The media got a little peek at Kentucky’s practice on Tuesday afternoon. There are many more notes to come, but here is some of what we saw:
UK RECEIVERS STRONG: There was a lot of talk in the preseason about the depth and talent at wide receiver this season, but it looked like more than talk on Tuesday. There were several one-handed grabs by Alexander Montgomery and Blake Bone, who had one monster catch over 6-foot-4 corner Chris Westry, as well as some strong, competitive plays all around. Wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord said no decisions have been made about starting spots. “We’re just practicing getting better and when it’s time to make those decisions as a coaching staff, we’re going to do that,” he said. “Right now, we’re not deciding on anything; we’re just playing and developing and seeing at the end of the day who’s ready.” But it looks like the Cats have plenty of options even with last year’s top receiver Ryan Timmons on the sideline Tuesday.
MONTGOMERY MOVES: Even at Media Day, Montgomery seemed cautious about saying he was back to full speed. He’s spent the last season and a half trying to bounce back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Tuesday was a confidence-boosting type of day for Montgomery, who played in eight games his freshman season and had 16 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns. “I was glad to see that. He needed that,” Mainord said of Montgomery’s day. “Not for me, I know what he can do. But just to see him keep developing, keep gaining confidence.”
RUNNING, RUNNING, RUNNING: To end practice, Jojo Kemp, who took most of the snaps with the first team, scored on three straight goal-line plays. “That’s nice,” offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. “We’ve preached being physical since day one, and I think you've got to have a good combination of finesse and physical.” True freshman Sihiem King had a couple of nice breakaway runs and showed a quick first step. He saw some reps at punt returner as did T.V. Williams and C.J. Walker, a true freshman from Bryan Station.
INJURY UPDATES: Running back Stanlety "Boom" Williams said he’s been back at practice the past two days doing limited work after a scare last week where he bruised his knee. Williams caught a couple of passes and said he’ll be ready to go soon. Wide receiver Ryan Timmons had a walking boot on his left leg to start practice before shedding the boot and getting on the stationary bike for an extended period. Of Timmons, Mainord said: “He’ll be fine. He’s been going and will be soon. Not worried about that at all.” Offensive lineman Kyle Meadows, who has been battling migraine headaches, was not at practice (that I could see) and true freshman George Asafo-Adjei is still running with the first team in Meadows’ place. Linebacker Ryan Flannigan, who hurt his shoulder recently, was not in pads and did not practice, but he no longer was wearing the sling.