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Alabama picked to win SEC; Cats predicted to finish fifth in East

Kentucky football coach addresses reporters during SEC Media Days earlier this week in Atlanta. The Wildcats were picked to finish 5th in the SEC East. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama again is the team to beat in the Southeastern Conference. The Crimson Tide was picked to win the league title by media members during this week’s SEC Media Days in Atlanta. Alabama...

Barbasol Championship: LPGA star Lincicome set to compete in first PGA event

Brittany Lincicomi will become the fifth female to play in a PGA Tour sanctioned event when she competes in the Barbasol Championship set for this week at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. (LPGA Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brittany Lincicome will be among the guys when the Barbasol Championship tees off Thursday at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. Although a regular on...

Like always, Stoops, Wildcats enter season with a chip on their shoulder

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When Mark Stoops accepted his first head coaching job more than six years ago at Kentucky, he had a chip on his shoulder. He still does. “I hope we have a chip on our shoulder no matter what we are rated,” Stoops said during the Southeastern Conference Media Days Monday. “That’s what I’m looking for. We do have a group that I like. I like their mentality and...

Keith Taylor: SEC Media Days ushers in talking season ahead of fall camp

Benny Snell will be among Kentucky’s three players who will attend Southeastern Conference Media Days in Atlanta on Monday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) Former University of Florida and South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier always had something to say during Southeastern Conference Media Days. For Spurrier, it was always talking season and one step closer to the season opener. Spurrier...

Jamie Vaught: UK’s Snell receives preseason recognition from college football yearbooks

Benny Snell Jr. is the latest Kentucky football standout who has become one of Southeastern Conference’s glamour boys. After a record-setting performance last year in leading UK to a 7-6 mark and an appearance in the Music City Bowl, you’ll find the junior running back from Westerville, Ohio, appearing on regional covers for all three 2018 college football yearbooks in Athlon Sports, Lindy’s...

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),...

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,...

Jamie Vaught: Leftovers about the KY Wildcats’ performances over their last 2017 appearances

Some holiday leftovers.   –Blowout and Bizarre.  A couple of buzzwords that perfectly describe the last Friday of the 2017 calendar year for the Big Blue Nation.   First, the blowout. UK’s 29-point victory margin over Louisville at Rupp Arena Friday afternoon was a huge surprise.  No one really expected a remarkable performance against the Cardinals by the youthful  16th-ranked Wildcats...

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...