By LARRY VAUGHT
Sometimes it’s not easy to get Mark Stoops to talk in great depth about his football team. But WLEX-TV sports director Alan Cutler asked Stoops a question at Media Day Friday that prompted the coach to be a bit more specific than usual.
Cutler asked him: “What are you most excited about and what is your biggest fear, not including injuries?”
Stoops said he was most excited about the overall team and moving into the new training facility.
“There’s some kinks to work out there. But I’m most excited about our team. We had a great meeting last night . I touched on all the things you’ve heard me touch on all summer. That’s basically being able to handle more and do more and practice more. Like last night, we go through quite a bit of administrative meetings. Sitting up on the edge of their seat for two, two and a half hours, whatever it takes, and getting the job done in our football meetings, paying attention to detail, improving the fine strokes that it takes to win at a high level. I’m tired of working on the broad strokes,” Stoops said.
“Our team has the foundation to handle more, to practice longer, to have good, detailed practices. We’re physically and mentally better. That’s what I’m most excited about. It gives us the opportunity to grind them, to work, to have a camp that we need to have. We’ve had the off-season, we had the winter, we had the spring. We’ve done it. Now we have to have a great camp. That’s what I’m most excited about because they can handle what we’re going to put in front of them. I can’t wait to get out there. ”
Now here is the part UK fans had to love — and his players, too.
“What I fear? I fear nothing. I don’t know. You always have your concerns. You wish you had some depth. You watch football, and sometimes you’re sitting there saying, ‘Oh, no, oh, no. Oh yes.’ Somebody makes a play. You have to make sure you have enough playmakers and guys that can do things that are between them and God,” Stoops said.