LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky defense is looking for answers after yielding an average of better than 500 yards per game over the first three games of the season.
Coach Mark Stoops blasted his defense after Wednesday's practice saying guys need to "grow up in a hurry." At times Kentucky has looked like a team lacking leadership on the field.
"Could be, could be," said defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot. "We lost a lot of leaders from last year and a lot of those guys last year were very serious and very disciplined. Our group this year, we don't have as many guys like that."
Defensive breakdowns have been across the board including the secondary which was believed to be the strongest part of the team.
"Like People are too tense and they're not talking with it," said sophomore cornerback Derrick Baity. "They're too uptight about the game and trying to help the next person, or do this and do something that's not your job and they're not really communicating."
Kentucky returns to SEC action against South Carooina Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium.
"It's alarming if we had to play the game today," Eliot said. "It's alarming if we came out today with this type of approach. That's alarming. But we still have a few more days to prepare for our opponent and we have to get it right."