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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, made plays coach Mark Stoops liked Saturday. (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

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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.

Stoops, Gran blast offense for “lack of juice”

By LARRY VAUGHT

First, the good news about today’s Kentucky scrimmage.

Head coach Mark Stoops saw improvement defensively.

“Certainly the defense came out with more energy,” Stoops said.

Now the bad news. What about the offense?

“I was disappointed for the first time all spring with just the mentality of our offense. I don’t know if it’s cold out here, windy, but it’s not excuse. Just was not up to par. I was pleased they did some situations very well. We did quite a bit of situational work in third downs. We did some third-and-shorts, we did some goal-line and we did some two-minute, and they executed in some situations well,” Stoops said.

Hinshaw on Timmons: “He’s playing with great energy, great leadership”

By LARRY VAUGHT

Ryan Simmons seems to have been rejuvenated by the arrival of offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and coaches Darin Hinshaw and Lamar Thomas.

So what has happened to the former Franklin County star who had an impressive freshman season but has not had the same production the last two years?

“No. 1 being a senior, he’s been around a long time. And I’ll tell you this: He’s playing with great energy, great leadership, and he’s leading by example on the field, which is exactly what you want a senior doing. So that’s going to bring a lot,” Hinshaw said. “We still have a ways to go, but Timmons is definitely leading and doing a great job and we like that.”

Stoops respects Andy Buh, wishes him well at Maryland

Vicky Graff Photo
Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops admitted it was “very difficult” to lose outside linebackers coach Andy Buh during the middle of spring practice but understood why Buh was leaving to become defensive coordinator at Maryland.

“I really have a lot of respect for Andy. I think he’s a great football coach. He’s got great passion and energy. I really liked what we were doing in the special teams. So, it’s a tough loss, but I really wish him the best. He’s going to work for a friend of his, and I’m close with (Maryland head coach) DJ Durkin as well. So, we wish him and his family the very best,” Stoops said after Wednesday’s practice.

Kash Daniel making solid impression on coaches

Kash Daniel (Alex Otte Photo)
Kash Daniel (Alex Otte Photo)

Kash Daniel (Alex Otte Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman linebacker Kash Daniel is making a good impression during his first spring practice at Kentucky.

“Kash is very mature. He’s learning quickly for someone who is supposed to be a high school senior,” said defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot after Saturday’s scrimmage.

Daniel graduated from Paintsville High School in December so he could enroll early at UK. He was the state’s Mr. Football, Gatorade Player of the Year and Paul Hornung Award winner.

Stoops pleased with UK’s second scrimmage

By GUY RAMSEY, UK Athletics

De’Niro Laster, Kobie Walker impressing Stoops at linebacker

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky needs to find playmakers at linebacker and Kentucky coach Mark Stoops sounded Tuesday that he likes what he is seeing from transfer De’Niro Laster and redshirt freshman Kobie Walker.

Stoops said Laster, a transfer from Minnesota, has a “high motor” daily and is being used at both inside and outside linebacker.

“He’s versatile. We’ve got to find the right spot for him. He could play outside; he could play inside just as well. I’m anxious to see how we progress here through spring and see how he does. I have high hopes for him and we’ve got to make sure we put him in the right spot,” Stoops said.

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