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Kentucky heads back to the drawing board at quarterback as Cats continue to struggle

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t sugarcoating his team’s quarterback situation. The Kentucky coach offered no hints Monday as to who will be the starter when the Wildcats take on Missouri Saturday at Kroger Field. Lynn Bowden made his second consecutive start at quarterback and managed 99 yards in a 21-0 loss to Georgia last weekend in Athens. Bowden has rushed for 295 yards in...

Sestina brings energy, experience to the court in debut during Wildcats’ Blue-White scrimmage

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nate Sestina didn’t know what to expect when he arrived at Kentucky, but the graduate transfer made himself right at home in his first unofficial contest at Rupp Arena Friday night. Sestina scored 22 points to lead all scorers in the team’s annual Blue-White scrimmage that attracted 13.574 attendees. Although an experienced collegiate player, Sestina still experienced...

UK freshman Johnny Juzang is a shooter who’s looking to be an all-around player for the Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Johnny Juzang is a shooter and he’s not afraid to admit he has a feel for making shots. “I’ve always had kind of a touch. I’m not saying that to (push) myself up, but I’ve always had the touch and it’s something that I definitely work on extensively,” he said. “It’s something that I work on a lot.” Juzang turned in an impressive...

John Calipari’s Wildcats favored to win Southeastern Conference title in poll of league’s media members

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has been picked to win the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday in a poll conducted by the league’s media members. The Wildcats were picked to finish ahead of Florida, LSU and Auburn. Tennessee was fifth, followed by Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Missouri and Vanderbilt. Kentucky coach John Calipari says...

Stoops’ Wildcats finished celebrating end of three-game slide, turn attention to test against Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is finished celebrating the end of a three-game losing streak and the Kentucky coach has shifted his attention to 10th-ranked Georgia. “It’s (the win) very short-lived with the great challenge that we have this week, going on the road and playing Georgia,” he said. Stoops attributed his team’s 24-20 triumph over Arkansas that ended a three-game slide...

Wildcats go to Lynn Bowden in come-from-behind win over Razorbacks to end three-game slide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops put the ball in Lynn Bowden’s hands and the Wildcats ran with it, ending a three-game losing streak with a 24-20 win over Arkansas Saturday night. Stoops and his staff made the decision to make a switch at quarterback to give Sawyer Smith more time to heal in preparation for the remainder of the season. Bowden, who also fielded a punt return, rushed for...

Veteran forward Nick Richards excited for upcoming season, ready to step into leadership role for Cats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards is more than excited about the upcoming season than his first two seasons with the Wildcats and his goals haven’t changed, either. “One of the goals when I came in was to win a national championship, and that’s one of my goals this season,” he said. “I don’t feel any pressure at all. I know I have a good team that’s behind me. I know I can...

Kentucky freshman guard Tyrese Maxey going after his piece of the bone against veteran Ashton Hagans

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey is always smiling but don’t let that grin fool you. Although an upbeat and personable player, the freshman guard hasn’t backed down from anyone on the team, especially veteran sidekick Ashton Hagans. “It’s like two dogs and one bone,” he said. “Two pit bulls going at it … that’s how I describe it. We’re both very competitive and we don’t...

Rupp Arena unveils new upper arena chair-back seating ahead of Friday night’s Big Blue Madness

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A sea of blue is now deeper at Rupp Arena. On Tuesday, the upper arena chair-back seats were unveiled ahead of Friday night’s Big Blue Madness.  Chair-back seats have replaced bleachers in sections 211 through 217 and sections 228 through 234.  Bleachers will remain in sections 218 – 227 and 235 – 244. Rupp Arena’s new capacity is now 20,545 for basketball,...

Stoops, Wildcats eager to get back on the field, end three-game slide as they face Razorbacks Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A bye week did Kentucky some good last week. Coming off three consecutive losses, including a 24-7 loss at South Carolina nearly two weeks ago, the Wildcats took advantage of an open date to get healthy for the remainder of the season, a stretch of games that includes five home contests, including a regular-season finale against instate rival Louisville. “We needed...

