Football

"There's no reason why UK shouldn't be the best football team in the SEC."

05/20/2015 09:30 AM

He was an All-American at UK under Bear Bryant and he was the mastermind behind building the infamous “U” program at Miami, before leading the charge in building UofL football in the 1980s. Now retired, legendary football coach Howard Schnellenberger had some ideas for how UK football can become great and explained why they should be the top program in the Southeastern Conference.  Read more 

Kash Daniel raking in offers across the Southeast

05/14/2015 09:41 PM

LEXINGTON — Besides having the most money name of any player in the Commonwealth, Paintsville linebacker Kash Daniel also owns some of the hottest trending stock in the Southeast. Two weeks ago, the three-star prospect was just an average Eastern Kentucky boy who held collegiate offers from a few small schools — the likes of Austin Peay, Ball State, and Troy. But all that quickly changed after a breakout performance at the Rivals Camp in Charlotte on April 12. Daniel finished the... Read more 

Za'Darius Smith signs 4 year deal with Ravens

05/08/2015 05:19 PM

It’s official. Za’Darius Smith is a Baltimore Raven. The former Wildcat signed a 4 year, 2.8 million dollar contract according to the Baltimore Sun. Smith, who finished the 2014 season at UK with 61 tackles an 4.5 sacks, was drafted in the fourth round by Baltimore. He was one of only two Wildcats to be selected in this year’s NFL Draft. The other being Bud Dupree, who was the first round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Read more 

Smith drafted by Ravens, four other Cats sign free agent deals

05/04/2015 04:54 PM

CHICAGO — Bud Dupree’s dreams came true when the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him with the 22nd pick of the NFL Draft last Thursday, and his former UK teammate Za’Darius Smith followed in his footsteps just three rounds later. The Baltimore Ravens selected the 6-4 defensive end with the 122nd overall pick in the fourth round on Saturday in the Windy City, making him the second Wildcat selected in this year’s draft. "A lot of people are going to be hearing from... Read more 

Dream come true: Dupree drafted in first round by Pittsburgh Steelers

05/01/2015 02:51 PM

CHICAGO — Excitement and anticipation quickly turned to surprise, disappointment, and even anger as former Kentucky star pass rusher Bud Dupree watched team after team pass him in the first round of Thursday night’s NFL Draft. Expecting to be a top-10 pick, the Macon, Georgia, native was hopeful the hometown Atlanta Falcons would take him with the eight pick, even strolling the gold carpet in the Windy City decked out in red and black — Falcons colors. But the Dirty Birds... Read more 

Smith named to 2015 NFL Draft All-Underrated Team, late-round projections for Heard and Miller

04/30/2015 11:00 AM

Bud Dupree is grabbing most of the headlines, but he won’t be the only Wildcat waiting to hear his name called in Chicago at the NFL Draft this week. The draft kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday night in The Windy City, and former University of Kentucky defensive end Za’Darius Smith may be sneaking his way into a Day 1 pick. Sports Illustrated recently named Smith to its “All-Underrated Team” for the 2015 draft, with other projections listing... Read more 

Is Bud Dupree a top-10 pick, or overrated?

04/29/2015 07:51 PM

Depending on who you ask, former Kentucky football star Bud Dupree is either the hottest pick in the draft or just another overrated bust. The combo defensive end/outside linebacker posted eye-popping measurables at the NFL Combine in February and has been skyrocketing up draft boards ever since. Former NFL head coach and current football guru John Gruden really, REALLY likes what Dupree has to offer, pegging Dupree as one of the top targets on the board. “Dupree is one of the... Read more 

Patrick Towles and Landon Foster's Backstreet Boys lip-sync is the best thing you'll see today

04/28/2015 10:01 AM

UK Athletics held their annual CATSPY Awards last night, honoring athletic achievements for the 2014-15 school year. The annual event is filled with celebration, a few tears and, thanks to UK football players Patrick Towles and Landon Foster, some laughs too. The pair entered the lip-sync contest and performed a classic Backstreet Boys song.  Read more 

UK defense ready to step up and carry the load in 2015

04/17/2015 12:15 AM

Every spring, it seems as if the focus on the offensive side of the ball, and with a quarterback battle and a new offensive coordinator, it makes sense at UK’s spring football camp. But it’s the defense, where departing seniors leave big shoes to fill and a handful of fresh faces look to make their name, that has a chance to shine big in 2015.  Read more 

Mark Stoops pleased with his his team's progress in spring camp

04/17/2015 12:02 AM

With another spring camp now in the books, UK head coach Mark Stoops had a chance to reflect on the progress his team made this year, as well as the strides the program has made since he arrived in Lexington. It’s not yet a finished product, but the man in charge of UK football is pleased with what he’s seen.  Read more 

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