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Mark Stoops says J.D. Harmon’s special play “not acceptable” and led to two TD returns

By LARRY VAUGHT Mark Stoops normally doesn’t single individual players out for criticism, but he finally vented his frustration over J.D. Harmon’s miscues on plays Saturday against Georgia that led to a 90-yard kickoff return by Isaiah McKenize and 59-yard punt return later by him. Stoops had preached the last two weeks about needing “toughness …

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Cornerback J.D. Harmon suspended for first half of LSU game

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky coach Mark Stoops announced on the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference Wednesday that cornerback J.D. Harmon would not play in the first half at LSU Saturday night for a flagrant hit against Louisiana-Monroe in last week’s game that was not penalized. Stoops noted Monday that a player would be suspended but seemed …

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Cats break out dance moves after win and even Mark Stoops had his “dance on”

By LARRY VAUGHT LEXINGTON — Cory Johnson didn’t want to criticize Kentucky coach Mark Stoops. However, the defensive lineman also didn’t want to praise the dance moves Stoops broke out after Saturday’s 17-7 win over Vanderbilt that ended a 17-game, three-year Southeastern Conference losing streak for Kentucky — a streak that Stoops reminded media members …

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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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Mark Stoops on Cody Quinn, Josh Forrest, Kendall Randolph, J.D. Harmon, Blake McClain

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky coach Mark Stoops talked specifically about several players after Monday’s open practice. Here’s what he had to say: Freshman defensive back Kendall Randolph: “He’s one of those guys that you can tell right away that he comes from a great program in north Florida. And he’s been well coached, and he’s …

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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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J.D. Harmon appreciates second chance he was given by Mark Stoops

By LARRY VAUGHT No one was happier to see the start of Kentucky’s preseason training camp than cornerback J.D. Harmon of Paducah. He was one of the feel-good stories from then coach Joker Phillips final season in 2012 when UK went 2-10. Not only did he get to play in all 12 games in the …

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