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What makes for a good road team in the SEC?

Here’s what Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said when asked about being able to win and play well on the road going into Saturday’s game at Missouri: On what makes a good road team: “I think that a team that can block out the atmosphere. A team that, no matter where they’re at, no matter …

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Kentucky coaches have really “harped” on better tackling this week

By LARRY VAUGHT Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot has watched Kentucky give up over 300 yards rushing to both LSU and Mississippi State. While he knows No. 1 Mississippi State had “some very good runners,” he also knows UK’s defense was poor when it came to tackling. “We could’ve played a lot better fundamentally, tackling being …

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LSU running back Leonard Fournette impresses Stoops, Eliot with his power and speed

By LARRY VAUGHT Freshman Leonard Fournette leads LSU in rushing with 504 yards — a 5.4 yard per carry average — and six touchdowns going into Saturday night’s game with Kentucky in Baton Rouge. “He is a very, very, very good tailback. He is extremely athletic but yet has size where he can run you …

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A.J. Stamps’ vocal skills “critical” for Kentucky’s defense

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky defensive coordinator says safety A.J. Stamps, who already has three interceptions, has been a huge help with his vocal leadership. “It’s critical because your safeties, for the secondary, they’re the quarterbacks, and you have to be great communicators – but you also have to know what you’re doing and think fast …

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Kentucky win a “thing of beauty” to coach Mark Stoops

By LARRY VAUGHT LEXINGTON — For a team that had lost 17 straight Southeastern Conference football games, there’s no way to complain about any SEC win like Kentucky got Saturday when it beat Vanderbilt 17-7 here. “That was a thing of beauty,” said Kentucky coach Mark Stoops. Thing of beauty? Didn’t he see UK’s fumbles, …

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D.J. Eliot on Vanderbilt offense, UK linebackers, J.D. Harmon and more

By LARRY VAUGHT Here’s part of what Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot had to say after Wednesday’s practice about the upcoming game with Vanderbilt Saturday. Are the linebackers  getting the message about playing more physical?: “Yes, they have. We’ve been working on it, and they’ve had a good week. So it’s been an emphasis this …

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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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