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By LARRY VAUGHT
Apparently Kentucky junior defensive end Bud Dupree has learned his lesson. After UK lost to Western Kentucky to open the season, Dupree indicated after the game that UK might have been “overconfident” and lacked focus, a statement that befuddled UK coach Mark Stoops.
With No. 7 Louisville coming to Commonwealth Stadium Saturday, Dupree said “no” when asked if there was any chance the team would be overconfident again.
“We’re going to come out ready to play Louisville this week. This is a big week. We’re going to come out ready to practice today, starting today we’re ready for the game Saturday,” said Dupree, who also admitted the Cats learned a lesson in the loss to Western.
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown admitted after last week’s win over Miami (Ohio) that he might have been too easy on the players before the first game not to hurt their confidence, a situation he remedied last week. This week could be even more demanding on the players.
“I think it’s always easier to have a tougher week this week. They thought last week was tough. We’ll be more tough this week,” Stoops said Monday. “So it’s always better to be harder on them after a win. You know, and, again, I said that after week one. Somebody mentioned it to me that one of the kids said they were overconfident or whatnot. That’s just silly to me because we have such a long way to go.
“But that’s where we’re at. You have to educate them on everything, and that’s your job to stay on them. Just have them improve and understand the accountability that comes with it and the discipline that comes with it.