Mark Stoops, Eli Cox and DeAndre Square Break Down 1st Scrimmage

Updated: Sep 1

While it has been a VERY rocky mountain across the landscape of Kentucky athletics over the past week, we do have some business to attend to.


That’s it, with 21 days from kickoff the Kentucky Football program was able to finally put on full pads and tackle to the dirt. Although it is worth mentioning sources have told Cats Coverage that Will Levis did not participate during the scrimmage, one of the main topics of interest was pinpointed to the wide receiver room.


MARK STOOPS

With freshman superstar Barion Brown and redshirt freshman Dekel Crowdus making plays throughout the scrimmage, it was apparent that Stoops was very pleased with how the young wideouts looked. The head coach also mentioned there was a lot of talent in that room and that he could see flashes in the way the younger players have opened up the coaching staff’s eyes.


The group that stood out to Mark Stoops the most during the first scrimmage was the defensive line. One player that stuck out to Mark Stoops particularly was true freshman Deone Walker. The 6-6 330 pound stud out of Michigan has been impressing everyone on the staff and will look to help contribute to something Kentucky has struggled with in the last few years: the pass rush.


Stoops went on to say that the offense ran particularly smooth throughout the scrimmage, other than a few mishandles from the center position, as the offensive line was not at full strength. The issues stemmed from hard count miscues and those issues are going to get resolved by more in-scrimmage reps that cannot be duplicated in regular practice.


ELI COX

One of the main takeaways from the talk with Stoops was that the offensive line was short handed on Saturday. Cox was available for media shortly after head coach Mark Stoops and he attested to his comfortability with being a leader to more reps, as well as the help of offensive line coach Zach Yenser. Cox pointed out that second year lineman Jager Burton has impressed him throughout camp and so has David Wohlabough Jr and Deondre Buford.


Cox went on to discuss his preseason opponent, the Kentucky defensive line. Deone Walker got some more praise by the offensive lineman and according to Cox, is much more explosive, taller and better length than most younger guys in that position.


Cox finished his media opportunity by sharing that the 2022 team is going to show plenty of options in terms of scheme and play-style to the running game, allowing more ways under the pro-style offense that we haven’t seen at Kentucky before. Last year, Liam Coen brought a ton of upgrades to the offense including an inside and outside zone runs. This year, expect a lot more movement.


DEANDRE SQUARE

DeAndre Square took over the podium as he expressed his opinion of improvement within the defensive line. “They are (very active). They know the playbook and they’re fast, physical, big and they just love football. You can tell they really love football.”


Square also shed some light on the newcomers in the linebacker room, at both the inside and outside linebacker positions. Square also noted that, after this season when he and Jacquez Jones have left the program, the room will not lose the leadership provided by them with the amount of leadership in the young guys.

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