By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky’s open football practice for media members today produced two surprises for me involving junior defensive lineman Matt Elam.
First, he had a cast on his hand.
“Nothing major. Just preventative. Just something with his thumb,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after practice.
Second, Elam turned down an interview request. He’s always been a go-to guy for the media and I was a bit shocked he turned down a chance to talk (so did Denzil Ware). I wondered if he not liked something I wrote or said.
“No, he’s just tired of talking about his weight. He’ll talk next week he says when it is game week,” a UK spokesman said.
I can accept that — and like it. Elam clearly wants his play, not his weight, to do his talking and that’s a good sign for UK. Plus, he still looked a lot slimmer in practice than he did last year and maybe even slimmer than when preseason camp open.
“Matt, he’s got to continue to fundamentally play better. He’s improved in certain areas. His conditioning, his weight is better, but it’s still a work in progress,” Stoops said.