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Stoops saw passion, energy from team that he knows fans expect

By LARRY VAUGHT

On Wednesday Mark Stoops said his defense was not very smart or tough. He called out players and said he was tired of the “crap” he had been seeing from his team.

Apparently the message got across because it was a far better defense that helped UK beat South Carolina 17-10 Saturday night and even its record at 2-2 with the Southeastern Conference win.

“That’s the way this football team needs to play, with that passion and energy that every fan expects, that we expect and that we will do,” Stoops said after the game. “These guys mean well. We had work to do and have work to do and we’ll continue to work at it. They come to work. They have accepted it and they looked in the mirror.

“You can’t change the past, but we can certainly change our future and push forward.

Really it just feels good to get to .500. Again, it wasn’t the start we wanted, we can’t change the past, but we can learn from our mistakes and push on. We’re excited to get on to the next opportunity and next week will be a real challenge (at Alabama).”

Stoops said he was not going to let his players accept slacking off in practice.

“The way we have been playing, it’s not okay. Every opportunity we go out there is to get better. We don’t go out there (to practice) just to kill time. When I see some of it, they mean well, they just need to push. And we need the discipline,” Stoops said.

“We need to approach every practice and every play, because you never know what one play is going to make a difference in a game. I think our approach has been better.”

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  1. Mike

    Where has this energy and passion been? We really haven’t seen much of this since Stoops has been here. Was it Stoop’s Wednesday tirade or Corso’s comments or combination of the two? I was surprised that we only gained 137 yds first half and that we kept just pounding it up the middle. Thought for a minute that Dawson was back in control. Stevie Johnson gave a steady performance, and I was wondering if he was following conservative game plan or had a slight loss of confidence from previous game. You do have to be impressed with his maturity for not having a lot of experience. He has got to get rid of the ball faster than he did in this game though.

  2. Norman Einstein

    Liked what I saw yesterday. Hustle, focus, physicality and resolve. With the exception of perhaps the punt return unit, there was progress in every phase of the game. Can’t ask for much more than that.

    GO CATS!!!

  3. Grant

    Hire Les miles asap.dont wait. Fire stoop and hire miles

  4. Mike

    Cam is welcome if he wants to come also…DJ needs to see the exit.

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