It is Mark Stoops‘ second year, but the Kentucky football coach knows he has to set the tone early. He did that Wednesday. It was his team’s third practice of the pre-season. And it wasn’t good enough. Not by a long shot.
“Not tough enough. Not enough energy. Weren’t clean enough in our execution on either side of the ball,” Stoops said.
No excuses. Because of summer school, UK worked out for the third straight day from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Stoops was asked if maybe the accumulation of three early practices caught up with his team. The head coach wasn’t buying it. No excuses.
Same from defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, who said his unit was nowhere physical enough on Wednesday. Being the first day of pads, Eliot said he thought he would have to hold guys back, not speed them up. He’s also looking for leaders.
“Leaders have to do what’s right not what’s popular,” said the DC.
One other piece of bad news: Freshman defensive back Darius West, out of Lima, Ohio, is out for the year with a lower leg injury suffered on Tuesday.