LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mark Stoops’ radio show Monday didn’t feature fans calling in to suggest other coaches as his potential replacements (like Dan Mullen and Tommy Tuberville in the past), but there were a few highlights from the hour-long appearance.
Here’s the best of what the coach said:
- Dan Mullen was standing right by a referee as Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis took his steps prior to his 51-yard game winning field goal. It looked certain that Mullen would call a timeout in typical icing fashion and Stoops was surprised he didn’t: “I did anticipate a timeout and it was one of those situations where, and I told the players this and I meant it … through all of it I was proud of the team.”
- Stoops took over defensive play-calling after Kentucky gave up 44 and 45 points in its first two games, but he reiterated his support of defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot: “Coach Eliot, and it’s not just lip service, he’s busting his tail.” Stoops said he’s having fun in a more hands-on role with the defense.
- The coach held onto his timeouts during the Mississippi State game until the very end. A caller noted that the SEC Network announcers were critical of his time management. “Anybody that goes on and on about it doesn’t have a clue,” he said.
- Sophomore DE Denzil Ware continues to be banged up, Stoops said, but he’ll be good to go Saturday at Missouri.
- Senior C Jon Toth is Kentucky’s mainstay in the middle of its offensive line. A caller wanted to know if Toth was getting any buzz about NFL draft potential. “Heck yeah,” Stoops said. “It’s not if he’ll play, but who he’ll play for and what round he goes.”
- Junior WR Dorian Baker is still without a catch this season after leading the Wildcats in receptions last year. A hamstring injury set him back, but Stoops was sure a breakout game is coming for Baker.