Mark Stoops met with the media today for his weekly press conference, this time to discuss the loss to Western Kentucky and look ahead to Miami of Ohio.
In this first clip, Stoops talks about the disappointment in the loss and confirms that Maxwell Smith will start at quarterback on Saturday. Stoops said that last week’s starter, Jalen Whitlow, is also likely to play, but that if Smith does well from the start he will remain in the game.
In this second video, Stoops says he wants to get TraVaughn Paschal on the field, that his linebackers are not playing winning football and too often players fell back into bad habits. Meaning well “doesn’t mean you’re playing well,” said the coach.
More videos after the jump.
In this third video clip, Stoops talks about his playmakers, about Alex Montgomery being sick, about a plan for Whitlow and about any overconfidence his team may have had Saturday. If that’s the case, said the coach, there are some “issues we need to sit down and talk about.”
In clip No. 4, I asked Stoops if he subscribed to the old coaching axiom that a team improves more from its first game to its second than at any other point in the season.
In this fifth and final clip, the C-J’s Kyle Tucker tells Stoops that in his first season as defensive coordinator at Florida State, Stoops’ defense gave up 487 yards to Oklahoma in the second game of the year. Kentucky gave up exactly 487 yards to Western Kentucky on Saturday night.