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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.

Patrick Towles’ first presser as UK starter

NEAL BROWN On practice: “Pretty good work right ‘til the end today. We had two pretty solid days offensively in a row, right ‘til the end. Didn’t do as good in a two-minute drill there at the end. We had … Continue reading

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Neal Brown after Tuesday’s practice

NEAL BROWN “Pretty good work right ‘til the end today. We had two pretty solid days offensively in a row, right ‘til the end. Didn’t do as good in a two-minute drill there at the end. We had some drops. … Continue reading

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Safety cleared to enroll, status still TBA

One of Kentucky’s top signees from the 2014 class, who deferred enrollment because of likely shoulder surgery, might be on the team this season after all. Mike Edwards, a four-star safety whom recruiting experts said could help the Cats right … Continue reading

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Dupree misses practice; others sidelined, too

At Kentucky’s final open practice of fall camp, the talk was about Patrick Towles and naming quarterback starters, but it was hard to miss Kentucky star defensive end Bud Dupree on the sidelines without pads Monday morning. Both Coach Mark Stoops … Continue reading

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Stoops, Brown discuss QB decision

MARK STOOPS “Why so many people here today? I brought in Tim Couch and Jared (Lorenzen) for the announcement today. Good practice today. I really — I liked the work. We started a little flat, a little slow on a … Continue reading

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Stoops names Towles starting QB via Twitter

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops took to Twitter to announce his starting quarterback on Monday morning. And that quarterback is sophomore Patrick Towles. “This competition has brought out the best in our quarterbacks, and I’m confident in Patrick moving our team … Continue reading

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Tennis ball injures Badet’s eye

Kentucky might have to hire a full-time eye doctor if its wide receivers keep having freak injuries. Last season, Javess Blue had to miss the Cats’ game against Alabama State after taking a football to the eye in warm-ups. The … Continue reading

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Did Stoops have to fight Stoops for CB Randolph?

Freshman nickel back Kendall Randolph is one of the rare players who was recruited by both Kentucky and Oklahoma. Both teams have a head coach with the last name Stoops. Randolph said he wasn’t stuck in any kind of family … Continue reading

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‘I’ before ‘E’ except after Z?

If you’re ever asking for the autograph of defensive end Denzil Ware, forgive him if he spells his own name wrong. It’s been a life-long problem for the true freshman from Crestview, Fla. On his birth certificate, his mother spelled … Continue reading

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Kentucky football staff gets their ice bucket

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops, his coaches and even special guest Joe Craft did their part for ALS research on Saturday after the Cats’ scrimmage, joining in the ice bucket challenge craze that has taken over social media. The players were eager to douse … Continue reading

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