Mark Stoops wasn’t too pleased with Kentucky’s spring game.
The Wildcats held their annual spring game Friday evening at Kroger Field, and Stoops wasn’t too happy with what he witnessed from some of his players.
Kentucky’s second-team defense struggled in the first half against the first-team offense. Stoops also told ESPN just after halftime that he thought there was some effort issues. So, he challenged his group at halftime.
ESPN’s Tom Luginbill caught up with Stoops following the game.
“Today was really the most sloppy day we’ve had. … We’re looking for good, hard-nosed competitive football, but it was sloppy.”
Stoops went on to say that when teams are split up like that, one of them will end up short-handed.
Luginbill then asked Stoops what the UK fans can expect from this year’s team.
“We’re going to be a darn good team. … We have a good foundation. I’m excited about this group.”
As a coach, it’s tough to grade the spring game. If the offense lights it up, it’s the defense the coach is worried about. If the defense dominates, it’s the offense the coach is worried about.
Nonetheless, Stoops made sure to point out he wasn’t too pleased with some of the effort.