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Eddie Gran likes where TE Justin Rigg is

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sophomore C.J. Conrad has received most of the preseason attention at tight end, but the Kentucky coaches also like what Nebraska transfer Greg Hart and true freshman Justin Rigg are doing.

“Justin did some good things again,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “He caught a few balls and he looks very comfortable out there. He’s a very natural guy.

“Greg has played well in camp really. He gives us a good maturity out there and has some experience and has done some very good things.”

Happy Birthday Ryan Lemond

Ryan Lemond was all smiles at his 50th birthday party.

Ryan Lemond was all smiles at his 50th birthday party.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sometimes you know immediately you are going to remember a certain event for a long, long time.

For me, that happened again Saturday night at my buddy Ryan Lemond’s 50th birthday party.

I cannot exactly remember the first time I met Ryan when he came to Lexington to work for WLEX-TV. However, I can remember that we have always hit it off well and over the years he’s done many, many things for me.

Boom Williams gets “whacked” in scrimmage

Boom Williams (Vicky Graff Photo)

Boom Williams (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

For the first time during preseason camp, Kentucky running back Boom Williams got some contact work in Saturday’s scrimmage.

He has been held out of contact because of an injury but Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he had some carries Saturday and also made blitz pick-ups.

“Put him in some stressful situations. He didn’t get a ton of reps, but he probably got 10 live reps or so, or more. Carries the ball, and it was good to see him go to the ground and take good, physical tackles,” Stoops said.

Stoops wants backup players performing at higher level

Mark Stoops had this opening statement to the media Saturday after his team’s second scrimmage this month:

“Another good day. I have some mixed feelings. I think always as you move into the second big scrimmage of the year and you’re really trying to be detailed and have the fine strokes on things when it doesn’t happen it kind of frustrates you a little bit, but I think overall we got a lot accomplished again. I’ve talked all summer about having the capacity to handle more and do more. There’s no doubt we’ve done that,” Stoops said.

Dual-threat QB Johnson could be helping UK defense, too

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky quarterbacks get no slack from coach Darin Hinshaw if they fail to complete a pass and backup Stephen Johnson feels the heat just like starter Drew Barker.

“Stephen, I’m really hard on him and the fact that I don’t accept any missed throws ever, so in that process, they know I’m coming down on them if they miss a throw. But also, I want them to be on themselves, too. There’s a fine line between where you get down on yourself and you actually can’t play anymore?” Hinshaw said.

Hinshaw wants offense to control football

By LARRY VAUGHT

Darrin Hinshaw isn’t going to put any pressure on Kentucky’s offense in today’s scrimmage, the final scrimmage for the Cats before they play Southern Mississippi Sept. 3.

“I just want to take one play at a time and execute that play. I know that sounds so ‘Oh, that’s coach talk, blah, blah, blah,’ but the bottom line is that’s the truth,” said Kentucky’s quarterbacks coach Friday. “We don’t focus on — I don’t tell them they have to throw for so many yards or they have to do — we’re going to take what the defense gives us.”

UK football changes: New Cat Walk route, more concerts, more food choices

By GUY RAMSEY, UK ATHLETICS

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 2016 Kentucky football season is around the corner. UK Athletics has a number of exciting changes in store for the Wildcats’ seven-game home schedule, which kicks off against Southern Miss on Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

J.D. Shelburne rocked the crowd at a pregame UK concert last year. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

J.D. Shelburne rocked the crowd at a pregame UK concert last year. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Over the coming three weeks, those game-day changes will be spotlighted in a three-part series. The first part of the series will focus on marketing and promotional activities.

Landon Young didn’t expect as much fan attention

Landon Young, right, had a lot of fans at the UK Women's Clinic.

Landon Young, right, had a lot of fans at the UK Women’s Clinic.

By LARRY VAUGHT

During  the Kentucky Women’s Football Clinic, freshman offensive lineman Landon Young was one of the tour leaders.

Well, actually he planned to only give his mother, Angie, a private tour of the new training facility. Instead, he ended up with a full tour.

“That was neat and I sort of wanted to do that personally for my mother. If a couple of people wanted to come in and join that, I had no problem with that,” Young said. “I just really wanted to show my mom that. I am a really family oriented person.

Capsule look at UK Hoops non-conference foes

A complete breakdown of all 13 non-conference opponents for the Kentucky women’s basketball team follows. Game times are subject to change and TV selections are still to be determined. The Southeastern Conference schedule is set to be released at a later date.

Miami (Fla.)

Head Coach: Katie Meier (12th season)
Record at Miami (Fla.): 207-143 (.591)

2015-16 Record: 24-9 (NCAA Tournament First Round)

Top Returner: Adrienne Motley, G, Sr. – 15.7 ppg, 2.5 apg, 1.6 spg, 3.6 rpg

Calipari Distills His Coaching Methods and Philosophies In a New Book Releasing Nov. 15

John Calipari has a new book coming out in  November.

John Calipari has a new book coming out in November.

New York Times bestselling author John Calipari, the charismatic Naismith Hall of Fame coach who has returned Kentucky to college basketball prominence, reveals the secrets behind his unparalleled ability to transform a group of former high school superstars into a selfless, cohesive team in his new book “Success is the Only Option: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent” (Harper), which will be available in bookstores across the country and online on November 15th with presale orders available now.