Mark Stoops held his annual Monday press conference yesterday previewing this weekends game against Missouri and answering questions concerning the team. Here are five things that stuck out to me.
He expects Kash Daniel to be good to go this weekend
After Kash Daniel fractured his hand and finished the game Saturday, Stoops was asked if he thought Kash was good to go. He said yes.
“I do. He should be back, he’s day-to-day right now. He had to get a little procedure done this morning on his hand and he’ll be back. Probably will be in a club or cast so that will not be fun for him, but he’ll be back.”
Chance Poore may or may not kick the next kick
With Miles Butler struggling, it’s looking more likely that we’ll see Chance Poore kicking field goals for the rest of the season. When asked about it, Stoops didn’t confirm it but he didn’t say no.
“We’ll see how the week goes. We’ll see”
Following a game plan after a bad start is hard
Saturday’s start sure wasn’t what Mark Stoops and the coaching staff were looking for. Stoops was asked if those kind of starts make it difficult to follow a game plan.
“It did affect us in the game. One of the parts of the game plan is to get off an easy throw and we throw it behind the line of scrimmage, and we fumble it, and that doesn’t help your game plan.”
Confidence issue for Terry?
After a great start to the season, Terry Wilson hasn’t been the same since. A poor second half against South Carolina and two bad games against Texas A&M and Vanderbilt leave us all asking what is wrong with Terry Touchdown? Stoops was asked if he has a confidence issue.
“I don’t know. I don’t think so. I talked to Terry today, before this, and he doesn’t see it that way. We need to watch the film and get some things corrected and get back on the field. Certainly we have to look at all options, again like we always have. I’ve always said that Terry is our starting quarterback. He’s going to start this week. We certainly need to look at the other guys and see if they could get an opportunity to get in there and play and help us. We’ll have a plan, and we’ll work Gunnar pretty extensively this week and have him ready to play as well.”
This was followed by a quote from Stoops during his call in show where he basically said we might see Gunnar Hoak and Danny Clark.
He knows the passing game has to be fixed
Kentucky’s passing game has looked awful in the past two games. If you don’t count a 54 yard “pass” to Lynn Bowden against Texas A&M, Terry Touchdown has combined for just 72 yards in his past two starts. That is a big concern going into this Missouri game and Stoops addressed it.
“We need to address it in a lot of areas. From what we’re doing to set them up for success and set the team up for success. It starts with us and coaching and what we’re doing, the position we’re putting them in to be successful. Also, getting the quarterback to pull the pin and make accurate throws, and to trust himself. He has done that this year. He has been successful. He’s put us in a position to get to the spot we’re in right now. But, he’s also not played his best the past couple games. We have to look at that. That’s all of our responsibility; it always is, starting with the coaching staff. Certainly Terry will take his part, on down to protection, the receivers and so on. We’re always in this together. It’s never any one person’s fault, but certainly we need to play better at that position.”
It will be interesting to see what Stoops and the staff decide to do.