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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.

Shuffling season for Cats’ offensive line

Spring is the season for shuffling, at least as it pertains to the Kentucky offensive line. “It’s a great time to find out what guys can do at different spots,” John Schlarman said on Monday after the Cats scrimmaged on … Continue reading

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Q&A with Mark Stoops midway through spring

MARK STOOPS “Decent practice today. Started a little sluggish, had to get them going a little bit. Once we picked up the tempo I thought execution got a little bit better. Defensively probably had a little bit better day today … Continue reading

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Q&A with Shannon Dawson

SHANNON DAWSON On how he likes his new 330-pound fullback Jacob Hyde: “At times I like him a lot. I don’t know how good of hands he has, but he does a good job. He really does. He’s physical; low … Continue reading

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Notes, thoughts from open practice

Random notes from an open practice: The thermometer read 30 degrees for the two-hour outdoor practice, but that didn’t stop 100 or so fans from watching Kentucky on Saturday morning. The cold also didn’t stop center Jon Toth from wearing … Continue reading

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Towles Q&A after Saturday’s open practice

PATRICK TOWLES On practice today: “Thought it went good. Thought it was good to build on yesterday. We had a really good day yesterday offensively and it was good to get out there and continue today.” On tight ends help: … Continue reading

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Stoops Q&A after open spring practice

MARK STOOPS “I like the attitude of the football team the last couple of days. Guys really went to work. I told you after yesterday’s practice the guys really came in with a better mindset the last two days, certainly … Continue reading

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Q&A with D.J. Eliot on Friday

D.J. ELIOT “We had a competitive practice today, which is good, except we didn’t win every battle. I’m one sided, Coach Stoops isn’t. So, we didn’t win every battle on defense, so we have to fight to do that. That’s … Continue reading

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Q&A with Mark Stoops after Friday practice

MARK STOOPS “Much better practice today, much more efficient. I felt like the guys had much better focus about them, competed better, threw and caught the ball well. Much more competitive plays, it wasn’t just one side having success from … Continue reading

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Details on UK’s open practice on Saturday

Because of Commonwealth Stadium renovations, Kentucky will not have a Blue-White Game, but Mark Stoops said he still wanted fans to have a chance to see the team this spring. So the Cats coach is opening practice on Saturday morning … Continue reading

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Q&A with Shannon Dawson after practice

SHANNON DAWSON On Wednesday’s practice: “Well, I didn’t see many good things. Hopefully when I watch film, it’ll look a little different than what it looked in real time, so we’ll see.” On Jacob Hyde at fullback: “He’s got a … Continue reading

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