While the main focus was on Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer’s return to the
Southeastern Conference Media Days and Steve Spurrier coming back as South Carolina’s coach, Kentucky fans should pay more attention to what Mississippi
quarterback Micheal Spurlock had to say.
No, he didn’t predict a national championship for his team, or Kentucky. He
didn’t trash talk about the upcoming UK-Mississippi game.
Instead, he reaffirmed what Kentucky players all said in spring practice when
it comes to new quarterback coach Kurt Roper, a former Ole Miss assistant who
started Spurlock for four games last year.
“He is a lovable guy. I’m sorry he lost his job here, but he’s found new work,
he’s still in the SEC and he’s doing what he loves. I wish the best of luck to
him and the players he has,” Spurlock said. “He is a guy who will take you to
the max every day. He wants you to have fun. He not only was your coach, but
you were a friend of his. I loved that the most about him.”
Spurlock, like other SEC players, heard that UK players did not have that type
of relationship with former offensive coordinator Ron Hudson. Spurlock knows
the Cats, especially quarterback Andre Woodson, will like playing for Roper.
“They have a good man there. Hopefully, he will be there a long time and the
kids there will be able to understand how special he is,” Spurlock said. “I
don’t know how he did it, but he balances teaching you what you need to know
and still making the game fun. He did it with me for four years and got the
“I think one day he will be a great offensive coordinator, too. Hopefully, it
will be soon for him because he really knows his stuff.”
Spurlock said he got to visit with Roper before Mississippi’s spring practice
and that he’s already looking forward to seeing him again when the teams play
“He enjoys the game. He takes care of you. He tries to get the best out of
you. We hated that he had to leave, but things happen and you move on. But
when we play, I am sure going to make sure I see him. Tell him now that I said
hello because he’s a good man,” Spurlock said.