The University of Kentucky football team completed its final on-campus practice Monday morning at the Nutter Field House and will re-convene in Nashville on Tuesday evening to resume preparations for Sunday's Music City Bowl. The Wildcats completed final exams last week and then practiced Friday through Monday as they prepared to take on the Clemson Tigers, runners-up in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"I think the energy has been high," senior tackle Corey Peters said. "They're probably the best team we've played in any of these bowl games, so that's exciting, and I think everybody's excited for school to be over for the semester. Now we're ready to go out and play some ball. This has been the only time that we've been able to focus strictly on football since camp, and we've been indoors, so it's actually a little warmer. These are some of the few practices everybody actually enjoys."
Kentucky will hold its first practice in Nashville on Wednesday.
Hartline holding up
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Brooks said that junior quarterback Mike Hartline made it through his fourth straight practice without any major setbacks to his knee.
"He threw the ball really well today," Brooks said.
Dufrene to start at linebacker
Brooks said junior Jacob Dufrene would get the start at strongside linebacker in place of the injured Sam Maxwell. Dufrene has six tackles and a tackle for loss in limited action this season.
"He knows what he's doing; now he'll have the opportunity to step up and make plays," Brooks said, "just like other guys have had to do in spots this year."
Adeyemi to transfer
University of Kentucky sophomore receiver Eric Adeyemi has left the program and will transfer, UK Coach Rich Brooks said.
The 6-foot, 170-pound Adeyemi, a native of Miami, Fla., caught 18 passes for 149 yards with no touchdowns during his two-year career. Adeyemi played in nine games this season for the Cats, catching five passes for 41 yards.
Georgia lineman commits to UK
The University of Kentucky received a commitment this weekend from Kenarious Gates, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive lineman from Greenville, Ga. Gates is rated as a three-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com, and he had offers from Mississippi State, Troy, North Carolina State and Vanderbilt.
Gates is the 24th commitment for Kentucky's 2010 class. UK has two commitments for the 2011 class: Eastern tight end Jon Davis and Bryan Station offensive lineman Darrian Miller.