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South Carolina Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp impressed with Kentucky’s ‘active’ defense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Prior to becoming a head coach, Will Muschamp had a reputation as one of the top defensive coordinators in college football. Muschamp once coached defensive backs at Eastern Kentucky University before going on to LSU, Miami Dolphins, Auburn and Texas to serve as the top defensive boss at all four stops. Following a four-year stint as head coach at Florida, he returned...

UK coach Stoops not worried about team’s mentality following perfect start

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops isn’t worried about his team’s mental approach following a 28-7 win over Mississippi State last week that gave the No. 17 Wildcats their first ranking in more than a decade. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t worried about where his team is ranked. The Kentucky coach is more concerned about the Wildcats staying...

Newly-ranked Wildcats staying grounded, hungry despite ranking, perfect start

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is ranked for the first time in more than a decade, but that won’t change the Wildcats’ demeanor going into Saturday’s game against South Carolina. “We have to stay grounded and we absolutely will,” Kentucky senior right end C.J. Conrad said. “We wanted this, we wanted to change this program, but we are far from done and we’re going to keep this...

Heisman Trophy talk? Snell letting his actions on the field speak louder than words

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If there’s a better running back in college football than Benny Snell, be more informative and get the word out. If not, there’s no need to provide proof. The University of Kentucky running back continues to show time and time again he’s one of the top rushers in the Southeastern Conference, if not in the nation. He’s the backbone of a Kentucky team that has won...

Kentucky keeps proving naysayers wrong, stays undefeated with upset win against Mississippi State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky keeps knocking down proverbial doors and the Wildcats busted through another opening with a 28-7 victory over Mississippi State Saturday night. Two weeks after ending a 31-game losing streak to Florida and defeating the Gators for the first time in Gainesville since 1979, Kentucky dominated the Bulldogs from top to bottom to win its first two Southeastern Conference...

Bulldogs will test progression of Kentucky’s improved defense

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and Josh Allen walk off the field following last week’s win over Murray State last week. Allen and the team’s defense faces a tougher challenge this week against Mississippi State. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Saturday night at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops can’t wait to see how much his defense has progressed going...

Keith Taylor: Stoops, undefeated Wildcats deserve to see more fans in the stands

It’s been more than a decade since Kentucky has beaten a highly-ranked team at Kroger Field. The last time the Wildcats notched a win over an opponent ranked in the Top 15 in front of the home crowd came in 2007 when Kentucky stunned LSU — ranked No. 1 at the time — 43-37 in triple overtime. One of the members from that squad – Jacob Tamme — will be on hand Saturday when the Wildcats play...

UK Notebook: Cats ranked No. 1 in Blue Ribbon Yearbook preseason rankings

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The college basketball preseason rankings are starting to come out and Kentucky is ranked No. 1 in the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. The Wildcats have been ranked in the Top 10 by the magazine’s writers and editors for the past seven years. Kansas is ranked second behind Kentucky in the poll, followed by Gonzaga, Duke, Tennessee, Nevada, Virginia, Auburn,...

Stoops says Cats will have to ‘kick it up a notch’ against Mississippi State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky took care of business against Murray State last week and to keep the pace going, Mark Stoops knows his team faces a tougher challenge Saturday against Mississippi State. “We’ve got to kick it up a notch,” Stoops said Monday. “(It’s a) big game with Mississippi State, so we’re excited and guys are ready to get to work on that.” The Bulldogs have...

No letdown for Stoops, Wildcats in dominating victory over Murray State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky was coming off the biggest win of the Mark Stoops era and could have easily overlooked Murray State on Saturday. It didn’t happen. The Wildcats took the Racers seriously and showed no signs of a letdown following last week’s 27-16 win over Southeastern Conference foe Florida, the team’s first victory over the Gators in more than three decades. Kentucky...

Stoops sees no sign of a letdown going into Murray State encounter

Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden races toward the end zone during Kentucky’s win over Florida last week. Kentucky hosts Murray State Saturday at noon. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops doesn’t see any signs of a letdown from his team going into Saturday’s non-conference encounter against Murray State. Coming off a highly-emotional 27-16 victory...

Bouvier’s emergence not a surprise to UK teammates, coaching staff

Kentucky senior wide receiver David Bouvier, a former walk-on, leads the Wildcats with two touchdown receptions in the first two games. The Wildcats host Murray State Saturday at Kroger Field. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today David Bouvier’s emergence as one of Kentucky’s top receivers this season hasn’t been a surprise to offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. “It kind of started...

Stoops ready to move past Gators as Cats shift attention to Murray State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is used to a short memory and the Kentucky coach is ready to put aside his team’s upset win at Florida last weekend in Gainesville. The Wildcats broke a 31-game losing streak to the Gators with a 27-16 victory Saturday, ending more than three decades of misery against Florida, despite three near-misses during the past five years. Stoops received calls, text...

Cats drain the swamp, end 31-game losing streak to No. 25 Gators

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 175 yards in Kentucky’s 27-16 win over Florida Saturday night in Gainesville, ending a 31-game losing streak to the Gators. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky drained the swamp and ended 31 years of misery to Florida in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Saturday night in Gainesville. The Wildcats (2-0) snapped...

‘Great challenge’ awaits Stoops, Wildcats in Southeastern Conference opener at Florida

A.J. Rose rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Kentucky’s 35-20 win over Central Michigan last Saturday at Kroger Field. The Wildcats take on Florida at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Gainesville. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s decades-long losing streak to Florida nearly ended last season. It took a last-second touchdown aided by a defensive error in the...

Florida’s Dan Mullen impressed with Cats, sees no panic in Stoops’ squad

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Dan Mullen was impressed with Kentucky’s comeback win over Central Michigan and likes the way the Wildcats fought through adversity in the Wildcats’ season-opener last week. “You look at Kentucky and what Mark (Stoops) has done there, and you look, even at game one, you see what kind of team they are,” he said. “They fall behind in game one, in the...

Stoops looks ahead as Cats seek an end to 31-year losing skid to Gators

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats have lost 31 straight games to Southeastern Conference East rival Florida. Stoops is 0-5 against the Gators. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t beaten Florida in more than three decades. It’s a losing streak that has featured several close calls in the past 31 years including a 28-27 setback last year at Kroger Field. Despite...

Kentucky must make a giant leap to topple Gators in Southeastern Conference opener

Kentucky linebacker Jamar “Boogie” Watson tackles Jonathan Ward during a 35-20 win over the Chippewas Saturday at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In order for Kentucky to end a long winless streak against Florida, the Wildcats must make a giant leap from the first week to the second one. Not that the opener was full of doom and gloom, but Central...

Kentucky overcomes four miscues to beat Central Michigan in opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won its season opener but it wasn’t easy. The Wildcats (1-0) avoided a possible letdown with a 35-20 victory over Central Michigan Saturday at Kroger Field. The Chippewas have racked up four wins against Power-5 conferences during the past six years, including a 30-27 stunner at Oklahoma State just two years ago and had Kentucky feeling a little concerned after...

Stoops says Cats need to play with sense of urgency in season opener against Central Michigan

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will open the season against Central Michigan Saturday at Kroger Field. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Central Michigan isn’t your average opening-game opponent and Mark Stoops wants to make sure his team is aware of the task at hand in Saturday’s opener against the Chippewas at Kroger...