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Coen has more than half of UK’s revamped football offense installed; Askew commits to Texas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky offensive coordinator Liam Coen has been pleased with the way the Wildcats have picked up on his offensive schemes going into the final week of spring workouts. “I was just excited to see the guys run around and make plays,” Coen said Tuesday. “I think every receiver but one caught a pass. A lot of guys did some nice things. It was nice. We kept it pretty...

Ky. Coach Mark Stoops elevates Steve Clickscale, Jon Sumrall with expanded defensive coaching rolls

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops has announced that defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale and inside linebackers coach Jon Sumrall have been elevated to defensive passing game coordinator and co-defensive coordinator, respectively. “Coach Clinkscale has had major input in our defensive scheme since his arrival here at UK,” Stoops said. “He’s not only had a major role in our...

Coach Mark Stoops wants team to ‘use time wisely’ as the Wildcats begin spring workouts Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has time on its hands as it begins spring practice. The Wildcats will have five weeks to install a new system implemented by offensive coordinator Liam Coen. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Coen has already “implemented some things for them,” but added there’s “a great deal to go through.” The Kentucky coach said the staff and players will need to “use...

Shorthanded Kentucky (3-5) faces tough task Saturday against No. 6 Florida (6-1) in Gainesville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky owns just one win over Florida in the past three decades. The task could be even more difficult for the Wildcats (3-5) after Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops announced earlier this week that 18 players and 10 staff members will likely miss Saturday’s contest in Gainesville because of injuries and COVID-19 contact tracing. “We can’t afford (to lose) anymore,”...

Stoops, UK hit reset button following blowout loss to No. 1 Alabama; Wildcats play at Florida on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has been in reboot mode since a 63-3 loss to top-ranked Alabama last week. “We definitely need to hit the reset button,” he said. “There were things about of our control last week, again, absolutely no excuses. As far as our players’ mentalities, we have to reset and get back to playing the way we are capable of. And yes, we’re...

Stoops, Kentucky face enormous road challenge against top-ranked Alabama (6-0) in Tuscaloosa

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops knows what his team will be up against Saturday when the Wildcats visit top-ranked Alabama. “They are an extremely good football team (and) very well-coached,” Stoops said. “Offensively, (they) may be as good of an offensive team as I’ve seen since I’ve been a head coach and a coordinator. It’s been a long time since I’ve...

UK to allow 12,000 fans at Kroger Field for home games during 2020 season with multiple restrictions

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Fans will be allowed at Kroger Field this season as capacity is expected to be at 20 percent the school announced this week. The changes would result in a game attendance of 12,000 based on the current seating in the stadium. The fans also will be required to wear masks. Suite and Lexus Loge will be limited to a maximum of 10 persons or 20 percent, whichever is greater....

Kentucky’s offense installed; Cats wasting no time preparing for season’s Sept. 26 opener at Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is wasting no time preparing for the upcoming season. “Since I’ve been here, this is the fastest we’ve installed (our offense),” Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said. “We just finished five practices and we didn’t slow down. We’ve went through all five installs (of our offense). That’s never happened here.” Although the Wildcats got...

UK coach Mark Stoops, Wildcats begin unprecedented fall practice in ‘relentless pursuit’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops wants to do whatever it takes to make sure his team is prepared when the season begins late next month. “We’re guaranteed 10 opportunities at this point and we’re gonna work around the clock (to make that happen),” Stoops said Tuesday. “(We’re going to have) a relentless pursuit to have our team prepared each and every week.” Kentucky...

C.J. Conrad, who made mark as player at UK, is now helping Cats prepare for season amid uncertainty

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today C.J. Conrad is fully focused on football and helping Kentucky prepare for the upcoming season as the Wildcats navigate through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “What we’re doing as coaches, we have to act as if we are 1,000 percent having a season,” he said. “If you don’t and we have (a season), then you are going to come unprepared. Our guys are doing...

University of Kentucky football team COVID-19 free; three UK athletes test positive in other sports

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky football team is COVID-19 free after more than a month of voluntary workouts. The school announced Monday that 108 team members and 58 staffers tested negative for the coronavirus, while three out of 42 student-athletes in men’s basketball, volleyball, and women’s soccer tested positive for the virus through antibody tests. Kentucky football coach Mark...

Six Kentucky football players test positive for coronavirus antibodies after return to practice

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky men’s basketball team will begin a COVID-19 screening process on Sunday before returning to activities prior to the July 4 holiday. The only staff personnel who will be present at the workouts will be the school’s athletic development and performance coaches “for the safety of student-athletes, including strength and conditioning staff, athletic trainers...

Off the sidelines, Mark Stoops, UK players march against racial injustice as part of the solution

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops couldn’t sit on the sidelines any longer. The Kentucky coach and members of his team, along with Courtney Love, a former player and director of player development at Kentucky, marched in a protest against racial injustice and police violence Friday in downtown Lexington. “Generally speaking for seven years, I have played things pretty tight to the vest...

Terry Wilson out, but quarterback depth not an issue for Wildcats as they open spring practice

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Terry Wilson is nearly fully recovered from his knee injury, but the Kentucky quarterback won’t be participating when the Wildcats open spring practice Tuesday. Wilson injured his knee last September and will continue to get back into playing shape as well as Nik Scalzo, who also suffered a knee injury last year and didn’t play his freshman campaign. “Terry Wilson...

Jamie Vaught: Despite tougher schedule, Kentucky’s odds for winning 2020 football season look strong

The football Wildcats, who are coming off an electrifying Belk Bowl victory over Virginia Tech in Charlotte, now have posted four straight winning seasons. Will they have another victorious campaign in 2020? I think so, although the schedule may be a little bit tougher. But UK will have some experienced weapons coming back and that helps. In addition, the Wildcats have more talent than in the past...

Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen highlights first day of early signing for football Wildcats

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops addressed the crowd in Rupp Arena to thunderous applause at Rupp Arena last weekend. (Kentucky Today/Chris Reynolds) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops was all smiles following the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday. The Wildcats landed 19 prospects, including in-state prospects Lexington Catholic standout quarterback Beau Allen and Louisville...

Lynn Bowden receives one of college football’s top honors, named winner of the Paul Hornung Award

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden claimed one of college football’s top honors on Wednesday when he was named winner of the Paul Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player in college football. The award is given by the Louisville Sports Commission. Lynn Bowden, right, was named the winner of the Paul Hornung Award Wednesday morning by the Louisville Sports Commission. (Jeff Houchin...

Stoops honored to accept Belk Bowl bid; Wildcats set to play Virginia Tech Dec. 31 in Charlotte

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky accepted its fourth consecutive bowl bid Sunday, this time the Wildcats will make an appearance in the Belk Bowl in a noon kickoff on Dec. 31 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops welcomed the invitation from the Belk Bowl, which will be the team’s first appearance in the postseason event. Kentucky finished 7-5 this past season and won its...

UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says Cats’ succes a testament to players, staff buying in

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Moments before he spoke to the media following Kentucky’s 45-13 win over rival Louisville last Saturday, Lynn Bowden Jr., hugged Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran in a show of gratitude and appreciation. Gran is used to embraces from his players but this one was special, and it came after the Wildcats rushed for a school-record 517 yards rushing, shattering...

Coach Mark Stoops says Cats aren’t hiding from rivalry hype in leadup to Saturday’s season finale

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The stakes will be high when Kentucky and Louisville meet Saturday in the season finale for both teams. In addition to bragging rights, the Wildcats and Cardinals are seeking better position positioning, considering both teams have already clinched bowl eligibility. Kentucky is seeking its fourth consecutive seven-win season, while Louisville is eyeing its eighth victory...