Brooks: Defense flying around, making plays

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Kentucky football team held its second major scrimmage of fall practice Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium.

Here are some notes and quotes from Coach Rich Brooks following the scrimmage, which featured the first-team offense and defense against the second-team offense and defense:

"Andre Woodson did a good job throwing the ball and managing the offense. He threw a couple of nice touchdown passes,"Brooks said. "The offense is making more plays than they did early in fall camp." "The first defense did a very, very good job," Brooks said. "Other than a couple of 10- to 15-yard runs, they shut down the second offense. The defense is still flying around and making plays."

UK's top three tailbacks, Rafael Little, Arliss Beach, and Draak Davis were held out of the scrimmage as they recover from injuries. Alexis Bwenge, Terrell Bankhead, and Alfonso Smith handled the tailback duties.

"I think we have to get Alexis some 'touches' in the games," Brooks said. "He has been really productive carrying the ball last spring and this fall."

(Regarding the freshmen) "We have to start making definite decisions about who is going to play, who is definitely going to redshirt, and there will be a couple on the bubble," Brooks said.

"(True freshmen) Myron Pryor and Ventrell Jenkins are getting a lot of reps (at defensive tackle)," Brooks said. "Braxton Kelley continues to do a lot of positive things (at middle linebacker). We'll get (middle linebacker) Joe Schuler back tomorrow." Schuler has been out with an injury.

"We integrated the kicking game into the scrimmage,"Brooks said. "(Kicker) Taylor Begley is having a great camp. Jacob Tamme is really doing well as the holder. Jason Dickerson is doing well as the snapper."

(Regarding kick returns) "John Logan took one back today (for a touchdown)," Brooks said. "We'll get Keenan Burton back this week. David Jones returned a punt very well today. Dicky Lyons hasn't been out there because of hamstring strains in both legs. We can also use Rafael Little and Keenan Burton on punt returns. DeMoreo Ford is still in the mix."

"(Freshman quarterback) Curtis Pulley has made significant progress," Brooks said. "He's grasping the offense and is into it." Brooks reported two injuries in the scrimmage. Sophomore defensive tackle Ricky Abren sustained a dislocated bone in his wrist. He will have surgery and be out indefinitely. Freshman linebacker Mikhail Mabry sustained a knee injury, the extent of which will be known more fully in the next 24-48 hours.

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