In Mark Stoops weekly Monday news conference he reflected a bit on the South Carolina loss but mostly looked towards the future game against Alabama here in Lexington on Saturday. Stoops said this of the South Carolina game and about the upcoming game on Saturday,
After watching the film, wrapping up the South Carolina game, just like I said after the game, very hard fought game. Very disappointed with the outcome. Proud of our kids’ effort. I thought we gave ourselves an opportunity in the second half to win that game. We need to continue to improve, continue to find ways to make plays when the game is on the line on both sides of the ball. But again, I thought we made some improvement. Looking forward to this week again. Another very tough task playing Alabama, extremely well coached team, very physical, and everything they are built up to be. They deserve all the credit they have been given for what they have done through the course of this year, and of course with their history. So it will be a real challenge but it should be a lot of fun for us as a staff and for our players to embrace such a challenge.
Kentucky will have their hands full with this high powered Alabama team and the Wildcats know they have to play to the best of their abilities to compete. Stoops went straight to the quarterback when asked about Alabama’s team, speaking highly of AJ McCarron in saying,
He does, he seems very smart and very poised. He does not seem to be rattled at all and you can tell he’s been in a lot of big games, so he’s very comfortable back there and very talented.