BRYAN, Texas -- An new era has arrived in Lexington, Kentucky. Mark Stoops is the new head coach at Kentucky. Stoops spent the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Florida State.
He takes over a program that has won just 13 games over the last three seasons but Stoops feels he can get things turned around. "We all knows it's a very competitive league but it is my job at Kentucky to get us relevant again. It is our job to get out there and compete and have an opportunity to win each and every week and that is what I am going to try and do."
The Wildcats have 13 returning starters including linebacker Avery Williamson who was second in the SEC last season with 135 total tackles. Kentucky's leading returning rusher is Raymond Sanders who ran for 669 yards and five touchdowns in 2012. Demarco Robinson is the team's leading returning receiver with 297 yards last season.
Kentucky will open the 2013 season August 31 against Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers are led by former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino.