Kentucky coach Mark Stoops had a lot to say about quarterback Stephen Johnson Monday during his weekly press conference.
On why Stephen Johnson slid down on the long run in the fourth quarter at South Carolina… “I think he was just getting tracked down. He was probably about to pull a hammy.”
On when he knew Stephen Johnson was the leader the offense needed … “I don’t remember a specific moment, but I just think over time he got everybody’s confidence and everybody started to believe in him. He is a winner. The bottom line he is a winner. He is making plays when he needs to by every mean necessary. I think that everybody believes in him.”
On if he has a different personality when he steps on the field … “I think he is gaining confidence as he goes. It has been documented that he is a tremendous young man. He represents us the right way and he is a great human being. I think that everybody respects that about him. His play, he is just getting more and more confident and the more he plays and gets looks, we play better around him. There are still a lot of plays that we are leaving out there. He is putting us in a position to make some plays for him.”
On if he talked to Stephen about his dropped catch when Benny Snell passed to hm out of the Wildcat … “Yeah, I am going to have to talk to him about that. That is a walk in the endzone. He said he lost it in the lights is what I heard on the field.”