By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky’s defense wore down in the second half Saturday night against Southern Mississippi when UK blew a 35-17 halftime lead and lost 44-35.
That was a cool night but the visitors still ran 95 plays. What could happen to UK at Florida this Saturday when kick off is at 3:30 p.m. and it will be much, much warmer?
“I’m not sure. I mean we’re in good shape,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.
But not if it can’t get off the field.
“Our defense, guys played 95 snaps. I think Matt Elam played don’t quote me exactly, but I want to say it was in the 70 or 80, but 70 or 80 plays,” Stoops said. “He played quite a few plays, more than I thought. So we need to do a better job of developing and bringing some guys along and getting that depth going.
“But we did have some guys play an awful lot of snaps. I believe Courtney Love played every snap, every defensive snap.”
There could also be another problem.
“We had some hydration issues that I think you see across the country. Some of these guys have very little body fat and they don’t keep very much water in their system. That’s an issue. That’ll be an issue as we go down there,” Stoops said.