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Keith Taylor: Window of opportunity smaller for Kentucky after 52-21 blowout loss to Tennessee

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports writer The losses are piling up and the window of opportunity is getting smaller for Kentucky. For the second straight week, the Wildcats (4-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) lost and the margin wasn’t even close, dropping a 52-21 setback to rival Tennessee Saturday night. Kentucky running back Mikel Horton gets tackled by a Tennessee defender Saturday night (UK...

Sports Notes: Wildcats hang on for close win, but it looks like a short honeymoon for Stoops

Patrick Towles connected on 16 of 34 passes with three touchdowns, but he was just six of 16 and no scores in the final two quarters (UK Athletics Photo)   It took about four hours Saturday for the mood of the Big Blue Nation to take a dramatic turn downward.   A hard-earned sellout crowd of 62,933 roared when Boom Williams took the very first offensive play at the New CWS 75 yards for a...

Kentucky signs record-setting football class, including top talent from Kentucky and Ohio

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, in his first full recruiting class, oversaw perhaps the best in school history. (Photo by James Pennington)   It felt real when Matt Elam committed to Kentucky last week, the five-star defensive tackle from Elizabethtown who chose to build something with Mark Stoops and the Wildcats instead of fall in to the destruction assembly line at Alabama. That’s the day...

From the halftime Super Bowl commercial, UK’s early enrollees adopt mantra: Why not?

  Kentucky’s seven early enrolles in the class of 2014—five high schoolers and two junior college transfers—were featured in the last few seconds of the commercial that played in Lexington at halftime of the Super Bowl on Sunday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   That commercial was tagged with the slogan that echoed throughout the Nutter Training Facility on Wednesday’s...

From the halftime Super Bowl commercial, UK's early enrollees adopt mantra: Why not?

  Kentucky’s seven early enrolles in the class of 2014—five high schoolers and two junior college transfers—were featured in the last few seconds of the commercial that played in Lexington at halftime of the Super Bowl on Sunday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   That commercial was tagged with the slogan that echoed throughout the Nutter Training Facility on Wednesday’s...

Signing Day interviews: Mikel Horton, running back

MIKEL HORTON On what the last few weeks have been like: You know, just adjusting to everything. Being here straight out of high school, today’s my birthday, just turning 18. So being a young cat with the older guys has been a different thing for me. Having people that are better than me, that are teaching me things, is totally different for me, because I was the man in high school and all that. It’s...

UK football recruiting class ranked No. 1
after most recent verbal commitment

UK tops Texas, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Alabama in the Rivals ranking as of June 18. (Image from Rivals.com)   Staff report   A commitment from two-star offensive lineman Derrick Kelly has vaulted the UK football 2014 recruiting class to No. 1 in Rivals.com’s national ranking.   The ranking, which rewards teams points based on individual commitment’s rating and placement...

UK football recruiting class ranked No. 1 after most recent verbal commitment

UK tops Texas, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Alabama in the Rivals ranking as of June 18. (Image from Rivals.com)   Staff report   A commitment from two-star offensive lineman Derrick Kelly has vaulted the UK football 2014 recruiting class to No. 1 in Rivals.com’s national ranking.   The ranking, which rewards teams points based on individual commitment’s rating and placement...

Wesley Eversole: Mark Stoops experiencing unprecedented recruiting success for UK

On Thursday, the UK football program received possibly its biggest commitment for the 2014 recruiting class to date, when Stanley Williams, the top ranked all-purpose back in the nation according to Rivals.com, committed to play for the Cats and head coach Mark Stoops.   Williams’ commitment moved Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class up to No. 3 in the nation. Since Rivals.com first began ranking...

UK football receives commitment from Rivals' No. 1-ranked all-purpose running back recruit

Staff report   The new UK football staff’s recruiting momentum continued Thursday with a verbal commitment from the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose back.   Stanley Williams, a running back from Bethlehem, Ga., committed to UK during a campus visit. He confirmed the news via his Twitter account.   Rivals.com ranks Williams as the No. 1 all-purpose back in the country and 96th best...