Cats conclude preps for MSU

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Having not played for 10 days, Kentucky wrapped up an extended period of practice with a day of "good preparation" for Mississippi State on Tuesday.

Continuing to make the lead-up to this midweek game as similar to a typical game week as possible, the Wildcats held a regular Thursday practice.

"We went through our normal Thursday routine," head coach Mark Stoops said. "We stayed with a normal Thursday practice, which consists of the normal things. We start with a special-team period and we go to situational work then we go to another special-team period then we come back with team with moving the ball in a game-like situation."

Maxwell Smith continued to take the majority of snaps at quarterback and Stoops confirmed the redshirt sophomore will start Thursday's game. Jalen Whitlow, who is nearing full recovery from an ankle sprain he suffered against Alabama, will be the backup.

"He'll be ready to go, if we need him," Stoops said. "Again, I think Max got most of the reps last week and this week, but Jalen will be ready to go and we'll use him if we need to."

Whitlow wasn't the only Wildcat to take advantage of the bye week and UK hopes to reap the benefits.

"We're feeling pretty good," Stoops said. "We're, I think, much healthier than we've been in some time mentally and physically and ready to go."

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