There’s a lot of work ahead for the Kentucky Wildcats. In camp this week, head coach Mark Stoops had a positive outlook, noting that there had been only minor injuries that tested some position depth.

Stoops made his comments after Kentucky’s first fall scrimmage on Saturday:

After a Twitter exchange gone awry resulted in some drama last week, Stoops made it clear that he was focused on the future of the team, stating “we won’t be derailed.” For Kentucky fans, this is just the kind of news they were hoping to hear.

A healthy team with a number of returning players is a sign of positive things to come for the season. Will Levis, Chris Rodriguez, Jacquez Jones, DeAndre Square and Jordan Wright all previously announced their intention to return to the Wildcats locker room.

Kentucky finished second in the SEC last season, a move that was surprising to many. It was less surprising after the Wildcats dismantled Florida 20-13. They went on to repeat that performance with a win over regular season opponents like South Carolina, and the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2021 Citrus Bowl. The Wildcats hope for continuation of last year’s success when they open the season against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 3.