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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

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein noted that Kentucky DE Farrington Huguenin exudes strength and toughness.

Zierlein might be high on Huguenin's tough-nosed style of play, but the analyst offered a litany of caveats to that, writing, "There is nothing flashy about Huguenin. He's not an exciting pass rusher, didn't post electric numbers at his pro day and doesn't have a resume of all-conference production in the SEC." As to the production portion of the equation, last season, the 6-foot-4, 282-pounder registered 52 tackles (4.0 for loss), 1.5 sacks and a pair of passes defended. Despite the outward drawbacks Zierlein draws attention to, he still believes that Huguenin "has the ability to be a solid, rotational 3-4 DE with the ability to two-gap and play the run," concluding that "[i]t won't be a sexy pick, but he does offer very good value for the right team."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 2 - 6:12 PM

Kentucky freshman DE Jordan Bonner was stabbed six times on Saturday.

Let's lead with the good here. Bonner is expected to make a full recovery after being stabbed in the chest, abdomen and back. He spent four days in the hospital, but has already been released. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder immediately shifted his focus to the practical. "This sets me back a little because I need to finish my classes and I can’t go back until I get the staples out next week." As to what led to the stabbing, details are minimal right now. Bonner was in Cleveland visiting his infant son and the incident occurred at home in the suburb of Euclid. A man named Aristotle Lewis was subsequently arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Bonner is currently enrolled at an Oklahoma community college, but should join the Wildcats once he has finished up with his work there.
Source: Fox 8
Mar 25 - 1:46 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals are "showing strong interest" in Kentucky ILB Josh Forrest.

Forrest reportedly significantly improved upon his Combine forty at Kentucky's pro day event on Friday (reports had him anywhere from high 4.6s to mid-4.8s, so who knows). Pauline says that's because he was sick with food poisoning in Indy. Either way, Forrest led the Wildcats in tackles (93) and sacks (3.5) last year.
Mar 7 - 11:33 PM

Kentucky T Jordan Swindle completed 22 reps on the bench and ran a 5.38 second forty at the Wildcats' pro day on Friday.

Some felt Swindle was robbed of a Combine invite. Since he was, this was his time to shine. That's because only one NFL team was not represented in Lexington. Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was on hand in addition to the directors of college scouting for the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets. Swindle added a broad jump of 9-5 and a vertical jump of 29 inches.
Mar 7 - 6:44 PM

Kentucky ILB Josh Forrest ran the 40 in 4.78 and 4.85 seconds at his pro day, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Gentle readers, we begin with a service announcement: Take these pro day times with a grain of salt. We don't even mean in terms of assigning them value. We mean in terms of their veracity, too. For instance, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that Forrest ran his forties at this same pro day event in the high 4.6s to low 4.7s. Pauline and Brandt often rely on scouting friends to relay the information along, so it's kind of like a game of Telephone. Anyway, Forrest (per Brandt), added a 4.22-second 20-yard short shuttle and a 7.48-second three-cone drill.
Mar 7 - 4:31 PM


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