By LARRY VAUGHT
Handling prosperity is something new for Kentucky football.
Winning 10 games is something UK had not done since 1977 and winning a New Year’s Day bowl is another rarity. Kentucky did both last year.
However, coach Mark Stoops is not worry about his team handling prosperity.
“I think it’s pretty easy for us to want more. We lose so many defensive players and offensively we know we want to improve. I think defensively, the hunger is there because these players have a lot to prove,” Stoops said.
Kentucky loses national defensive player of the year Josh Allen and three-year starter Jordan Jones at linebacker along with the top five defensive backs.
“Many of them (players returning) haven’t done much to this point. They’ve contributed, but not to the point that we’re going to count on them this year,” Stoops said.
“That should be easy for us. It really doesn’t enter my mind, complacency, because we have so much to do. Hopefully, it won’t seep into them and believe me, I’ll continue to pound it through their head, and we’ll be very hard on them, so they won’t get complacent. They have a lot to prove.”
Kentucky returns quarterback Terry Wilson and receiver Lynn Bowden but lost Benny Snell, UK’s all-time leading rusher.
“Offensively, we’re just looking to execute better, we’re looking to throw the ball better. We’re looking for new playmakers to emerge. We need that. I am encouraged by what I have seen so far,” Stoops said.