University of Kentucky Football Luncheon 2014

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Today was the 2014 University of Kentucky Football Luncheon in Lexington at the Hyatt Regency right next to the beloved Rupp Arena.

To begin the luncheon, emcee, Tom Leach, declared a moment of silence in remembrance for the recently departed Wildcat, Wah Wah Jones. Jones, a former basketball and football star at the University of Kentucky passed away this past weekend. Leach proceeded to emphasize the idea that it is important to listen to what the coaches are saying in regards to seeing a change. Coaches work with the players every day, they know when there is a change coming on.

Now onto the less somber notes, it seems as if coaches are quite excited about this upcoming season. There is a lot of excitement in their faces when asked questions about their guys and how much they believe in their team.

University of Kentucky Head Coach, Mark Stoops, is really looking forward to this upcoming season. He used a quote today that he used last weekend at the UK Football Women’s Clinic that stuck with me then and stuck with me again today,

Better people make better players.

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Both Mark Stoops and quarterback coach, Neal Brown believe that the most improved part of this years team is leadership. They say the guys have been working hard and believing in one another, creating the great things that coaches are seeing within the team. Developing leadership has become a main focus for the entire team. Joining leadership, Stoops says physical development has improved drastically, too,

I think you’re going to see the biggest dividends in the physical development.

It’s important for fans to realize that all of the coaching staff know what a winning program looks like, they’ve all been apart of it. They know what it takes to be successful and are going to do whatever it takes for the University of Kentucky to become a winning program. When coaches reveal that there are “drastic improvements in all areas,” it’s probably true. It’s time to believe in these Wildcats. 

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