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Kash Daniel’s passion, drive an inspiration for his Kentucky Wildcats teammates, including offense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kash Daniel’s desire to succeed is well-documented and his passion for football has rubbed off on the rest of his teammates and his enthusiasm is comparable to Benny Snell. “He’s a lot like Benny, but on the defensive side,” Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez said. “He’s a cool dude.” Like most players, Daniel listens to music as part of his pre-game...

Kentucky running back A.J. Rose confident Wildcats can pick up in backfield where Benny Snell left off

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops knows you can’t replace Benny Snell but hopes Kentucky can achieve the same goals in the backfield this season and beyond. Snell was the showcase running back in Kentucky’s offense during the past three years but both parties have moved on as Snell ushers in his professional career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Wildcats have three candidates — A.J....

UK’s new-look offense to strive for more balance; Wildcats must replace seven offensive starters

When the University of Kentucky offense takes the field in 2019, the team will have a much different look about it. While the Cats will have four starters returning, a big part of the UK attack from recent years will be missing. The biggest missing piece from the last three seasons is Benny Snell Jr., who became the school’s all-time leading rusher during his career in Lexington. Over the past...

Benny Snell becomes UK’s first running back drafted since 2003, will begin career with Pittsburgh Steelers

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell will begin his professional career in Pittsburgh. The former University of Kentucky running back was selected in the fourth round as the 122nd overall pick Saturday. Snell, the school’s all-time leading rusher, became the first Wildcats’ running back to be selected in the draft since Artose Pinner was drafted in 2003. Josh Allen (Jacksonville Jaguars),...

Blue blasts White as Cats unleash explosive plays in scrimmage; Benny Snell looks on

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell gave high-fives and mingled with his former teammates during Kentucky’s annual Blue-White game Friday night at Kroger Field. 
Snell got a glimpse of what Kentucky’s offense will look like next season and came away impressed. Snell’s replacement in the backfield — A.J. Rose — rushed for 86 yards and scored three touchdowns to help lead the...

Mark Stoops says records won’t matter when ‘Cats take on struggling Cardinals Saturday in Louisville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Louisville has struggled this season but Mark Stoops said that won’t matter when Kentucky takes on the Cardinals in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. “In a rivalry game, you can throw the records out the window,” Stoops said Monday. “We’re worried about ourselves and play the best football that we can.” Like Stoops, Kentucky...

Heisman Trophy talk? Snell letting his actions on the field speak louder than words

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If there’s a better running back in college football than Benny Snell, be more informative and get the word out. If not, there’s no need to provide proof. The University of Kentucky running back continues to show time and time again he’s one of the top rushers in the Southeastern Conference, if not in the nation. He’s the backbone of a Kentucky team that has won...

No letdown for Stoops, Wildcats in dominating victory over Murray State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky was coming off the biggest win of the Mark Stoops era and could have easily overlooked Murray State on Saturday. It didn’t happen. The Wildcats took the Racers seriously and showed no signs of a letdown following last week’s 27-16 win over Southeastern Conference foe Florida, the team’s first victory over the Gators in more than three decades. Kentucky...

Bouvier’s emergence not a surprise to UK teammates, coaching staff

Kentucky senior wide receiver David Bouvier, a former walk-on, leads the Wildcats with two touchdown receptions in the first two games. The Wildcats host Murray State Saturday at Kroger Field. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today David Bouvier’s emergence as one of Kentucky’s top receivers this season hasn’t been a surprise to offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. “It kind of started...

Stoops says Cats need to play with sense of urgency in season opener against Central Michigan

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will open the season against Central Michigan Saturday at Kroger Field. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Central Michigan isn’t your average opening-game opponent and Mark Stoops wants to make sure his team is aware of the task at hand in Saturday’s opener against the Chippewas at Kroger...

On the brink of making history, Benny Snell puts Wildcats on his shoulders

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell has already left a mark at Kentucky. He wants to leave footprints on the program by the time he leaves Lexington and that could be sooner rather than later as he prepares for his junior campaign. Snell has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his first two seasons with the Wildcats and became the first player in school history to accomplish the rare feat after...

Snell: Cats feeling like ‘Superman’ following second scrimmage of camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky football team was soaring following its second preseason scrimmage Saturday at Kroger Field. Unlike last week’s scrimmage, this one produced rave reviews from the coaches and players. Standout running back Benny Snell said the team’s performance a week ago served as a motivation to get better within a seven-day window and the Wildcats did just that. “The...

Gran: Former walk-on receiver Bouvier most valuable player of Kentucky football training camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If training camp ended this week, David Bouvier would be considered Kentucky’s Most Valuable Player. Bouvier, a former standout at Lexington Catholic High School who earned a scholarship Monday night, has been one of the Wildcats’ most consistent receivers and it’s not even been close if you ask Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. “You want to talk about...

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...

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...

Kentucky aims to make simple better ahead of SEC opener at South Carolina

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Although Kentucky didn’t put a dent in the scoreboard in a 27-16 win over Eastern Kentucky in its home opener last weekend, the Wildcats made strides, especially offensively. “I think the best thing we saw is that we executed,” Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said earlier this week. “We got a little bit better on third down. We were one-for-one in the...

Jamie Vaught: Wildcats feel Love’s impact both on and away from the playing field

Kentucky is sure glad to have Courtney Love, who has been a productive starter and a team leader. The 6-1, 242-pound linebacker from Youngstown, Ohio, is playing well this season. Going into Saturday night’s key SEC showdown with South Carolina, the UK senior is among the conference leaders in tackles. He is ranked No. 12 with 17 tackles, including six solos, for an average of 8.5, just behind...

Johnson, Snell combine to spark Kentucky’s second half comeback in 27-16 win over Eastern Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Kentucky played Eastern Kentucky, it took overtime and the fourth-largest comeback in school history for the Wildcats to fend off the Colonels. This time, Kentucky had to rally, but no extra period was needed. The Wildcats (2-0) received a scare from the Colonels and trailed 13-3 in the second quarter before outscoring Eastern 24-3 the remainder of the contest...

Linebackers Jones, Ware among six Wildcats chosen by coaches to preseason All-SEC grid team

Six University of Kentucky football players earned a spot on the 2017 Preseason Coaches All-Southeastern Conference teams, it was announced Wednesday by the league office. Junior linebacker Jordan Jones and junior defensive end/linebacker Denzil Ware were named second-team defense, while junior tight end C.J. Conrad and sophomore running back Benny Snell Jr., were third-team offense, junior safety...

UK running back Snell ready to carry a heavier workload in backfield this season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell hasn’t reached his limit as a running back. In his mind, there are no limitations to achieving perfection. “I don’t know my limit and I haven’t reached that limit yet,” Snell said. “I don’t plan to (reach my limit) in the future at all. Whatever is needed of me on offense, I’m going to make happen. I’m going to do my job, no matter what that...