There were a few bits of news out of Wednesday’s University of Kentucky football media availability. The Cats were to practice again Wednesday afternoon, but don’t chat with media again until Friday night.
ELI BROWN UPDATE:True freshman linebacker Eli Brown from Warren East High School, who seemed destined for a redshirt season this year, met with the Kentucky coaches this week and asked to be put in the mix at linebacker, head coach Mark Stoops said Wednesday. Initially the four-star linebacker from Bowling Green had discussed being redshirted as he tried to get bigger and stronger after coming off a knee surgery. But when Brown saw the Cats’ depleted linebacker group — especially at the weakside linebacker spot where he will play — he said he wanted to play this season. Brown was running at times with the second team at weakside linebacker on Tuesday behind Khalid Henderson. The top player at that spot is Ryan Flannigan, who is day-to-day with a shoulder injury. Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said Brown gained 12-15 pounds during the summer and already looks the part.
TRANSFER WILL HELP: Junior-college standout Courtney Miggins will be able to play right away and has been used in a variety of ways on the defensive front, Eliot said. Defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh said Miggins has been a quick study. “He’s a fast learner,” he said. “He really is a fast learner when it comes down to schemes and all that.”
'JUST AMAZING': Stoops marveled at offensive linemen like Jordan Swindle and Jon Toth, who are both carrying full loads with 4.0 grade-point averages while balancing football. “Both of those guys are just amazing, really,” Stoops said. “They come to work every day, they mind their own business and get their job done, then they leave and do great academically. They’re stressing about just getting straight A’s. Some other guys are stressing about getting C’s.”
INJURIES: There wasn’t much talk of injuries except for Stoops confirming that right tackle Kyle Meadows is back practicing after missing an extended period battling migraines. There’s been no status change on linebacker Ryan Flannigan, who injured his shoulder in fall camp. “He’s still banged up, but we haven’t heard that it’s anything serious,” Eliot said. “Just keeping him out.”