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D.J. Eliot says coaches try to give players “something motivational” daily in practice

By LARRY VAUGHT Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot has a bit of a different take on the importance of pregame speeches. “I’ve always thought pregame speeches — there’s certain things that you try to do to motivate them, and speeches are good. And we do that every day,” Eliot said. “We give them something motivational every …

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Safety Mike Edwards on campus but unlikely to play this year

By LARRY VAUGHT Cincinnati safety Mike Edwards, who was not expected to be at Kentucky until January after undergoing recent shoulder surgery, is now on campus. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said today he had yet to see Edwards. “Matter of fact, they were supposed to stop by here today. He’s here for orientation, so I’ll …

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Freshman LB Kobie Walker adjusting to UK, expects to bring more “DMV” players to UK

By MIKE MARSEE, Advocate-Messenger LEXINGTON — He wasn’t crazy about the early-morning workouts at the start of Kentucky’s preseason camp, but Kobie Walker said he handled them better than some of his teammates. The freshman linebacker said he would rather have slept in until, say, noon or so than get up at 4:45 a.m. during …

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D.J. Eliot says knowing what to do should help defense be better

LEXINGTON — Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said it’s fair to expect major statistical improvement from UK’s defense led by him and head coach Mark Stoops in their second year here. “Well, the first year you go in, and everything’s new to them. Every time they see something, it’s the first time they see it. …

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D.J. Eliot counting on Stamps; more on Khalid Henderson, Bud Dupree, Blake McClain, J.D. Harmon, Regie Meant

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky’s defense had just two interceptions last season, a number that defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot knows must improve in 2014 for UK to become more competitive. “We’ve got to make the plays, and we’ve got to put them in position to make the plays,” said Eliot after Monday’s practice. “It’s something that …

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Stoops credits not only Marrow, but entire staff for recruiting success

By LARRY VAUGHT While Vince Marrow got a promotion to recruiting coordinator for his efforts to help Kentucky land a top 20 recruiting class, UK head coach Mark Stoops made it clear Wednesday on national signing day that recruiting was a team effort for the Wildcats. “Vince has done a great job, everybody knows that, and …

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Florida DE Denzil Ware likes Mark Stoops, DJ Eliot because “they are honest people”

By LARRY VAUGHT One of the first players scheduled to sign his scholarship papers with the University of Kentucky Wednesday is Florida defensive end Denzil Ware. Bob Jones, Ware’s principal at Crestview High School, is a former Kentucky football player and has been a mentor for Ware. “This is a big day for him and …

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Donte Rumph on 2014: “You know it’s going to be a special year for UK next year”

By LARRY VAUGHT While his former players at Florida State were climbing to No. 1 this season and getting in position to win a national title, Mark Stoops suffered through a 2-10 season in his first year as Kentucky’s head coach. That’s not exactly what the former Florida State defensive coordinator hoped his initial season …

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