Mark Stoops' Six Takeaways from UK's First Spring Scrimmage

by:Nick Roush03/25/17


KSR-8374 1. Nobody won.  Normally you don't want one side of the ball to completely overwhelm the other, but that's often the case.  Eddie Gran wasn't happy with his offense, but Stoops described the day at Commonwealth Stadium as "balanced." "I thought we got better, I really do.  It was a good scrimmage.  I wouldn't say either side won it or lost it.  You saw some very good things on both sides of the ball," Stoops said. 2.  Exceptional Ball Security.  A point of emphasis this spring, the offense took care of the ball until the very end of the scrimmage.  A.J. Rose let one ball hit the dirt, but it was recovered by Tavin Richardson. 3. Focus on First and Second Downs.  The Cats weren't very good on third down last year.  A big reason why is because they were giving up too many yards on first and second down.  With just base packages in place, neither side got too crazy on third down, forcing the other side to focus on playing sound football from the start. "That's what we're really focusing on.  We (the defense) gotta get em into longer yardage on third down.  There was way too many third and shorts, third and mediums last year."  Stoops added he liked what they did today, but of course, there's still room to improve. 4. Position Change for Davonte Robinson.  The electric Lexington native spent his first season as a redshirt cornerback.  This year he's been moved back to safety where there's more opportunity to see the field. 5.  There's a Secret to Keeping the Secondary Motivated. "My foot," Stoops said with a laugh.  "That's never an issue keeping those guys on their toes.  It's a hard position.  You can't ever get comfortable in the secondary." 6. #Blessed.  Speaking to the media for the first time since his contract extension was announced, Stoops was gracious, then described it as another building block for the football program. "It's a very good situation.  I'm very committed to this university and they've been very committed to me.  None of us are content.  We want to keep pushing the program forward." Freddie was there and will provide his insight later.  

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