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Bye week giving UK defense chance to focus on fundamentals

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot says have a bye week can change the scope of practice and that he has “harped” on fundamentals this week to help stop UK’s five-game losing streak. “When you’re practicing for a regular week, a lot of time is spent on assignment because the game is closing …

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Athletic Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs presents problems for UK

By LARRY VAUGHT Now that Tennessee has turned to Joshua Dobbs at quarterback, that presents  more areas of concern for Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot because of Dobbs’ athletic/running ability. “Anytime you play an athletic quarterback, you got that threat of the Q (quarterback) run game, which is tough to defend, and then on top …

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Bud Dupree has been the “face” of Kentucky football

By LARRY VAUGHT Saturday will be the final home game for Kentucky senior Bud Dupree, a likely first-round NFL draft pick in 2015. He came to play for coach Joker Phillips but has flourished under coach Mark Stoops and his staff and is on the verge of getting UK to its first bowl game in his …

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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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