LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops will speak at noon for his weekly Monday press conference. Stoops will look back on Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee over the weekend and preview his team’s 4:30 p.m. Saturday matchup against Austin Peay.
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- Stoops: “After reviewing the Tennessee game, there was entirely too many explosive plays.”
- Stoops: “There was nine explosive plays in the run game alone. That is a bad recipe right there.”
- Stoops said they’d get back to work and grind on the details in practice this week.
- “Need to improve in the pass game,” he said.
- Jordan Jones and Jeff Badet were both hurt at Tennessee. Stoops said there’s a good chance both could play on Saturday.
- Stoops said Mike Edwards wasn’t able to practice all last week, “and it showed” against Tennessee.
- On facing Austin Peay: “We’re in no position to overlook anybody.”
- It’s senior day for many of Stoops’ first signings. He said he wishes he could’ve had another year with those guys, Marcus McWilson in particular.
- On Jon Toth: “Jon is everything you look for in a person in your program. He’s solid as a rock.” Stoops said Toth is always the first in the building and last to leave.
- Alexander Montgomery and Ramsey Meyers will both be joining the seniors on Senior Day. Stoops said Montgomery had another surgery and that Meyers is ready to move on. Stoops said Montgomery is one of his favorite players.
- Stoops said there’s a special connection with his first class that will be featured on Senior Day. “They took a chance,” Stoops said.
- Kentucky gave up 110 yards after missed tackles against Tennessee, Stoops said.
- Stoops said Eli Brown was put in a bad position against Tennessee. Brown filled in for injured Jordan Jones. Stoops said Brown was also dealing with a personal loss.
- Stoops said Kentucky has to continue to improve in predictable pass situations. He said the offensive line continues to run block well.
- It’s the best conference finish since 2006 for Kentucky. Stoops talked of how the gap has closed and that it does show progress.