Mark Stoops will get a defensive test this week when Kentucky faces off against Luke Doty as the South Carolina quarterback gets his first start on Saturday.

“Really impressed with Luke,” Stoops said on the Wednesday SEC coaches media teleconference. “He hasn’t had quite a few live team reps prior to last week. To see him step in there against such a talented defense on the road, he made some really tough throws. You can see why they were so high on him coming into the year. … He’s a strong guy who can run the ball when necessary and make some really tough throws.”

Coming off of an uneven game against Chattanooga, Stoops spoke about the offensive line.

“At times we’ve been extremely dominant, at other times we’ve been inconsistent,” Stoops said. “I think you can say that about our entire football team. … There have been times our offensive line has taken over football games.”