Jen Smith on UK Football

Q&A: As expected, Gran, House had opposite reactions to Saturday scrimmage


On what he told offense after scrimmage: “I told them that I was very disappointed and that they were awful. They practiced for an hour and a half unbelievably. They competed, they got after them for one our and 30 minutes, but the last 20, they decided not to compete and they got their tail whipped.”

On if that had been an issue all spring: “No. No it hasn’t. I think they’re drinking some Kool-Aid and it’s bad Kool-Aid and I’ve got to get them to quit drinking. We’ll get that fixed. It was an absolute joke. Non competitive. They just didn’t recover, thought they were going to keep going out there and doing what they were doing, but people are going to change. (The defense) recovered and we didn’t.”

On how much was offensive mistakes and energy levels and the defense playing better: “I’d say it’s everything. You go 12 times, it’s your 12th practice and they know what we’re calling and we know what they’re doing, but it comes down to competing. It comes down to just doing your job. Coach talked about it today -- the third thing we talked about this morning before came out -- just do your job. We’ve got some guys who are just not doing their job. We’ve got to get that fixed. It’s all fixable, but it’s just disappointing when you come out and practice that well for an hour and a half and then you piss away. You know -- you can edit that, please. You come out for an hour and half and then you take the last 20 minutes and you don’t do so well. That’s disappointing. I thought we were above that and beyond that.”

On defense having a good couple of days: “They whipped us. I don’t know what else to say. Their 11 whipped our 11. For an hour and a half today, we whipped them. For the last 20, we got smoked.”

On who he expects to become a leader and speak up in these situations: “All of them. Somebody. Somebody. It’s their offense. Anybody.”

On if he was pleased with anyone on offensive side of the ball today: “No. It was not good enough. We got no chance if we practice like that last 20 minutes. If we’ll practice and do what we did the first hour and a half, we’ll be a really good football team.”

On if it’s about finishing: “Absolutely. I think you have to. And football games can sometimes be an up and down deal, a lot of emotion. And we had a lot of emotion early, and then they had a lot of emotion. You could feel it. I could sense it over there and then I could be over and be a cheerleader and all that. But I’m looking for somebody to be that guy. I’m looking for those people and I didn’t hear a word. So we’ll get that fixed. We’ll learn from it. We’ll watch that film. I think Tuesday will be a different day.”

On what he saw from quarterbacks: “Not very good. There was nobody good. There was nobody good. For the first hour and 30 minutes, to be honest with you, I thought everybody was good. Quarterbacks threw, our receivers caught. We protected. I thought we were really good. We ran the ball physical. Big plays. But the last 20, zero. So however you want to spin that in the paper. OK?”

On wakeup call for final week of practice: “Yeah. Time to drink new Kool-Aid.”


On defense dominating scrimmage and progress made this spring: “I definitely think they've progressed, but earlier in practice I thought the offense had the advantage over us, too. It was good to see we took the ball away a little more, which was good to see, and I thought the kids played hard.”

On who stepped up in the absence of Edwards, Ware: “I'll have to watch the tape, but Josh Allen I saw make a couple plays. Jordan Jones made a tackle for loss. I thought the guys up front – I thought Adrian was making some things happen inside, too. So I'm excited to go up and watch the tape.”

On Jordan Jones managing his energy: “I think he's playing with more focus. He still needs to grow in that area. Shoot, the sky's the limit if he just learns to play with a focus every play.”

On if he could sense the energy change once scrimmage started: “No question. I think they were looking forward the whole practice to getting to the end, scrimmage. At the end of the day, I think coaches getting off to the side and them playing on the field, really that's what you want to do as a football player. There's no question the energy change.”

On what Zy'Aire Hughes could add to secondary: “He's a quick twitch guy, now. I'm excited to see him improve. He's been in there with Coach Clink a bunch, so he's hungry to learn, which is huge.”

On if he saw a defensive breakthrough today: “I don't know. You know what? The great thing about spring is the competition, and it goes back and forth, go back and forth. Tuesday, we better bring it again or the offense is gonna come out and kick our tail. That's when you grow as a program. You grow as a program when it is back and forth and competition, like I said, whether it's in your position group or within your football team. That's what brings out the best in all of us.”

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