By LARRY VAUGHT
A players’ only meeting two days after the opening game is not a great sign for a college football team.
Yet Kentucky coach Mark Stoops thinks having sophomore Denzil Ware call a meeting for defensive players only on Monday was not a bad thing after Saturday’s 44-35 loss to Southern Mississippi.
“Denzil always – he’s tried. I want to say all year he’s tried to be a leader, he’s tried to be a leader and do the very best he can,” Stoops said. “Denzil means very well, and I think Denzil will be the first one to tell you he’s talking to himself too because he made some critical, critical errors.
“So I don’t think that was anything about pointing fingers. It was about, ‘Let’s get on the same page and let’s get our act together.’ Nothing major. That’s not uncommon.
“I think you all (in the media) like to write about that and try to get a story, which I understand, but the guys just want to – they just want to get everybody’s attention and get focused and improve.”
Kentucky plays at Florida Saturday afternoon on CBS-TV and Stoops said Thursday he likes what he has seen attitude-wise this week.
“Guys were focused and trying to get better. That’s all we can do,” Stoops said. “I think we’ve hashed it out. We’ve already gone down that road but we need to be consistent. We’ve seen us play some good football, we just have to see it more.”