Three quick observations from Mark Stoops press luncheon today previewing Saturday’s noon game with Missouri:
1. A wafter-thin position just got razor-thin. Stoops confirmed that wide out Alex Montgomery is out for the year with an ACL he tore while celebrating his six-yard touchdown catch Saturday night. Montgomery landed wrong from a chest bump and now his true freshman season has gone wrong. As well, fellow rookie Ryan Timmons appears doubtful for Saturday because of an ankle sprain.
In better news, Javess Blue will return from the pre-game eye injury he suffered Saturday. Jeff Badet played well against Alabama State. A.J. Legree has improved. Still, offensive coordinator Neal Brown, himself a former receiver, may wish he had some eligibility remaining.
2. Bud Dupree is a star. Stoops and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot know defensive ends. They coached some really good ones at Florida State. After eight games, they think UK junior defensive end Bud Dupree is a really good one. Stoops called Dupree “a very good football player” today, praising his talent and versatility. The Irwinton, Georgia native may be this season’s MVP.
3. Frustration, even with a win. Post-game Saturday you got the sense Stoops was pleased with the win, but far from happy. Same Monday. He opened the press conference by saying that after looking at the video he saw some good things, but it didn’t really stick.
With four tough games left on the schedule, he knows his team has to play better than it did Saturday night, even in a 34-point win. Stoops admitted that to him, Sunday didn’t feel much different around the football offices than it did all those previous Sundays when the Cats were coming off a loss.