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Ware, Allen communicating more, gaining confidence

Denzil Ware with game-saving sack against South Carolina last year. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

New Kentucky defensive coordinator Jeff House likes the way linebackers Denzil Ware and Josh Allen have expanded their games to become not only better players, but also better leaders.

“I think they both improved. I think there’s continued room for growth, but the thing about those two guys is they’re communicating more, they’re a lot more confident in their game, which allows them to play the game better,” House said.

“At the end of the day, they’re able to be more aware of what’s going on within the game instead of just focusing on their job.”

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops likes the way House is adjusting to the role D.J. Eliot had under Stoops at Kentucky until he left for Colorado after last season.

“Matt had been a defensive coordinator prior to coming here and been a special teams coordinator here. He was a defensive coordinator at a couple different stops before he ever came here as a linebacker coach,” Stoops said.

“So, it’s second nature to him and I’m working very closely with him and the defensive staff so it’s been good.”

Stoops feels just as good about having former Eastern Kentucky head coach Dean Hood as the new special teams coach.

“Dean’s an excellent coach. He’s a seasoned veteran and can adapt to many things. But how we want that position taught and how we coach D-Line, I have total confidence in him,” Stoops said.

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