UK Football Notebook: Wednesday

The Kentucky staff discusses the Wildcats' progress after Wednesday's workout at the Nutter Training Center, the third practice of fall camp and the first in shoulder pads.

Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown knows the question is coming every day from now until the Wildcats announce a starter at football's most talked-about position.

"The quarterbacks all looked decent. Alright, next question," Brown quipped as he shuffled toward the assembled UK media corps after Wednesday afternoon's workout, the Wildcats' third day of fall camp.

And with that statement, another day had passed with little to glean from Kentucky's three-headed quarterback battle between sophomores Maxwell Smith, Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles.

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops echoed Brown's sentiment for the most part, but said it should not be read as a troublesome situation.

"They're doing good," Stoops said. "It's not easy on anybody when you're rotating. This was the third day, and the third guy is starting with the 1s and rotating them all through. It's a little bit difficult, for sure, when there's three guys, but again, we need to be fair, and they're all good players, they all have different strengths. We're confident that whoever is behind center will help us win some games."

Brown said the first three days of practice have been dedicated to installation of the offense and that not much depth chart movement will occur until the offense moves beyond that.

An even bigger concern for the Cats' new OC on this day was continuing to establish the type of breakneck tempo he wants to see from his edition of the "Air Raid" offense.

"Not good," Brown said of the pace he's witnessed so far. "It's been OK. We've got to get a lot better. That's the hardest thing when you're trying to get new guys, and we've got a bunch, as you guys know. The hardest thing to get them accustomed to, the tempo we're playing at. Really, if you came out here and watched, it's not bad, but it's nowhere near what we want to do. It's not near the pressure we need to put on the defense."

One of the newcomers who grabbed the staff's attention on Wednesday was receiver Jeff Badet, a freshman from Orlando, Fla.

"I noticed Badet a little bit. He jumped out at me," Stoops said. "He's got some juice. He can run a little bit, and he made a couple of nice catches."

Brown said he was also pleased with several of UK's walk-on players at receiver who have a legit opportunity to crack the rotation this season due to lack of depth at the position.

"I'm pleased with our walk-ons," he said. "We've got Joey Harrick, who's new, from Kilgore College who had a good year last year… Lucas Witt who you all know from here in town. He's shaking off the rust (from being out of football and playing baseball at UK). Austin Sheehan had a really good day. Miles Thompson, who's a freshman from Louisville Manual, made a really good play against the 1s defense today. And Cameron Fogle from Conner High School has made some plays. Really pleased with those guys as a whole."

"If one of those guys can play," UK receivers coach Tommy Mainord added, "there's no doubt they're going to get a chance to show it with the number of reps we're getting. It's a great opportunity for a walk-on player to prove himself, a rare opportunity."

First Scrimmage on Hold:

Stoops said the team will not hold a scrimmage on Saturday, as is often customary after the first week of practice.

"We're not prepared to do that yet," he said. "It will be in the middle of next week. We just have so many young guys and so many things… We'll pick up the intensity and have some live situations, but the full scrimmage will be sometime next week."

The UK boss did add, however, that he was excited for UK's "Fan Day" on Friday at Commonwealth Stadium and thought that fans would enjoy seeing what an actual practice looks like.

"We do want to have a good, full practice and let the fans see it," Stoops said. "They don't get too many opportunities to see practice, and I know there's a lot of interest, so we want to be there and to be able to shake hands and sign autographs and spend time with the fans."

Fan Day is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET with an autograph session. The team is slated to practice at 7:30, followed by fireworks at 9:45. There is no admission or parking costs for the event.

Newcomers Impress Stoops:

A number of UK's 2013 signees have already caught the staff's eye in the early days of practice.

Players like Alex Montgomery, Ryan Timmons, Jason Hatcher, Jeff Badet and Jaleel Hytchye have already been singled out for showing why they were considered top prospects.

"We're very pleased with that whole group," Stoops said. "I feel like we got good players in every one of them."


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