LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mark Stoops spoke to the media after Thursday’s practice for the last time before his Kentucky team takes on Alabama at 7 p.m. Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
There weren’t many updates from the Wildcats coach but here’s a roundup of what he said:
- Kentucky practiced outside in heavy rain during Wednesday’s practice for about 40 minutes to give quarterbacks and running backs a feel for those conditions if they arise this year. The rain picked up and the Wildcats moved to the indoor facility, but the focus took a hit: “We went inside and didn’t carry the same concentration we were doing the first part of practice,” Stoops said. “We went inside there and had a couple drives. It just wasn’t quite the focus we need.”
- Stoops was asked about the importance of getting off to a good start against the Crimson Tide: “We need to understand, with the mindset going into it, how difficult yards are going to be to come by and how you need to compete to get those yards,” Stoops said. “This is not a team where – some games you play where things come easy or you get big plays. You have to work for every yard you get against them and you have to compete at a high level to get those yards.”
- Alabama always has a knack for stopping the run, but Stoops said his team can’t give up running behind backs Boom Williams and Benny Snell: “Well, I think you can’t get deterred because you can’t just sit back there and take negative plays. They will absolutely get after you. They score more non-offensive touchdowns than anybody. They create a lot of big plays with their defense and with their special teams. So you’ve just got to be smart with the way you mange the game.”