South Carolina Gamecocks fullback Qua Gilchrist (43) carries the ball during the second half at Commonwealth Stadium Sept. 29, 2012 in Lexington, Ky. On defense is Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Alvin Dupree (2). Photo by Amy Wallot Herald-Leader Buy Photo

University Of Kentucky Football: Coach Stoops Pre-Alabama Press Conference/Players Honored



Oct 5, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops checks the time on the scoreboard against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports


On Monday Coach Mark Stoops had his pre-Alabama St. Press conference and he talked about the up-coming game and last Thursdays Miss. St. game. Coach Stoops said that the team needs to execute better and play smarter. He also talked about Jalen Whitlow and that he should be fine to start this weekend. When asked, he said that if you look around the SEC, you would see other players playing hurt and still leading their team. He expects Jalen to do the same thing. He also talks about Reese Philips and that he is getting a serious look as being the third, maybe even the second option at the quarter back position. He also talks about Reese’s development over the season. Coach Stoops talked about how frustrating it was to lose last Thursday and the fact that he has been frustrated all weekend. He said he should  calm down a bit by their first meeting that afternoon.

By watching and listening to coach Stoops, you can tell that he knows they could have had a win last Thursday. You really can tell that he is going to succeed here. I don’t think that failure is an option for coach Stoops or his staff.

You can watch Coach Stoops Press conference in its entirety below.


Two Kentucky football players have been recognized for their play so far this season.

It was announced Monday that Alvin “Bud” Dupree had been named Honorable Mention Defensive Lineman of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his career game against Mississippi State last week.
Bud is leading the team with 6.5 tackles for loss, while he is second on the team with 4.5 sacks. He is also second in total tackles this season with 41, adding a forced fumble, pass breakup and two quarterback hurries. Dupree ranks fifth in the SEC and 29th nationally in sacks per game. Dupree also ranks 15th in the SEC with 6.8 tackles per game.

The Augusta Sports Council has named sophomore punter Landon Foster as one of 85 candidates for the 2013 Ray Guy Award, which annually honors the nation’s top collegiate punter.
Foster, who was named to the awards 25-player preseason watch list earlier this season, is having a solid season for Kentucky. The sophomore has punted 37 times this season with a 42.1 average, including three punts of 50-plus yards. His best game of the season came against Alabama where he had eight punts for a 44.8 yard-per-punt average, including a season-best 58-yard punt that tied his career long.

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