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UK defense didn’t have the “want to” in Saturday’s scrimmage

Jordan Griffin, left (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

Kentucky defensive back Jordan Griffin agreed with coach Mark Stoops and said the defense wasn’t up to par in UK’s first scrimmage on Saturday.

Griffin said the defense was “just really flat” during first scrimmage of fall camp and he added the path to improvement starts with himself and the rest of the defensive leaders on the team and “I just have to bring energy for my brothers” and working on the “little things that turn up big in the end.”

“We’ve got to want be out there, you’ve got to want to for those things — bring energy (and) play with passion,” Griffin said.

“We didn’t have that want to (in the scrimmage). We were really sluggish and we went through the motions. You can’t have that. … If one guy is down, we have to uplift each other and bring more energy.”

PASCHAL PLAYS

Coming off a final skin cancer treatment earlier this week, Josh Paschal saw extensive action in the scrimmage Saturday. Stoops sent Paschal home from practice on Tuesday and the sophomore linebacker wasn’t 100 percent Friday but was upbeat and confident in the intra-squad scrimmage.

“I’m pretty much ready to go,” Paschal said. “My treatment’s over now, so I just gotta get back—they’re easing me back into practice and everything. So hopefully I’ll be full go by Monday and I’ll have these next couple weeks to get ready.”

Stoops continued to praise Paschal for his determination.

“Josh — he’s remarkable,” Stoops said. “We’ve talked about it a lot, but it’s just—it’s the truth. He’s a real inspiration to a lot of us.”

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Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at keith.taylor@kentuckytoday.com or twitter @keithtaylor21. His work regularly appears in newspapers across the state.

2 comments

  1. A little surprising that coaching staff apparently didn’t have the defense better prepared to have energy and passion to compete. We don’t need any more 2018 UT meltdowns.

  2. You can’t coach want to…all you can do is put the next man up in and see if he wants to and then can do. You would think that the next guy up would want to. Maybe we need to send this team to Rah Rah camp again?

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