Mark Stoops Staying Patient With QB Situation

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Mark Stoops Staying Patient With QB Situation

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By LARRY VAUGHT

After Saturday’s 14-3 loss to Georgia there was not a lot of in-depth analysis on the play of quarterback Joey Gatewood in his first start for the Cats. Instead, coach Mark Stoops said he needed to watch film.

Gatewood completed 15 of 25 passes for 91 yards and ran 16 times for only 23 years

“He did okay. He did some good things. He’ll get better with opportunity, he’ll get better with reps,” Stoops told Tom Leach on his weekly radio show Monday night after he had a chance to watch film of Gatewood.

“There were times when he looked very good and there were times when he needs to sit in there and go through his progressions and get the ball down the field.”

Kentucky has been unable to get the ball down the field this year. It was that way for five games with Terry Wilson at quarterback and stayed the same against Georgia when Wilson was hurt and could not play

It’s not all the quarterback’s fault. Receivers have to run routes to get down the field and get open. Offensive linemen have to provide time for routes to develop. The quarterback has to make the right read and throw.

Stoops said at times the quarterbacks have tried to escape the pocket at the first sign of pressure when that is not necessary.
“There’s times when we can step up in the pocket and deliver it,” the UK coach said.

But there has been one other consistent problem.

“There’s been a couple drops that have stalled drives,” Stoops said. “There’s a lot of things that we can do better and it’s senseless to point fingers at any one person. There’s many aspects we need to improve on as far as creating explosive plays.”

How bad has the offense been? Kentucky ranks 97th in passing offense, 93rd in total offense, 86th in scoring offense, 82nd in passing efficiency and 62nd in first downs.

Kentucky has a bye week and then has games left at home with Vanderbilt and South Carolina long with road games at Alabama and Florida.

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