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Stoops again pleased with practice

Coach Mark Stoops was again pleased as his team practiced for a second day in fall camp. Stoops said the throws of quarterback Max Smith are being limited to protect his shoulder.

"Another good day," UK head coach Mark Stoops said. "Good day. Just businesslike today. Not as much excitement, but I thought they were still very good, good energy and concentrating."

UK is in the process of mixing the old with the new this fall as a highly touted recruiting class joins returning Wildcats on the field. A few of those newcomers are impressing already in spite of the fact that they are still learning.

"(Wide receiver) Alex Montgomery jumped out at me, made a couple (plays)," Stoops said. "(Wide receiver) Ryan Timmons jumped out at me, made a couple nice plays. (Defensive end) Jason Hatcher's doing some really good things."

Meanwhile, the play of the veterans is still showing that the summer was well-spent.

"The older guys are all much better than we were in the spring, so it's been good," Stoops said. "We're getting a lot of reps, we're getting a lot of work in, so it's good for those guys."

The coaching staff breaks the team up into four different groups, maximizing the efficiency of each practice. Even with so much activity constantly going on, UK has avoided any significant injuries through the first two days of installation.

Stoops, however, did announce on Tuesday that cornerback J.D. Harmon is not practicing and is not expected to be with the team for the 2013 season, but that won't deter the Cats.

"We've just got a next-man-up mentality," defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said. "Whoever we have for game one will be the guy that plays and we don't fret, our players know that. Whoever the next guy is just steps up and plays."

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