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Did Darin Hinshaw take shots at past UK coaching?

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)


New Kentucky quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw has been very open talking about the challenges he faces putting together the offense at Kentucky.

He talked to media members Tuesday morning and seem to take a little bit of a shot at former offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson.

“I don’t know what they’ve done in the past, but their footwork wasn’t where it needs to me,” said Hinshaw.

Mark Stoops: “We are moving into year four and we should be better.”


With so many new coaches on staff and the  need to solidify who will be the starting quarterback, this becomes an important spring practice for Kentucky coach Mark Stoops.

However, even if the staff was intact and a starting quarterback coming back, it would still be an important spring.

“We’re moving into year four and we should be better,” Stoops said. “I like where we’re at. I like the staff that we have in place. I like the players’ attitude.

Jon Toth, Courtney Love could be team leaders


Better leadership is something Mark Stoops is counting on from his team next season and wants that to start in spring practice.

“We do challenge these guys and give them the tools. As you know, Jason Cummings works with our team quite often and does a fantastic job. He’s a talented guy and gives the players some tools and resources to help them lead, as the coaches obviously do as well,” Stoops said his first spring workout Tuesday.

Belfry OL Austin Dotson joins UK’s 2017 recruiting class


Belfry junior offensive lineman Austin Dotson got the scholarship offer he wanted from Kentucky Saturday during UK’s Junior Day and it did not take him long to verbally commit to the Wildcats.

He’s the first offensive lineman in UK’s 2017 recruiting class. The 6-6, 295-pound Dotson is only 16 years old. He was an all-state selection when Belfry won the state title last season and started as a sophomore when Belfry also won the state.

Dotson has two teammates — offensive linemen Cole Bentley and defensive lineman Ray Horton — who also have Division I offers and are being evaluated by Kentucky.

Khalid Henderson ready to prove NFL doubters wrong


Khalid Henderson with his family after Friday's Pro Day. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Khalid Henderson with his family after Friday’s Pro Day. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Knowing he “executed” and did the best he could was all that mattered to Kentucky linebacker Khalid Henderson Friday.

He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds, did 17 reps on the bench press and had a 30-inch vertical leap in front of scouts from 30 NFL teams, including Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, during UK’s Pro Day.

“I was hoping for a little better 40 time, but as long as I looked smooth is what matters,” he said. “I have worked on being light on my feet for all the drills.”

North Carolina junior linebacker Chase Monroe likes ‘vibe’ at Kentucky


North Carolina junior linebacker Chase Monroe really had his interest “sparked” when he came to Kentucky for Junior Day earlier this year and it went both ways because the Wildcats offered him a scholarship.

He said defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot reached out to him on Twitter telling him how much he liked the game film he had seen.

“He liked my body control. He liked how I dropped into (pass) coverage and how I moved because getting to the right place is big at the next level.”

Former Cats Jacob Tamme and Freddie Maggard will host Pro Day show

Freddie Maggard of  Kentucky Sports Radio will be making a lot of points at UK's Pro Day live stream Friday.

Freddie Maggard of Kentucky Sports Radio will be making a lot of points at UK’s Pro Day live stream Friday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky will hold its annual NFL Pro Day for draft eligible players on Friday, March 4 in the Nutter Indoor Field House. Pro Day, which attracts scouts and player personnel from nearly every NFL team, will be streamed live on UKathletics.com and SEC Network +. Dick Gabriel, along with former UK quarterback Freddie Maggard and former Wildcat and current Atlanta Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme, will host the show. Pro Day is not open to the public, but will be open to credentialed members of the media.

National titles, Final Fours two different but exciting UK experiences for cheerleader Emily Sawyer


Emily Sawyer with UK's national championship trophy.

Emily Sawyer with UK’s national championship trophy.

Emily Sawyer graduated a semester early at West Jessamine High School in Nicholasville so she could pursue her goal of becoming a University of Kentucky cheerleader.

Not only did she make the team, but she’s been part of two national championship teams and cheered in two Final Fours — and is hoping for a third. She’ll cheer for the final time at Rupp Arena Saturday, so I asked her how winning a national championship compares with going to a Final Four.

The Story of a Titan: Life After UK Football


Avery Williamson #54 of the Tennessee Titans sacks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at LP Field on November 17, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Avery Williamson (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Avery Williamson is a football player born in 1992 in Cleveland, Ohio. Williamson began his football career and attended high school in Milan, Tenn. The young linebacker was named Region Defensive Player of the Year as both a junior and a senior, and was named one of the top 15 players in Tennessee by Rivals.com (a popular website documenting the ratings of popular athletic recruits).

As a junior, Williamson set a state championship record with 22 tackles in the title game. As a senior, the Jackson Sun named Williamson West Tennessee Player of The Year.

Blue-White Game ticket information

Stoops 2LEXINGTON, Ky. –The annual Kentucky Football Blue-White Spring Game, set for Saturday, April 16 at noon at Commonwealth Stadium, will be a ticketed event again this year. Seating in the lower level will be reserved, and seating in the upper level (200-level sections) will be general admission. The north upper level general admission area (sections 201-211) will be open. The south upper level general admission area (sections 221-231) will be open based upon demand.

A special availability for football season ticket holders for the free tickets will begin Monday at 9 a.m.  Current season ticket holders will receive an email this week detailing how they may obtain up to eight tickets: