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Keith Taylor: Single-digit losses a sign the Wildcats are closing the gap in the SEC

Kentucky receiver Garrett Johnson just misses making a catch in the Wildcats’ loss to Auburn Thursday night (Bill Thiry Photo)   Auburn’s players and coaches walked into the visitor’s locker room at Commonwealth Stadium shaking hands, exchanging fist bumps and high fives following a 30-27 triumph over Kentucky Thursday night at Commonwealth Stadium.   They were jubilant and very...

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops suspends three, Demarco Robinson suspended indefinitely

Freshman defensive end Jason Hatcher was among three Kentucky players suspended for Saturday’s game against Georgia. (Photo by James Pennington)   Three prominent Kentucky players were suspended for Saturday’s game against Georgia for violations of team rules, among which one was suspended indefinitely. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Junior wide receiver Demarco Robinson...

Kentucky's Mark Stoops suspends three, Demarco Robinson suspended indefinitely

Freshman defensive end Jason Hatcher was among three Kentucky players suspended for Saturday’s game against Georgia. (Photo by James Pennington)   Three prominent Kentucky players were suspended for Saturday’s game against Georgia for violations of team rules, among which one was suspended indefinitely. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Junior wide receiver Demarco Robinson...

UK freshman Jason Hatcher finds success
in hybrid linebacker/end role versus UofL

Jason Hatcher lines up at linebacker prior to a play versus Louisville. (Photo by Jon Hale)   UK freshman Jason Hatcher is used to lining up with a hand on the ground to attack opponents’ offensive linemen from the defensive end position.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Three games into his first collegiate season, he’s getting more accustomed to standing a little farther...

UK freshman Jason Hatcher finds success in hybrid linebacker/end role versus UofL

Jason Hatcher lines up at linebacker prior to a play versus Louisville. (Photo by Jon Hale)   UK freshman Jason Hatcher is used to lining up with a hand on the ground to attack opponents’ offensive linemen from the defensive end position.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Three games into his first collegiate season, he’s getting more accustomed to standing a little farther...

UK freshmen bring contrasting perspectives to their first Governor’s Cup rivalry game

Ryan Timmons runs for a big gain versus Miami (Ohio). (Photo by Jon Hale)   The two Kentucky high school graduates in the UK freshman class expected to play Saturday versus Louisville bring different perspectives to their first Governor’s Cup rivalry game.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Reserve defensive end Jason Hatcher, a Trinity High School graduate, grew up in a pro-Louisville...

UK freshmen bring contrasting perspectives to their first Governor's Cup rivalry game

Ryan Timmons runs for a big gain versus Miami (Ohio). (Photo by Jon Hale)   The two Kentucky high school graduates in the UK freshman class expected to play Saturday versus Louisville bring different perspectives to their first Governor’s Cup rivalry game.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Reserve defensive end Jason Hatcher, a Trinity High School graduate, grew up in a pro-Louisville...

UK football seniors think Wildcats will not need to wait for wins to come on the field

Logic dictates the 2013 season will be a rebuilding one for the UK football team.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Among the first-team players listed on the first 2013 UK in-season depth chart released Monday, only eight started in at least half of UK’s games last season. Those returners also face a difficult learning curve as a new coaching staff implements entirely new schemes...

Football Notebook: Stoops will keep starting quarterback secret before season opener

Mark Stoops knows who his starting quarterback will be in the season opener versus Western Kentucky.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] He does not plan to share that information with you.   “This first game, I don’t see a reason (to),” he said Monday at his first in-season weekly news conference as UK’s head coach. “It’s been a close battle the...

Freshmen aim to stay humble, but help
Mark Stoops start new era of UK football

By James Pennington KyForward correspondent   Ask Jojo Kemp when he showed up in Lexington, and he spares no detail.   “I’ve been here since June 4 of 2013, sir. How you doing? It’s good to meet you,” he said.   Jojo Kemp. (Photo from UK Athletics) In the first 10 seconds of interacting with the freshman running back, one of the headliners of Mark Stoops’ first recruiting...

Freshmen aim to stay humble, but help Mark Stoops start new era of UK football

By James Pennington KyForward correspondent   Ask Jojo Kemp when he showed up in Lexington, and he spares no detail.   “I’ve been here since June 4 of 2013, sir. How you doing? It’s good to meet you,” he said.   Jojo Kemp. (Photo from UK Athletics) In the first 10 seconds of interacting with the freshman running back, one of the headliners of Mark Stoops’ first recruiting...

Mark Stoops and staff face plenty of questions with first UK fall camp set to open Monday

UK play-by-plan man Tom Leach moderates a panel discussion with Mark Stoops, D. J. Eliot, Neal Brown and Bradley Dale Peveto during Friday’s 2013 Kickoff Luncheon. (Photo by Jon Hale)   UK’s fall football camp officially opens Monday with the team’s first practice after players report to campus on Sunday.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] After the players have endured...

Wesley Eversole: Mark Stoops experiencing unprecedented recruiting success for UK

On Thursday, the UK football program received possibly its biggest commitment for the 2014 recruiting class to date, when Stanley Williams, the top ranked all-purpose back in the nation according to Rivals.com, committed to play for the Cats and head coach Mark Stoops.   Williams’ commitment moved Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class up to No. 3 in the nation. Since Rivals.com first began ranking...

Stoops, staff use prior connections to hit the ground running in recruiting first class to UK

Mark Stoops addresses the media on National Signing Day. (Photo by Jon Hale)   When assembling a recruiting class as quickly as Mark Stoops and his staff had to with just a few months between arriving in Lexington and National Signing Day, coaches are quick to rely on their previous relationships.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Those relationships paid off with a couple of junior...

Mark Stoops wastes no time in assembling first impressive recruiting class as head coach

  When Mark Stoops was tabbed to be the next UK football coach in late November, some wondered if he had enough time to assemble a highly touted recruiting class in 2013.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Turns out he needed an extra 20 minutes.   Stoops announced the 22-man class — which included eight verbal commitments made to Joker Phillips‘ staff — Wednesday...