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Keith Taylor: Have Cats reached peak or ready to take the next step under Stoops?

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops is entering his sixth season at the helm and has guided the Wildcats to seven victories in each of the oast two years. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) Mark Stoops has only been at Kentucky for more than six years but is already the third-longest tenured coach in the Southeastern Conference behind Dan Mullen and Nick Saban, respectively. Saban’s success is well-documented,...

UK’s Wilson keeping a chip on his shoulder despite winning QB battle

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson, left, beat out Gunnar Hoak, right, for the starting job during fall workouts and plans to keep playing with a chip on his shoulder. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Since he was named Kentucky’s starting quarterback, Terry Wilson hasn’t become complacent and intends to remain humble this week. “I’ve got to still keep being up to...

Stoops names Wilson UK’s starting quarterback ahead of season opener against Central Michigan

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has been loyal to his starting quarterbacks during his tenure at Kentucky. That won’t change going into his sixth season at the helm after junior college transfer Terry Wilson beat out Gunnar Hoak for the starting job and will be the starter in the Wildcats’ season-opener against Central Michigan Saturday. “Both guys earned the...

Keith Taylor: Eight victories are attainable for Stoops and the Wildcats this season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The college football season is nigh and it’s just a matter of time before Mark Stoops enters his sixth season at the helm. The Wildcats have made progress in Stoops’ first five seasons, including back-to-back postseason appearances during the past two years. I don’t see the bowl streak coming to an end this season and eight victories could be within reach for Kentucky....

UK’s Mark Stoops remains undecided on naming a starting quarterback

Junior college quarterback Terry Wilson us battling Gunnar Hoak for the starting job and a decision may not come until late next week. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops doesn’t know who Kentucky’s starting quarterback will be in the season opener in less than two weeks and is still pondering his options for a starting quarterback. The entire depth chart won’t...

On the brink of making history, Benny Snell puts Wildcats on his shoulders

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell has already left a mark at Kentucky. He wants to leave footprints on the program by the time he leaves Lexington and that could be sooner rather than later as he prepares for his junior campaign. Snell has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his first two seasons with the Wildcats and became the first player in school history to accomplish the rare feat after...

Snell: Cats feeling like ‘Superman’ following second scrimmage of camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky football team was soaring following its second preseason scrimmage Saturday at Kroger Field. Unlike last week’s scrimmage, this one produced rave reviews from the coaches and players. Standout running back Benny Snell said the team’s performance a week ago served as a motivation to get better within a seven-day window and the Wildcats did just that. “The...

UK’s playmaker receiver Lynn Bowden is all business in fall workouts

Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden, left, shares a laugh with teammate Akeem Hayes, right, during media day earlier this month at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden was relaxed and cutting up with his teammates during media day earlier this month, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking a laid-back approach going into his sophomore season with the Wildcats. “It’s...

Gran: Former walk-on receiver Bouvier most valuable player of Kentucky football training camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If training camp ended this week, David Bouvier would be considered Kentucky’s Most Valuable Player. Bouvier, a former standout at Lexington Catholic High School who earned a scholarship Monday night, has been one of the Wildcats’ most consistent receivers and it’s not even been close if you ask Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. “You want to talk about...

Stoops disappointed in Kentucky’s first scrimmage of fall workouts

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops addresses reporters following Saturday’s scrimmage at Kroger Field. Stoops wasn’t happy with his team’s performance during the mock contest. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The first impression wasn’t a good one for Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops. Three weeks before the Wildcats kickoff the season against Central Michigan,...

UK QB race heats up as Wilson, Hoak battling for starting job

Transfer Terry Wilson smiles during a photo shoot during the team’s Media Day last week at Kroger Field. Wilson is battling to become the team’s starting signal caller. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops may play two quarterbacks this season. He may stick to one signal caller depending on who emerges as the top quarterback during...

Adversity hits Stoops, Wildcats prior to the beginning of fall workouts

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops shares news of health issues that are affecting his team going into fall camp during the team’s Media Day Friday at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In what was supposed to be day of celebrating the dawn of a new season, Mark Stoops is asking for thoughts and prayers for one of his players and one of his assistant coaches...

Alabama picked to win SEC; Cats predicted to finish fifth in East

Kentucky football coach addresses reporters during SEC Media Days earlier this week in Atlanta. The Wildcats were picked to finish 5th in the SEC East. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama again is the team to beat in the Southeastern Conference. The Crimson Tide was picked to win the league title by media members during this week’s SEC Media Days in Atlanta. Alabama...

Like always, Stoops, Wildcats enter season with a chip on their shoulder

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When Mark Stoops accepted his first head coaching job more than six years ago at Kentucky, he had a chip on his shoulder. He still does. “I hope we have a chip on our shoulder no matter what we are rated,” Stoops said during the Southeastern Conference Media Days Monday. “That’s what I’m looking for. We do have a group that I like. I like their mentality and...

Keith Taylor: SEC Media Days ushers in talking season ahead of fall camp

Benny Snell will be among Kentucky’s three players who will attend Southeastern Conference Media Days in Atlanta on Monday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) Former University of Florida and South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier always had something to say during Southeastern Conference Media Days. For Spurrier, it was always talking season and one step closer to the season opener. Spurrier...

UK linebacker Denzel Ware plans to transfer following early graduation

Denzil Ware announced on social media that he will be transferring following early graduation this weekend. Ware will complete his eligibility as a grad transfer. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be without one of its top defensive players next season. Senior linebacker Denzel Ware announced on social media he plans to leave following graduation and transfer to another...

Stoops adds former UK quarterback Maggard, Franks to support staff

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops announced five changes to his support team in Friday, including the addition of former Wildcats quarterback Freddie Maggard. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops enhanced his support staff with five staff changes, including two new hires on Friday. Stoops promoted Dan Berezowitz to chief of staff. Berezowitz...

Rose, running backs shine in UK’s annual Blue-White scrimmage

A.J. Rose rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns in Kentucky’s annual Blue-White scrimmage Friday night at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The quarterback race was the supposed to be the center of attention in Kentucky’s annual Blue-White game Friday night. The running backs stole the show, at least during the first two quarters. Benny Snell and...

Stoops, Cats to use unique scoring format in annual Blue-White game

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will conclude spring practice with the annual Blue-White game set for Friday night at Kroger Field. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will conclude spring workouts with the annual Blue-White game set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Kroger Field. The blue team (offense) will take on the white squad, comprised of Kentucky’s defensive...

Snell, Kentucky offense ‘destroy’ defense in second scrimmage of spring workouts

Kentucky running back Benny Snell and the Wildcats will compete in the Blue-White scrimmage set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Kroger Field. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell didn’t mince words when he described Kentucky’s defense following the team’s second scrimmage of spring workouts Friday. “They did horrible,” Snell said. “We destroyed them. I hope they never...