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Courtney Miggins making his mark

By LARRY VAUGHT

Defensive lineman Courtney Miggins continues to draw praise from the Kentucky coaches — and that’s important since he plays a spot where UK needs help this season.

Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said linebacker Courtney Love has played well all month in practice along with UK’s secondary, which is considered the strength of the defense.

“And then Courtney Miggins has played well for us as well,” Eliot said. “He’s always been a good athlete. He just wasn’t as skilled a technician last year, getting here so late (from junior college). And now he’s been able to take his athleticism and apply the technique to it. He’s a good defensive line now.”

Miggins has also developed into a leader along with Love, a transfer from Nebraska.

“More by example. He’s leading by example more than anything, but he has taken on more of a leadership role,” Eliot said about Miggins.

His play could be key in UK’s run defense.

“Our offense does a very good job running the ball so we’ve improved on stopping them, which is good, because I think that they run the ball very well. We’ve gotten better against them every day and throughout training camp,” Eliot said.

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