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Mark Stoops: Defensive front has to be more disciplined at Texas A&M

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By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s defensive front has been far superior this season to what it has been in recent years. Or at least that is what I thought.

The Cats bullied Mississippi State and last week South Carolina only scored a touchdown because cornerback Lonnie Johnson mistimed a play when he went for an interception that turned into a touchdown pass.

But UK coach Mark Stoops felt his defensive front was “undisciplined” against South Carolina.

“This game was one of the worst ones we’ve played all year as a group with just discipline in run gaps and trying to do too much. It’s not for a lack of effort. They really want to make plays, but the defensive line has to be a very unselfish group,” Stoops said.

The coach admits he understood what might have happened to the defensive front.

“They’ve been playing very good. We’ve all been bragging on them. That gets to you sometime. They might be out there making plays and we get a little undisciplined and again that’s not for poor intentions,” Stoops said.

“Their hearts and their minds are in the right place, we just have to be more disciplined and we got a little fundamentally — we fundamentally didn’t play the game the way we thought we should — in this game from a defensive line standpoint,” Stoops said.

Stoops says Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond will test UK’s defensive front Saturday night.

“Good player that’s getting better with every opportunity. Still a young guy, but he’s getting better,” Stoops said. “Has played a lot. Good dual-threat guy. Always puts pressure on you. He’s getting better and better every week.”

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