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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

Football Scoop reports that Kentucky will hire North Texas DL coach Derrick LeBlanc to serve in a similar capacity.

LeBlanc was hired to coach up the North Texas defensive line last offseason. Prior to receiving that job, he had worked on the staffs of Southern Miss (2013-2014), Wyoming (2012) and LSU (2008-2011). Now onward to Kentucky.
Feb 9 - 5:32 PM

Kentucky promoted inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Matt House to defensive coordinator.

He replaces four-year DC D.J. Eliot, who accepted Colorado's defensive coordinator post earlier this month. House has been a defensive coordinator at FIU and Pittsburgh. He also has four seasons of experience as an NFL assistant.
Jan 30 - 3:01 PM

Kentucky senior DE Alvonte Bell (ACL) will miss spring practices.

Bell underwent successful surgery last week to repair a torn ACL that he suffered in the TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Georgia Tech on Dec. 31. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder made three starts last year, posting 27 tackles, one TFL, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry in total.
Jan 25 - 5:37 PM

Kentucky graduate WR Jeff Badet will transfer.

Tough blow for the Wildcats, as Badet just put in his best all-around season. He averaged 21.6 yards per reception in 13 games, good for sixth-best in the country. The 6-foot, 180-pounder registered a 31-670-4 receiving line for the 2016 campaign as a whole. In a statement, he said, "I just feel like it’s the best decision for me to finish my career as a graduate transfer. I’ll always be proud of receiving my degree from UK and I’ll bleed blue forever." Badet will be eligible to play immediately for another FBS program in 2017. His preferred transfer destination is not known at this juncture.
Jan 13 - 4:13 PM

Rivals' Justin Rowland reports that Kentucky is seeking a medical redshirt for sophomore TE Justin Rigg.

According to Rowland, Rigg suffered three lacerations to his kidney in a win over New Mexico State on September 17. The 6-foot-6, 251-pounder did not play again during the past campaign, though he did manage to return for TaxSlayer Bowl practices in December. He did not see the field in the eventual bowl loss to Georgia Tech. Should his application for a medical redshirt be approved, he will have four years of eligibility remaining come the start of the 2017 season.
Source: Rivals
Jan 12 - 5:03 PM

Kentucky junior RB Stanley "Boom" Williams indicated that he would forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Williams told reporters he would throw his hat into the NFL ring following Saturday's 33-18 loss to Georgia Tech in the Taxslayer Bowl. He rushed for just 35 yards in that defeat, so not exactly the cleanest note to exit on. The 5-foot-9, 196-pounder posted his first career 1,000-yard rushing season in 2016, cruising his way to 1,170 yards and seven touchdowns. Williams was underutilized at times during his Kentucky career, but offers a nice combo of speed and power for a change-of-pace back. He could sneak onto the Day 3 radar if the process breaks right for him.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 03:33:00 PM

Kentucky received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 CB Yusuf Corker.

Corker opted to join the Wildcats over Michigan State, South Carolina and Tennessee. He adds to an already deep corner class for HC Mark Stoops, who has now gained pledges from five 2017 prospects at the position. The 6-foot, 185-pound Corker ranks as Scout.com's No. 268 overall prospect in the 2017 cycle, with the outlet noting that while he is "strong fundamentally," there is "still [room to] improve his footwork." The Scout team writes that "Corker is very smart, he loves to be coached, and he is a very hard worker."
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 02:01:00 PM

Kentucky junior RB Stanley "Boom" Williams indicated that he will not be announcing his draft decision until after the Wildcats' TaxSlayer Bowl showdown with Georgia Tech.

"The main thing is I don’t wanna cause any distraction within the team before we get ready for our game against Georgia Tech. Trying to keep it as low as possible," Williams said. In 12 games this season, the 5-foot-9, 196-pounder has rushed for 1,135 yards (7.1 YPC) and seven touchdowns. "Main focus right now is getting ready for the bowl game and just being the player I am," Williams said, "being there for my teammates and being able to enjoy this moment."
Source: SEC Country
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen called Kentucky's offensive line the "most physical" unit he faced this season.

"I feel like we kind of overlooked them a little bit at first. It was a wake-up call upfront that said ‘hey, you got to bring it. These guys are playing. It’s SEC ball now," Allen said of Kentucky's offensive line. Allen notched a sack in that game, but this is extremely high praise from the highly touted defensive lineman. Kentucky center Jon Toth is on his way to the Senior Bowl.
Source: SEC Country
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 10:41:00 AM

Kentucky sophomore WR Garrett Johnson caught five passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 41-38 win over Louisville.

Both of Johnson's touchdown catches came in the first half and both were of the longer variety, coming from 75 yards out and 63 yards out in the first and second quarters (respectively). The 5-foot-11, 182-pound sophomore finishes the regular-season campaign with a 36-568-5 receiving line. He will now await bowl assignment with the rest of his Wildcat friends. Kentucky has won five of their last seven games.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 04:23:00 PM

Kentucky junior QB Stephen Johnson completed 16-of-27 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 41-38 win over Louisville.

In an entertaining, offense-friendly game, it was the Wildcats who ultimately clawed their way in front when the final gun sounded. Johnson led them to the game-winning 47-yard field goal after Lamar Jackson fumbled away a Cardinals' scoring opportunity in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-2, 183-pound Johnson has largely been a quiet performer since taking over for an injured Drew Barker back in September. He has thrown 12 touchdown passes in 11 games this season.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 04:06:00 PM

Kentucky C Jon Toth has earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Toth is a four year starter at center, so there should be plenty of tape for evaluators to check out against top flight SEC competition. He's on the taller end of the center spectrum at 6-foot-5.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 11:25:00 AM

Kentucky HC Mark Stoops said that there is a "good chance" redshirt junior WR Jeff Badet (hip) will be able to play against Austin Peay on Saturday.

While Badet is dealing with a hip pointer, it looks to be a minor injury. He has yet to miss a game this season. Through 10 contests, the 6-foot, 180-pound wideout is working to a 23-545-4 receiving line.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 01:40:00 PM


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