LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky is back from its bye week with a matchup Saturday against Mississippi State.
Wildcats coach Mark Stoops speaks at noon ET at his weekly Monday press conference. Refresh this page to find out what the coach said.
- Stoops: “It was really good timing for our bye. I think we used it wisely to heal up.”
- Stoops: “Really looking forward to the challenge of playing Mississippi State.”
- Stoops said they went back and looked at all areas. Looked at areas of weaknesses and built on the things they needed to work on.
- On Drew Barker: “No big jump one way or another.” Stoops said he’s not ready to rule Barker out for the rest of the season. He said the doctors aren’t ready to say that either.
- Stoops is happy not to face Dak Prescott anymore. Said Prescott should’ve been a Heisman Trophy candidate.
- OLB De’Niro Laster is out for a couple weeks, Stoops said. Kengera Daniel will continue to get more playing time in his absence.
- The SEC East is wide open, but Stoops went into coach speak on the topic. Said UK is taking it week to week and not looking ahead.
- The running game will continue to benefit Stephen Johnson and take pressure off the quarterback, Stoops said.
- Stoops on Stephen Johnson: “It may not always look pretty throwing the ball.” Stoops was quick to note that Johnson is 3-1 as a starter.
- Nose guard Matt Elam will return to practice tomorrow, Stoops said. He missed the Vanderbilt game.
- Stoops said Denzil Ware and Josh Allen both needed to heal up over the bye week. There’s more depth at the linebacker position, Stoops said.
- Stoops on freshman QB Gunnar Hoak: “If we feel the need to play him, he’s gonna play.”
- Stoops said Drew Barker is handling his injury well. Barker does some rehab work at practices and stays close to the quarterback group.