The University of Kentucky football team held a closed scrimmage Saturday morning at Commonwealth Stadium, but no big questions were answered based on the post-scrimmage chat with head coach Mark Stoops:
QUARTERBACK QUESTION MARKS: No word on the starting quarterback yet. “You know what, they both did very well,” Stoops said of Patrick Towles and Drew Barker. “They both moved the ball at times, so we’ll take a good look at it.”
OVERALL SCRIMMAGE: Stoops seemed excited to get the team into the newly renovated stadium, which still was very much an active construction site Saturday. “Very good to get out here and get in the stadium and play for the first time full-go on a new surface and just have a good full-contact scrimmage,” the head coach said. “We got an awful lot of work in today. I thought we really did some good things on both sides of the ball.” The offense is making plays and the depth it showed was impressive, he said. Defensively there were a few missed tackles, but Stoops seemed pleased overall. “Got some good situational work done and made a step forward today,” he said. “I was pleased. I was real pleased with the amount of work we got done this week as well.” Stoops mentioned that Friday’s practice was physical in the morning with a lot of situational work in the final portion of the two-a-day. There was a strong, competitive two-minute drill last night as well.
LOVE STILL IN LIMBO: UK had to clear up a few more questions the NCAA had about the hardship waiver for Nebraska transfer Courtney Love, who did get reps in the scrimmage. "We’ll see where that’s at,” Stoops said. “But we have to move on, obviously, like he’s not going to be here. At this point, but he does get some reps like all of our guys do.” No word on the eligibility of fellow Nebraska transfer Greg Hart.
INJURY UPDATES: Running back Stanley "Boom" Williams did not play in the scrimmage, but Stoops reiterated that the sophomore's knee injury is not serious. “There’s nothing that will keep him out for an extended period of time. He should be back sometime this week.” Linebacker Ryan Flannigan, who was dinged up earlier this week in practice, had his right arm in a sling and did not play in the scrimmage. “He’ll be all right. He’ll be fine,” Stoops said. “He had a shoulder injury and everything’s come back negative. So that’s good. He’ll be OK. He’s day to day.” Jeff Badet (ankle) played well early in the scrimmage, but hurt a toe “or something like that” near the end, Stoops said.
LIVING WITH CONSTRUCTION: Stoops said the plan is to get into the stadium more as the team gets closer to the season opener, most likely for night practices because of the heat the turf puts off. There were still some things UK had to work around, like not being able to kick to the east end zone as construction on the recruiting room is ongoing.
DAILY LINK: Roommates and teammates Blake McClain and Garrett Johnson hope their time working out in the dark of night at the new Commonwealth Stadium will help make them difference-makers when the lights come on there this season.