Cats prepare for Miami O with scrimmage

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- With one week to go until opening kickoff, the Wildcats prepared for the "Rumble on the River" with an intersquad scrimmage. The game was played on artificial turf, and at the same game time next week's game will be played.

"We had a lot of big, long scoring plays today, except against our first-string defense, they did not give one of those up," Brooks said. "Some sloppy tackling, some big plays. (Donald) Russell and Dakotah Tyler made some good runs as well as Derrick Locke broke a long one and didn't get caught today. Moncell Allen ran well. Alfonso (Smith) broke a good run. I thought the backs performed pretty well."

With only one week remaining before the season kicks off for real, Kentucky has begun game preparation for the Redhawks of Miami (Ohio). With a new coaching staff, however, much of it is guesswork, according to Brooks.

Wide receivers Chris Matthews and Randall Cobb both played well, according to Brooks, as well as quarterback Mike Hartline. "He did some really good things (in the scrimmage), hit some nice balls," Brooks said about Hartline. "Had one or two that I'd like for him to have over, but overall he's had a very good fall camp and today was pretty much in that vein."

One of the areas of concern with Micah Johnson out nursing a strained foot was linebacker. Brooks noted that others were stepping up. "(Ronnie) Sneed did some good things," Brooks said. "We know what Micah can do, he's been around here a long time. I think some of the younger guys got a lot of action today and it's hard to tell until we look at the tape exactly how they did. We could interchange some of those guys. Antonio Thomas took reps at quite a few places today in that linebacker rotation. Ridge Wilson and Will Johnson did the same thing. It will be interesting to see how those guys actually did. They showed up, but they probably made some mistakes, so we need to clean those things up."

Kentucky opens the season Saturday, September 5 in Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium, in the "Rumble on the River" against Miami of Ohio. Kickoff is at 12:00 noon, and the game will be televised live by ESPNU.

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