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UK football: Wednesday's practice report

Kentucky wide receiver Ryan Timmons took a break during a timeout in Kentucky's season-opening 59-14 defeat of Tennessee Martin. Timmons is the Wildcats' leading receiver, but Coach Mark Stoops has urged him to raise his level of play in big games.
Kentucky wide receiver Ryan Timmons took a break during a timeout in Kentucky's season-opening 59-14 defeat of Tennessee Martin. Timmons is the Wildcats' leading receiver, but Coach Mark Stoops has urged him to raise his level of play in big games. Herald-Leader

Players and coaches (and media) are getting antsy for actual games to be played, especially theirs. Here are some notes from Wednesday's University of Kentucky football practice:

'PROVE YOUR WORTH': Fans have had some fun in the preseason trying to figure out which of Kentucky’s wide receivers is going to be the one to lead the team in catches, yards and touchdowns. Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson has no idea who it’s going to be and he doesn’t care to speculate. “To me, people need to prove their worth,” he explained. “We’re not sitting here with a guy that had 100 catches last year, and so to me, we have a bunch of players that are role players. We’re not gonna sit there and try to make sure this guy gets 10 or 15 touches a game, because, you know Prove your worth.” Quarterback Patrick Towles said he feels a little sorry for his offensive coordinator knowing how many potential play-makers may want the ball this season. “Guys like Dorian (Baker) and Blake (Bone) and Jeff (Badet). All those guys. They’re so good at what they do.” No matter which guy is out there, Towles said he’s confident someone will make plays.

PEACE IN A STADIUM:Towles admitted to journeying over to check out the stadium a couple of times this summer when no one else was in there. He plans to do it again before Saturday’s game, too. “I’m a big fan of peaceful situations. I just love peace,” Towles said. “I know on Saturday there’s not going to be a lot of peace, so I want to get in there and relax, kind of take it all in before the war happens on Saturday.”

INJURY UPDATES: Not a ton of injury news with Mark Stoops saying on Wednesday’s teleconference (before practice) that weakside linebacker Ryan Flannigan was still being assessed but is “very close.” Stoops also mentioned that true freshman Jordan Jones, who had an undisclosed illness and missed much of training camp, was back on the practice field on Tuesday. Caught up with wideout/punt returner Ryan Timmons on Wednesday and he said he’s healthier now than he’s been in any of his seasons at UK.

DAILY LINKS: If you want to know everything there is to know about the ins and outs of the new Commonwealth Stadium, have I got a story for you . Oh, and then this story about athletics department staffers and UK athletes pitching in to get the stadium ready for the big game.

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