Fall Camp | "All-business" first practice for Kentucky Football
08/08/2015 09:57 AM
LEXINGTON — After posing for pictures, joking around, and having fun at Media Day in the morning, the Kentucky football team was all business in the evening on Friday when the Wildcats reported for the first practice session of fall camp.
“I felt better because it wasn’t as much of a rah-rah day,” head coach Mark Stoops told the media members in attendance at Nutter Field House. “It was more of just business — getting better. I saw us fundamentally, for the first day, certainly better than any other first, whether it’s the first day of spring or first day last year or any of that — as it should be.”
Stoops and staff received a mix of good, bad, and “wait and see” news to start camp.
GOOD: Freshman (RS) linebacker Kobie Walker (ankle) and sophomore quarterback Reese Phillips (Achilles) both participated in some drills but not team activities, following the plans for their respective offseason injuries. The team reported no additional injuries after the first practice.
BAD: Three members of the Kentucky’s 2015 signing class did not make it to fall camp:
1 – Three-star defensive tackle Ja’Von Provitt will go the junior college route to work on his grades and hopefully return to Kentucky in 2017, as announced earlier in the summer.
2 – Therrell Gosier, a towering 6-foot-6 wide receiver, also failed to qualify academically, and was a tough loss for coordinator Shannon Dawson and the offense.
“It’s always a little bit disappointing,” Dawson said, “but we’re going to play with the guys we have.”
The three-star commitment had picked Kentucky over other scholarships offers from Clemson, Miami, and Nebraska, among others.
3 – And Redshirt freshman and former four-star 2014 recruit Nick Richardson has also reportedly left the team, with the specific reason given for his departure.
“Nick is no longer with us,” Stoops said, while adding, “There will be one other guy: Levon Livingston (Fr. Offensive Tackle). We’re still working through some things, so we’re optimistic we can get him back later this summer.”
Richardson is the second 2014 offensive lineman to leave Kentucky this summer, joining offensive tackle Josh Krok, who transferred from the program in June.
WAIT AND SEE: UK is still awaiting a final decision on the eligibility of both Nebraska transfers Greg Hart (tight end) and Courtney Love (linebacker).
Click below to watch Coach Stoops complete comments from the first practice of fall camp.