LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mark Stoops will hold his weekly press conference at noon ET.
Kentucky is coming off a 40-38 win against Mississippi State made possible by a last-second field goal. Update this page for updates on what Stoops says.
Kentucky plays Missouri at noon ET Saturday in Columbia, Mo.
- “The game wasn’t always perfect.” Stoops said his team showed the toughness and grit he was looking for.
- “It verifies a lot of things that we talk about,” Stoops said on players staying the course.
- Stoops said he had a “heart to heart” with Jeff Badet about staying the course and having the preparation and mindset to delivering when players’ numbers are called.
- On overcoming struggles at the beginning of the season: “The players need to see the fruit from all the work they put in,” Stoops said. “As a coach, you know you’re making progress, but the players and fans need to see the pay off.”
- Stoops said he wanted to make sure to let the team know that they’re not a fragile group. Said the staff has to be tough on them, but knows how much they can take.
- On Missouri kick off time: “We have to play at 11 a.m. there. Most of our guys aren’t out of bed,” Stoops joked.
- “We’re banged up but tell me one team that’s not.”
- Stoops said Missouri plays extremely fast. “Depth is an issue. We can’t let them have 112 plays.”
- Stoops doesn’t want to get into the SEC East standings as far as Kentucky being in second place: “Our players know that, our players see that.”
- On Dorian Baker: “He’s pressing because he wants to make big plays.”
- Outside of the turnovers, Stoops was pleased with the progression Stephen Johnson made in the passing game.
- Stoops said he knows Josh Heupel, Missouri’s offensive coordinator. Heupel was a quarterback and offensive coordinator under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma.
- Stoops on Kentuky still winning even though it’s losing the turnover game. “It is unheard of but we like to put a little drama in it,” Stoops said.
- No update on Drew Barker this week.
- Stoops credits all the offenses’ success to the run game. Especially with a backup quarterback, the run game has been crucial, Stoops said.
- “We’ve morphed into a team that’s found a way to win games. However that may be.”