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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.

LB Flannigan will be ahead of game before he arrives

One of the Kentucky defense’s biggest concerns going into fall camp will be how the Cats can replace tackles leader and vocal leader Avery Williamson at middle linebacker. “We have a big hole to fill there,” defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot … Continue reading

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Brown plans to ‘turn up the heat’ on QBs

Neal Brown can’t get through a day without the quarterback question. Who it’s going to be, when he’s going to name him, etc. So Kentucky’s offensive coordinator tackled the topic early in his short back and forth with the media … Continue reading

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UK’s Stoops talks about Louisville rivalry

Even though the game is still months away, the series between Kentucky and Louisville has been front and center in recent days with luncheons and perceived snubs and such. So while in Louisville at the annual Alumni Association luncheon on … Continue reading

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Bring on the Sooners?

Mark Stoops’ big brother had a lot to say on Wednesday when he took his turn at the ESPN Car Wash in Bristol, Conn. Bob Stoops, head coach at Oklahoma, had some interesting words about Alabama, the competitive balance of … Continue reading

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Stoops updates status for Robinson, Lowery

After being suspended for the final two games of last season, senior wide receiver Demarco Robinson is still not completely out of the Cats’ dog house. “There’s still some additional penalties that Demarco needs to go through,” Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops … Continue reading

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Stoops speaks out on event absence

Before attending one of many pre-season speaking engagements on Thursday, Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops was asked about missing another one the day before. UK officials announced earlier this week that Stoops had opted out of an annual joint news conference … Continue reading

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Kentucky’s Fan Day set for Aug. 9

Kentucky’s Fan Day took a little longer to pull together with all of the construction fencing around Commonwealth Stadium, but UK announced the finalized plans on Thursday. Fans will have to rise early for autographs, signings for players and coaches are … Continue reading

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Stoops won’t be at Governor’s Cup luncheon

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops has opted out of attending the annual Governor’s Cup luncheon in Louisville on Wednesday. The luncheon, a charity and golf event raising money for Dare to Care, was set up to kickoff the season for both … Continue reading

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McCracken County’s Hughes commits to Cats

In what could be a huge year for in-state recruits, Kentucky got its second big pickup of the 2016 class from McCracken County athlete Zy’aire Hughes on Saturday. Hughes, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder who has played multiple positions including quarterback and … Continue reading

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When three meats, two sides aren’t enough

Kentucky’s quarterbacks probably needed to get side jobs by the time they were finished taking their offensive linemen out for dinner this summer. As a thank you to their game-day protectors, UK’s quarterbacks picked up the tab for their linemen … Continue reading

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