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Kentucky five-star T Landon Young said, "I didn't care about those stars. I was just going out there and doing the best I could."

Care or otherwise, Young received five stars from Rivals, with the recruiting outlet tabbing him as their No. 29 overall player in the 2016 recruiting cycle. HC Mark Stoops ladled out some impressive praise for his new lineman, calling the 6-foot-7, 296-pounder "definitely one of the more talented true freshmen I've been around in any school" and noting that he could have a chance to play as a freshman.
Feb 4 - 11:12 PM

East West Shrine DL coach Tim Krumrie singled out Kentucky DL Cory Johnson for his performance during the week of practice.

Johnson measured in at 6-foot-3 and 292 lbs, with 32 and 5/8 inch arms. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein pointed out Johnson's motor and activity along the defensive line. The event was headlined by another defensive tackle, Javon Hargrave out of South Carolina State, but an active interior defensive lineman like Johnson usually finds a place on an NFL roster.
Feb 4 - 9:29 AM

JUCO DT Naquez Pringle signed with Kentucky.

Tuesday was a nice day for Kentucky, as both Pringle and JUCO QB Stephen Johnson II officially signed with the program. In a press release, HC Mark Stoops called the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder out of Itawamba Community College in Mississippi an "extremely powerful and fundamental interior defensive lineman" before adding that he'll be a participant in spring practice and should provide a nice bit of added depth to the Wildcat line. At Itawamba, Pringle made 21 tackles (one for loss) while recovering a singular fumble.
Jan 19 - 7:34 PM

Kentucky HC Mark Stoops said that junior JUCO transfer QB Stephen Johnson II is a "dynamic dual-threat quarterback who has all of the skills to compete in the SEC."

Said Stoops, "He will be able to learn the system and compete with the other quarterbacks in spring practice and as a junior he brings experience and a wealth of talent to our program." Johnson played his JUCO ball at College of the Desert. This past season, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior threw for 3,210 yards and accounted for 42 total touchdowns in just 10 games. Kentucky's looking to fill the void left by Patrick Towles, who transferred to Boston College last month. While Johnson might not be a proven commodity at the FBS level, Towles himself was inconsistent in his time with the Wildcats, who finished the season with a 5-7 record and an absymal 2-6 mark in conference.
Jan 19 - 5:36 PM

Kentucky co-OC Darin Hinshaw indicated that one of his focuses this offseason will be helping wideouts to eliminate drops.

After a loss to Louisville in November, OC Shannon Dawson flat-out said "I don't know" when asked how drops could be eliminated. Dawson's gone, now, replaced by Hinshaw. The Wildcats' new OC channeled Howard Dean when he said, "We’re starting and we won’t finish--we have a plan to go all the way through [with throwing drills]--the spring, all the way through the summer and we’ll go all the way until we go to training camp." And then to the White House? Next season, redshirt freshman Tavin Richardson and Jabari Greenwood, plus true freshman Dakota Holtzclaw, are expected to carry the receiving load.
Jan 17 - 1:01 PM

JUCO transfer QB Stephen Johnson II has signed with Kentucky.

Lucky for Kentucky, too, as they were looking at a quarterback void following the transfer of Patrick Towles to Boston College last month. Johnson had previously played at College of the Desert in California. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder offers a dual-threat for the Wildcats. His JUCO coach, Jack Steptoe, called him "the real deal" and said, "If Stephen makes a mistake in a game, he doesn’t make it again. He doesn’t make it the rest of the year. He has that football intelligence. He knows what he’s looking at. He spends a lot of time in film watching his opponent, knowing where their holes are." This past season, Johnson threw for 3,210 yards with a 34/7 TD/INT ratio across 10 contests.
Jan 16 - 1:03 PM

Kentucky senior DE Farrington Huguenin accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

In a 5-7 2015 campaign by the Wildcats, Huguenin recorded 52 tackles (4.0 for loss), 1.5 sacks and two passes defended. The 6-foot-4, 282-pound senior saw a far increased workload this past season. His previous season-high for tackles was a modest 20 in 2014. He'll need to impress during the draft process if he wants to crack the later rounds in the spring. A strong performance in January 23's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl would be a nice way to get the ball rolling.
Jan 9 - 10:16 PM

Kentucky redshirt senior ILB Josh Forrest accepted an invite to attend the Senior Bowl.

