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3 Things we learned from Kentucky’s third Spring Football Scrimmage

With less than a week until the Blue/White Game, the Wildcats went to Kroger Field one final time to scrimmage. Above all else, Mark Stoops liked what he saw from the defense.

1. Big Day for Defense

For maybe the first time all spring, the defense lived up to Stoops’ lofty expectations. It all started at the line of scrimmage.

“I was really pleased defensively. I felt like a week ago we just kind of milled around the field, didn’t have the intensity that we’re looking for. This week, different story,” Stoops said.

“The defense came out and played, really dominated up front, physical at the point of attack, created some turnovers and played a really good scrimmage. I’m pleased.”

Phil Hoskins was disruptive, credited with at least two sacks on the day. The defense picked off a few passes and dropped a couple more. The offense did not make a charge until late.

“Offensively we did some good things late in the scrimmage, made some big plays down the stretch. We made a big play to cap the scrimmage off. Just like a typical spring scrimmage, there’s a little give and take.”

2. Potential Spring Game Format

Stoops is still weighing his options but ideally, the team will be split in half for a true Blue vs. White game Friday night at Kroger Field.

“I’d like to have a regular game, rather than offense and defense,” he said. “Our players enjoy it that way, I think the fans do too. If we have enough numbers I’d like to do it that way.”

Depth may prevent that from happening. Today Kavosiey Smoke and Keaton Upshaw were just two of the players withheld from the scrimmage due to injury. If the Cats get healthy enough, Friday could be a lot of fun.

3. Stoops Expects Jared Casey to Play

The media spoke to the four-star in-state recruit for the first time this morning. He explained why Josh Allen was a big reason why he decided to come to Kentucky.

“It’s big shoes to fill. I’m just trying to do the best I can,” Casey said. “The first thing I haver to do is learn the position. I can’t have as many mental errors. I need to be able to play fast.”

Even though he has not completely grasped the system, Stoops expects Casey to play this fall.

“He needs to continue to learn, improve and get better,” said Stoops. “He’s swimming a little bit right now, like you would expect for a true freshman, a guy who should be in high school. But yeah, we anticipate him playing.”

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for 3 Things we learned from Kentucky’s third Spring Football Scrimmage



  1. jaws2
    6:48 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

    Can’t wait until football season begins. It’s going to be an interesting year.



  2. bwise
    7:07 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

    Nothing about terry lol hopefully Gilmore is as good as his tape indicates.



  3. AreJ
    7:41 pm April 6, 2019 Permalink

    I’m excited about this team, I think we have real talent and if our offense can get back to the big play abilities of a few year ago we can be damn good. BBN.



  4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    1:04 am April 7, 2019 Permalink

    I still believe Terry will be better at the start of the season but given the chance Gilmore has a higher end of the year potential.



  5. imabucket
    1:30 am April 7, 2019 Permalink

    Can someone plz tell me that that isn’t Chris Rodriguez at the 38 second mark? Dude lifted the defender off his feet



  6. Wildcat homer
    9:18 am April 7, 2019 Permalink

    It will be a rebuilding year. I will be thrilled with a 7-5 record next season



    • east-ky-boy
      12:10 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

      That fact that someone says a 7-5 season is a rebuilding year for ky football speaks volumes to where we have come too



  7. BluKudzu
    1:28 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    Yeah, well 7-5 in the SEC is equal to or better than 9-3 in most other conferences.

    The SEC is where the overall best talent comes to play football.

    We will see.



  8. [email protected]
    12:40 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

    Last season was great but we’ve had great seasons before. Sustaining last years level of play means recruiting talent equal to last years team. IMO….we will be fortunate to win 6 games and more like 5. I’ve been hear before…several times.