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WATCH: Highlights from Kentucky’s Spring Practice No. 11

In the mood to watch some college football? The Wildcats are here to help.

The team finished their 11th practice of the spring season Friday morning, and the folks with the team’s media department were kind enough to put together this highlight tape.

The UK Football Twitter account posted the 55-second video. Check it out:

Everything looks good on a highlight reel. Kentucky fans will have the chance to check out next season’s team in action one week from today – Friday, April 12 – during UK’s annual Blue/White Game.

Josh Allen drops to fourth-highest odds for No. 1 draft pick

At one point, former Kentucky pass-rusher Josh Allen was picking up steam for the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

He said it multiple times throughout the season, including after Kentucky’s Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State.

Since then, though, momentum has shifted toward Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray for the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 1 pick.

In fact, Odds Shark released their latest odds for Arizona’s first-round choice, and Murray is the overwhelming favorite at -500 overall.

As for Allen? He has dropped all the way down to No. 4 in terms of odds for the top pick at +2000 overall.

Here is the entire list:

While the odds for Allen going No. 1 overall are dropping, most draft analysts believe Allen will be going No. 2 overall to the San Francisco 49ers or No. 3 overall to the New York Jets.

Allen wrapped up his visit to San Francisco yesterday, and he will now take visits to several teams in the upcoming days.

We’ll see what happens on April 25.

CJ Conrad’s philanthropic legacy lives on with UK Football

CJ Conrad’s philanthropic legacy lives on with UK Football

“Tuesdays with CJ” will continue this year… even without CJ Conrad.

Kentucky’s tight-end became a regular visitor and volunteer at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital last year, meeting with kids and their families every Tuesday. His dedication to KCH led to several friendships with the kids, including nine-year old cancer patient Ryan Cremeens of Richmond, Kentucky. Conrad helped Cremeens ring the bell at his final chemo treatment and invited him to run out of the tunnel alongside the team for last season’s Blue/White game. Conrad’s efforts helped put smiles on some of the most deserving kids’ faces every Tuesday, including Levi and Sam back in September.

Now, Conrad is a University of Kentucky graduate. With his own health concerns now out of the way, Conrad is free to compete for a spot on an NFL roster, leaving Lexington behind at least for the time being.

Fortunately, his exit from the Bluegrass will not end the heartwarming tradition. The name has changed, but the outcome will hopefully be the same: “Specialists visiting Special Kids” is now up and running. Punter Max Duffy and kicker Grant Mckinniss made their first visit to the hospital yesterday, and they’re both pretty excited.

They’ve got big shoes to fill to replace CJ Conrad, who earned numerous philanthropic awards throughout his time with UK, but Specialists visiting Special Kids sounds like an excellent place to start.

Kentucky is Banged Up through Ten Spring Practices

In the fall, the Kentucky football team practices in the afternoon. That changes to the mornings in the spring, leaving the rest of the day uninterrupted for players to focus on academics. Stoops might change that moving forward.

The cold spring mornings often force the team into the Nutter Field House. Cramped quarters with a track that doesn’t give the football team a complete 100-yard field, today two players, Lynn Bowden and Kavosiey Smoke, could not finish practice because injuries on the indoor field turf.

“I had to move it outside. I had to get out of the indoor. I gotta rethink practicing in the spring in the morning,” Stoops said. “I just can’t get the work done in there.”

They aren’t the only ones on the injury report. Wide receiver Ahmad Wagner safety Tyrell Ajian have missed a few practices with lingering hamstring issues. Tight end Keaton Upshaw has been one of the most praised young playmakers throughout the first ten practices. In the middle of another exceptional scrimmage, Upshaw tweaked a hamstring last Friday. He hopes to return in time for the spring game, but his status remains up in the air as of today.

It’s frustrating for the redshirt freshman tight end who was sidelined with a meniscus tear in his first fall on campus. Even though he was limited, Upshaw learned quite a bit from C.J. Conrad.

“He gave me an opportunity to learn from him. He was a big impact, seeing what he does, being in the film room, it helped me a lot,” Upshaw told KSR. “It’s real frustrating dealing with all these injuries, but it happens for a reason,”

Once Upshaw gets a clean bill of health, he brings quite a bit to the table.

“I feel like we have some really have some upside there,” said Stoops. “Keaton is such a big target and he runs so well.”

The young tight end is close with his quarterback. Whenever he’s a potential target, Upshaw tells Terry Wilson, “Throw it up to me. I’ll go get it for you.