By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky got an 87-yard touchdown run from Kavosiey Smoke and 42-yard scoring catch by Lynn Bowden, quarterbacks Terry Wilson and Gunnar Hoak were both sharp and accurate, and running back A.J. Rose had a 42-yard run and three touchdowns.
But Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was not overly happy about the overall results from Friday’s Blue-White Game.
“Obviously good for one side (offense) of the ball,” said Stoops. “I don’t know what I put myself through. In the spring, you get a little bit thin. You’re thin in general. Your roster is low. Then when you split the teams up like that, you could leave one team shorthanded.
“And I think you saw that tonight. But still I saw some good explosive offensive plays. I was pleased to see that. We’ve been working hard all offseason at trying to improve and converting opportunities and shot plays. You saw us convert some of those today. That’s good to see no matter who is out there and what you’re playing against. So that was good.
“Overall offensively I thought we were obviously very good with the Blue team. White team, we’ve got a lot of work to do. And the same with the defense. I thought the Blue defense looked very good. Depth is an issue but it’s an issue with everybody this time of year.
“That’s kind of what you are putting yourself up against when you try to split up the teams. You could get a little bit thin. That’s why we all try to get a little bit unique in the scoring system for offense versus defense and so on. So trying to split it up, you get a little bit thin and I think that’s, as a result, you saw some sloppy play at times out there today.
Davonte Robinson had eight tackles for the Blue while Jordan Wright and Yusuf Corker both had interceptions. Chris Oats added seven tackles.
“Scheme-wise we knew what we were doing (defensively) going into it and we were very base and very vanilla. But I was not pleased with just the competitive nature of some of our players and that needs to change,” Stoops said.
“I don’t care who you are, what team you are, what you’re doing, when you go out on that field you better have a competitive spirit about you and a competitive nature. And I didn’t see some guys competing at the level that we expect.”
Stoops wanted no part of some key players not playing well because it was only a spring scrimmage game.
“I mean, I talked all week and I talked to them before the game, I talked to them at halftime about respecting the game. And every time you put the pads on you’re to play it one way. And there’s never an excuse to fundamentally not play the game the way it’s supposed to be played,” the UK coach said.