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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

Kentucky DT Melvin Lewis (fibula) participated in drills at his pro day last week but won't test until later this month because he's "two or three weeks" from being 100 percent.

Lewis was able to do the bench and totaled 22 reps of 225 pounds. His collegiate career ended on Oct. 15 when he broke a fibula versus Auburn. "He’s putting together some video stuff," UK defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh said. "What he’s trying to do is just show that he’s back healthy, because teams want to make sure if they’re going to bring you into camp they want to make sure that you’re healthy and you’re able to make it." Lewis is the No. 43 defensive tackle prospect in the class, according to CBS, but Tony Pauline says he has a small chance of getting drafted still.
Mar 7 - 1:37 PM

Kentucky DL Cory Johnson indicated that when he spoke with the Seahawks at Kentucky's pro day, they told him he would be a nice fit with their team because he has "a big mouth."

Johnson's known as a chatter-box and there's no more chattery team than the Seahawks. The 6-foot-3, 292-pound Wildcat product might not be drafted in April, but he believes he'll latch onto an NFL team one way or another and is taking about as good an attitude as a player can in the wacky pre-draft universe. To whit, he indicated that when he meets with teams at restaurants, he's viewing it as a chance for a good meal and a good talk. Said Johnson, "They love talking with me, because I’m myself." Last season, he started nine of 11 contests and recorded 67 tackles (eight for loss). He also indicated that depending on how his NFL future pans out, he might be interested in television or radio work.
Mar 5 - 12:46 PM

Kentucky redshirt junior FB Thomas Collins was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication, criminal mischief second degree, theft and fleeing and evading after attempting to steal a parking meter.

Here's a bizarre story to cap off your Friday evening. According to the police report, Collins was spotted by an officer while carrying a parking meter near campus. The 5-foot-11, 238-pound former walk-on subsequently attempted to flee. Per the report, he did set down the parking meter, but escape ultimately proved impossible. A Kentucky spokesperson indicated that the program is aware of Collins' legal issues, but will refrain from commenting or levying any sort of penalty until after this is sorted out.
Mar 4 - 7:17 PM

Four-star Kentucky commitment for 2017, QB Mac Jones, was named the position MVP at Rivals Camp.

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell called it "one of the closest position battles," but Jones ultimately won the camp MVP due to the fact that he was "consistent all day." The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder hails from Jacksonville and ranks as Rivals' No. 15 prospect at quarterback for the 2017 class. While Scout.com doesn't rank him on their overall matrix at this time, they've previously spoken highly of Jones' arm and size.
Feb 27 - 8:51 PM

Kentucky announced that senior DE Jason Hatcher has been dismissed from the football program for violating team rules.

The university acted quickly after Hatcher was arrested on multiple charges over the weekend, one for trafficking marijuana. He'd already been suspended twice on campus and has a history of marijuana violations. Hatcher, a former four-star recruit, played in 30 games over the past three seasons.
Feb 22 - 3:09 PM

Kentucky signed four-star C Drake Johnson.

This Drake Johnson is not to be confused with Michigan redshirt junior RB Drake Johnson. The baby Wildcat species of Johnson checks into the ESPN 300 at No. 238. He measures 6-foot-2, 302 pounds and according to the Worldwide Leader's scouting breakdown, he "plays with toughness and some edge." The outlet cautions that he "has a tendency to stop his feet [when run-blocking], which doesn't allow him to finish defenders."
Feb 13 - 8:00 PM

The Courier-Journal's Jon Hale reports that Kentucky reached out to Buffalo Bills assistant defensive backs coach Ed Reed in regards to joining the Wildcat coaching staff.

Per Hale, Reed rebuffed HC Mark Stoops' attempts to add him to the staff, as he's apparently happy with his role in the NFL for the time being. The Wildcats are looking to replace DB coach Derrick Ansley, who recently flew the coop to join Alabama's squad of coaches. No word as to who some of the other candidates are to fill Ansley's shoes, but Reed's off the table now.
Feb 8 - 6:40 PM

Former Michigan freshman WR/DB Brian Cole will transfer to Kentucky.

Cole was released from his scholarship in January. He'll have to sit out the 2016 campaign with the Wildcats due to NCAA transfer regulations. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder appeared in the first two games of the season, but was limited by injury from that point forward. He was a four-star recruit out of Saginaw, so this could be a nice pickup for Kentucky when he's actually allowed to play.
Source: mlive.com
Feb 7 - 3:46 PM


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