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Scout.com's Greg Powers writes that Kentucky four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Jarren Williams "has improved as much as any passer across America over the last calendar year."

A clear sign of Williams' development -- he was working on the same team at The Opening as five-star Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence and was notably crisper at times than the far more heralded gunslinger. The 6-foot-2, 206-pounder ranks as Scout.com's No. 10 quarterback prospect in the South region for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 10 - 6:16 PM

A Kentucky spokesman said freshman WR Lynn Bowden, who's not yet enrolled, will be ready to go for training camp.

Good news for the Wildcats, as Bowden is one of the more exciting recruits they've signed in the past few years. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Bowden, according to ESPN's Sam Kahn Jr., "might be the most versatile [playmaker] they’ve had since Randall Cobb." Kentucky HC Mark Stoops, meanwhile, has referred to Bowden as "one of the most explosive high school athletes we've signed at Kentucky." Bowden reportedly may see reps at Wildcat quarterback and running back, in addition to wide receiver.
Jul 6 - 3:10 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Kentucky junior TE C.J. Conrad as the No. 2 underclassman draft prospect at his position.

Conrad (6'5/245) was a four-star recruit out of high school. He started 11 of 13 games last season, finishing up the campaign with a 19-262-4 receiving line. The bulk of that statistical action came in the second game of the season, when Conrad caught five passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns against New Mexico State.
Jun 23 - 4:42 PM

Kentucky redshirt freshman LB Roland Walder plans to transfer to another program.

Walder was widely viewed as a 3-star recruit and redshirted his first season with the Wildcats. He is from Dayton, OH and was offered by programs like Nebraska, Pitt, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Western Michigan.
Jun 21 - 11:00 AM

Kentucky received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 LB DeAndre Square.

A nice little recruiting reach for HC Mark Stoops, who pulled in a Michigan native in Square. "I picked Kentucky because I love the coaches and how they believe in me," explained the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 248 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle, with the outlet noting that he "[s]hows good instincts, a nose for the ball, and does a good job of reading keys and doing his job." His best at the collegiate level will likely come at weakside linebacker.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 17 - 1:17 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly refers to Kentucky senior QB Stephen Johnson as a "power runner at quarterback."

"Johnson is a solid passer, particularly when throwing off play action. But it’s his ability to take off as a runner, and his decision making at the mesh point, that make him valuable," Connolly writes. That running aspect came to the forefront at times last season -- he picked up 72 yards against Tennessee and 83 against Louisville -- but the 6-foot-2, 183-pounder averaged just 3.9 YPC while rushing for 327 yards. He also passed for 2,037 yards with a 13/6 TD/INT ratio. Drew Barker, who missed most of the 2016 season with a back injury, will be competing with Johnson for starting honors in August camp.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 16 - 6:13 PM

SEC Country's Alec Shirkey writes that Kentucky sophomore RB Benjamin Snell Jr. is "not quite the complete package (yet)."

"The guy is an absolute battering ram who gave the Kentucky offense an element it had otherwise lacked under coach Mark Stoops," Shirkey notes, adding that the 5-foot-11, 220-pounder "lived between the tackles and really shouldered a heavy load." The next step for Snell, the analyst believes, will be to do it on a week-in, week-out basis. That will be slightly easier for him now that Boom Williams is no longer with the program. As a true freshman in 2016, Snell rushed for 1,091 yards (5.9 YPC) and 13 touchdowns. He received a hearty 186 carries during the past campaign, so a heavier workload does not figure to be too much of an acclimation.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 13 - 9:10 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah writes that Kentucky needs redshirt sophomore WR Tavin Richardson to take a big step forward in 2017.

"Richardson played a small role for the Wildcats in 2016, but a crowded receiving corps was the main factor," Jeyarajah writes. Now that Jeff Badet has moved on to Oklahoma, there should be more opportunities for the 6-foot-3, 214-pounder in 2017. This past season, Richardson logged a modest nine catches for 160 yards. While Badet is no longer on the roster, Richardson still faces his fair share of competition as he tries to make into the rotation behind expected starters Blake Bone, Garrett Johnson and Dorian Baker.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 10 - 3:03 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff sees Kentucky junior WR Garrett Johnson as a potential 1,000-yard receiver for 2017.

