By LARRY VAUGHT
During his SEC Media appearance Monday in Atlanta, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was asked about the impact former UK quarterback Freddie Maggard was having as the new director of player development for UK football.
The media member from Alabama said he had a “lot of respect” for Maggard and wondered exactly what his role would be.
“Very excited about Freddie. I felt the need as I’ve been there through the five years. One area that we really needed to constantly improve, and I don’t think any of us colleges can do enough on is developing these players,” Stoops said.
“We’re very intentional about developing them. I talked and had the model for five years. You heard me talk about it before, about build, select and develop. That’s build a winning culture, select the right players, and then intentionally develop them once they’re on our campus.
“Freddie is a big piece of that. He has great connections to the state. He has great connections throughout the country, helping our player transition not only from high school to college, but from college to the professional world and helping them everywhere in between, so very excited about the addition of Freddie.”