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Kentucky senior Kash Daniel expected to play Saturday despite controversial play against Florida

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kash Daniel is expected to play Saturday when Kentucky takes on Mississippi State in Starkville. Earlier this week, a video posted on Twitter by WYMT in Hazard, showed the senior Kentucky linebacker allegedly gripping Florida quarterback Kyle Trask’s ankle following a two-point version attempt in the fourth quarter. Kash Daniel reacts after intercepting a pass against...

Kentucky’s running game faring well through first three games despite the loss of Benny Snell Jr.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today How is Kentucky faring without Benny Snell? Through the first three games, the Wildcats rank No. 6 in the Southeastern Conference in rushing offense, averaging 185 yards per game. Most of that success can be attributed to an experienced offensive line. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was pleased with the team’s running attack in a 29-21 loss to Florida. Kavosiey Smoke collected...

Kentucky moves past disappointing loss to Gators, set sights on Saturday’s matchup with Bulldogs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has already moved past Florida. The next step is getting his players focused on the first road game of the season. “That’s a big focus this week,” Stoops said Monday. “I talk about each situation every week and moving on to Mississippi State, we don’t have much time to dwell on (the loss). Next man up, the next battle, the next punch...

Kentucky falters down the stretch, can’t hold lead in tough loss to ninth-ranked Florida Gators

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky ended a 31-game losing skid to Florida last season, but starting a streak of their own proved to be a difficult task for the Wildcats in a 29-21 setback to the ninth-ranked Gators Saturday night. Florida (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) scored 19 unanswered — all in the fourth quarter — after its starting quarterback Feleipe Franks went down with an injury...

Stoops confident backup quarterback Sawyer Smith can pick up where injured Terry Wilson left off

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t concerned about his football team after starting quarterback Terry Wilson went down with a season-ending knee injury in a 38-17 win over Eastern Michigan last weekend. Stoops is confident in backup Sawyer Smith’s ability to lead the Wildcats and the former Troy signal-caller will get his first start with the Wildcats against ninth-ranked Florida...

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson taking major leap forward two games into his junior campaign

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Terry Wilson’s leadership showed in Kentucky’s opener last week, a sign the veteran quarterback has taken a leap forward in his overall game. The junior quarterback threw for 246 yards, including a 40-yard strike to Ahamd Wagner and two touchdowns against Toledo, but more importantly showed poise and composure, especially in times of adversity. “I’m encouraged...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says Wildcats have plenty to build on with Eastern Michigan looming

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops didn’t expect a perfect game in Kentucky’s season-opening 38-24 win over Toledo but the Kentucky coach knows his team has plenty to build on moving forward. “Obviously in game one, you look around the country and there’s a lot of mistakes going on and a lot of things happen in week one, so it’s good to get that game under the...

Kentucky overcomes slow start, wins football season opener against gritty Toledo, 38-24, on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The opener is seemingly the toughest game of the year for most teams and Toledo was no easy task for Kentucky Saturday. 
The Wildcats (1-0) scratched and clawed their way to a 38-24 win over the Rockets and it wasn’t pretty. Kentucky trailed twice in the first half and pieced together a field goal off a Toledo turnover, followed by a touchdown in consecutive fashion...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has an extra spring in his step at Wildcats ready for Saturday’s opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops couldn’t hide his excitement going into Kentucky’s season opener set for Saturday against Toledo. “Waking up (Monday) morning, I had a little extra heartbeat,” Stoops said during his first weekly press conference Monday. “I’m excited. It’s game week and I’m really looking forward to it. ” That added boost comes a year after Stoops guided...

Jamie Vaught: UK football has tough act to follow, but look for Wildcats to finish 8-4 with another bowl trip

The football Wildcats from Lexington will have a very tough act to follow this fall. That’s after we saw a historical campaign by the 2018 University of Kentucky squad, which came up with the school’s best season in 41 years as the Cats posted a remarkable 10-3 record — including a New Year’s Day bowl victory over Penn State. Kentucky also finished with a winning league mark of 5-3 for the...

Stoops pleased with Wildcats’ performance in second scrimmage; defense, special teams make progress

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today What a difference a week makes. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops liked what he saw in his team’s second scrimmage of fall camp Saturday, A week ago, Stoops wasn’t pleased with the team’s performance, especially on the defensive side of the ball, an area of expertise for Stoops, a former defensive coordinator. “It was a better second scrimmage,” Stoops said Saturday....

Coaches and players agree Kentucky’s defense failed to meet standard after first fall camp scrimmage

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops and defensive coordinator Brad White were on the same page following Kentucky’s first scrimmage of fall camp and both agree significant improvement must be made before the season opener in less than three weeks. “It was not a good performance by the defense,” White said Thursday. “No one is going to make any excuses about that....

UK’s new-look offense to strive for more balance; Wildcats must replace seven offensive starters

When the University of Kentucky offense takes the field in 2019, the team will have a much different look about it. While the Cats will have four starters returning, a big part of the UK attack from recent years will be missing. The biggest missing piece from the last three seasons is Benny Snell Jr., who became the school’s all-time leading rusher during his career in Lexington. Over the past...

UK football team enjoys successful Fan Day on Saturday, welcoming huge crowd for annual event

The University of Kentucky football team enjoyed another successful Fan Day on Saturday, welcoming a huge crowd for the annual event. “Man, that was a fantastic turnout this morning for Fan Day,” UK head coach Mark Stoops said. “It’s great to see them all out there and for our players to see that. Hopefully, we got everybody accommodated and got all the signatures we could get.” UK’s...

Entering seventh year at UK, Stoops looking forward to new season and new team with new opportunities

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops has moved past the learning curve when it comes to running his own program. The Kentucky coach is entering his seventh season as coach of the Wildcats and remains committed to keep the momentum going this year. That same passion and drive he experienced in his first year is the same as it was seven years ago with a few exceptions. He has raised the bar with...

UK offensive lineman Logan Stanberg wants doubters to take a second look at Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Logan Stenberg wants the naysayers to take a second look at Kentucky’s football team, especially when it comes to the Wildcats’ offense. Like his coach Mark Stoops, Stenberg has shrugged off early predictions by most analysts and preseasons publications as the Wildcats begin preparations for the upcoming season. He considers the team’s offensive line, which is stocked...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops unconcerned with Cats early-season ranking as first polls set for release

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t concerned where his Wildcats will be ranked when the preseason rankings are released this week. During his seven seasons at Southeastern Conference Media Days, the Kentucky coach is used to the yearly predictions and won’t be surprised where his team will land when the SEC preseason predictions by the league’s media are released Friday. “We’ve...

Former Troy quarterback Sawyer Smith enrolls at UK as graduate transfer, is immediately eligible

Former Troy quarterback Sawyer Smith has enrolled at the University of Kentucky as a graduate transfer and will be eligible to play the 2019 season, it was announced on Monday. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. “We’re excited to have Sawyer join our program,” head coach Mark Stoops said. “It’s great to add a quarterback with his experience and success....

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...

Kentucky football squad finishing spring practice with annual Blue-White game, then taking a break

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops will get one more look at his Kentucky squad before taking a summer break.   The Wildcats will conclude spring practice with the annual Blue-White game set for 6 p.m. Friday night at Kroger Field. The format will feature the Blue team against the White team in four 10-minute quarters. The team’s quarterbacks and specialists will play for both teams and...