By LARRY VAUGHT
I’ve seen national writers predicting that Kentucky, a team that won 10 games last year, won’t beat Arkansas, the SEC’s worst team last year, or Louisville, the ACC’s worst team in 2018, this season even though both games are in Lexington.
What does that kind of national disbelief have on the UK players?
“I think that just motivates our players even more,” Kentucky quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw said. “Mark Stoops has done a phenomenal job building a culture here.
“Our kids saw Josh Allen go from 210 pounds to 265 pounds and being the seventh pick in the draft. Why can’t I be Josh Allen? That’s what they are all saying.
“We did lose some great starters but we have also built a culture about what it takes to go win games. We have guys that have to step up. Some guys you have not seen yet, it is their time to step up and play and I think they are going to.”
Hinshaw, like coach Mark Stoops, thinks many national college football analysts don’t understand the way UK has recruited in recent years.
“Recruiting is like shaving. If you don’t do it, it will show,” Hinshaw said. “We are right there where we have the talent. We just lack a little bit of experience.”