Hundreds of fans expected at UK Football Women's Clinic

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- Coach Mark Stoops and his troops are getting ready to kick off another season. UK Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers' Coach DJ Eliot says he is ready for practices to start.

"I'm excited about the live action. We've had a lot of meetings and workouts but no live action. I'm ready to get that going," said Eliot.

Full practices do not start until the first week of August, but Eliot says there's still a lot of work going on. "They're lifting. They're running. They're meeting. But there's no contact, no pads and that's what I'm most excited about."

The staff is also getting ready for the UK Women's Clinic. Last year more than 600 female fans took part.

"They can expect to learn all about UK football. From the equipment to the Xs and Os. There will be players there, coaches there, and most importantly the coaches' wives will be there including my wife Miekel.
She's going 8 months pregnant, and she is a real trooper. She won't be there alone."

Za'Darius Smith is a UK senior defensive end from Alabama who transferred from junior college. He took part in last year's clinic.

"It's very exciting. I get to take a lot of pictures, sign a lot of autographs. But the main thing I can't wait for is to teach the women the ins and outs of football," said Smith.

He is also grateful for the opportunity the University of Kentucky has given him and excited for his final season as a Kentucky Wildcat.

"Just to get the opportunity to play football and get a chance to hit people without going to jail," he said with a laugh.

The UK Women's Clinic is Saturday, July 26. Since Commonwealth Stadium is under construction, the clinic will be at Nutter Fieldhouse.

The $75 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, a t-shirt and door prizes. Fans also have a chance to get photos and autographs. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.

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