There was no weary in Steve Wilks’ voice Tuesday. The first-year defensive coordinator opened his weekly news conference blaming himself for the breakdowns. He plans to move from the sideline to the coaches’ booth on Saturday. In his first interview since Saturday’s loss, Wilks maintained his usually stoic but upbeat demeanor.
“It was a real quiet locker room,” he said. “It was a really ticked off bus ride and flight home. Sunday we went out and practiced and there wasn’t a lot of smiles. This team is invested. They’re trying really hard to do what we ask them to do. We’re still not getting the results that we want. But you can’t grow weary while doing good.”
“We got a lot of football left,” he said. “One thing about this game, it’s very emotional. And adversity really shows true character. One thing about me, I’m gonna have emotion, but I’m not going to be emotional. We’re going to get this thing corrected.”
If there’s one player who embodies the team’s uneven start to the season it’s linebacker Blaze Alldredge. He’s played well at times with 3.5 sacks in the win over Central Michigan, a team-high 13 tackles at Kentucky and the blocked field goal. He’s also been part of the defensive struggles against the run. Kentucky quarterback Will Levis barreled through the first-year transfer on one of his first-down runs Saturday. Alldredge shares the team lead with four missed tackles, per Pro Football Focus.
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