News, notes out of spring practice

Maybe they stayed up late watching a certain basketball game, but whatever it was Coach Mark Stoops said the second day of Kentucky’s spring practice on Monday started off a tad sluggish.

But it did supply some news and notes. So here goes:

Wide receiver Javess Blue will miss spring practice after undergoing surgery on his shoulder late last week. The junior college transfer “got tangled up, got in an awkward situation and his shoulder slipped out” while working out with quarterbacks and defensive backs in off-season,” Stoops said. “He’s had it happen to him before, wanted to go get that fixed.”

Blue, Kentucky’s leading receiver last season with 43 catches for 586 yards and four touchdowns, is expected to make a full recovery.

“He’ll be fine,” Stoops said. “He’s got about three, three and a half, four months of rehab ahead of him, but he’ll be back next fall.”

  • Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot was asked about cornerback J.D. Harmon, who wasn’t eligible and had to sit out last season. In 2012, Harmon led the team in interceptions with two, both at Missouri. He also led the team in pass breakups with four. “He’s just got to earn his way back. He’s got a lot of ability,” Eliot said. “He’s got the talent to be a good player, but he missed all those game reps … last year and he’s got to earn his way back.”
  • The starting defensive lineman early this spring have been returning defensive ends Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith. Replacing the graduated tackles right now are Mike Douglas and red-shirt freshman Regie Meant.
  • Wide receiver Demarco Robinson, who was suspended at the end of last season for an unspecified violation of team rules, is back practicing with the team this spring. “He’s on the depth chart,” Stoops said of Robinson, who caught 20 passes for 213 yards and two TDs. “He’s out here practicing and he’s earning his way back on the team. He’s out here, obviously he’s back to practice. We’ll see where he’s at with status of games as we move forward.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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