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Kentucky junior RB Stanley "Boom" Williams (elbow) took part in about 10 live reps during Saturday's scrimmage.

Boom has been somewhat limited in August camp as he continues his rehab from offseason elbow surgery, but the Wildcats are beginning to ramp up his workload with the season closing in. The 5-foot-9, 196-pounder took part in a pair of series during scrimmage on Saturday. A year ago, Williams boomed his way to 855 yards and six touchdowns. He should be able to top that this coming season, assuming they utilize him to his full potential. A rival SEC coach told Athlon later this summer, "I'm not sure why they don't use him more."
Aug 20 - 2:44 PM

Kentucky OC Eddie Gran indicated that junior RB Stanley "Boom" Williams (elbow) has slowly been expanding his practice efforts.

Williams underwent offseason elbow surgery and the Wildcats are understandably keeping close tabs on their 5-foot-9, 196-pound gem-of-a-back as he works his way back into the practice flow. Gran noted that while Boom has been held out of some contact work in camp, he is ready to start taking hits. Said the offensive coordinator, "He’s getting whacked around. He’s in blitz drill now, everything. We’re just moving forward each day as it goes, and Coach Stoops makes the decision on where we’re going to go with the next step." Last season, Williams rushed for 855 yards and six touchdowns over 10 games. Those 855 yards came with a mouth-watering 7.1 YPC mark.
Aug 16 - 2:43 PM

Kentucky HC Mark Stoops said that junior DT Regie Meant has left the team indefinitely due to "personal reasons."

"I ask you to respect that and leave it alone. It has nothing to do with football, nothing to do with us or playing or anything like that," Stoops said. "It has to do with himself." Per the coach, Meant is not expected to rejoin the team at any juncture this fall. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 302-pounder registered 31 tackles (1.5 for l.5 for loss) and a sack. While Stoops declined to offer more specific details about Meant's decision to leave the Wildcats, he did refer to it as "a blow to us and our depth on the D-line."
Source: SEC Country
Aug 8 - 2:28 PM

A rival SEC coach is confused as to why Kentucky doesn't use junior RB Stanley "Boom" Williams more.

"They need to find a way to get Boom Williams more carries because I think he’s just a tremendous talent," the coach told Athlon. "I’m not sure why they don’t use him more — maybe a little bit injury prone or if he’s a bit of a head case, but he’s a guy who really worries you because he’s so explosive. I felt like he could go 80 just about any time, but they didn’t really play him that much." In 10 games last season, Boom rushed for 855 yards (7.1 YPC) and six touchdowns. "Between him and Jojo Kemp and bringing back their entire offensive line, they should be able to run the ball, but that system is really designed to pass first so I don’t know what adjustments they’re going to make," the coach said. Kentucky brought in former Cincinnati OC Eddie Gran this offseason to revamp the attack.
Aug 4 - 6:04 PM

Kentucky signed former three-star 2015 WR Marvin Robinson.

Robinson was a three-star recruit for the 2015 cycle and had been committed to Wisconsin prior to National Signing Day last February. Academic issues prevented him from enrolling at the university, though. He sat out the 2015 campaign and will be eligible to play immediately now that he has found a new home with the Wildcats. The Courier-Journal's Jon Hale relays that the 6-foot-4, 175-pounder will walk on at Kentucky for the autumn semester.
Jul 27 - 12:35 PM

Kentucky junior RB Stanley "Boom" Williams' cryptic Tuesday morning tweet was in regard to a passing in his family, rather than a suspension or injury.

Williams tweeted out, "Sometimes we question God's work but we must know God has a master plan for everything that happens in life," leading to unwarranted speculation that he might be dealing with an injury or a suspension. According to SEC Country's Kyle Tucker, the tweet actually regarded a death in Williams' family. He should be ready for August camp, albeit with an understandably heavy heart.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 12 - 2:51 PM

An anonymous SEC defensive coach told ESPN that Kentucky junior RB Stanley "Boom" Williams offers a tough edge despite his smaller stature.

Williams measures out at 5-foot-9, 196 pounds. That doesn't make our anonymous SEC coach feel any more comfortable coming up with game plans for Boom. Said the coach, "For a smaller-sized guy -- he's really compact -- he can get the tough yards. He's got some burst to him and some speed to get you double-digit runs." Williams rushed for 855 yards and six touchdowns across 10 games last season. An elbow injury forced him out of two games and ultimately led to surgery, but HC Mark Stoops has said that he is fully recovered from that procedure.
Jun 18 - 8:13 PM

Kentucky HC Mark Stoops said that junior RB Stanley "Boom" Williams (elbow) has recovered from offseason surgery.

