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UK coach Mark Stoops says Josh Paschal’s leadership giving Wildcats a big lift on defense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops hasn’t been surprised by Josh Paschal’s leadership this season. “He is an amazing individual,” Stoops said Monday. “… Josh has been through some tough situations and to see him come out on the other side is also inspirational.” Nearly two years removed from a cancer scare, Paschal had an interception and just missed scoring a touchdown...

UK defense shuts down Mississippi State Air Raid attack in 24-2 victory on Saturday night

KyForward staff The University of Kentucky defense literally intercepted a victory Saturday night against Mississippi State’s vaunted Air Raid offense. UK picked off six passes — including an 8-yard interception return for a touchdown from Jordan Wright in the fourth quarter — during a 24-2 victory over Mississippi State at Kroger Field. The Wildcat defense intercepted Bulldog starting quarterback...

UK faces big challenge of stopping high-powered Ole Miss offense on Saturday in home opener

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky A week after encountering the fast-paced Auburn offense, Kentucky faces another challenge this Saturday as the Wildcats meet Ole Miss and its high-powered attack in the home opener at 4 p.m. Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin and his offenses have always been able to put up big numbers, and that doesn’t look to change as he takes over in Oxford. In Saturday’s...

Seven UK football players voted preseason All-SEC; Duffy, Jackson, Kinnard named to first team

Seven University of Kentucky football players have been voted to the All-Southeastern Conference preseason team by league coaches. SEC coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. Three UK standouts — center Drake Jackson, punter Max Duffy and offensive tackle Darian Kinnard — earned first-team honors, while offensive tackle Landon Young was named to the second team. In addition, three...

Behind Belk Bowl: Josh Paschal beats cancer scare, thanks to teammate Calvin Taylor, doctors and faith

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today CHARLOTTE, N.C. (KT) — Calvin Taylor Jr. still marvels at Josh Paschal’s miraculous comeback from a cancer scare. “He doesn’t even know this, but he’s real influential with my faith and just believing in God,” Taylor said. “He’s living proof that God is real. It’s an amazing story.” The University of Kentucky teammates became closer after Paschal was...

Jamie Vaught: Despite key personnel losses from 10-3 team, UK football should remain competitive in SEC

After enjoying a remarkable 10-3 campaign in 2018, including a victory over Penn State in a New Year’s Day bowl, will the University of Kentucky football team continue its winning ways this fall? Yes, but the Wildcats likely will regress some after losing megastars Josh Allen and Benny Snell Jr. to the NFL. UK won’t win 10 games this time, but it should remain respectable with a forgiving schedule...

Linebacker Josh Paschal returns to play in last football home game of the year after battling cancer

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Josh Paschal never knew if he would play football this season or ever again after being diagnosed with malignant melanoma nearly three months ago. He returned on Kentucky’s last home game of the year. 
One of Kentucky’s most promising defensive players, the sophomore linebacker spent most of his second season with the Wildcats developing a treatment plan, while...

Adversity hits Stoops, Wildcats prior to the beginning of fall workouts

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops shares news of health issues that are affecting his team going into fall camp during the team’s Media Day Friday at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In what was supposed to be day of celebrating the dawn of a new season, Mark Stoops is asking for thoughts and prayers for one of his players and one of his assistant coaches...