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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,...

Former Conner standout, UK QB Drew Barker plans to transfer to finish collegiate career

Kentucky quarterback Drew Barker announced his plans to transfer via his Twitter account Tuesday night. Barker already has a bachelor’s degree from Kentucky. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Former Conner standout Drew Barker won’t be competing for the starting job at the University of Kentucky next season. Barker, who has one year of eligibility remaining, will...

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...

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...

Tough day at the office for Stoops, Wildcats in Governor’s Cup loss to rival Louisville

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-17 loss to Louisville Saturday at Kroger Field (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It was a bad day at the office for Mark Stoops. Although sitting through Kentucky’s 44-17 loss to rival Louisville made his day one to forget, his troubles began late Friday night when senior Nick Hayes sent a...

Wildcats not satisfied, yearning for more going into home finale against rival Louisville

Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson will be among 25 seniors who will be honored prior to Saturday’s home finale against rival Louisville in the Governor’s Cup. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Despite posting its best back-to-back finish in the Southeastern Conference in nearly two decades, Kentucky isn’t satisfied and is yearning for more going into Saturday’s...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops still wary of Louisville despite Cardinals’ struggles this season

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will conclude the regular-season against instate rival Louisville Saturday at Kroger Field. Kickoff is set for noon. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If you ask Mark Stoops, Louisville remains one of the top teams in the country. Although the Cardinals bring a 7-4 mark into Saturday’s Governor’s Cup showdown against the Wildcats, Stoops...