Stoops calls QB situation ‘very frustrating’

In hopes of narrowing to one quarterback, Kentucky gave one of its quarterbacks most of the repetitions in practice on Tuesday, but might be back to square one.

On his weekly Southeastern Conference teleconference, UK Coach Mark Stoops didn’t name the quarterback, but said he didn’t perform well in his mostly solo shot at the job.

“To be honest with you, I’m a little bit disappointed,” Stoops said. “We gave one of the guys more reps yesterday and he really didn’t have a great practice. So to be honest with you, it’s very frustrating. We’ve got to make a decision, but like I said before, I’m not going to panic and just name one just because we’re all frustrated and we’re not getting consistent play out of the quarterbacks.

Stoops stressed that Kentucky needs to find the right quarterback and that he’s not especially happy with the process.

“It’s been odd,” Stoops said. “Last week, one of our quarterbacks looked lights-out (in practice), threw the ball as good as he has since we’ve been here, and goes in the game and doesn’t play as well as he should. Now, we planned on going with one guy yesterday and he goes out and just has a very average to below-average practice.”

So where does Kentucky go from here before it goes on the road to face No. 13 South Carolina on Saturday night?

Will the other quaterback get more reps on Wednesday at practice?

“We’re going to evaluate it again today and see where we’re at,” Stoops said. “I think maybe we’ll go 50/50 and make a decision here either tonight or tomorrow.”

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