LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mark Stoops went on his weekly radio show Monday night, and there were plenty of takeaways.
He added clarity to the quarterback situation, talked about his role in relation to defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot’s and much more. Here are the highlights of what Stoops said.
- Stoops said during his Monday press conference that sophomore QB Drew Barker had an MRI, but he went a step further on his radio show saying Barker would see a specialist on Wednesday.
- Given that timetable, it’s more unlikely than ever that Barker will suit up Saturday. “It would have to be a miraculous recovery for him to come back Wednesday afternoon and feel that good and be able to come in and start in this game with the way Stephen (Johnson) played,” Stoops said.
- With Johnson likely to start Saturday against South Carolina (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network), the offensive playbook might have an extra page in it. A caller asked Stoops about using the wishbone, and while it won’t be the wishbone, the coach talked about using a few more option looks this week if and when Johnson’s in the game.
- As far as UK being a “basketball school,” a caller brought up Louisville as an example of a school that has success in both sports. Here’s what Stoops said: “You’ve never heard me talk about that. I haven’t read many lately, but I hear people have a lot of opinions on me now. People got opinions, they can say what they want, but I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think we could be successful in football. Believe me. That’s never an excuse. That’ll never come out of my mouth. I think the basketball program helps us.”
- A big point Stoops made last week is taking a bigger role in how he coaches the defense. He went more in depth on that: “It takes a bunch of coaches,” Stoops said. “I wanted to take on more responsibility. Coach Eliot is up in the box, and let him have time to really see what’s going on in the game. Coach is very bright and a smart guy and can see what’s going on. And therefore he has the time to write things down and come down at halftime to give us suggestions and make adjustments together.”
- Stoops said he’ll continue to be more active in defensive play-calling with Eliot: “I need his help as well, and he needs mine right now.”