Brooks has Cats ready to do some hitting

The defending Liberty Bowl Champions have concluded the first phase of their preseason camp, and are now prepared to go at it in full pads. Rich Brooks comments on recent workouts when the Cats have had more reps, while going at it in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.

The Kentucky football team had went through its final day of split squad workouts in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts on Monday.

Tuesday the team will begin full squad full contact drills as they don all the pads and the freshmen get their first taste of real SEC level football.

"We got to evaluate a lot of guys," Brooks said of the practice format that concluded on Monday. "It's tougher on them physically. The players get twice as many reps as they would in a normal practice. I think that's why we have some of the groin/hamstring (injuries) because of the difference in the speed of practice, and the cutting, and all of that. Overall, we came out of it pretty good as far as I can tell at this point."

The Wildcats have less than four weeks of practice to come together as a squad as they prepare to face off against Miami(OH) in Cincinnati on September 5th, in a pre-Labor Day contest. The Wildcats then have an off week prior to facing off with instate rival Louisville on September 19th.

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