2018 is an important year for Mark Stoops
Mark Stoops will be taking part in his sixth media day as the head coach at the University of Kentucky. The event will take place Friday and it should produce some great content and build excitement more the fast approaching season. There could be some debate on whether or not Stoops is considered to be on the “hot seat” or not. But I think that mist everyone can agree that his seat is getting warm and 2018 needs to be a year with tangible strides forward. Mark Stoops win totals have improved or stayed flat in each of his seasons, but with the consistent success in recruiting UK has still not met their full potential. Hopefully this season will be the breakout year.
Who is sitting on the hottest seat in the #SEC
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Here are three questions that I would like to hear Mark Stoops answer at Media Day
1. What defines a successful season in 2018?
Kentucky has been to back-to-back bowl games but have still yet to win one in the Stoops era.
So does a bowl win equal the ultimate success for 2018? My personal opinion would be, yes. That is the absolute next logical step in the progression of the football program. The extra weeks of practice and the exposure a bowl bring brings are both valuable assets that will ripple into further successes. So that would be the bench mark that I would set if I were the head coach, win a bowl game.
There are also other things that could happen and I would still consider the season to be positive and even protect Stoops job. A big SEC win or beating Louisville always goes a long way with fans and administrators. I could see a scenario where UK doesn’t win a bowl game but picks up a major upset win or two and still consider the season to be a success. Especially beat the Louisville Cardinals in the last game of the season on 11/24 or finally getting a win against the Florida Gators.
What would your criteria be to deem Kentucky’s season an overall success?
2. What style of play will the Cats gravitate towards playing?
Mark Stoops was undoubtedly known as a defensive coach before he arrived at UK. I think the plan was always that he would attempt to develop a strong defensive identity as the team’s backbone. After 5 season I am not so sure that has happened and the Cats are essentially still searching for the best style of play to win games consistently.
With the weapons that Coach Stoops has on offense I would think that scoring enough points to win games may be more effective than trying to win with defense as the catalyst.
Benny Snell may be the best running back in the conference, heck, maybe even the entire country. His proven ability to score touchdowns and gain yards will allow the offense opportunity to throw the ball down field with less coverage.
Whether it is Terry Wilson or Gunnar Hoak playing at the quarterback position his season, having a player maker under center will likely make or break Kentucky’s chances at accomplishing something special.
Expect Benny Snell to have a ridiculous work load this year.
Updated 2018 top 10 RB’s:
1. Bryce Love
2. Jonathan Taylor
3. AJ Dillon
4. JK Dobbins
5. Myles Gaskin
6. Justice Hill
7. David Montgomery
8. Devin Singletary
9. Damien Harris
10. Benny Snell
— Andrew Miller (@AndrewMillerSSC) July 27, 2018