In his final season of eligibility, Forest led the Wildcats in tackles (93) and sacks (3.5). He closed out his career with 232 tackles, 15.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline gave the Kentucky prospect a fifth-round grade in the preseason.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 5 - 7:52 PM

Kentucky senior S A.J. Stamps has accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

A JUCO transfer who played his community college ball at East Mississippi, Stamps moved from corner to safety after joining Kentucky in January of 2014. The 6-foot, 205-pounder recorded 57 tackles while intercepting four passes in his first year with the Wildcats. While he picked off just one during the 2015 campaign, he also increased his tackling output, finishing the season with 67. Over the summer, CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang suggested that Stamps' best fit at the next level would be at corner rather than safety.
Jan 3 - 5:07 PM

Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans reports that North Texas has hired former Kentucky WR coach Tommy Mainord to serve as inside receivers coach.

The move's not official as of yet. Mainord was sent packing by Kentucky in December after the close of his third season with the Wildcats. Prior to that, he spent three seasons serving as Texas Tech's outside receivers coach and three years as the offensive coordinator at Lamar. With North Texas, he'll be coaching under Seth Littrell, who replaced Doug McCarney as head coach. McCarney was fired in mid-October. Expect an official announcement from North Texas regarding Mainord's hiring in the coming days, barring an unforeseen circumstance.
Jan 3 - 1:57 AM

Former Kentucky QB Patrick Towles transferred to Boston College as a graduate transfer.

Inspired pickup by Steve Addazio. Towles is eligible to play immediately and it would be stunning if he couldn't win the starting job in fall camp. Formerly the savior of Kentucky football, Towles imploded this year and was benched for freshman Drew Barker. The 6-foot-5, 238-pounder is an NFL prospect when he's on and leaves Kentucky as the No. 6 passer (5,099 yards) in school history. Boston College had some of the worst quarterback play we saw throughout the FBS in 2015. All four signal-callers -- freshmen John Fadule, Troy Flutie and Jeff Smith, and sophomore Darius Wade -- return. If Towles can't beat them out, it's time to find a new hobby.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 07:03:00 PM

Kentucky OC Shannon Dawson confirmed he will not return as the Wildcats’ offensive coordinator in 2016.

Dawson only spent one year with the Wildcats after replacing Neal Brown, who left to become head coach of Troy. Kentucky tied for No. 95 with 24.7 points per game this year and regressed across the board.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 07:28:00 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl calls Kentucky freshman CB Chris Westry "a rangy cornerback with ridiculous length, above-average fluidity and strong ball awareness."

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Westry stepped right into the lineup and finished with eight pass breakups and two interceptions in his first collegiate season. "But more important, he provided defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot the flexibility to put him on an island to the boundary and rotate coverage to the other side of the field for much of the year," Weidl wrote. "Like most freshmen, he still has plenty of room to improve his instincts and can continue to add weight. But Westry is a name that fans need to get to know -- he has an enormously high ceiling and very bright future."
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 05:41:00 PM

Kentucky HC Mark Stoops said, "Nobody is more pissed off when you see bad football on the field than me."

The "bad football" Stoops is referring to is that of his own team, as the Wildcats finished the 2015 campaign at 5-7. Five of those seven losses came in a mid-season stretch that saw Kentucky blown out by Mississippi State, Tennessee and Georgia. The season ended poorly enough--and included a transfer from QB Patrick Towles--but Stoops wasn't all fire and brimstone on Tuesday. "I absolutely firmly know that we can build a winner here and that we will and that our time will come."
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 05:02:00 PM

Kentucky senior DT Cory Johnson accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

A 300-pound defensive lineman, Johnson is nicknamed "Poop" for reasons you can probably guess. He spent two years with the Wildcats after beginning his career as a standout junior-college performer. Johnson can shed blockers and make plays in the backfield.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 03:53:00 PM


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