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Former UK football walk-on Walker tackles life — on the field and in the classroom — with tenacity

By Amy Jones-Timoney, Kendall Randolph, and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward It’s clear that University of Kentucky football wide receiver Charles Walker is guided by an unbridled work ethic. After beginning his college career as a walk-on, the Louisville native earned a scholarship last fall. “I felt like I had the chip on my shoulder to come in and work a little bit harder than the next...

Loss of safety Darius West a ‘tough blow’ for UK; Stoops pleased with first scrimmage of fall

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky’s defense took a hit Saturday with the loss of defensive back Darius West. According to Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, West, a sophomore safety, tore his patella tendon during a scrimmage Saturday and will miss the rest of the season. West collected 17 tackles in 10 games last year. Stoops said the injury to West was a “tough blow.” “He’s...