With a young team, it may seem like it is one step forward and two steps back. That seems to be the case with this Kentucky Wildcats Football Team and their progress through three days of fall practice. In this Kentucky Wildcats Football Practice Report, we learn that Kentucky is still looking for leaders to emerge on this team. And also freshman safety Darius West will miss the season due to an injury.
On the injury front, Stoops announced after practice that true freshman safety Darius West will miss the rest of the season due to injury. West, from Central Catholic High School in Lima, Ohio, was a four-star recruit by nearly every recruiting database.
“He got hurt yesterday,” Stoops said. “So, it’s a real shame. He’s a good player. He’s everything we thought he was going to be. He’s a really talented football player. He came in with an injury and we thought it was healed up. But it didn’t work out, so he’ll be out for the year.”
Also, todays practice was considered sub par and a step back from yesterday’s promising practice. DJ Eliot sums up the disappointment of todays practice but states the staff is confident leaders will emerge.
“First day of pads and we didn’t play physical, that is disappointing,” Eliot said. “I was (surprised) because they haven’t put pads on in a long time. So I thought they would be excited and flying around and that we would have to slow them down not speed them up.”
But out of the haze of a disappointing practice, Stoops and Eliot hope leaders emerge. Both coaches said they will lean on the team’s leaders to get the team to regroup for meetings and walk-throughs Wednesday afternoon and Thursday with no full practice scheduled for Thursday.
“Leaders have to do what is right, not what is popular,” Eliot said. “We need guys to stand up and point out what guys are doing wrong and not care what other people think, those will be your leaders.”
When asked if Stoops and Eliot feel they have those type of leaders on the team this season, both said yes without hesitation.