Stoops wants the UK to be more disciplined – The Interior Journal


Stoops wants the UK to be more disciplined

Published on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 12:53 p.m.


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Kentucky coach Mark Stoops wants his team to be more disciplined going forward after last week’s 31-0 win over Youngstown State.

The No. 9-ranked Wildcats (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) committed three turnovers in the team’s first shutout since 2009. Stoops said Monday he was “really a little disappointed and a little unhappy with some of the unruly games we had. of last week.

“Not taking away from so many players who did a great job, and really, defensively, it was a very good effort again,” he said. “I felt like the guys were really informed, detailed and executed to a really high standard. Offensively, there are things we need to sort out. It was like there was one person here, one person there, just unruly play.

Stoops said the Wildcats can’t afford four fumbles, double-digit penalties (for a loss of 74 yards), especially an SEC road game looming at Ole Miss at noon on Oct. 1.

“Any time you have 10 penalties, three turnovers, four fumbles and you do that at home, it just shows you that attention to detail wasn’t there,” Stoops said. “We go on the road a week before, play in a hostile environment, and we only have two penalties and play relatively clean.”

Stoops was pleased with the play of quarterback Will Levis, who threw for 377 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Stoops said Levis “shot some amazing shots again on Saturday.”

“Really, the talent jumps out at you,” he said. “When he’s moved out of his spot and he still has the awareness and the talent of the arms and the way he throws some of them, he’s a really, really talented thrower. He made plays that go unnoticed in a match like this.

Stoops added that Levis’ two interceptions weren’t all on the senior quarterback and said the receivers need to take ownership of the receiver’s slot.

“We have to play better around him,” Stoops said. “Some guys need to step up and play more accurately. I think he holds the wide youngsters responsible, all the little things and just keeps growing. It only takes one guy. You’ve heard the frustration and me talking about it, one guy here and one guy there, but that’s all it takes. You need everyone on the same page.

“That’s why it’s the ultimate team sport. You have to get everyone on the same page or it won’t work. There are a lot of little things. He kicked off an imbalance without that “His footwork was okay, but it was also a bad path. There was a combination of things on that. We’re going to keep growing.”

Stoops, who has helped raise more than $2 million for Kentucky Children’s Hospital, has been named Honorary Head Coach of the 2022 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works® Team, it said. announced on Monday.

Stoops has a passion for helping children and has participated in countless community service projects he has worked on during his 10 seasons in Kentucky.

Every July, Stoops hosts a fundraiser, called “Coaches for the Kids”, which raises money for Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Since 2013, the event has raised over $2 million. The event was originally started by former head coach Rich Brooks and Stoops has worked tirelessly to ensure the event grows and continues to raise funds for Children’s Hospital.

“It’s an honor to be the honorary coach of the Good Works team,” he said Monday. “I always try to do my part, put my head down and go to work. There is enough to do to keep me extremely busy, but I also like to give back and have become attached to the children’s hospital in the UK since day one and it’s an honor for us to be a part of it and to help in any way we can. .

“My staff have really contributed and done an awful lot too and as I mentioned at one of the functions we have every year all of us just have to make their child sick and hang out there -down and you can see why it’s quite easy to get attached to it.

Gametracker: Northern Illinois at Kentucky, 7 p.m., Saturday. TV/Radio: ESPN2, UK radio network.


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