The college football season is less than a month away from kicking off, and the Kentucky Wildcats are poised for a big year as they enter the new season with high expectations.
College football coaches don’t like to honestly comment on opposing coaches, teams, or players, as they don’t want to give their opponents any extra motivation.
However, Athlon Sports decided to ask coaches in the SEC to anonymously talk about other teams in the SEC.
Here is what opposing SEC coaches had to say about Mark Stoops and the Kentucky program.
The first comment made note of the consistency of the program and the development of players.
“A really consistent program, maybe the most steady in our league. They’re smart recruiters, and they have a nice development system in place.”
We all know the offensive struggles that Kentucky has had the past couple seasons and one coach noted that it was time for Stoops to make a change at offensive coordinator.
“Making the change on offense was a big deal for them. Eddie Gran ran a lot of ball control, simple stuff by design to accommodate the defense. They really live and die with the quarterback, because they’re just solid but not great anywhere else. The new offense will have more play-action, more of that Rams offense, they’ll run a lot of outside zone and probably not as much between the tackles.”
Another coach wonders if Stoops is going to open the offense up more.
“The real question is if they’re going to open the offense up, since that held them back last season. How much more are they going to throw the ball?”
Kentucky has had several quality QBs under Stoops, but one coach noted their need to find the right one.
“They need to find their quarterback and build around him.”
Overall, I would say that opposing SEC coaches had a lot of positive things to say about the Kentucky program.
You can see what coaches had to say about every SEC program here.