Stoops on SEC teleconference

Twas a short and sweet SEC teleconference for Mark Stoops today with teh bye week this week. Here’s the transcript:

MARK STOOPS

“Probably a good time for us to have an open date, been a very tough stretch for us playing three teams in the top 10 and another in the top 25. So with that being said, it was a tough loss last week. Alabama’s a great football team. We were not up to that challenge. Looking forward to another tough game at Mississippi State, but we’ve got 12 days to prepare for it.”

ON TAILBACK TANDEMS FOR ALABAMA: “Just like you would suspect like you talked about with Alabama, sometimes the names change, there’s some dynamic players and all that here and there, but it just seems like every one of their players are just very good football players, very similar in that they’re both very explosive, very tough runners, tough to get down, made us miss. I just think they’re a great tandem. It was very difficult for us. We had more missed tackles in that game than we’ve had all year.”

TWO OF THEM ARE BUILT DIFFERENTLY. DID YOU HAVE ACCOUNT FOR WHICH ONE WAS IN? “You know we didn’t really have different wrinkles for which guy was in to be honest with you. They shuffle them in and out and we were busy trying to match personnel groupings and have ourselves in position to have a stop, but no. Our calls really don’t change much with that.”

ANY INJURY UPDATES ON JALEN WHITLOW?No there’s really no update with Jalen. Just like I talked about yesterday, that’s the type of injury that we’ll try to update about every three, four days, so there’s no change with him.”

ON OTHER INJURIES: “We hope to have Demarco (Robinson) back. He did not practice yesterday, so we hope to have him back in a few days. Bud (Dupree) was back out there on the field, so it was good to see him out there. Kevin Mitchell, he should be fine. He’s a little bit banged up as well. Like I said, we went through a pretty rough stretch there for the past four weeks. Our team was a little bit, you know, beat up, both physically and emotionally. Tough grind. So, I think it’s a good time to have 12 days in between games. We can use that time to heal up a little bit, but also get better as a football team.”

 

 

 

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