the season opener against LA-Lafayette (Sept. 5) to assure everyone’s back on track.

“We didn’t execute good enough; we weren’t sharp enough on either side of the ball,” Stoops said. “I didn’t feel like we had a good sense of urgency on either side of the ball. There was very little communication, very little energy. Not a good scrimmage. We took a step back.

“I’ve got to reevaluate what we’re doing. It was going to be the last big scrimmage, but we may have to look at it and do it again because the wasn’t good enough.”

But there was one positive takeaway from the scrimmage:

“The kickers kicked good,” Stoops said without a hint of sarcasm. “[South Carolina] coach [Steve] Spurrier will be talking about that again this year — about how good our punter does — because we aren’t going to get a lot of first downs if we play like that.”

Aside from the kickers, the rest of the Wildcats will have plenty to work on when they return to the practice field on Monday.


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