By LARRY VAUGHT
While running back Benny Snell questioned the commitment of some Kentucky teammates after the 24-7 loss at Tennessee Saturday, senior tight end C.J. Conrad was more perplexed about what happened.
He thought Kentucky had a “really good week of practice” after losing to Georgia and saw nothing that worried him about UK’s attitude even in pregame warmups.
“I felt the energy that we needed to have to win on the road in the SEC. I don’t know what happened,” Conrad said.
Conrad said the loss was “very frustrating” and not just because UK had not won in Knoxville since 1984. He said there was little “streak” talk going into the game.
“We talked about playing our last SEC game, a lot of us seniors. That was my last SEC game, so obviously not the way I wanted to go out. Once again, I thought we had really good preparation. I thought we had good practices, good focus,” Conrad said.
“We’re really just killing ourselves offensively right now. On offense, you need all 11 guys to be on the same page. All it takes is one guy, and the play doesn’t work. We’ve been having a lot of that lately.”
Needless to say, that’s not good to have a lot of plays where one or more players don’t execute. That’s how a once productive offense goes stagnant.
“Your senior leaders have to step up. We’re going to have to have a meeting,” Conrad said after Saturday’s loss. ” I know some of the older guys are extremely frustrated right now, myself included, because this is our last go-around here. You don’t want to end it like it was tonight.
“We’re going to have to pull it together, have a meeting Monday and really just address the team and what we need to do to not let this happen again.”