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Stoops not happy with defense after 'okay' first scrimmage

Posted at 7:16 PM, Aug 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-10 19:20:14-04

LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX18) — Mark Stoops called Kentucky's first scrimmage just okay and said that the Wildcats still have a lot of work to do heading into their final three weeks of fall camp.

The offense received the bulk of the praise from Stoops, who did mention that the unit still struggles when playing behind the chains. Kentucky's ability to pick up positive yardage on first down will be a big factor on how good they can be.

"It was a good start," said Kentucky center Drake Jackson. "Lot of competition out there, guys were playing hard. Offensively we did a lot of good things but as Coach Gran has been stressing to us all camp, we got to go from good to great, so it's a consistency thing."

Defensively is where Coach Stoops wasn't happy on Saturday. "Today I feel like we weren't up to the challenge defensively," said Stoops.
"There's no sense of panic because we know they can do it. We trust our players and our coaches and we will get it done."

Defensive back Jordan Griffin added in that they didn't bring the edge that they are used to bringing.