Mark Stoops talks Kentucky Wildcats Football

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Q. (Question regarding reps at running back.)

COACH STOOPS: Braylon and Jojo. We list those guys. We look at them as starters. We may start in a package with both of them.

Q. (Question regarding Ryan Flannigan and Khalid Henderson at linebacker.)

COACH STOOPS: They both will play. We’ll see how practice goes this week. They’ll both play. They both have done a nice job.

Q. What do you think of Patrick, to be able to go out and win the quarterback job?

COACH STOOPS: Yeah, it was real important. As I’ve said, I think you’ve got to look at Patrick and be proud for him, the way he’s responded to the situation. A year ago, you know, he came out of camp at this time, he was third on the depth chart. He just looked at it, what can he do to improve. Like I said, he just went out and battled, got better over the year, came out this year, flipped the script, came out of it number one. He has an opportunity. I have a lot of confidence in him. I appreciate the way he’s gone about his business. I think our team has. He has this opportunity now. He needs to make the most of it.

Q. (Question regarding Demarco handling punt returns.)

COACH STOOPS: He is. We’re still grooming Timmons. As I said before, I think you’ll see both of them in the first game. Demarco has done it for a while, has experience. He’s comfortable catching the ball. His decision making is better than most just from experience. We’ll continue to get Timmons involved, as well.