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Kentucky HC Mark Stoops has named redshirt sophomore Patrick Towles the team's starting QB.

Towles was described as a "strong armed" quarterback by Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman, which can occasionally make us nervous if that includes poor pocket movement and/or decision making. Towles redshirted last year after playing in five games as a true freshman. His high school quarterbacks coach was Jared Lorenzen.
Aug 18 - 9:55 AM

Kentucky junior OT Jordan Swindle "impressed coaches with his toughness in 2013," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"He has surprisingly light feet for a man of his size, showing the agility to mirror pass rushers, as well as the burst to block at the second level," Rang wrote. "Swindle needs to learn to play a little lower and continue to get stronger to generate more movement at the point of attack but it is clear that the Kentucky coaching staff likes his development, bringing him along with [DE Bud] Dupree and [DE Za'Darius Smith] Smith to the SEC Media Day despite his relative lack of experience." The 6-foot-7, 304-pound Swindle runs a 5.25 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 1:36 AM

Kentucky senior DE Za'Darius Smith is "bigger and stronger this year after spending time in Kentucky's strength and conditioning program," reports CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The JUCO transfer laughed off the jump in competition last year, collecting 59 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in his first try against SEC competition. If the spring game is any indication -- sack, tackle for loss and an interception -- he's ready for bigger things in 2014. "He lacks the top-notch burst most teams prefer at the RDE position but does a nice job of getting left tackles to lean to their outside and then countering back inside with power," Rang wrote. "Smith utilizes heavy hands and good core strength to generate consistent pressure but is more of a complementary rusher, rather than a featured threat, at this time. He doesn't change directions or accelerate fluidly enough to make the transition to linebacker and needs to protect his legs better from cut blocks."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 12:24 AM

Kentucky redshirt senior DE Alvin "Bud" Dupree "isn't truly explosive but can time the snap well to surprise pass-blockers after lulling them to sleep," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-4, 259-pound Dupree was clocked at 20.5 miles per hour on the "Catapult" monitoring system last season; he also boasts a 40.5 vertical. "He locates the football quickly and is passionate in pursuit, making a number of his plays yards downfield after his initial rush went for naught," Rang wrote. "Dupree changes directions quickly and has impressive acceleration for his size. He isn't afraid to leave to his feet and dive to make the tackle, showing good hand-eye coordination to trip up ball-carriers. He shows more savvy than strength at the point of attack, struggling to disengage consistently from powerful blockers once they latch on but shows good lateral agility to slip past the bigger, slower opponents, as well as an understanding of leverage to get under their pads and to create a pile to plug-up the action." Dupree has showed great versatility with the Wildcats, playing both DE in the 4-3, and OLB in the 3-4 alignment.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 16 - 11:53 PM

Kentucky senior OT Darrian Miller "possesses a square-ish frame that looks better suited to guard," observes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Kentucky's edge rushers are certain to generate plenty of interest from NFL scouts this fall," Rang wrote. "One thing helping their cause is the fact that they are practicing each day against a pair of offensive tackles in Miller and junior Jordan Swindle who may also have a future at the next level." The 6-foot-5, 292-pound Miller is athletic enough to have seen time at tight end while on campus. "Despite his listed size, Miller possesses a square-ish frame that looks better suited to guard. He is surprisingly quick off the snap, shuffling well to his left," Rang wrote. "He shows patience to allow the defender to come to him and then supplies a solid punch to his opponent. Miller has good strength to latch and control and works to sustain his blocks, including downfield in the running game."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 16 - 11:39 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang thinks Kentucky redshirt junior RB Braylon Heard displays good "quickness and acceleration."

"After sitting out last season as part of the transfer process, Heard is in good position to emerge as the Wildcats' starter in 2014," Rang wrote. Heard decided to transfer from Nebraska last May after struggling to fight his way up the depth chart. He rushed for 348 yards on 6.7 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns in 2012. "Heard has good quickness and acceleration and should provide the Wildcats with a big-play threat out of the backfield," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 16 - 10:50 PM

Kentucky strength coach Erik Korem called senior DE Alvin "Bud" Dupree the "most versatile athlete" he's ever coached, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Many will say that might be easy for a coach from Kentucky to proclaim, but Korem has spent an extended amount of time around the FSU program. Dupree stands 6'4/267 lbs and posts a 40'5-inch vertical. From a production standpoint, Dupree recorded 9.5 tackles for loss in 2013.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 9 - 1:29 PM

Kentucky senior DE Alvin "Bud" Dupree was clocked at 20.5 miles per houron the "Catapult" monitoring system last season.

