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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.

Stoops talks quarterbacks again

At his regular Monday media sessions, Coach Mark Stoops talked a little more about the quarterback play from Saturday’s scrimmage now that the staff has had a chance to watch film. Patrick Towles and Drew Barker stood out the most … Continue reading

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Coaching legend takes in Kentucky practice

A mentor for more than a few of the coaches who make up Kentucky’s defensive staff was on campus to take in practice and offer some constructive feedback for Coach Mark Stoops. Pete Jenkins, a legendary defensive line coach at … Continue reading

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UK’s Bud Dupree the savage?

Bud Dupree has the word “SAVAGE” hand-written daily on his wrist tape. When asked about it, the UK defensive end smiled widely. “We wanna play like savages,” he said. “You just gotta have that mentality on defense.” It’s something his … Continue reading

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NFL was tempting for Dupree, but senior glad he stayed

Leaving early to potentially play in the NFL was something Alvin “Bud” Dupree considered for more than a few minutes this offseason. Kentucky’s junior defensive end said on Monday that a chance to go to the next level was tempting. … Continue reading

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Stoops, Eliot discuss spring practice

MARK STOOPS “It was good to get out there today and put another good practice together. I thought Saturday, like I said, that was one of our better days. I thought we backed it up with a pretty good day … Continue reading

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Stoops, Brown after Wednesday’s practice

MARK STOOPS ON PRACTICE DATE CHANGE: “Basically, we’re not going this Friday, we’re going the Friday before the spring game.” OPENING STATEMENT: “Pretty good work today, good energy. The offense responded a little bit Monday, defense got after it a … Continue reading

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UK’s football coaches report basketball fever

Buried in spring football, even Kentucky’s coaches aren’t immune from enjoying the run to the national championship for the basketball team. In fact, Coach Mark Stoops confirmed he’s flying to Dallas on Monday afternoon to see the title game at … Continue reading

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Stoops, Eliot discuss defense, some basketball

MARK STOOPS “A little more spirited practice today. After going back Saturday and looking at the film, I was a little discouraged, a little frustrated and felt like we were not progressing as much as I’d hoped at certain positions. … Continue reading

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Henderson County’s Wolfe commits to Cats

If a Yahtzee is five of a kind, Kentucky is just one offensive lineman short of officially having one. The Cats landed their fourth offensive lineman in three days when Henderson County’s Mason Wolfe tweeted that he’s committed to the … Continue reading

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Coordinators Brown, Eliot after spring scrimmage

D.J. ELIOT ON SCRIMMAGE SET UP: “We did a situational before we did a team period. We did a third-down period before we did a team period and that’s situational. Then after that, it was just move the football in … Continue reading

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