Denzil Ware and Mike Edwards were Absent
Two of Kentucky’s three best defensive players did not practice today, but it wasn’t because of injury. Ware was out of town for a funeral and Edwards was attending his sister’s wedding.
Stoops was encouraged to see the defense succeed despite their absence. “It’s good to see other guys step in, get some reps, get some quality reps and get better.”
Alex Reigelsperger was Present
The 2018 defensive end from Dayton, Ohio has been a frequent flyer to Lexington since he committed to Kentucky. On the sideline for today’s practice, he spent some time hanging out with his main man, Dawson.
Format for Blue/White
Friday’s spring game will likely look a lot like last year’s. Stoops has yet to finalize the format, but he said he’ll probably keep it close to last year’s, pitting the first string and some reserves against the second and third team. Special teams will be involved but in a minimal, simulated capacity.
Matt House Sees Growth
Obviously the defensive coordinator enjoyed seeing his defense dominate during the scrimmage period of today’s practice, but he’s not getting too overzealous. The short-lived success isn’t what’s making his unit better, it’s the consistent competition.
“The great thing about spring is the competition, and it goes back and forth, go back and forth,” House said this morning. “Tuesday, we better bring it again or the offense is gonna come out and kick our tail. That’s when you grow as a program. You grow as a program when it is back and forth and competition, like I said, whether it’s in your position group or within your football team. That’s what brings out the best in all of us.”