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Kentucky freshman LB Dorian Hendrix is expected to transfer.

Hendrix had been competing with Nico Firios for the backup middle linebacker role behind starter Josh Forrest. His exit leaves the team thin through the middle. A three-star recruit, the 6-foot, 232-pounder will now look for a situation that might allow him more playing time.
Aug 24 - 4:18 PM

According to CBS Sports' Rob Rang, Kentucky redshirt senior ILB Josh Forest "possesses many of the traits scouts are looking for at the next level."

"He remains quite raw, however, and must cut down on misreads and finesse play in 2015 to warrant anything more than late round consideration," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder was a former wideout, before making the transition to defense as a freshman, manning the Wildcats' hybrid linebacker/safety position. Last season, the middle linebacker led Kentucky in tackles with 110 stops, while ranking third in the SEC in tackles per game. TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline currently gives the Kentucky prospect a fifth-round grade.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 4:05 PM

CBS Sport's Rob Rang believes Kentucky senior S A.J. Stamps' "lean, athletic frame looks better suited to a return to corner" at the next level.

"He has quick feet and a fluid turning motion to change directions seamlessly. He shows some burst out of his breaks but appears to possess only fair speed, too often getting beat while trailing behind receivers and showing little ability to recover," The Kentucky prospect was a former JUCO transfer from East Mississippi Community College, where he excelled at both receiver and cornerback. In his first year as a Wildcat, Stamps started 12 games at safety, leading the Wildcats in interceptions with four, and leading the secondary in tackles with 56.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 2:43 PM

In terms of "size and arm talent" Kentucky redshirt junior QB Patrick Towles reminds CBS Sports' Rob Rang of a "young Sean Mannion."

"Like the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Mannion, Towles looks the part of an NFL quarterback with prototypical height, broad shoulders and evenly distributed muscle mass. Also like Mannion, Towles' best success comes on bucket throws to the outside, demonstrating the touch, trajectory and ball placement to defeat press coverage on intermediate and deep fade routes and occasional deep posts," Rang wrote. Towles became a starter for the Wildcats in 2014, starting all 12 games last season, while completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 2:08 PM

Kentucky RBC Chad Scott said that the team has "got to play" freshman RB Siehiem King.

Scott called King a "playmaker," adding that the Wildcats "can't have enough of those kinds of guys, guys who can do special things with the ball in [their] hands." He also described King as "very fast." A three-star recruit out of Georgia, the 5-foot-9, 172-pounder ran for 2,090 yards and 37 touchdowns in his senior year of high school.
Aug 20 - 9:37 PM

Kentucky OC Shannon Dawson elaborated on the decision to name redshirt junior QB Patrick Towles the starter, saying that Towles is "playing at a really high level."

Towles was named the starter on Monday, having beat out Drew Barker. His offensive coordinator specifically cited the redshirt junior's "overall consistency of play," adding that Towles has "matured" over the course of his career with the Wildcats. The 6-foot-5, 238-pound quarterback completed 57% of his passes last season for 2,718 yards with a 14/9 TD/INT rate. In June, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. wrote that his size and natural ability are obvious, even if the numbers aren't necessarily spectacular.
Aug 18 - 7:23 PM

Kentucky named redshirt junior Patrick Towles the school's starting QB.

Bruce Feldman points Drew Barker really tested Towles' starting spot, but the coaching staff will stick by the veteran redshirt junior instead of the redshirt freshman. Towles flashes NFL ability, but it is doubtful he shows enough to crack the top 100.
Aug 17 - 12:16 PM

Kentucky redshirt senior ILB Josh Forest "has terrific measurables and plays fierce, aggressive football but needs to develop a complete game," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"He moves with speed in all directions of the field, covers a good amount of area and is effective in both coverage and pursuit," Pauline wrote. "Forest is not a strong open field tackler and at times has ball carriers running through his arms." The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder, the starting middle linebacker, is so athletic that he played special teams and was a hybrid safety/linebacker earlier in his career. Pauline grades him as a fifth-rounder.
Aug 15 - 7:17 PM

According to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Kentucky senior OT Jordan Swindle needs to work on "block[ing] with proper fundamentals."

Pauline praised Swindle's ability to "block on the second level" and "control opponents at the point," before writing that the senior still has some work to do on the fundamental front. Notably, said Pauline, Swindle needs to improve his footwork when working in pass protection. This was echoed by NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter earlier in August, as Reuter noted that a footwork adjustment would help him use his natural length and agility against the big dogs in the SEC trenches.
Aug 12 - 4:24 PM

With improvement in one area, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter reports that "NFL teams will consider [Kentucky senior OT Jordan Swindle] a fine mid-round swing-tackle prospect."

The scribe believes that for Swindle to get to that point he must first "fine-tune his footwork so he can employ his length and agility fully against SEC pass rushers." He's going to get that opportunity this fall, as Kentucky has shifted Swindle from right tackle to the left side. "Swindle began truly filling out his 6-7, 307-pound frame going into his junior season and the resulting improvement in his game was clear to see," Reuter wrote. Swindle runs a 5.25 forty.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 4 - 12:04 AM

Former Minnesota redshirt sophomore LB De’Niro Laster transferred to Kentucky.

Laster played in nine games last year. He wanted to play closer to his family in Ohio, prompting the move. Laster must sit out the 2015 season. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the field in 2016.
Jul 19 - 11:04 PM

Kentucky's team speed has greatly improved over the past few years, according to senior OT Jordan Swindle.

"This year I feel we've gotten so much better in all phases," he said at SEC Media Day. "The biggest thing, I feel like, is that our team is super explosive right now. Two years ago we had five people run 19 miles per hour ... and just last week we had 33 people run 19 miles per hour, so that's a huge improvement for our team." Apparently, the Wildcats test their players with GPS systems on their backs. "There's guys running 22 miles per hour, just crazy speeds," he said. He's not talking about himself, though Swindle is on the NFL's radar. The 6-foot-7, 304-pound Swindle runs a 5.25 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 16 - 9:55 PM

Kentucky redshirt junior QB Patrick Towles' "numbers won't jump out at you, but the size and natural ability will," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

The 6-foot-5, 241-pound signal caller threw for 2,718 yards on 57 percent completions with a 14/9 TD/INT rate last season. "Don't let that size make you think Towles lacks athleticism, either," Kiper wrote. "The former high school high jumper can really move. With new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson's arrival from West Virginia, there will be high expectations for this offense, and the return of four starters on the O-line will help." The analyst ranks Towles as the No. 5 underclassmen quarterback in the nation.
Jun 24 - 8:48 PM

Former Ohio State sophomore OL Marcelys Jones has committed to Kentucky, reports Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio.

This was expected. Jones, who departed OSU last week, was recruited heavily by Kentucky coming out of high school and then visited the school over the weekend. He met with HC Mark Stoops and recruiting coordinator and TE coach Vince Morrow. The former Army All-American must sit out the 2015 season due to transfer rules.
Jun 21 - 4:25 PM

Ohio State and sophomore OL Marcelys Jones have parted ways.

Jones appeared in two contests but did not return for summer workouts after going through spring activities. Kentucky reportedly was fond of jones during his recruitment, when he was listed as a three-star recruit.
Jun 20 - 6:53 PM


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