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Afternoon Football Notes for the UK Fans of the Day

Spring Practice Starts in Two Weeks

What has become a UK football tradition under Mark Stoops, Spring Practice will begin the week prior to UK’s spring break.  Starting March 5, the Cats will have three practices, take a week-long break, then return for heavy hitting for one final month.

To celebrate the occasion, Freddie Maggard and The Depth Chart Podcast crew will be at Jack Kain Ford next Thursday at 1:00.  Located on Versailles Road near the Bluegrass Parkway, stop by for some popcorn, coffee and a Spring Football Preview with Freddie and the gang.

Pro Day Announced

The Friday after the team returns from Spring Break, UK will host dozens of NFL scouts for UK’s Pro Day.  Set to start March 23 at 9:00 a.m., the event will be televised on the SEC Network.

The man with the most to prove is Cole Mosier. The Kentucky left tackle could have earned his way into the NFL Draft with an excellent senior season, but the former walk-on lost that opportunity when he tore his ACL in the preseason.  After months of rehab, he’s expected to work out in front of NFL Scouts on Pro Day.

Juice Johnson, Kayaune Ross, Kendall Randolph and Blake Bone are a few other seniors that are expected to work out. For the first time in many years at UK Pro Day, we’ll see a kicker show off his leg when Austin MacGinnis takes the field.

Gains SZN

If you follow any UK football social media accounts, you’ve seen videos from the weight room and indoor training facility, but what kind of results are they getting?  UK Athletics recently updated the roster and the numbers don’t lie (especially on the defensive line).

  • DT Phil Hoskins +26
  • DT Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald +21
  • NT Quinton Bohanna +20
  • C Drake Jackson +13
  • OLB Jordan Wright -34
  • DE Chris Whittaker -33
  • Bunchy Stallings -10

See more of biggest gains and losses from Joe Mussatto at SEC Country.

Wandale Robinson is Turning Heads

If you don’t know the name Wandale Robinson yet, it’s time you got acquainted with the Western Hills do-it-all superstar back.  He posted absolutely stupid numbers as a junior — 2,330 rushing yards (13.1 ypc), 33 rushing touchdowns and 6 receiving touchdowns — and is a Mr. Football favorite this fall.

The recruiting services haven’t been too high on Robinson until recently because he’s only 5’8.  That changed this weekend.  Robinson was the best player at UnderArmour’s Best of the Midwest Camp in Indianapolis.  Steve Wiltfong from 24/7 told Ben Roberts one coach clocked him at 4.22 on a 40-yard dash.  It’s okay to be skeptical of that speed, so here’s a sample of Robinson out-running the Indianapolis competition.

Duke and Virginia have some early momentum for Robinson, but Kentucky will be in it until the very end.

Check out UK’s 2018 Promo Schedule

The 2018 home schedule will feature games honoring our Heroes, high school bands and new UK Hall of Fame Members.  See the entire promotional schedule here.

Stoops Returned to Youngstown

Each year Mark Stoops returns to Youngstown with all of his brothers to host a coaches clinic and speak at Cardinal Mooney High School’s Hall of Fame Ceremony, which bears his father Ron’s name.  There’s an article featuring quotes from both Stoops brothers in Youngstown’s The Vindicator, but the best part of the story isn’t the words, is the following picture.  To be a fly on the wall in that conversation.



Article written by Nick Roush

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

3 Comments for Afternoon Football Notes for the UK Fans of the Day

  1. Brutal Hustler
    4:03 pm February 22, 2018 Permalink

    Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald’s weight gain is very encouraging. Hopefully as he adds size he’ll become like a better Jadeveon Clowney

  2. Bluebros
    4:58 pm February 22, 2018 Permalink

    I remember Wandale’s father back in High School. Roni Robinson was an amazing athlete in both basketball and football. Too bad his boy didn’t go to FCHS. Western Hills is the “Louisville Cards” of Frankfort. 😉 I would love seeing the young man come to Kentucky.

    Man, I’m getting old!