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Jalen Whitlow will travel to Mississippi State, but Mark Stoops vague on QB’s role in game

Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith will start Thursday against Mississippi State, but Mark Stoops was vague about how involved Jalen Whitlow could or would be with his injury. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, in his brief time as a head coach, has already mastered the art of one of the football coach’s most underrated weapons: the vague quote. Stoops gives out sound...

Quarterback Jalen Whitlow's status unclear for Thursday after spraining ankle Oct. 12

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was carried off the field after spraining his left ankle against Alabama on Oct. 12. | Photo by James Pennington   Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow’s status for Thursday’s game against Mississippi State is still unclear a week and a half after spraining his left ankle, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   “Jalen...

Quarterback Jalen Whitlow’s status unclear for Thursday after spraining ankle Oct. 12

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was carried off the field after spraining his left ankle against Alabama on Oct. 12. | Photo by James Pennington   Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow’s status for Thursday’s game against Mississippi State is still unclear a week and a half after spraining his left ankle, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   “Jalen...

Kentucky's Mark Stoops planning for next game without injured QB Jalen Whitlow

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was carried off the field after injuring his left ankle in the first quarter against Alabama. | Photo by James Pennington   Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is drawing up the game plan for the Wildcats’ next game against Mississippi State, and the first draft will exclude injured quarterback Jalen Whitlow. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Whitlow...

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops planning for next game without injured QB Jalen Whitlow

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was carried off the field after injuring his left ankle in the first quarter against Alabama. | Photo by James Pennington   Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is drawing up the game plan for the Wildcats’ next game against Mississippi State, and the first draft will exclude injured quarterback Jalen Whitlow. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Whitlow...

Gleaning positives from Kentucky's 48-7 loss to Alabama isn't easy, but lessons are there

Kentucky cornerback Nate Willis celebrated after the Wildcats recovered a fumble in the first quarter Saturday against Alabama. | Photo by James Pennington   In the week leading up to Kentucky’s 48-7 loss to No. 1 Alabama, the tone was clear that the black-and-white result of that game wasn’t going to determine how the coaching staff graded the game. Yes, a win against Alabama sure would have...

Gleaning positives from Kentucky’s 48-7 loss to Alabama isn’t easy, but lessons are there

Kentucky cornerback Nate Willis celebrated after the Wildcats recovered a fumble in the first quarter Saturday against Alabama. | Photo by James Pennington   In the week leading up to Kentucky’s 48-7 loss to No. 1 Alabama, the tone was clear that the black-and-white result of that game wasn’t going to determine how the coaching staff graded the game. Yes, a win against Alabama sure would have...

Injuries finally pile up for Kentucky as it finishes historic top-20 schedule stretch

Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith was forced into Saturday’s 48-7 loss to Alabama because of Jalen Whitlow’s first-quarter ankle sprain. | Photo by James Pennington   After Kentucky’s 41-7 win over Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 7, it left the relative comfort of the win and immediately jumped into the most daunting gauntlet in the program’s history. The Wildcats had never played top-20...

Final Buzzer Bulletin: Jalen Whitlow injured, Alabama rolls to 48-7 win over Kentucky

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow injured his left ankle in the first quarter of the Wildcats’ 48-7 loss to No. 1 Alabama on Saturday. | Photo by James Pennington   Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow suffered an undisclosed ankle injury on the Wildcats’ second drive of the game Saturday against No. 1 Alabama, and things didn’t get much better from there. Whitlow did not return,...

Kentucky QB Jalen Whitlow injured ankle in first quarter, will not return vs. Alabama

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was carried off the field after injuring his left ankle in the first quarter against Alabama. | Photo by James Pennington   Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow injured his left ankle in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against No. 1 Alabama. X-rays on his ankle were negative, but UK announced that he will not return. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”] Whitlow...

Kentucky QB Jalen Whitlow injured ankle
in first quarter, will not return vs. Alabama

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was carried off the field after injuring his left ankle in the first quarter against Alabama. | Photo by James Pennington   Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow injured his left ankle in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against No. 1 Alabama. X-rays on his ankle were negative, but UK announced that he will not return. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”] Whitlow...

