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Countdown to Kickoff: 28 Days

Big Blue Insider countdown to kickoff presented by Mingua Beef Jerky 28 is the number for…  Kei Beckham, Tony Dixon, Choo Choo Lee, Ray Gover, Shorty Jamerson. UK gave up 28 red-zone touchdowns in 54 possession last year,  denying its opponents 46 percent of the time… Tony Dixon had 28 carries in the 2008 Liberty Bowl, a career high for him…  The UK career record for TD catches is 28, a mark still owned by Craig Yeast…  Rafael Little had 28 carries vs. Florida State in Kentucky’s win over Florida State in the 2007 Music City Bowl, gaining 152 yards…  Little also carried 28 times at Vandy in a 48-42 victory in 2005, gaining 198 yards…   In the Wildcats’ season opener at Louisville in 2008, linebacker Ashton Cobb had a 28-yard scoop-and-score in the win over the Cardinals. In that same game, defensive tackle Myron Pryor scooped up a fumble at the UK 28 yard-line in the fourth quarter and rumbled 72 yards for another defensive touchdown… Be sure to go to the Big Blue Insider Facebook page for a chance to win Mingua Beef Jerky 29 is the number for… Derrick Baity, Alfonso Smith, John Bow, Darren Bilberry, David “Buzz” Meers Wideout Jeff Badet caught a total of 29 passes last season for 430 yards and two touchdowns… In 2014, linebacker Josh Forrest intercepted a pass at the UL-Monroe 29 and returned it for a touchdown… Randy...

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Matt Elam on UK Media Day

Kentucky’s Junior nose guard Matt Elam on Media Day On being asked about his weight a lot, “It gets annoying but it’s okay, it’s fine it is the job.” Matt Elam spoke about the new facility he said, “It is amazing.” His favorite part? “The weight room that’s where we spend most of our time.” This offseason most people have agreed the defensive line is the biggest question mark on the team. Elam is ready to answer that question. “Defiantly want to answer that because they got us last in a lot of rankings, I don’t really care about rankings a lot, but I feel like I know what we got on the D-line, the experts might not, but I know we are a great D-line.” Elam also spoke on Regie Meant, “That’s a crazy man, he gives his all every single...

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Mark Stoops at Media Day

  Coach Mark Stoops – Media Day 2016 from UK Athletics  Transcript from UK Athletics University of Kentucky Football Media Conference Friday, August 5, 2016 Mark Stoops Opening Statement COACH STOOPS: Alright, we’ll get started. I’m excited to be here. The players are looking good physically and mentally. We’re excited and ready to go. I’ll fire it open for questions. I’m done with the talking season. You know, it gets to this point, we’re ready for practice one. I can’t wait to get out there. Q. What have you seen from Jordan Bonner? Is he ready to be able to play? COACH STOOPS: He’s ready to go. He’s only been here a few days. We’ll get out there today and see what kind of shape he’s in. Q. I know you probably would have loved to have Bonner on campus for summer workouts. But he’s not going to miss camp. COACH STOOPS: It’s good that he’s here. We wish we had him here all summer to put some weight on him. It is good he’s here day one. He hasn’t missed much. We’ll see what he can do. Q. How comfortable are you with your punting situation going into the season? What are your expectations for Grant McKinnis? COACH STOOPS: We’re excited to see what Grant can do. He’s got a strong leg. Again, we’ll see. It’s day one. We’ll see what...

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Eddie Gran and D.J. Eliot on UK Media Day

Offensive Coordinator Eddie Gran Media Day 2016 From UK Athletics  From UK Athletics Kentucky Football Media Day Commonwealth Stadium August 5, 2016 Offensive Coordinator Eddie Gran On his perspective of how Coach Stoops has built this program… “Just because we left together at Florida State, we were so close that everything that he did here at Kentucky, I was following. So, just looking at where they were then, and where they are now, and I’m a part of it now, I think they’ve done a fantastic job. I’ve said that many times and I think they’ve changed where they’re at and where they’re going.” On Drew Barker being a leader… “I don’t need a cheerleader. I just need somebody that when he talks, people listen. He can do that in practice without being a cheerleader. My point was that from Sunday through Friday, is to stress our offense as much as we can, so on Saturday it’s easier. They’re going to see somebody that doesn’t get too high or too low. I’ve got to figure out how to get him in rhythm when he’s not in rhythm. I’ve got to spend my time doing that, not being a cheerleader. That’s how I’ve done it and it’s worked well. It might not be Drew, in that shape or form, it might be [Jon] Toth or it might be Jojo [Kemp]. And...

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Mitch Barnhart on Media Day 2016

Mitch Barnhart – Media Day 2016 From UK Athletics  From UK Athletics  University of Kentucky Football Media Conference Friday, August 5, 2016 Mitch Barnhart, Director of Athletics MITCH BARNHART: Appreciate the time. Good to spend some time with everybody. As we get started, I sort of wanted to recapture where we were from last year, sort of look forward as we go into this year. It’s an exciting time of year to get the kids back on campus. It’s a great time to reconnect with our young people. They’ve been here all summer working hard. I’m pleased with that, with the progress they’ve made, the things that they’ve done. But obviously it’s the start of a new year so that means a lot for us. We finished 26th in the Directors’ Cup last year as a department. It’s fine. It was okay. It was the fifth (straight) time we finished in the top 30, which is great on one hand. On the other hand, not real pleased. I thought we left a lot on the table. I want to find a way to continue to move our program forward. I want to congratulate the teams. Obviously we had some successes, did some really cool things. Two championship teams last year. Our men’s basketball team won the conference championship, co-championship in regular season, tournament championship, and our men’s soccer team won the Conference...

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