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Denzil Ware tops list of players who impressed media


As part of a continuing series with media members who cover University of Kentucky football, here is a look at some of the players that impressed them the most this spring.

Question: Which player or players do you feel  made the biggest jump up during spring practice?

Mark Story, Lexington Herald-Leader: “Denzil Ware (15 tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks) was the best player in the Blue-White game. It will be fascinating to see if that ability to disrupt from the defensive edge carries over to the fall against opponents’ first-team offensive lines.”

Chris Westry has confidence in UK’s secondary

Chris Westry (Vicky Graff Photo)

Chris Westry (Vicky Graff Photo)


Any time Kentucky coach Mark Stoops sees the ball thrown on cornerback Chris Westry’s side of the field, he expects it to be an incompletion.

“I feel like it’s just not going to happen,” Stoops said about a pass being completed against his sophomore cornerback.

Stoops names Barker starting QB; other Blue-White takeaways


Kentucky’s Blue-White Game Saturday gave fans their final chance to see Mark Stoops’ fourth UK team until the season opens in September.

The biggest takeaway from the game is that Stoops said Drew Barker came out of spring as the No. 1 quarterback. He was 12 of 18 passing for 156 yards and two scores with one interception Saturday.

“Drew has been consistent the whole spring. He needs to stay consistent with his approach in way he is handling everything on and off the field,” Stoops said.

Then he said Barker was the starting quarterback coming out of spring practice.

Mark Stoops on Horton, Westry, Bone, Conrad, Timmons

Blake Bone (Vick Graff Photo)

Blake Bone (Vick Graff Photo)

Here’s some more of what Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after Saturday’s open practice.

On how much he likes the offense’s ability to run the ball: “You have to have that. You hear me talk about it and anybody – you watch enough football – you have to have some balance. I don’t care what the numbers say, but you have to have some physicality about you to get the tough yards and move it when you can and we’re seeing some of that.”