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UK has lost a defensive player for spring practice to a knee injury

Mark Stoops says UK football starts spring with a learning curve

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops talks to the media after his team’s first day of spring practice on Monday, March 4, 2019. The Wildcats must replace several experienced players from last year’s 10-3 team that won the Citrus Bowl.
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Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops talks to the media after his team’s first day of spring practice on Monday, March 4, 2019. The Wildcats must replace several experienced players from last year’s 10-3 team that won the Citrus Bowl.

Kentucky linebacker Marquez Bembry has undergone knee surgery and will miss UK’s spring practice, Mark Stoops said Monday.

Bembry, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound product of Stone Mountain, Ga., is a transfer from Jones County Community College in Mississippi.

At a news conference after wintry weather moved UK’s first day of spring practice into the Nutter Fieldhouse, Stoops also said senior-to-be wide receiver Ahmad Wagner missed the practice with a hamstring injury.

Stoops also announced that redshirt sophomore Clevan Thomas, who signed with Kentucky as a wide receiver but was working out as a defensive back before the VRBO Citrus Bowl, has returned to wideout this spring.

With Kentucky seeking to keep momentum going after a 10-3 season in 2018 that ended with a victory over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, Stoops proclaimed himself pleased with how the Wildcats trained this offseason.

“It’s been a really solid offseason for us to this point,” the UK coach said.

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops talks about the promotion of Brad White to defensive coordinator and the hiring of Jon Sumrall as inside linebackers coach. Sumrall played linebacker at UK under Guy Morriss and Rich Brooks.

Mark Story has worked in the Lexington Herald-Leader sports department since Aug. 27, 1990, and has been a H-L sports columnist since 2001. I have covered every Kentucky-Louisville football game since 1994, every UK-U of L basketball game but three since 1996-97 and every Kentucky Derby since 1994.


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