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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

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

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


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