What We Learned | UK open practice No. 2

first_img* Coaches have already said true freshman tailback Sihiem King is too good not to play, and it’s clear why. He’s both quick and fast, able to juke his way out of trouble and then zoom away once he’s turned the corner. King twice (at least) got the edge on swing passes and was down the sideline in a blink. He also wiggled free on a run up the middle and appeared jet-powered in the open field.King and tiny receiver T.V. Williams were working as UK’s primary punt returners Tuesday. Both are slippery and speedy. Williams was fairly involved offensively from the slot, and he let everyone know it. If he made even a decent play, he chirped. The smallest guy on the team might be its biggest talker.“Better go on, little boy,” defensive tackle Melvin Lewis told him at one point. Later, when hulking linebacker Jabari Johnson swallowed up Williams on a play, he yelled, “Hell no!” It was a spirited practice and both sides seemed to be enjoying the back and forth.The mood in camp remains light and positive. The Cats look more talented than they’ve been in years, and everyone involved seems to realize that.Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Follow him on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Freshman WR Blake Bone runs out of the tunnel before the University of Kentucky Football game against the Vanderbilt Commodores in Lexington, KY. Saturday, September 27, 2014.Freshman WR Blake Bone runs out of the tunnel before the University of Kentucky Football game against the Vanderbilt Commodores in Lexington, KY. Saturday, September 27, 2014.LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the first time since Kentucky put on full pads this preseason, coach Mark Stoops opened up practice to the media on Tuesday, the team’s 12th day of camp. Offense won the day for the Wildcats, but the defense had its moments. Here are the important things we saw, excluding injury updates (see the daily practice report):* True freshman cornerback Chris Westry appeared at first to be among the injured, wearing a red, no-contact jersey, but then he participated in every part of practice – mostly with the starters – and looked great. In one-on-one drills, the 6-foot-4 Westry ran stride for stride with likely starting receiver Dorian Baker (an imposing 6-3, 208-pound specimen himself) and made a leaping pass breakup.Westry and fellow true freshman cornerback Derrick Baity rotated in regularly with the starters. Junior J.D. Harmon and senior Cody Quinn also played several snaps at corner with the first string. Senior Fred Tiller, a two-year starter, did not. Sophomore Kendall Randolph, also in contention for a starting spot, was dressed out but did not participate much due to a pulled hamstring.Practice Report | UK Day 12* About that offense: both quarterbacks had their moments, as we’ve heard all camp. Starter Patrick Towles looked sharp in the end-zone-fade drill and later, in 11-on-11 against the No. 1 defense, executed a perfect play-action pass. He rolled left and hit tight end C.J. Conrad, who had only one safety to beat. Towles also threw several high-velocity, on-target intermediate passes.Redshirt freshman Drew Barker didn’t play like a guy hanging his head about learning this week he’s the backup. He hooked up with Blake Bone deep down the sideline in 7-on-7 drills, beat a blitz with a dart down the middle to freshman receiver Tavin Richardson and fired a number of other on-the-money throws down the field.He looked totally relaxed but said afterward it’s not because he now has nothing to lose.“I’ve been playing like that all camp, really. I guess it’s who I am as a quarterback,” Barker said, “sometimes taking chances (and) sometimes it will be good, sometimes not so good. But that’s my style of play. … I’m still going out there just trying to get better every day, just putting myself in a position if the opportunity arises that I can be prepared.”Q&A | OC Dawson on UK’s 12th day of camp* About that offense, take two: Bone and third-year sophomore Alex Montgomery were spectacular Tuesday and between those two and Baker, the Wildcats should have at least three legitimate jump-ball threats this fall.Montgomery, who hasn’t played since tearing his ACL late in the 2013 season, had one of his best days since then, starting with a one-hand grab on the touchdown-fade drill. Afterward, a teammate yelped, “There he is!” And he was hardly done. He lost a defensive and made a leaping snag in one-on-one drills, hauled in a twisting, one-hand (again) catch between two defenders in 7-on-7 drills and pulled down another leaping grab in traffic during 11-on-11.Bone beat starting safety Marcus McWilson over the top, bobbling and then securing the difficult catch in 7-on7, then made his own leaping, twisting, one-hand grab deep down the sideline (from Barker) over Harmon.“You guys saw a bunch of one-handed catches today,” Barker said. “I think it was the most we’ve had all camp. It was great just to see those guys make competitive plays, and it’s not like the defense is inept. They’re right there on the ball.”<!–iframe–>* Stoops is very hands-on with the defensive backs, particularly the corners Tuesday. “Don’t think you can hold these SEC receivers,” he barked at them as he put them through drills. “We beat them with technique.” Stoops, a former safety and longtime defensive backs coach, was also quite talkative with the offense, playfully (most of the time) taunting them after a broken up pass.Westry, nickle Blake McClain and free safety A.J. Stamps all made nice breaks on the ball to bat down passes on one-on-one drills. Stamps later picked off Towles in 7-on-7 drills, which the QB said was just his second of the preseason.When receiver Jeff Badet – showing no signs of his recent toe injury or previous leg and ankle injuries – beat his man deep but couldn’t come down with the catch, Stoops yelled, “Million-dollar move, 10-cent finish.” Session ID: 2020-09-18:e083eddbf5865990609c8898 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-756650-4423951235001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Suriname, Brazil, T&T clubs to feature in GFF/ExxonMobil/STAG Beer Futsal tournament

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has partnered with ExxonMobil and Ansa McAl to launch an eight-team International Futsal tournament, which will be played from December 27 to 30.Trinidad and Tobago’s Morvant Caledonia United will head the list of teams from overseas which also features ZV All-Stars from Suriname, and Brazilian side from the state of Sau Paulo.While in Guyana, the teams will collide with a Guyana select side, along with a team from Linden, East Bank Demerara and West Demerara football associations.GFF is yet to say where the tournament will be held, but tentatively, the National Park and Cliff Anderson Sports Hall are the venues earmarked to host the first international Futsal tournament in Guyana.The winning side will pocket $1.2M, while second through fourth place will go home with $600 000, $300 000 and $100 000 respectively.Wayne Forde, president of the GFF, in lauding Ansa McAl and ExxonMobil for their support, made a rallying call to futsal fans to support the event, telling reporters that his Federation is looking forward to a tournament that will be worthy of the investment the sponsors are making.“I want to encourage the general public to support the tournament because we have many days of exciting football with an exciting international flavour and I have every reason to believe that the fans are going to have a great experience,” the GFF boss noted.Nicholas Yearwood, ExxonMobil Communications Adviser, who pointed out that this is its second involvement in the Futsal arena, having partnered with New Era Entertainment for the tournament in Linden, said the track record and involvement of the Medal of Service recipients Kashif and Shanghai Organisation made it easy for them to make a decision to come on board.Meanwhile, Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton, who also holds the responsibility for sport, said while he’s happy to see International Futsal being played in Guyana, he would have been more pleased if teams from the hinterland could have been involved.The Minister wished the GFF well and stated his Government’s support in ensuring that the tournament is run in a smooth manner.last_img read more