Louisville, KY (WDRB) – An estimated 700 University of Kentucky football fans headed to the Galt House Friday morning to hear from head coach Mark Stoops. Stoops, along with offensive coordinator Neal Brown and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, addressed the annual Jefferson County UK Alumni Luncheon gathering.
Improvement appeared to be the keyword as Stoops and the staff looks for better results in their second year in Lexington.
“We’re proud of the improvement we’re making. We’re proud of this team. (Fans) are going to see some improvement. (How) that translates to wins and losses, I don’t know,” said Stoops.
Last year’s team was able to muster two wins, both out of conference.
The quarterback position was unsettled and it remains that way again this year. Reese Philips, Patrick Towles and freshman Drew Barker are all vying for the starting spot.
“They’ve all got a much better feel for the offense than they did even in the spring, “ according to Brown.
Overall, he feels this will be a better offensive product on the field than what UK fans saw last season.
“We’re definitely going to be better. Significantly better, I would think. I feel better talking to you all (the media) than I did last year at this time,” said Brown.
Defensively, the Wildcats have some holes to fill and some depth issues.
“We’re going to see progress as a whole unit because it’s going to be a second year in the system. It’s going to be a second year of development within the players. They’re going to feel more comfortable,” said Eliot.
The first test for the team starts a week from Monday when UK opens practice. Kentucky begins the 2014 campaign August 30th against Tennessee-Martin at Commonwealth Stadium.
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