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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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UK defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot on play of Za’Darius Smith

What does defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot think of the way end Za’Darius Smith has played this year? “Za’Darius has done some good things. He’s only been here one season as well and has played well at times and is very sound in the run game,” Eliot said. “He’s gotten better every week as well. I …

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D.J. Eliot on Williamson: “He’s been fantastic. He’s just such a good person, not only a good player.”

By LARRY VAUGHT Just as he did last season, senior middle linebacker Avery Williamson is leading Kentucky in tackles going into Saturday night’s game at Georgia. However, coach Mark Stoops has learned to appreciate Williamson for more than just the plays he makes on the field. “I wish we had Avery for another year because …

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What does Mark Stoops think of D.J. Eliot’s growth curve?

By LARRY VAUGHT What does Kentucky coach Mark Stoops think of the growth curve for D.J. Eliot in his first year as UK’s defensive coordinator? “Really starting to feel very comfortable with everything that he’s doing. He’s always had the smarts for it and knows what I want, and we’ve worked together with everything,” Stoops …

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D.J. Eliot on Bud Dupree, defensive ends, third-down stops, toughness

By LARRY VAUGHT Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot went over a variety of topics when he met with the media after Tuesday’s practice. Question: How well did Bud Dupree  play in the loss at Mississippi State? “Bud played fantastic, made a lot of plays in the run game, but also had great pass rush, was there …

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