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...

Nashville bound: Kentucky to play Northwestern in Music City Bowl on Dec. 29 in Nashville

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will take on Northwestern in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 29 in Nashville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s bowl destination is set. The Wildcats will take on Big 10 member Northwestern in the Music City Bowl set for 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The Kentucky men’s basketball team plays Louisville at...

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...

Wildcats can’t contain Georgia backfield in 42-13 loss to seventh-ranked Bulldogs

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats take on Louisville Saturday in Lexington (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Chubb and Sony Michel rushed for 238 yards and five touchdowns to lead No. 7 Georgia to a 42-13 win over Kentucky Saturday in Athens. The Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1) clinched the Southeastern Conference Eastern division title and will take on the winner of next week’s...

Smart, No. 7 Georgia expecting a tough, physical encounter against Wildcats

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak to Georgia Saturday when the two SEC East rivals meet in Athens. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kirby Smart has taken note of how the atmosphere has changed at Kentucky. Although Georgia yanked out 27-24 victory over the Wildcats on a last-second field goal at Kroger Field last year, Smart...

Stoops pleased with Kentucky’s progress in bounce-back games this season

Kentucky’s Denzil Ware was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week, following his performance in a 44-21 win at Vandy last weekend. (Chet White|UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops has never had an issue with his team’s performance coming off a loss this season. The Wildcats improved to 3-0 in bounce-back games with a 44-21 win over Vanderbilt last weekend. “When asked...

Cats bounce back, roll past Vandy for seventh victory of the season

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 44-21 rout of Vanderbilt Saturday in Nashville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the first time in eight years, Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt in Nashville. The Wildcats not only got a rare victory in Music City, but beat the Commodores soundly Saturday. Kentucky (7-3, 4-3 Southeastern...

Stoops expecting another close encounter against Commodores Saturday in Nashville

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is 2-2 against Vanderbilt and has yet to defeat the Commodores in Nashville, where the Wildcats haven’t won in eight years. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt is winless in the Southeastern Conference. Although the Commodores are 0-5 in the league, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops expects a close encounter Saturday in Nashville. “Like always,...