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Stoops not shy about bowl expectations

Coach StoopsBy LARRY VAUGHT

For the first time since he got to Kentucky,  Mark Stoops is enjoying the talking season before preseason practice starts in two weeks.

His first three UK teams have been a combined 12-24 but he thinks a bowl game is coming and Stoops did not shy away from that on ESPN’s SportsCenter Tuesday night.

“That’s not something we talked about the past couple of years, because I didn’t know if we were quite ready for that. I do feel like we do have the pieces for that this year. I do. I’ve got a lot of confidence in what our team has done. We’ve put the work in and I feel great with the coaching staff. And it’s time,” Stoops said.

Athletes, coaches, golfers all enjoy Swings For Soldiers Classic

Eddie Gran with Swings for Soldiers Classic volunteer Lesley Prater. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)
Allison Tamme, left, checks on Swings for Soldiers Classic honorees Monday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Allison Tamme, left, checks on Swings for Soldiers Classic honorees Monday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — I’ve only missed one of the seven Swings For Soldiers Classic events hosted by Allison and Jacob Tamme to raise money for Homes For Our Troops and it’s a terrific event that has raised over $500,000 to build specially adapted homes.

Monday’s event at the University Club outside Lexington was no different.

It starts with the Tammes greeting everyone as they pull into the entrance to the club and giving participants their special Swings for Soldiers Classic goody bag.

Drew Barker has the moxie that Stoops likes

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)
Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops didn’t have any trouble explaining what he liked about sophomore quarterback Drew Barker during the Southeastern Conference Media Days Wednesday.

“What I liked about him right from the very beginning is how competitive he is. He has that moxie on the field,” Stoops said. “He’s a big guy. Physically, he’s a strong guy. He can run when necessary. And he has that ability to create plays. He’s a playmaker. He’s a gamer.

Mark Stoops not a fan of satellite camps

Mark Stoops is not a fan of satellite camps. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops is not a fan of satellite camps. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

FRANKFORT — During Tuesday’s Governor’s Cup press conference, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops made it clear he was not a fan of satellite camps, college football’s newest fad.

Stoops likes seeing Barker become better leader with no BS

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

FRANKFORT — Quarterback Drew Barker continues to impress Kentucky coach Drew Barker.

“I saw a great growth out of Drew. It’s hard to put an exact figure or definition on that. He had the best spring he had ever academically,” Stoops said Wednesday at the Governor’s Cup here. “It was more – the leadership that I saw was really leading by example.

Stoops on Brooks: “We love having him in Kentucky”

Mark Stoops, Rich Brooks, Jim Kovach and Jeremy Jarmon. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)
Mark Stoops, Rich Brooks, Jim Kovach and Jeremy Jarmon. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Mark Stoops, Rich Brooks, Jim Kovach and Jeremy Jarmon. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

FRANKFORT — It’s always good to see former Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks and he was a popular man at today’s Governor’s Cup in Frankfort.

So I decided to ask current UK coach Mark Stoops, who could be on the hot seat in his fourth season at UK just like Brooks was, what was the best advice he had received from the former coach.

“There’s a lot of good advice I’ve gotten from coach Brooks. We’ve been known to have a few bourbons together, and it gets real deep at that point,” Stoops said.

Chris Westry has confidence in UK’s secondary

Chris Westry (Vicky Graff Photo)
Chris Westry (Vicky Graff Photo)

Chris Westry (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Any time Kentucky coach Mark Stoops sees the ball thrown on cornerback Chris Westry’s side of the field, he expects it to be an incompletion.

“I feel like it’s just not going to happen,” Stoops said about a pass being completed against his sophomore cornerback.

Ohio four-star commit boosts UK to No. 1 in SEC recruiting

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky fans might be a bit pessimistic about the upcoming football season but recruits still seem to believe in coach Mark Stoops and his staff.

The Wildcats got another big-time commitment Thursday from four-star Tyrell Ajian of Ohio. The 6-1, 185-pound Ajian is a skilled athlete who had 19 touchdowns last year while running for 551 yards and catching passes for 783. He also had 56 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

Most recruiting analysts project him a a defensive back in college. He’s regarded as one of the top 10 juniors in Ohio and ESPN currently has him ranked as the nation’s 82 best prospect.

Timmons, Badet play way Stoops hopes they will next season

Jeff Badet, right. (Vicky Graff Photo)
Jeff Badet, right, made plays coach Mark Stoops liked Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jeff Badet, right, made plays coach Mark Stoops liked Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Two receivers — Ryan Timmons and Jeff Badet — who failed to match the expectations they had for themselves last year both showed in Saturday’s Blue-White Game that they can still be playmakers.

“We need him to,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said about Timmons. “He’s just been solid. He’s fundamentally getting better and better each day. Ryan, through the course of this spring and that, it was good to see him do it on the field today, in a game situation. Because Ryan’s really done some good things.

Stoops wants Cats to end best spring practice with consistent scrimmage

Vicky Graff Photo

Stoops 4By LARRY VAUGHT

Because his team has been more consistent, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Thursday this was UK’s best overall spring practice in his four years with the Wildcats.

“We have grinded these guys pretty good since they’ve been back. We needed that. We had to do that. Going back to last season, as they went home for their break and they came back, they came right in and they hit the ground running in the weight room,” Stoops said.

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