Receiver Scott Mitchell really had no idea what the Kentucky-Louisville football game meant when he came to the Bluegrass after playing junior college football in California.
"I learned a lot about the game last year. I learned how big this rivalry
really was. I just didn't understand how much the game meant to so many
people," he said Monday. "That will help me from an emotional standpoint be
more productive when we play this time."
"Louisville is good. They have earned that respect to be ranked, but we can't
be focusing on that. We have to go out there and do the things we've been
coached to do. We play a lot of ranked teams during the year. We won't be in
awe of Louisville. But if we could beat a ranked team, it would really elevate
Don't try putting any pressure on Mitchell or the Cats in this game. He won't
have any part of that.
"There is no pressure on us. We are not ranked in the preseason polls. We have
nothing to lose. We are going out there free and loose. The team feels good
and confident, which is the most important thing," Mitchell said.
What about trying to win to save Rich Brooks' job?
"I don't believe that is our job to worry about how many wins the coach needs,
or if he needs any wins. Our job is to go execute what the coaches put in and
the rest will take care of itself," Mitchell said. "We can't listen to all
that negative talk. That is not something we can be concerned with. As
players, our job is to go produce on the field and make the games better this
year. If we do that, then nobody has to worry about anything."
Mitchell said Kentucky did some good things last year against Louisville, but
didn't do enough or do things well at the right time.
"We just have to execute better," he said. "Last year we didn't open the
offense up too much and throw the ball down the field. This year we will, and
we have the weapons to be a good offense. Now we just have to go prove it."
Mitchell feels UK has the offensive weapons
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