Eli Brown waved to the crowd after making six tackles in a UK win last season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops admits it was a “bit of a surprise” to him when linebacker Eli Brown decided to transfer after being a key player for the Wildcats last season.

“I’m not talking about Eli in this, I’m talking in general, when we need to continue to push the program and get better, there’s accountability that we’re going a hundred miles an hour right now. It’s full-force accountability. You’d better be doing what you’re supposed to be doing 24/7,” Stoops said Monday.

“Some guys are going to like it and some guys aren’t. Guys need to lose weight, guys need to gain weight. Certain positions, we weren’t big enough last year and we need to get bigger. We need to get stronger, and they have some personal accountability to do those things, whether it’s eating, lifting, going to class, going to tutors.

“There’s a lot of things, and as our accountability picks up off the field, it will directly reflect some of the things we do on the field, and I think our team is getting very much improved and we’re getting closer to that 100 percent what we’re striving for, but that’s across the board.

So you never know how things are going to go.

“But with Eli, wish him the best. He’s a good kid. He’s played. He’s helped us. So we wish him the best.

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Eli Brown’s transfer was “bit of a surprise” to Mark Stoops

Eli Brown waved to the crowd after making six tackles in a UK win last season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops admits it was a “bit of a surprise” to him when linebacker Eli Brown decided to transfer after being a key player for the Wildcats last season.

“I’m not talking about Eli in this, I’m talking in general, when we need to continue to push the program and get better, there’s accountability that we’re going a hundred miles an hour right now. It’s full-force accountability. You’d better be doing what you’re supposed to be doing 24/7,” Stoops said Monday.

“Some guys are going to like it and some guys aren’t. Guys need to lose weight, guys need to gain weight. Certain positions, we weren’t big enough last year and we need to get bigger. We need to get stronger, and they have some personal accountability to do those things, whether it’s eating, lifting, going to class, going to tutors.

“There’s a lot of things, and as our accountability picks up off the field, it will directly reflect some of the things we do on the field, and I think our team is getting very much improved and we’re getting closer to that 100 percent what we’re striving for, but that’s across the board.

So you never know how things are going to go.

“But with Eli, wish him the best. He’s a good kid. He’s played. He’s helped us. So we wish him the best.

”

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