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Mark Stoops counting on “great environment” for Saturday’s game

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky coach Mark Stoops hopes Commonwealth Stadium will have a special atmosphere for Saturday’s game with No. 1 Mississippi State. “I think we’re starting to create a great environment at home and we’re looking forward to that, so obviously, always a lot nicer playing at home than at some of these venues …

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Stoops says no “easy way” to slow down Dak Prescott

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky coach Mark Stoops knows what problems Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott can put on his defense Saturday. “With what they do offensively, schematically and with a guy like Dak running their team it puts a lot of stress on a defense. There’s no easy way” Stoops said. “Any time you incorporate …

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Dan Mullen likes way Mark Stoops gets players “to play hard”

How does Mississippi State coach view the job UK coach Mark Stoops has done this year? “I think Mark Stoops has done a great job. The first thing you start with is getting guys to play hard. You can get the talent, but the guys have to play hard,” Mullen said. “They are playing hard …

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Tight end Darryl Long, UK coaches understand benefit of redshirt season

By LARRY VAUGHT Darryl Long felt the one thing he can do best is “run (pass) routes real good” and he felt he did that when he got to Kentucky. But he also knew it would take more than that to get him on the field this year at tight end. “I  have just been …

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Mark Stoops looking for focus against No. 1 Mississippi State and talented QB

By LARRY VAUGHT If he has his way, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops would rather have his players overly excited about hosting No. 1 Mississippi State Saturday than not excited enough. “As I have said many times I would rather say whoa than giddy-up, so if we have a good practice and I got to hold …

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Mark Stoops knows it is important for his team to regain confidence to prepare for No. 1 Mississippi State

By LARRY VAUGHT After a surprising 5-1 start, Kentucky was no match for LSU on the road Saturday and lost 41-3 and now UK coach Mark Stoops admits that a rebuilding program could have its confidence impacted by that outcome. “Yeah, you worry about it and we need to address it because you’re going to …

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Boom Williams not yet cleared to play or practice

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday that freshman running back Boom Williams, who suffered a head injury at LSU Saturday, has not been cleared to play. “Things look better, not cleared to play yet, obviously.  I’ll wait until the doctors tell me he can get on the field but, I think, yeah, …

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Marcus McWilson says Cats did not have normal “intensity and energy” to start LSU game

By LARRY VAUGHT Special teams miscues put Kentucky in trouble against LSU immediately and then the Wildcats could not consistently stop the Tigers’ running game or generate any consistent offense in Saturday night’s 41-3 loss to host LSU. It was a dose of reality for Kentucky after a surprising 5-1 start and reminder why LSU has …

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