Kash Daniel says UK's defense didn't live up to their standards in first scrimmage

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops made it clear Saturday that he was not pleased with the Wildcats' first scrimmage.

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He said the offense was just "okay", but added that he was frustrated with the Wildcats' defensive performance.

"The scrimmage was just okay," said Mark Stoops Saturday following the scrimmage. "We have a lot of work to do. Pleased with the offense. Offensively, we played and did some good things, but the strength of our team needs to be the strength. Today, I didn't feel like we were up to the challenge defensively and that's disappointing."

Kentucky's defense has plenty of youth trying to step up this season.

Senior linebacker Kash Daniel said Thursday that the defense fell short of the standard that the Wildcats set for themselves.

"No he (Mark Stoops) wasn't pleased. He shouldn't have been," said Daniel. "I know each player on the defense wasn't pleased and each one of our coaches wasn't pleased. Not from a fact that we looked absolutely terrible because that's not the case. It's just the fact that we set a standard for ourselves that each and every day we come out onto this field and on Saturday we felt like overall we did not meet up to that standard."

Kentucky has just more than two weeks to finish up preparations for the season. The Wildcats play host to Toledo in their season opener on August 31.

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