Five Questions with Mark Stoops



Question: Expectations are sky high this year. How do you deal with that heading into the opener against Toledo?

Mark Stoops: Motivation and how we handle our players on a day-to-day basis has a lot to do with it, getting them ready to go. It's a very, very long year. That's part of it, just handling the emotions, especially guys that haven't played much. Some of the older guys played a lot of football, understand that, know how to contain themselves. Guys that haven't played a lot, we're counting on them in large roles here this week. That is part of it, handling the opener, how we go through pregame, our routine. We've already done that twice just, so it's not fresh to them when they walk out here on Saturday.