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UK linebacker Denzel Ware plans to transfer following early graduation

Denzil Ware announced on social media that he will be transferring following early graduation this weekend. Ware will complete his eligibility as a grad transfer. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be without one of its top defensive players next season. Senior linebacker Denzel Ware announced on social media he plans to leave following graduation and transfer to another...

Stoops adds former UK quarterback Maggard, Franks to support staff

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops announced five changes to his support team in Friday, including the addition of former Wildcats quarterback Freddie Maggard. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops enhanced his support staff with five staff changes, including two new hires on Friday. Stoops promoted Dan Berezowitz to chief of staff. Berezowitz...

Rose, running backs shine in UK’s annual Blue-White scrimmage

A.J. Rose rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns in Kentucky’s annual Blue-White scrimmage Friday night at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The quarterback race was the supposed to be the center of attention in Kentucky’s annual Blue-White game Friday night. The running backs stole the show, at least during the first two quarters. Benny Snell and...

Stoops, Cats to use unique scoring format in annual Blue-White game

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will conclude spring practice with the annual Blue-White game set for Friday night at Kroger Field. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will conclude spring workouts with the annual Blue-White game set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Kroger Field. The blue team (offense) will take on the white squad, comprised of Kentucky’s defensive...

Snell, Kentucky offense ‘destroy’ defense in second scrimmage of spring workouts

Kentucky running back Benny Snell and the Wildcats will compete in the Blue-White scrimmage set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Kroger Field. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell didn’t mince words when he described Kentucky’s defense following the team’s second scrimmage of spring workouts Friday. “They did horrible,” Snell said. “We destroyed them. I hope they never...

Stoops likes the way UK defense is progressing during spring workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops likes the way his team’s defense performed during Kentucky’s first full spring scrimmage Saturday at Kroger Field. Defensively, we have some guys that have played for a long time. I’d say the defense is ahead right now and really had a pretty solid day, as we should be. We have a lot of guys who have played a lot of football for a few years. Defensively...

Kentucky’s receivers ‘showing up’ and beaming with confidence

Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has been pleased with the progress of the team’s young receivers during spring workouts. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Although Kentucky hasn’t settled on a starting quarterback, offensive coordinator Eddie Gran doesn’t think catching the ball will be a problem for the Wildcats next fall. The sophomore receiving corps,...

UK’s first football spring scrimmage produces ‘good, bad and ugly’

Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran addresses the media Tuesday morning, The Wildcats completed their seventh workout of spring drills. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s first scrimmage of spring workouts produced the good, bad and the ugly, all of which were expected by the coaching staff. Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran liked the way the team...

Stoops, Wildcats add four future prospects on yearly traditional signing day

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops added four players during the traditional signing day Wednesday. Overall, the Wildcats inked 20 future prospects. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky wrapped up its current recruiting class by adding four signees Wednesday, during the annual national signing day. The Wildcats inked three-star wide receiver Allen Dailey (Pinson, Alabama),...

Jamie Vaught: Early look at Kentucky’s 2018 football schedule indicates some tough tests for Wildcats

When the 2018 college football season kicks off, it appears defending national champion Alabama and national runner-up Georgia will rank among the top five squads and that’s not a big surprise. However, that’s bad news for Kentucky, which is coming off a 7-6 Music City Bowl campaign. The Wildcats will be facing a tough Georgia club, coached by Kirby Smart, a Nick Saban disciple, at Kroger Field...

Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen to return for his senior campaign

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen has decided to remain at Kentucky for his senior season. Allen announced his future plans on his Twitter account Monday and said returning for one more season will increase his chances of playing at the next level. “Coming back for another year will be the best way for me to grow physically and mentally and prepare for my ultimate goal...

UK Football: Finishing, more consistency a top priority for Cats in moving forward

Kentucky running back Benny Snell will be among the top returnees for the Wildcats next season and will be counted on to carry the load for the team’s offense. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has proven it belongs in the upper echelon of the Southeastern Conference with back-to-back postseason appearances during the past two years. For the second straight season,...

Cats rally without Snell, but come up short in loss to Northwestern in Music City Bowl

Kentucky running back Benny Snell leaps over a defender in the first half of the Music City Bowl Friday in Nashville. Snell finished with just 15 yards rushing after getting ejected in the second quarter. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today NASHVILLE (KT) — As Benny Snell goes so does Kentucky. The Wildcats nearly proved they could win without their standout running back, but came...

Stoops says Cats will have their hands full against Northwestern in Music City Bowl

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, left, and Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, right, pose in front of the Music City Bowl trophy Thursday in Nashville. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky and Northwestern haven’t played in decades. That will change when the two teams meet in the Franklin Mortgage Music City Bowl set for Friday at Nissan Stadium. Despite the fact the two...

Kentucky linebacker Denzil Ware suspended and won’t play in Music City Bowl

UK linebacker Denzil Ware was suspended for violation of team rules on Tuesday and will not play in the Music City Bowl set for Friday in Nashville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s defensive unit took a hit ahead of its second straight postseason appearance set for Friday in Nashville. Junior linebacker Denzil Ware was suspended by coach Mark Stoops for violation of...

Cats sign 20 during early signing period, including heralded JUCO QB Terry Wilson

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky got its quarterback of the future and signed 20 total prospects in the first day of the early signing period Wednesday. The Wildcats signed eight players from Florida, four from Ohio, two each from Michigan and Georgia, one each from Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee and a kicker from Australia. “We addressed some needs,” Kentucky recruiting coordinator...

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky sophomore Benny Snell Jr. joins impressive list of Wildcat running backs

Over the years, Kentucky has had a good handful of All-SEC or All-American football standouts who are among the school’s career rushing leaders. Remember the glamorous Wildcat stars like Sonny Collins, Moe Williams, Rafael Little, Mark Higgs, Derrick Ramsey, George Adams, to name several? I have seen them all and they are among UK’s career leaders in rushing yardage with Collins, who played for...

Extra practice time allows Wildcats to prepare for Music City Bowl, brace for the future

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is not only busy preparing for the Music City Bowl, the Wildcats also have been bracing for the future during the past two weeks. The extra practice allotted for bowl preparation has given the Kentucky coaching staff an opportunity to build toward future, giving underclassmen a chance to shine behind the scenes. “These extra weeks of practice, instead of having...

Music City Bowl: Stoops seeks better postseason experience for Wildcats in Nashville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops plans to pay more attention to detail when Kentucky makes its second consecutive postseason appearance in the Music City Bowl later this month in Nashville. The Kentucky football coach said last year’s performance in the TaxSlayer Bowl — a 33- 18 setback to Georgia Tech — proved to be a learning experience, from preparation to the the final buzzer. Stoops...

Kentucky football team is eager for a shot at redemption in Music City Bowl

Kentucky running back Benny Snell and the Wildcats will take on Northwestern in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 29 in Nashville. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is eager to get back on the field and redeem themselves following back-to-back blowout losses to end the regular season. “I just think we’re hungry as a team,” Kentucky senior wide receiver Charles Walker...