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Kentucky linebacker Josh Forrest chosen in the sixth round of NFL Draft by L.A. Rams

Kentucky linebacker Josh Forrest was chosen by the Los Angeles Rams in the sixth round of the National Football League Draft on Saturday in Chicago. Forrest, a 6-foot-3 linebacker from Paducah, began his Wildcat career as a receiver before moving to defense in 2012. He excelled on the defensive side of the ball, totaling a team-high 110 tackles and ranking third in the Southeastern Conference in tackles...

Keith Taylor: Calipari awaiting decision from Bolden; Forrest, Spence set for NFL Draft

Kentucky coach John Calipari is awaiting the final word from heralded recruit Marques Bolden but hasn’t been spending his time waiting for a call from the 5-star prospect, who has yet to announce his college choice. Bolden has narrowed his choices to Duke and Kentucky but is taking his time making a final decision. Calipari is anxious to hear from Bolden but also is busy laying the foundation...

Four Wildcats earn All-Southeastern Conference football accolades from Steele Publications

Kentucky football standouts Josh Forrest, Cory Johnson, Jon Toth and Boom Williams have earned postseason All-Southeastern Conference honors from Phil Steele Publications, it was announced Friday. Johnson, a senior defensive tackle, was named second team, with Forrest, a senior linebacker earning third-team accolades. Offensively, Toth – a three-year starter at center – earned third-team honors...

UK standout defenders Forrest, Johnson land spots in pair of post-season all-star bowls

University of Kentucky senior defensive standouts Josh Forrest and Cory “C.J.” Johnson have accepted invitations to play in the 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine game, respectively. Forrest, a 6-3 linebacker from Paducah, Ky., actually began his Wildcat career as a receiver before moving to defense in 2012. He excelled on the defensive side of the ball, totaling a team-high 110...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky renews emphasis on fundamentals, preps for Vols’ rushing attack

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports writer Nothing went right for Kentucky in a double-digit loss last week at Mississippi State. The Wildcats (4-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) suffered their second straight loss with a 42-16 setback to the Bulldogs, by far Kentucky’s worst defensive performance of the year. The Wildcats surrendered a season-high 586 yards against the Bulldogs, but hope a renewed emphasis...

Keith Taylor: Stoops says Cats not pouting after poor outing in loss to Mississippi State

Kentucky’s C.J. Conrad makes a first down in Kentucky’s 42-17 loss to Mississippi State Saturday (Photo by Vicky Graff)   Kentucky won’t spend much time dwelling on its performance at Mississippi State. It was that bad.   During the first half of the season, the Wildcats had lost their only two games by a combined margin of eight points, including a 30-27 decision to Auburn...

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...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky makes good on its ‘obligation’ with a win in ‘new’ CWS opener

Mikel Horton scores the game-winning touchdown in Kentucky’s 40-33 win over ULL Saturday night at Commonwealth Stadium (Photo by Bill Thiry)   Mark Stoops wasn’t about to let a poor second half get the best of his emotions although he had plenty of reasons to be down after his Kentucky squad escaped with a 40-33 triumph over Louisiana Lafayette Saturday night.   Stoops knew the...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky makes good on its 'obligation' with a win in 'new' CWS opener

Mikel Horton scores the game-winning touchdown in Kentucky’s 40-33 win over ULL Saturday night at Commonwealth Stadium (Photo by Bill Thiry)   Mark Stoops wasn’t about to let a poor second half get the best of his emotions although he had plenty of reasons to be down after his Kentucky squad escaped with a 40-33 triumph over Louisiana Lafayette Saturday night.   Stoops knew the...

Keith Taylor: UK linebacker Forrest planning on another big year as Cats’ defensive leader

Josh Forrest led Kentucky with 110 tackles last season (Photo by Bo Morris)   Josh Forrest likes to plan ahead and believes proper planning prevents poor performance.   The University of Kentucky senior, a linebacker who converted from wide receiver, was well prepared last season and became one of the most recognizable and reliable names on the team’s defensive unit.   Forrest led...

