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Cats respond well in practice


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - There are no guarantees about how a team will respond to two-a-days. After Kentucky's first such practice of fall camp, the early returns are positive. UK returned to the field on Tuesday following Monday's double session and turned in another solid day.

"Good day, good practice," Mark Stoops said. "Got a lot of good work in again. It was beautiful weather out here again so we could go good and long and good, physical practice. So got some good work in. Both sides of the ball were good at times. Inconsistent at times, just what you'd expect."

Inconsistency during the continuing installation process is to be expected, but Stoops reports that the Wildcats' conditioning has proven to be good after a summer working in UK's High Performance program.

"I feel pretty good about that," Stoops said. "The good thing is, again, we talked about the tempo of the offense, but there has been some very lengthy drives, some 12-play drives at times and so it's good to see the guys in shape and they can handle that."

Eager for any sign about the progress of camp's most high-profile position battle, assembled reporters asked which quarterbacks led those long drives. Stoops wouldn't take the bait, but he did mention later that Jalen Whitlow scrambled for a 50-yard touchdown.

"He pulled one and ran right in the end zone," Stoops said. "Not very good defense, but he looked good running down there."

The defense may not have been good on that play, but D.J. Eliot was otherwise fairly pleased with what he saw from his unit.

"We had our ups and downs, did some things good though which I wanted to see," the defensive coordinator said. "We played with an intensity, we played physical at times and we haven't done that throughout training camp at times and we did today."


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