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Mark Stoops press conference from SEC Media Days

Stoops is fired up about his team heading into the 2017 college football season.

NCAA Football: SEC Media Days Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Another round of SEC Media Days is in the books for Mark Stoops.

Stoops has brought UK a long way from where it was during his first trip to Hoover, Alabama as the head coach of a program that endured a 4-20 stretch from 2012-13. Stoops was able to build from the ground up and lay a foundation for last year’s 7-6 team that knocked off a top-15 Louisville team.

However, Stoops is ready for more in 2017, including a run at the SEC East title.

“We feel like we have an experienced football team,” said Stoops. “We're returning 17 starters, nine on offense, eight on defense. And the maturity level of your team is getting better. They can handle more. So it will be much of the same this summer, push them harder and be more consistent.”

Go check out UK Athletics for a full recap of the 5,000ish words that Stoops had in Hoover. Here is a replay of his press conference via Spectrum News:

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