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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

Kentucky redshirt freshman T Josh Krok will transfer in order to be closer to his home in Ohio.

Krok is only one state away right now, but it seems his next school will be in the Buckeye state. The former 3-star recruit redshirted his first season with the Wildcats and dealt with injuries this spring, but was expected to handle a backup role at tackle.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 15 - 10:28 AM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore LB De’Niro Laster plans to transfer closer to his family in Ohio.

"I’m transferring home to be closer to my family, as we are going through a difficult family situation right now," Laster wrote in a statement. "I will miss all of my teammates and the fans dearly! I don’t have a school picked right now, but I will have one in the upcoming week." The Cleveland native was rated as the No. 35 outside linebacker in the country in 2013. Akron, Bowling Green and Toledo offered scholarships out of high school, while Ohio State didn't. Those three schools are the presumptive favorites.
May 31 - 12:22 AM

Walter Football pegs Kentucky redshirt junior QB Patrick Towles as a Rds. 3-5 prospect.

"Towles didn't have a great supporting cast in 2014, but the first-year starter flashed at times," the site observed. "He has a big arm and pocket presence. He has the skill set and upside to develop." Towles (6-foot-5, 238 pounds) piqued our interest with his size and mobility last season. He simply must become more polished as a passer, which would improve his accuracy, negating another weakness. Towles threw for 2,718 yards on 57 percent completions with a 14/9 TD/INT rate last season.
Source: walter
May 20 - 12:17 AM

Browns signed Kentucky OT Darrian Miller.

Miller (6'5/307) made 37 starts for the Wildcats, all at left tackle. He showed below-average athletic ability at the Combine, running 5.51 with a 25-inch vertical and an 8-foot-1 broad jump. At the UK Pro Day, Miller managed only 16 reps on the bench. Not an efficient mover and not particularly strong, Miller also has short arms (33") for tackle. Likely to move inside to guard in the NFL, Miller could carve out a career as a versatile reserve.
May 5 - 12:07 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Steelers an "A-" draft grade and wrote that they "had a really good draft."

"Bud Dupree felt like a steal at No. 22 overall," Kiper wrote. "Given the off-field issues that affected the pass-rushing group, to have him available at that point was a surprise to me. I thought he could have gone as high as No. 8 overall." That pick was only the start of a procession of selections Kiper praised. "Senquez Golson is one of my favorite players in the draft, an INT machine at Ole Miss who plays bigger than his size and has the hands I wish more wide receivers had," he wrote. The analyst thinks Sammie Coates was well worth a Round 3 gamble, and thinks Pittsburgh did well to further address its secondary needs by taking Doran Grant of Ohio State and the nation's INT leader last year, Gerod Holliman of Louisville.
May 3 - 3:15 PM

Ravens selected Kentucky OLB Za'Darius Smith with the No. 122 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

This could be viewed as Courtney Upshaw's replacement. Smith (6'5/274) spent two seasons at Kentucky after transferring from JUCO, compiling 14 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries. He showed limited athletic ability at the Combine, running 4.83 with a 29-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. A try-hard, high-motor power end, Smith is unlikely to be a pass-rushing factor in the pros, but could earn a living as a two-down run defender.
May 2 - 1:14 PM

Steelers selected Kentucky OLB Bud Dupree with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Dupree (6'4/269) played all over Kentucky's defense, amassing 37 career tackles for loss, 23.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. He eviscerated the Combine, running 4.56 with otherworldly vertical (42") and broad (11'6") jumps. Although Dupree offers long-range edge-rush potential based on his jump-out-the-gym athleticism, he profiles best as a "Joker" in the vein of Jamie Collins. Dupree flashed cover skills and sideline-to-sideline range in the SEC, but his pass-rush repertoire is very limited at this point. Still, the tools are there for a big-time NFL impact.
Apr 30 - 10:32 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah notes that Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree "wasn't a consistent player during his college career," and believes he's being overvalued.

"I love Dupree's potential, but he wasn't a consistent player during his college career. He is going to get selected very high in this draft -- in fact, I'll be shocked if he doesn't go in the top 10," Jeremiah wrote. Dupree is a better athlete than he is a player at the moment, and will have to improve his instincts as he continues to learn the position. The Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and the New York Jets have all shown interest in the Kentucky prospect.
Apr 29 - 2:50 PM

Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree "is one of the top 10 players in this draft," says ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

"He has very good size," Gruden said. "I have seen him hold the point and be effective as a run defender in an odd front. I have seen him rush the passer. I also love his playing style because he'll come out of the stack, find the man with the ball and knock him down hard. He played right end, left end and outside 'backer. Two years ago I saw him rushing as an inside 'backer." Dupree has become one of the class' most divisive first-round prospects. Some, like Gruden, adore his gifts, while others, such as Pro Football Focus, say he wasn't productive enough in school to garner a selection in the top half of Round 1. We'll find out where the NFL stands in two days. "We see all these quarterbacks in the NFL running around and scrambling," Gruden said. "You need a Dupree who can find the guy with the ball to get there. This kid can get it done as a pass-rusher in a one-on-one situation."
Apr 28 - 9:23 PM

Mike Renner reports that Pro Football Focus uncovered "red flags" when digging into Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree's stats and film.

"The most meaningful one is that only three of his 36 pressures came against tackles with positive pass-blocking grades for the season," he wrote. "While he posted an overall respectable pass-rushing productivity mark of 9.8, that number dropped to 7.1 against SEC competition. A third of those pressures against SEC competition came versus Missouri's right tackle, Taylor Chappell, who had the second-worst pass-blocking grade in the country." That's a pretty damning stat, though some will argue Dupree wasn't given a fair shake in college to learn one position and stick to it. Renner added that Dupree didn't generate even one pressure off of a bull rush in 2014. "Those stats paint the picture of a player who feasted on weak competition and then put up impressive workout numbers, rather than a complete pass-rusher," he wrote.
Apr 26 - 8:33 PM

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