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Logan Stenberg, other Cats have to quit “crossing over” line with penalties, “personal games”

Logan Stenberg looks at the scoreboard after Saturday’s loss at Mississippi State where he drew two penalties. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Senior offensive lineman Logan Stenberg is an all-Southeastern Conference player and likely future NFL player.

He’s become known as a “nasty, physical” player who helps set the tone for Kentucky’s aggressive play that led to 10 wins last year and hopefully will lead to a lot of wins this year despite the current two-game losing skid.

However, there is one major downside with Stenberg — he gets penalized a lot. A penalty earlier this season wiped out a Kavosiey Smoke touchdown run. He got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at Mississippi State as well as a face mask penalty that cost UK 15 yards.

I could be wrong but I believe he has been penalized more than any other UK player this season, something that offensive line coach John Schlarman spent the offseason talking to him about that could not happen this year.

So is there a limit with coach Mark Stoops’ tolerance for his nasty style versus acceptable penalties?

“Yeah, there is with him and others on our team and in our program,” Stoops said Monday. “We have to get out of the personal games that are going on within the game. It does not help you win.”

Stenberg was not the only UK player talking trash, talking back or just mouthing in Starkville last week. Maybe that led to UK’s lack of focus on playing in the first half of the eventual loss.

“We have got to find that balance and we have to find that right mentality for an offensive line,” Stoops said. “When it is crossing over that, it is counterproductive. I don’t necessarily like what I see all the time, not just with Logan but on our team.”

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