John Calipari reflects on first decade at Kentucky, sets sights on second tour of duty with Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari’s first tour of duty at Kentucky is over. The Kentucky coach is set for his second decade as coach of the Wildcats and the Hall of Fame coach reflected on his first 10 years on Tuesday. “It’s been a pretty good run,” he said. “Tthis is the second tour, let’s see what happens now. That, what happened for those 10 years are done.” That...

Struggling Wildcats fail to get back on track in Saturday’s 24-7 loss to South Carolina in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A rocky ride got a little bumpier for Kentucky following a 24-7 loss to South Carolina Saturday night. Still trying to find themselves after losing veteran quarterback Terry Wilson for the season in a 38-17 win over Eastern Michigan on Sept. 7, the Wildcats are still struggling to score and the issues continue to mount. Kentucky scored 97 points in its first three games...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops gets team’s attention, says Cats are locked in on South Carolina

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops got the attention of his football team this week. Mired in a two-game losing streak and coming off a disappointing 28-13 loss to Mississippi State last week, Stoops liked the way his team responded in practice this week ahead of Saturday’s contest at South Carolina. “We had their attention,” Stoops said Thursday. “They were very attentive and trying...

As Wildcats and Gamecocks both look for first SEC win, the two teams share some similarities

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky and South Carolina haven’t won a Southeastern Conference game this season, but that will change when the two teams meet Saturday in Columbia. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops termed the Gamecocks as the best 1-3 team in the nation earlier this week and much like the Wildcats, South Carolina is trying to find its way after losing their starting quarterback. Ryan Hilinski...

Stoops says Wildcats aren’t ‘falling into a losing mentality’ after loss in conference opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats aren’t in a state of panic after opening Southeastern Conference play with two straight losses. The Kentucky coach assured the team’s fan base — mostly critics — of better days ahead following losses to Florida and Mississippi State, respectively. He said the thought of naysayers giving up on the team four weeks into...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops sees silver lining, shares blame following Cats’ loss in Starkville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops found a silver lining in his team’s 28-13 loss at Mississippi State on Saturday but took the blame for his poor start against the Bulldogs. “(I) didn’t feel like we played very good football in any phase,” Stoops said. “I didn’t see signs of that during the week, but obviously I didn’t have them ready to play and come into an environment like...

Kentucky senior Kash Daniel expected to play Saturday despite controversial play against Florida

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kash Daniel is expected to play Saturday when Kentucky takes on Mississippi State in Starkville. Earlier this week, a video posted on Twitter by WYMT in Hazard, showed the senior Kentucky linebacker allegedly gripping Florida quarterback Kyle Trask’s ankle following a two-point version attempt in the fourth quarter. Kash Daniel reacts after intercepting a pass against...

Kentucky’s running game faring well through first three games despite the loss of Benny Snell Jr.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today How is Kentucky faring without Benny Snell? Through the first three games, the Wildcats rank No. 6 in the Southeastern Conference in rushing offense, averaging 185 yards per game. Most of that success can be attributed to an experienced offensive line. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was pleased with the team’s running attack in a 29-21 loss to Florida. Kavosiey Smoke collected...

Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead says Wildcats, Bulldogs not desperate, but both need a win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead thinks Kentucky isn’t the same team without Terry Wilson but he was impressed with backup quarterback Sawyer Smith’s performance against Florida last week. “He is a little bit different from the Terry Wilson kid,” Moorhead said earlier this week. I think (Smith) is a little more passer than a runner but is a guy who can beat...

Kentucky moves past disappointing loss to Gators, set sights on Saturday’s matchup with Bulldogs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has already moved past Florida. The next step is getting his players focused on the first road game of the season. “That’s a big focus this week,” Stoops said Monday. “I talk about each situation every week and moving on to Mississippi State, we don’t have much time to dwell on (the loss). Next man up, the next battle, the next punch...