By LARRY VAUGHT
After Kentucky’s loss at Florida, sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones did not mince words. He said he felt the team had players who quit when adversity hits and that it had to change.
So what did coach Mark Stoops think about those comments?
“I don’t know exactly what his intent was, but Jordan backs it up. I wouldn’t use the word quit, I would say I would rather have guys respond the way he does. That is a beautiful quote for you guys, but I don’t think he means it that way, I think he means it like we need to respond,” Stoops said.
“Coaches talk about it all the time, if you get hit in the jaw on the first play of the game, we talk about that all the time. I don’t think we respond the way that he responds. I am good with him. He wants to back it up, then he needs to go play like that.
“I don’t think he means any harm, he meant it like we need to play with that passion and energy that we all want to see and our fans want to see and that we expect.”
Kentucky fans would say amen. Plus, Jones is UK’s top tackler and has been the lone bright spot on a defense that has been shredded for 89 points in two games.
Stoops said Monday he still believed in his players. But do they believe they can win?
“I certainly don’t think there is any doubt that we didn’t have a lot of faith last week. Once you get hit on the first play of the game – it didn’t appear to me that we had a lot of belief in winning that game,” Stoops said.
“That is disappointing and we have to change it. Until it changes on the field, and you and I can talk about it and write about it, until it changes that is when it will change out there. Until we demonstrate that we can handle a punch and play the game the way it is supposed to be played.
“And we will do that. I am not sure when, but hopefully it will start this week and we will break that door down and we will move forward.”