Keith Taylor: UK linebacker Forrest planning on another big year as Cats' defensive leader

Josh Forrest led Kentucky with 110 tackles last season (Photo by Bo Morris)   Josh Forrest likes to plan ahead and believes proper planning prevents poor performance.   The University of Kentucky senior, a linebacker who converted from wide receiver, was well prepared last season and became one of the most recognizable and reliable names on the team’s defensive unit.   Forrest led...

Forrest among Butkus candidates; EKU's Mobley on FCS Player of Year Watch List

UK linebacker Josh Forrest has been named to for the 2015 Dick Butkus Award, one of 51 candidates to earn the honor (UK Athletics Photo)   For the second time this offseason, University of Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Forrest has been named to a national watch list as the 2015 Dick Butkus Award listed Forrest as one of 51 candidates for its annual award, it was announced Tuesday.   And...

Phil Steele's College Football Magazine names Wildcats' Dupree to All-American third team

Phil Steele, creator of one of the nation’s most informative preseason football magazines, Phil Steele’s College Football, has released his All-America, All-Southeastern Conference and Freshman All-America Team with four Kentucky standouts earning honors on the three lists.   Senior defensive lineman Bud Dupree was named third-team All-America and first-team All-SEC, while redshirt freshman...

Freshman Blake McClain settling in as nickel back after trying multiple positions in camp

Blake McClain, 24, defends wide receiver Daryl Collins in practice. (File photo by Jon Hale)   You would have to forgive UK freshman defensive back Blake McClain if it took him a minute to realize what position he was playing in the season opener versus Western Kentucky.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] McClain opened fall camp as a safety. When injuries decimated the UK cornerback...

UK football team opens first spring practice
of Stoops Era, begins to adapt to new coach

Mark Stoops speaks after his first practice as UK's head coach. (Photo by Jon Hale)   There has been plenty of talk since Mark Stoops was named UK’s football coach in November.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] On Monday, there was finally some football.   “It felt good to get out there and chews some guys out a little bit,” Stoops said with a laugh following...

UK football team opens first spring practice of Stoops Era, begins to adapt to new coach

Mark Stoops speaks after his first practice as UK's head coach. (Photo by Jon Hale)   There has been plenty of talk since Mark Stoops was named UK’s football coach in November.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] On Monday, there was finally some football.   “It felt good to get out there and chews some guys out a little bit,” Stoops said with a laugh following...

Wildcats hope Maxwell Smith can play Saturday but are preparing for alternative

Maxwell Smith throws a pass against Western Kentucky. (Photo by Jon Hale)   When UK’s sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith threw four interceptions against Western Kentucky, some might have wondered if his first two successful weeks at the helm of the fast-paced Wildcat offense were a fluke.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But after watching the Wildcats compile only 60 passing...

UK football notebook: Dupree's position change gets Wyndham into starting lineup

Linebacker Bud Dupree lines up before a play vs. Kent State. (Photo by Jon Hale)   The week-one pummeling from Louisville had the UK football defense looking for answers before its week-two matchup with Kent State.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The loss to Louisville highlighted at least one personnel deficiency: weakside linebacker. Against Kent State the UK coaches tried to...

Miles Simpson, Malcolm McDuffen get first chance to replace Guy, Trevathan for Wildcats

Miles Simpson makes a tackle vs. Vanderbilt. (Photo from UK Athletics)   By almost all measurements the 2011 UK football season was a disappointment.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] One exception to that evaluation was the play of senior linebacker Danny Trevathan and senior hybrid safety Winston Guy. The duo ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the Southeastern Conference in...

UK football players open spring practice, looking to replace seniors, hold off signees

While most of the Bluegrass State continues to focus on the UK men’s basketball team’s chances of winning its eighth national championship, the Wildcat football team is back in action as well.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Spring practice for the UK football team opened Wednesday, offering a chance for returning players to find a spot on the depth chart before freshmen...