Tag: D.J. Eliot

Stoops wants Cats to end best spring practice with consistent scrimmage


Because his team has been more consistent, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Thursday this was UK’s best overall spring practice in his four years with the Wildcats.

“We have grinded these guys pretty good since they’ve been back. We needed that. We had to do that. Going back to last season, as they went home for their break and they came back, they came right in and they hit the ground running in the weight room,” Stoops said.

Kash Daniel making solid impression on coaches

Kash Daniel (Alex Otte Photo)

Kash Daniel (Alex Otte Photo)


Freshman linebacker Kash Daniel is making a good impression during his first spring practice at Kentucky.

“Kash is very mature. He’s learning quickly for someone who is supposed to be a high school senior,” said defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot after Saturday’s scrimmage.

Daniel graduated from Paintsville High School in December so he could enroll early at UK. He was the state’s Mr. Football, Gatorade Player of the Year and Paul Hornung Award winner.

D.J. Eliot on LB Jordan Jones: “His mouth may run but so do his feet”


Linebacker Jordan Jones couldn’t wait to get to Kentucky, so he graduated from high school a semester early so he could go through 2015 spring practice.

It helped enough that he was able to play in eight games last season and make 10 tackles.

He was a four-star recruit and top 20 player in the Ohio. He was ranked as one of the top 40 outside linebackers nationally.

Now he’s hoping to earn one of the starting positions and has impressed defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot this spring.

North Carolina junior linebacker Chase Monroe likes ‘vibe’ at Kentucky


North Carolina junior linebacker Chase Monroe really had his interest “sparked” when he came to Kentucky for Junior Day earlier this year and it went both ways because the Wildcats offered him a scholarship.

He said defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot reached out to him on Twitter telling him how much he liked the game film he had seen.

“He liked my body control. He liked how I dropped into (pass) coverage and how I moved because getting to the right place is big at the next level.”