LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Mark Stoops and his football Wildcats will hit the practice fields for the first time this fall beginning Monday.
On Friday, at the annual UK Kickoff Luncheon in Lexington, Stoops said his players need to be ready to put their cell phones away and eliminate distractions.
“The bottom line is, when we report, it’s about submitting to what’s going on,” he told the crowd at Lexington’s Hyatt Regency hotel.
“We have a little saying in our program. We talk about “all in.” Obviously, that can encompass a lot of things. Let’s get in there. Let’s lock ourselves in this building. Let’s get some work done.
Some UK players will still be attending summer school when practice begins. Stoops said his team will go early in the mornings.
All eyes will be on position battles, including the quarterback spot. Offensive coordinator Neal Brown told the crowd he’s not worried who the starter will be.
“I’m very comfortable,” Brown said. “Probably whoever wins the starting job won’t have a whole lot of experience. But I’m very comfortable with who it’s going to be.
Brown said the offense will be improved, because UK has better players and because his quarterbacks are passionate about getting better.
“They love to play. The put so much time and effort into it,” Brown said. “We spend a ton of time on fundamentals. That’s why I know we’ll be better, because fundamentally, we’re going to better. And they know what to do.”
UK opens the season 2014 season on Aug. 30 against UT-Martin.