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SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah called Kentucky junior LB Josh Allen "perhaps the most versatile linebacker" on the team.

"(Fellow linebacker) Denzil Ware will be the big name, but Ware’s production will be based on whether Allen can create havoc on the other side of the field," Jeyarajah writes. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Allen started out his Kentucky career quietly enough, recording just four tackles as a true freshman in 2015, but blossomed this past season while registering 62 tackles (8.5 for loss), seven sacks and a hearty four fumbles forced. He saw time in all 13 of Kentucky's games, including nine starts.
Source: SEC Country
May 22 - 1:08 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly notes that "the lightbulb seems to have gone on" for Kentucky redshirt junior LB Eli Brown.

Connolly writes that while Brown "had a questionable work ethic early in his career," the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder started to flash last season, particularly in games against conference big dogs Alabama and Tennessee. The analyst passes along that while the Kentucky staff "has more faith" in Jordan Jones right now, "the [starting weakside linebacker] job should be Brown’s based on talent alone." Connolly likes Brown to ultimately win that job in August camp so long as he keeps his head in the competition.
Source: SEC Country
May 19 - 3:57 PM

Kentucky redshirt freshman QB Gunnar Hoak completed 16-of-24 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game.

Per ESPN's Edward Aschoff, Hoak was the Wildcats' most improved player this spring. Hoak has come out of nowhere to position himself prominently in this summer's quarterback derby. Until this spring, Hoak was an afterthought on the depth chart behind starter Stephen Johnson and former starter Drew Barker, who's rehabbing. But Johnson struggled mightily this spring and Barker still isn't 100-percent, which, given his spring success, has put Hoak in a position to be viewed as a legitimate contender for the starting QB gig.
Source: ESPN
May 15 - 5:04 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert calls Kentucky four-star 2018 verbal G commit Marquan McCall "a powerful and physical interior offensive lineman."

"A player with good bulk, strength and a strong run blocker," Haubert writes, "McCall could be a good candidate to come in and quickly contribute and work his way into the two-deep much like Landon Young did this past season as a freshman." Haubert compares the 6-foot-3, 233-pounder to former Utah G Isaac Asiata, who was drafted by the Dolphins in the fifth round of this spring's draft. ESPN ranks him as the No. 260 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle. Scout.com is considerably more charitable, slotting him into their master list at No. 114.
May 14 - 3:56 PM

SEC Country's Kyle Tucker writes that Kentucky redshirt junior WR Kayaune Ross "could be a big red-zone weapon for the Wildcats in 2017."

Injury limited Ross to just two games during the past season. He caught a modest two passes for 10 yards (one of which went for a touchdown) in that limited space. While the former JUCO wideout has yet to provide true proof of concept at the FBS level, the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder came through with (Tucker's wording) a "leaping, twisting, toe-tapping touchdown" during the team's spring game. With leading wideout Jeff Badet transferring over to Oklahoma, there is playing time available if he can take advantage of increased reps during August camp.
Source: SEC Country
May 9 - 7:40 PM

Kentucky received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 G Marquan McCall.

The Wildcats have done well in bulking up their offensive line in recent times, landing a pair of four-star hits in Darian Kinnard and McCall. For his part, the 6-foot-3, 233-pound McCall ranks as Scout.com's No. 114 overall prospect. Outlet analyst Allen Trieu calls him a "physical mauler." McCall stands as Kentucky's seventh commitment for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Scout.com
May 9 - 7:24 PM

In mid-April, Kentucky redshirt junior QB Drew Barker (back) estimated that he was about 75-80 percent healthy.

Perhaps more interesting than his health status, Barker went on to tell reporters that he would graduate soon and intended to stay to compete for the starting job rather than transfer. Incumbent starter Stephen Johnson struggled during the spring game, so Barker should get an opportunity to unseat him in the summer, assuming he's fully healthy.
Source: ESPN
May 8 - 2:25 PM

Kentucky redshirt sophomore WR Jabari Greenwood will transfer.

Greenwood, a three-star recruit for the 2015 cycle, was unable to carve out any sort of significant role with the Wildcats during his brief tenure with the team. This past season, the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder did not log a reception. Assuming Greenwood transfers within the FBS, he will have to sit out the 2017 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Source: SEC Country
May 2 - 8:12 PM

Kentucky CB J.D Harmon ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds at the program's pro day on Wednesday.

Harmon did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, but his work on Wednesday may have opened some eyes to a potential late Day 3 pick/priority undrafted free agent. In addition to his respectable 40-yard dash, the 6-foot, 196-pounder logged a 33-inch vertical leap, a broad jump of 10-foot-4 and a 6.99-second run on the three-cone drill. This past season, he registered 39 tackles and two interceptions over the course of 13 games played. Harmon picked off a total of seven passes during his time with the Wildcats.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 5:22 PM

Kentucky RB Stanley "Boom" Williams ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds and 4.55 seconds at the program's pro day on Wednesday.

Williams was hoping to improve on the 4.51-second 40 he ran at the Combine this past weekend, but that did not come to pass. NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt called the 5-foot-7, 190-pounder workout beyond testing "decent," though the back did drop the final pass thrown his way in drills. He has been talking up his ability to contribute on special teams as he attempts to sway a team into using a Day 3 draft pick on him.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 4:51 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt hears that Kentucky C Jon Toth "worked out well" during the program's pro day on Thursday.

Toth measured out at 6-foot-5, 302 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.52 seconds (just a smidge slower than his Combine time of 5.51 seconds) and additionally managed a three-cone drill time of 7.98 seconds (improving on his Combine mark of 8.09 seconds). NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein writes that Toth "has the traits and ability to be an eventual starter in the NFL."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 3:15 PM

Kentucky redshirt sophomore LB Nico Firios will transfer.

Coming out of the prep ranks, Firios was a four-star recruit by ESPN and a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. He was mostly a special-teamer at Kentucky.
Source: SEC Country
Mar 7 - 3:17 PM

Kentucky RB Stanley "Boom" Williams is attempting to grease the draft wheels by espousing his virtues as a special-teamer/kick-return man.

Williams is a borderline-draftable prospect. As tends to be the case with such players, any added benefits beyond those strictly relating to his natural position would help him potentially draw additional interest. It should be noted that he has not returned a kick or punt in a game since his freshman year, back in 2014. Size could be a major hurdle to him being drafted. At the NFL Scouting Combine, he measured in at a scant 5-foot-7, 190 pounds. This is a full two inches shorter than the 5-foot-9 listing Kentucky offered prior to the 2016 campaign.
Mar 2 - 7:23 PM

Kentucky signed three-star JUCO DE Phil Hoskins.

Fortunately for the Wildcats, Hoskins didn't play at Highland C.C. this year, instead using a redshirt year. Because of that, he has three years to play three seasons in Lexington. "For a defensive end - primarily a 3-4 defensive end - he's got good pass rushing potential," noted 247Sports. "He has to prove he has the requisite strength to hold up in the trenches in the SEC but spending a year in the UK weight program should go a long way."
Source: Rivals
Feb 14 - 2:15 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Kentucky will hire Charlotte TE coach Dean Hood to serve as a linebacker and special teams coach.

Hood has coaching experience in spades, having guided the Eastern Kentucky ship as head coach from 2007-2015. He built up a 55-38 record in that space, but was let go in 2015. Hood subsequently linked up with Charlotte's staff for the 2016 campaign.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 9 - 6:51 PM


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