Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has preached for days about the need for his defense to step up and be more consistent.

On the SEC coaches media teleconference on Wednesday, Stoops explained what the defense needs to fix.

“We just need to be more consistent,” Stoops said. “We’re at our best when are cleats are in the ground … But the biggest thing is having a great sense of urgency and having attention to detail to execute our defenses in place a high level.”

Stoops is aware that defense is facing a tall order in Alabama RB Najee Harris and the rest of the Crimson Tide running backs.

“You’re definitely gonna feel him,” Stoops said. “You know in their backs I mean that’s just, I think that’s one of the reasons why they are so dynamic, you know, they’re always good, but I think with the physicality of their running backs and their running game, and the dynamic playmakers they have outside and with Mac planets such a high level. You certainly feel that so it takes a toll on you for four quarters with tackling such physical back.”