The Kentucky Football team held a scrimmage on Saturday just three weeks away from the start of the season. The Wildcats open September 2nd at Southern Mississippi.
After the scrimmage, Wildcats Coach, Mark Stoops, called it just an OK scrimmage. "Good thing we've still got three weeks. Two weeks would be pushing it, three weeks is a lot of time to get some things ironed out," said Coach Stoops. "I felt like it was a typical scrimmage in camp. Both sides of the ball did some good things at times and that's why it's always hard for me to gauge the success cause you just want to see good, hard, clean football. I saw that at times and I saw some things that were sloppy at times. The guys have got a good attitude and got a lot of work in."
The biggest thing talked about by the players and coaches that may have demonstrated what Coach Stoops was talking about was the first drive of the game. The offense went on about an 11 or 12 play drive where they got down inside the one yard line. Then, a fumble was lost into the endzone and recovered by the defense. "The thing with ball security is you can't be 99%, 98%, you've got to be 100%," said UK Quarterback, Drew Baker. "So, you know you never know what play might change the game because we started out we had the momentum, we drove all the way down there and fumbled it. It kind of took the air out of us a little bit. So, we just kind of have to regroup."
Fellow Quarterback, Stephen Johnson, is quick to accept any responsibility but you can tell he's looking forward to moving on to the next chance. "Offensively we didn't put the ball in the endzone like we should have," said Johnson. "The second half we did. I think three out of four times we had touchdowns. So, offensively we could have done a little bit better. I know myself, I could have done a lot better. But, I think overall it was just an okay scrimmage. I think we'll be a lot better for next week's scrimmage."
UK will likely have another scrimmage next Saturday as it gets ready for that September 2nd opener at Southern Miss.