LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach Mark Stoops knows that duplicating last season's success is asking a lot.
After all, the Wildcats won 10 games for the first time since 1977 - including a victory in the Citrus Bowl , which was their first postseason win since 2008. Career performances from defensive standout Josh Allen and running back Benny Snell helped make it possible, but they've departed along with many significant contributors.
The seventh-year coach is nonetheless confident Kentucky can remain competitive with some returning starters and veteran reserves eager to step up after playing behind some of the program's best players. The Wildcats will be younger in many aspects, but Stoops sees an opportunity for players to blossom.