Imagine how it would feel to be crushed from behind by a 6-foot-4, 259-pound object moving 20.5 miles per hour. Now you know the fear of SEC quarterbacks. The Wildcats employ a mediocre defense, but that's not Dupree's fault. The star edge rusher collected seven sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss last year. Dupree has a 40-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-7 broad jump. If he can add more muscle to his frame and take another step forward on the field next year, Dupree could make himself a good amount of money.
Source: NFL.com
May 30 - 8:30 PM

Titans selected Kentucky ILB Avery Williamson with the No. 151 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Williamson (6-foot-1, 246) was a two-year starter at middle linebacker for the Wildcats. He led UK in tackles (102) as a senior, adding four tackles for loss, one sack, and two fumble recoveries, earning second-team All-SEC honors. Williamson ran 4.66 at the Combine with a 10-foot broad jump, displaying necessary burst to man Mike 'backer in the pros. Williamson still isn't a great athlete, and struggled in coverage in college. He's more of a two-down prospect who should quickly contribute on special teams.
May 10 - 2:57 PM

Kentucky's Avery Williamson is an ILB prospect that doesn't get enough love, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Williamson is "active, productive and smart," Brugler tweeted. "Don't be surprised when Williamson follows in the path of Danny Trevathan and Wesley Woodyard as late round LBs who are quality NFLers." There might be a difference in Williamson's play style compared to the other two, however, since Trevathan and Woodyard have displayed plenty of range in the NFL.
Mar 11 - 11:30 AM

Kentucky junior DE Za'Darius Smith will return for his senior season.

Smith started the season on fire, opening with 4.5 sacks in the first three games of the season, but those numbers tailed off to six to end the year. He was beating offensive tackles with an outside rip, something future opponents picked up on. The JUCO transfer can attempt to improve his game with one more season.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 10:54:00 AM

Kentucky junior DE Alvin "Bud" Dupree will return to school for his senior season.

The 6-foot-4, 252-pound pass rusher will roll the dice on improving his draft stock in 2014. Dupree's frame could stand to add more muscle, and he would be wise to lock himself in the weight room next year. Dupree recorded 61 tackles, second most on the Wildcats, and led the team in sacks (seven) and tackles for loss (9.5) in 2013.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 07:33:00 PM

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops announced that senior RB Raymond Sanders has been suspended for Saturday's game versus Tennessee due to a violation of team rules.

"He's not kicked off the team or anything like that. He just can't play in this game," Stoops said. The Wildcats coach labeled the situation "very disappointing," without specifically addressing what rule Sanders broke. "I've sat in here and bragged on him throughout the year," Stoops said. "That doesn't change my opinion of Raymond. I think he's a good person. I am disappointed in a few decisions that he made, but he's a good person." Freshman Jo Jo Kemp is expected to start against the Volunteers.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 04:26:00 PM

Kentucky senior running back Raymond Sanders toted the rock 15 times for 86 rushing yards in Thursday's loss to Mississippi State.

Sanders was amongst the crew that helped the 'Cats push 'Dogs to the limit; unfortunately, Kentucky dropped the decision and fell to 1-6. Sanders probably won't be drafted, but expect him to compete for a roster spot in an NFL camp next summer. He's a smallish scatback with great versatility. Sanders is a decent receiver out of the backfield and has experience as a returner.
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 11:57:00 PM

Kentucky senior DT Donte Rumph "has done little to prove he's anything other than a free agent prospect" in 2013, writes draft insider Tony Pauline.

Rumph, who stands at a physically imposing 6-foot-3, 320 pounds, "continues to disappoint scouts," according to Pauline. In a potential showcase game against Alabama on Saturday, Rumph recorded just one solo tackle. "He wasted an opportunity ... and was a non-factor throughout the game," Pauline wrote. "Rumph looked overweight, out of shape and was continually handled at the point of attack. He's done little to prove he's anything other than a size prospect."
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 06:16:00 PM


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