On Wednesday the defense was made available after practice and Coach Stoops was on the weekly SEC conference call.
The one thing that has stood out since the Miss. St. game is that the defense did not play up to their full potential. Coach Stoops said on the SEC call that they lost their edge and Defensive Coordinator Coach hose said "No Question, we Lost our edge in the Mississippi State Game".
On Monday during his weekly press conference Coach Stoops said we lost all of our 1on1 battles in the defensive backfield. He said we did not compete and it was his job to make sure we are better prepared this week. Mike Edwards after practice on Wednesday said he took the comments from coach "on the chin" and took ownership as the defensive leader to make sure they regroup as a unit. Edwards also mentioned that Coach Stoops was in the DB room this week for film study. I love it when Coach takes this hands on approach to fix issues with the team. We saw him do this last year with the defense as a whole and it really helped get them back on track.
Coach Gran on Tuesday talked about fundamentals and Coach House said the same things about the defense on Wednesday. He talked about pad level, fit, playing down hill and other basic football IQ things. He said the DB's have to go up, compete and win and as a defensive unit the battle cry all week has been "just Improve"
Last week was disappointing. It was not who we are as a football program. Its not who we will be on Saturday. this team is having a great season, the football season is a long journey with lots of highs and lows. Last week was our low point and this week we have the opportunity to erase that game from everyones memory. It will be a great atmosphere with Coach Brooks coming back with several of the former players from his bowl teams.
As always my challenge to you the fans....SHOW UP, WEAR BLUE and BE LOUD! Let's Go Cats!
Links to videos provided by UK Athletics
Matt House: http://ukathletics.com/watch/?Archive=2328
Mike Edwards: http://ukathletics.com/watch/?Archive=2329