In his first meeting with the media since wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass decided to leave Kentucky, Coach Mark Stoops said it was about playing time or lack thereof.
“As far as I know, that’s the gist of it: playing time and where we’re at and the depth that we have at that position,” Stoops said before adding, “I’m sure there'll be more.”
Shortly after UK confirmed the former four-star wide out from Ohio was parting ways with the program, Snodgrass thanked fans for their “love and support “ and urged his teammates to go out and play hard, adding “it’s y’all’s year!”
Stoops said he wished Snodgrass, who hadn’t caught a pass yet this season and was listed at No. 2 on the depth chart behind Dorian Baker until last week, the best. The coach said he appreciated all that the red-shirt freshman had done for the program.
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“I’m not talking about him when I reference this, but just all of our players are going to earn their right on the field,” Stoops continued. “A competitive environment is what we’re looking for, and super competitive people are what we’re looking for.”
When asked if it’s a sign of progress that players are leaving over playing time versus a couple of years ago when UK had to play all available.
“Yeah, it’s a bad feeling as a football coach to play somebody because you have to play them,” Stoops said. “So, nobody wants to be in that position ever again.”