Williams initially dislocated his right elbow against Tennessee on Halloween. It only forced him out of one contest, but he re-aggravated the injury against Louisville at the end of the season and subsequently opted for surgery. The 5-foot-9, 196-pounder did not participate in contact drills during the spring, but appears to have recovered fully from his surgery and should be a full participant in August camp. Last season, Williams rushed for 855 yards (on a juicy 7.1 YPC) and scored six touchdowns in 10 games. If he can maintain his health, Boom is a prime candidate to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in 2016.
Jun 8 - 12:12 PM

Kentucky redshirt sophomore edge rusher Denzil Ware had 15 tackles and four sacks in the spring game.

The co-crown jewel of the celebrated 2014 recruiting class alongside QB Drew Barker, Ware is now ready to break out on the defense just as Barker is ready to take over the offense. Ware, a former four-star prospect, played sparingly last year (one sack) after redshirting in 2014. "At 6-foot-2 and 255 pounds, he has the size and the quickness to be a difference-maker," Alex Scarborough wrote.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 10:07 PM

In former Cincinnati OC Eddie Gran's new offense, per ESPN, Kentucky redshirt sophomore QB Drew Barker will "throw the ball more vertically and exhibit more control with pre-snap reads."

This offseason, Mark Stoops decided to keep the shotgun spread and trash everything else. That plan entailed hiring Gran, who oversaw several high-powered offenses for the Bearcats. Barker, a four-star recruit in the 2014 class, beat out juco transfer Stephen Johnson for the starting job.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 9:10 PM

Kentucky hired FIU DC Matt House as inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

The news, first reported Wednesday, was finalized by the school on Thursday. "I’m very excited to bring Matt into the program," HC Mark Stoops said in a statement. "He brings a wealth of experiences from the NFL and college football. I’ve spoken before about how I like having coaches with defensive coordinator experience in the staff room and Matt has that as well." House has been the defensive coordinator at FIU and Pittsburgh and also has four seasons experience as an NFL assistant. He takes Andy Buh's spot on the staff. Buh was tabbed to replace Scott Shafer as Maryland's defensive coordinator last month.
May 13 - 5:56 PM

Browns signed Kentucky S A.J. Stamps.

Stamps (5’11, 193) joined the Wildcats as a JUCO transfer in 2014. That same season, he transitioned from safety to corner. The latter is the best-fitting glove for next-level play in his case. During the pre-draft process, an AFC area scout questioned Stamps’ desire in the more physical aspects of the game. Size and speed (just 4.79 seconds in the 40 at the Combine and a faster, but still uninspiring 4.63 seconds at his Pro Day) could also hamper his chances of sticking on an NFL roster.
May 12 - 12:03 PM

Kentucky is finalizing the hire of Florida International defensive coordinator Matt House as inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

This development actually begins last month, in a different state. The first domino to fall was Maryland defensive coordinator Scott Shafer's unexpected decision to step down. The Terps hired Wildcat outside linebackers coach Andy Buh to replace Shafer. With the hiring of House, UK defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot will switch from coaching inside to outside linebackers.
May 11 - 4:22 PM

Rams selected Kentucky ILB Josh Forrest with the No. 190 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Forrest (6'3/249) converted from wideout to inside linebacker at Kentucky, leading the team in tackles as a junior and senior. He finished his career with 15.5 tackles for loss and five interceptions. A mediocre athlete, Forrest clocked 4.91 in Indy with a 30 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-10 broad jump. Forrest looks the part, but he needs to get stronger. He displayed an inconsistent motor on tape. Forrest will have to earn his NFL keep on special teams.
Apr 30 - 4:35 PM

Kentucky named redshirt sophomore QB Drew Barker the starter for the 2016 campaign.

"Yeah, he will be the starting quarterback right now. He came out of spring as the No. 1 quarterback," said HC Mark Stoops. Barker took over starting for former Wildcat QB Patrick Towles in November of 2015 after Towles went all inconsistent on the joint. In five total games played last season, the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder Barker managed just 5.2 YPA and a 1/2 TD/INT ratio, but OC Eddie Gran has liked the improvements he has made in the offseason, particularly in terms of decision-making. Said Gran, "I thought he got it out quick, knew where to go with the ball and that’s huge. As a quarterback, you have to be able to do that."
Apr 17 - 1:58 PM


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