"Kentucky might have some questions at quarterback now, but Johnson has the ability to be a breakout player for the Wildcats this fall," Aschoff writes. The transfer of WR Jeff Badet to Oklahoma has opened up a true opportunity for the 5-foot-11, 182-pounder to work his way in as the No. 1 receiving option for whichever of Stephen Johnson and Drew Barker wins the starting quarterback job later this summer. This past season, the 5-foot-11, 182-pounder logged a 39-585-5 receiving line in 13 games.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 8 - 8:57 PM

Kentucky redshirt junior QB Drew Barker (back) has been cleared to take part in football activities.

Barker suffered a season-ending back injury in a win over New Mexico State on September 17. He was subsequently replaced by Stephen Johnson at signal-caller. Johnson would go on to throw for 2,037 yards (54.7% completions) with a 13/6 TD/INT ratio. While Barker could have transferred out from Kentucky as a graduate this offseason, he has decided to stick it out to battle with Johnson for starting honors in August camp. He should be considered a legitimate threat in that competition. Barker struggled early last season before going down injured, but was a four-star recruit out of high school and had a fair bit of hype behind him heading into the 2016 season before everything went south.
Jun 6 - 6:59 PM

Kentucky dismissed senior DE Alvonte Bell for a violation of team rules.

Wildcats HC Mark Stoops revealed the dismissal while at a celebrity golf event, but did not offer further detail as to what Bell had done to get kicked off the team. His booting marks the end of what has been a rough offseason for the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder. He previously sat out spring practice while rehabbing from a torn right ACL suffered in bowl action against Georgia Tech last New Year's Eve. This past season, Bell started three games and registered 27 tackles (1.0 for loss), a pair of pass breakups and a quarterback hurry.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 6 - 5:00 PM

Kentucky 2018 three-star QB commit Jarren Williams was invited to The Opening.

At the event, he'll compete for the right to become the 2017 Elite 11 MVP. Williams recently recommitted to Kentucky after previously decommitting from the school. The 6-foot-2, 206-pounder, whose stock is surging, is no lock to eventually sign with the Wildcats. He also holds scholarship offers from a group that includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU and Florida State.
Jun 5 - 4:47 PM

ESPN's Sam Kahn Jr. pegged Kentucky freshman WR Lynn Bowden as having the potential to push his way onto the field in 2017.

"He can play multiple positions and could see some time at both receiver and Wildcat quarterback," Kahn wrote. Over at Saturday Down South, William McFadden offers a bold word on the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Bowden, forwarding the opinion that he "might be the most versatile [playmaker] they’ve had since Randall Cobb." Kentucky HC Mark Stoops has referred to Bowden as "one of the most explosive high school athletes we've signed at Kentucky." In addition to wideout and quarterback, Stoops has also floated the possibility of getting Bowden reps at running back.
Source: ESPN.com
May 25 - 7:50 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah called Kentucky junior LB Josh Allen "perhaps the most versatile linebacker" on the team.

"(Fellow linebacker) Denzil Ware will be the big name, but Ware’s production will be based on whether Allen can create havoc on the other side of the field," Jeyarajah writes. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Allen started out his Kentucky career quietly enough, recording just four tackles as a true freshman in 2015, but blossomed this past season while registering 62 tackles (8.5 for loss), seven sacks and a hearty four fumbles forced. He saw time in all 13 of Kentucky's games, including nine starts.
Source: SEC Country
May 22 - 1:08 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly notes that "the lightbulb seems to have gone on" for Kentucky redshirt junior LB Eli Brown.

Connolly writes that while Brown "had a questionable work ethic early in his career," the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder started to flash last season, particularly in games against conference big dogs Alabama and Tennessee. The analyst passes along that while the Kentucky staff "has more faith" in Jordan Jones right now, "the [starting weakside linebacker] job should be Brown’s based on talent alone." Connolly likes Brown to ultimately win that job in August camp so long as he keeps his head in the competition.
Source: SEC Country
May 19 - 3:57 PM


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