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Kentucky's two-quarterback system leaving much to be desired for coach Mark Stoops

Quarterbacks Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell Smith talk with offensive coordinator Neal Brown during Kentucky’s game against Louisville on Sept. 14. | Photo by Jon Hale   Though Kentucky’s two-quarterback system this season has never been fully resolved, it’s rotated in and out of being considered a controversy; that is to say, at times its apparent resolution was just to leave it be. A typical...

Kentucky’s two-quarterback system leaving much to be desired for coach Mark Stoops

Quarterbacks Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell Smith talk with offensive coordinator Neal Brown during Kentucky’s game against Louisville on Sept. 14. | Photo by Jon Hale   Though Kentucky’s two-quarterback system this season has never been fully resolved, it’s rotated in and out of being considered a controversy; that is to say, at times its apparent resolution was just to leave it be. A typical...

Cats keep it close, but find yards hard to come by as Florida extends streak to 27 games

Florida tailback Matt Jones gained 67 yards on one carry in the second quarter. (Photo by Jon Hale)   The UK football team had its opportunities to make the attempt to end a 26-game losing streak to Florida interesting Saturday, but the Wildcats were unable to capitalize on those chances.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] In a game that was played within two touchdowns for most of...

Wildcats face difficult task versus top-ranked Florida defense in Stoops’ first SEC game

If attempting to end a 26-game losing streak to Florida was not a difficult enough task, the UK football team’s attempt to upset the Gators Saturday is made all the more difficult thanks to one of the nation’s best defenses.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Florida enters the game ranked first nationally in rushing defense, second in total defense, 15th in passing defense...

Wildcats face difficult task versus top-ranked Florida defense in Stoops' first SEC game

If attempting to end a 26-game losing streak to Florida was not a difficult enough task, the UK football team’s attempt to upset the Gators Saturday is made all the more difficult thanks to one of the nation’s best defenses.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Florida enters the game ranked first nationally in rushing defense, second in total defense, 15th in passing defense...

UK Football Notebook: Mark Stoops familiar with Gators; Maxwell Smith to throw Monday

Maxwell Smith throws a pass versus Louisvlle before suffering a shoulder injury in the second half. (Photo by Jon Hale)

Mark Stoops sees improvement by Cats
in Governor’s Cup rivalry loss to Louisville

UK defensive players celebrate after a big play in the first quarter versus Louisville. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Following the 27-13 loss to Louisville, there was plenty the Wildcats did wrong for fans to focus on.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The dropped-pass problem that plagued the UK wide receivers throughout spring practice returned with at least seven dropped passes by six...

Mark Stoops sees improvement by Cats in Governor's Cup rivalry loss to Louisville

UK defensive players celebrate after a big play in the first quarter versus Louisville. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Following the 27-13 loss to Louisville, there was plenty the Wildcats did wrong for fans to focus on.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The dropped-pass problem that plagued the UK wide receivers throughout spring practice returned with at least seven dropped passes by six...

UofL overcomes early UK defensive surprises en route to third straight Governor’s Cup win

Heisman Trophy hopefull Teddy Bridgewater eludes a UK defender in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Jon Hale)   (Box Score)   For the second week in a row, a defensive scheme adjustment by Mark Stoops and his defensive staff befuddled the opponents’ offense early.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But unlike UK’s previous opponent, Louisville was able to adjust to the...

UofL overcomes early UK defensive surprises en route to third straight Governor's Cup win

Heisman Trophy hopefull Teddy Bridgewater eludes a UK defender in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Jon Hale)   (Box Score)   For the second week in a row, a defensive scheme adjustment by Mark Stoops and his defensive staff befuddled the opponents’ offense early.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But unlike UK’s previous opponent, Louisville was able to adjust to the...

Governor’s Cup rivalry game first in stretch
of contests versus ranked opponents for UK

Teddy Bridgewater scrambles in a previous meeting versus UK. (KyForward file photo by Mark Boxley)   The UK football team has lost its last 10 games versus ranked opponents. If nothing else, it will have plenty of chances to end that streak in the next month.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The Wildcats open a daunting stretch of games versus four top-20 teams Saturday with in-state...

Governor's Cup rivalry game first in stretch of contests versus ranked opponents for UK

Teddy Bridgewater scrambles in a previous meeting versus UK. (KyForward file photo by Mark Boxley)   The UK football team has lost its last 10 games versus ranked opponents. If nothing else, it will have plenty of chances to end that streak in the next month.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The Wildcats open a daunting stretch of games versus four top-20 teams Saturday with in-state...

Wesley Eversole: Historical trends suggest five keys for winning Governor's Cup rivalry

Teddy Bridgewater tries to allude pressure in his previous career trip to Commonwealth Stadium. (KyForward file photo by Mark Boxley)   On Saturday, the UK football team will host the seventh-ranked UofL football team in the 20th edition of the modern Governor’s Cup rivalry game. Louisville leads the modern day series 11-8 and is at least a 13 point favorite to make it 12-8. These teams have...

Air Raid returns to Commonwealth Stadium with record-setting performance in victory

Maxwell Smith launches a touchdown pass to Javess Blue in the first quarter. (Photo by Jon Hale)   After the season-opening loss to Western Kentucky, UK football fans were left wondering what happened to the high-octane “Air Raid” offense they expected to arrive in Lexington with new offense coordinator Neal Brown.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Any fears that the Wildcats...

Wildcats shine on both sides of the ball
en route to 41-7 win versus Miami (Ohio)

  Even after nine months of preparation, it was one final pre-game adjustment that helped pave the way for Mark Stoops‘ first win as a head football coach.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Stoops and his defensive staff were caught off guard when Miami (Ohio) decided not to practice many team drills during pre-game warmups. With the suspicion that the Redhawks might be planning...

Wildcats shine on both sides of the ball en route to 41-7 win versus Miami (Ohio)

  Even after nine months of preparation, it was one final pre-game adjustment that helped pave the way for Mark Stoops‘ first win as a head football coach.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Stoops and his defensive staff were caught off guard when Miami (Ohio) decided not to practice many team drills during pre-game warmups. With the suspicion that the Redhawks might be planning...

With games vs. four ranked teams looming, Cats look for first win of Mark Stoops Era

UK football head coach Mark Stoops was worried about his team’s confidence to start the season.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] After a season-opening loss to Sun Belt Conference member Western Kentucky following a 2-10 year for his upperclassmen, Stoops knows the Wildcats could use some success to feel good about themselves.   “The first thing is we all have to accept...

Maxwell Smith named starting quarterback after successful fourth quarter in opening loss

After one game, the UK football team has a new starting quarterback.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Sophomore Maxwell Smith was listed with the first string on the new depth chart released Monday. Smith came off the bench to lead UK to two scoring drives in the fourth quarter of the 35-26 loss to Western Kentucky.   “We just feel like Max gives us the best opportunity this...

Maxwell Smith’s successful fourth quarter leads to more questions about UK QB job

Maxwell Smith throws a pass in the fourth quarter versus WKU. (Photo by Jon Hale)   NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The No. 1 question throughout Mark Stoops’ first fall camp as UK’s head football coach was who would start at quarterback for the Wildcats.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] That question may have been answered Saturday when sophomore Jalen Whitlow was the first...

Maxwell Smith's successful fourth quarter leads to more questions about UK QB job

Maxwell Smith throws a pass in the fourth quarter versus WKU. (Photo by Jon Hale)   NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The No. 1 question throughout Mark Stoops’ first fall camp as UK’s head football coach was who would start at quarterback for the Wildcats.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] That question may have been answered Saturday when sophomore Jalen Whitlow was the first...