Playing his hometown Alabama Crimson Tide, Kentucky’s Jalen Whitlow says he’s unfazed

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow, an Alabama native, will go against the No. 1 Crimson Tide on Saturday. | Photo by Jon Hale   In the ongoing struggle for a competitive sports team—any competitive sports team, really—to play into the age-old adages of taking a season “one game at a time” and thus treat every game “like any other game,” Kentucky and its newly installed starting quarterback,...

Playing his hometown Alabama Crimson Tide, Kentucky's Jalen Whitlow says he's unfazed

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow, an Alabama native, will go against the No. 1 Crimson Tide on Saturday. | Photo by Jon Hale   In the ongoing struggle for a competitive sports team—any competitive sports team, really—to play into the age-old adages of taking a season “one game at a time” and thus treat every game “like any other game,” Kentucky and its newly installed starting quarterback,...

Final Buzzer Bulletin: Whitlow and Cats come back, fall 35-28 to South Carolina

Jalen Whitlow, pictured here last year against South Carolina, started Saturday and finished with 247 total yards and three touchdowns in a 35-28 loss to South Carolina. | File photo by Jon Hale   Mark Stoops’ first road trip in the SEC got off to a slow start, and the Wildcats’ comeback fell short against No. 13 South Carolina. An efficient, sometimes-spectacular night from quarterback...

Final Buzzer Bulletin: Whitlow and Cats
come back, fall 35-28 to South Carolina

Jalen Whitlow, pictured here last year against South Carolina, started Saturday and finished with 247 total yards and three touchdowns in a 35-28 loss to South Carolina. | File photo by Jon Hale   Mark Stoops’ first road trip in the SEC got off to a slow start, and the Wildcats’ comeback fell short against No. 13 South Carolina. An efficient, sometimes-spectacular night from quarterback...

Jadeveon Clowney and South Carolina await Kentucky after mid-week setback

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on the field at Commonwealth Stadium after beating Kentucky 38-17 on Sept. 29, 2012. | Photo by Jon Hale   As incessantly positive as Mark Stoops has been since taking over as Kentucky’s football coach, he knew coming in to the gig every day wouldn’t be easy. Some days would be harder than others; many of them would be SEC Saturdays, like the one this weekend...

Jadeveon Clowney and South Carolina
await Kentucky after mid-week setback

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on the field at Commonwealth Stadium after beating Kentucky 38-17 on Sept. 29, 2012. | Photo by Jon Hale   As incessantly positive as Mark Stoops has been since taking over as Kentucky’s football coach, he knew coming in to the gig every day wouldn’t be easy. Some days would be harder than others; many of them would be SEC Saturdays, like the one this weekend...

Kentucky's two-quarterback system leaving much to be desired for coach Mark Stoops

Quarterbacks Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell Smith talk with offensive coordinator Neal Brown during Kentucky’s game against Louisville on Sept. 14. | Photo by Jon Hale   Though Kentucky’s two-quarterback system this season has never been fully resolved, it’s rotated in and out of being considered a controversy; that is to say, at times its apparent resolution was just to leave it be. A typical...

Kentucky’s two-quarterback system leaving much to be desired for coach Mark Stoops

Quarterbacks Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell Smith talk with offensive coordinator Neal Brown during Kentucky’s game against Louisville on Sept. 14. | Photo by Jon Hale   Though Kentucky’s two-quarterback system this season has never been fully resolved, it’s rotated in and out of being considered a controversy; that is to say, at times its apparent resolution was just to leave it be. A typical...

Cats keep it close, but find yards hard to come by as Florida extends streak to 27 games

Florida tailback Matt Jones gained 67 yards on one carry in the second quarter. (Photo by Jon Hale)   The UK football team had its opportunities to make the attempt to end a 26-game losing streak to Florida interesting Saturday, but the Wildcats were unable to capitalize on those chances.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] In a game that was played within two touchdowns for most of...