Stoops: Bye week helped Cats heal

Mark Stoops (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops’ weekly press conference only lasted about 15 minutes today — about half the normal time. Stoops didn’t leave early. Media members just ran out of questions quicker than normal.

Stoops said the bye week helped because UK would have been without a few starters he would not name if the Cats had played last week. However, he did say that linebacker Jordan Jones — who has missed the last four games — is on track to play at Mississippi State Saturday.

“It’s been a good off week. Our players needed it,” Stoops said about the bye week.

He praised redshirt freshman center Drake Jackson for the stability and depth he’s added to the offensive line that has allowed Bunchy Stallings to move back to guard where he played last year. He also met with senior lineman Nick Haynes, who has had his playing time decrease as he has dealt with weight loss due to Type 2 diabetes. He said Haynes continued to be an “unselfish leader” even when he was not playing.

Perhaps the biggest and best news came when Stoops said backup quarterback  Luke Wright, who collapsed on the sideline during UK’s win over Missouri, is doing well.

“Everything has been steady since that episode he had on the sidelines,” Stoops said even thought he added Wright had not been cleared to travel to Mississippi State yet.

 

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