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Stoops vows 'no tolerance' for fight-related trash talk (or worse) vs. EKU

Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops as the University of Kentucky played the University of Missouri in Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, September 26, 2015. This is first quarter college football action. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops as the University of Kentucky played the University of Missouri in Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, September 26, 2015. This is first quarter college football action. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops says he will show "no tolerance" for any extra-curricular activities or trash talking when UK faces Eastern Kentucky on Saturday night at 7:30 in Commonwealth Stadium.

Bad blood would seem possible between the Wildcats and Colonels. In January, there were two separate but related fights in Richmond involving UK and EKU football players.

"I will have very little tolerance all week — I'll have no tolerance — for anything off the field, talk, none of that B.S.," Stoops said Monday at his weekly news conference.

Stoops said he will talk with his team about the need to keep emotions in check against Eastern.

EKU's Mobley might miss chance to take on former UK teammates

On Jan. 25, three UK football players — wide receiver Dorian Baker, quarterback Drew Barker, and defensive lineman Tymere Dubose — were involved in a bar fight at Jerzee's Cocktail Lounge & Dance Club with EKU offensive lineman Colton Scurry.

According to an investigative report released by the Richmond police in April, Scurry threw the first punch and was "the primary aggressor in the altercation." Scurry subsequently took the worst of the fight, suffering a broken nose and other facial fractures.

In another incident hours after the first one, EKU defensive lineman Patrick Graffree knocked Barker to the ground with a punch to the back of the head. This came after the three UK players involved in the earlier fight entered an EKU dormitory, Telford Hall, in the company of a female student.

After hearing evidence, a Madison County grand jury declined to indict anyone in either fight.

Kemp ahead of Boom

This week's Kentucky depth chart had junior Jojo Kemp listed ahead of Boom Williams as Kentucky's starting running back. Williams had started UK's first four games and is seventh in the SEC in rushing (85.8 yards a game).

However, Kemp was UK's most effective back in the 21-13 upset of No. 25 Missouri. He ran for 66 yards, all after halftime, while Williams had only 21 yards against the Tigers and had only two carries in the second half.

"The thinking there is, that's the way the game went," Stoops said of the switch. "Jojo was the guy who did some things in the game and he deserves an opportunity."

In the post-game, several Kentucky fans reported via social media seeing Williams looking unhappy and exiting the field abruptly. Asked about that, Stoops said "I am waiting to visit with him myself. ... We will meet before our meetings this afternoon."

Johnson wins SEC honor

Kentucky defensive tackle Cory "C.J." Johnson was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Missouri. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound senior from Columbia, S.C., had 11 tackles, three of which forced Missouri punts on third down, and also recorded half a sack against the Tigers.

Johnson's 11 tackles were one more than the junior-college transfer recorded in 12 games last season. Stoops said UK defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh "has worked very hard with (Johnson). He's come a long way."

Swindle 'questionable'

Kentucky senior left tackle Jordan Swindle is listed second string this week, but Stoops says it is because of injury. "Questionable at best," Stoops said of Swindle's chances of playing against Eastern. "He has a leg injury, a pulled muscle and it's bothering him a little bit."

If Swindle is healthy enough to play by Saturday, "then, obviously, he would start," Stoops said.

EKU player to be honored

UK publicist Tony Neely said UK will honor EKU football player Joey Kraemer, killed in a car accident over the weekend, during the playing of My Old Kentucky Home before Saturday's game.

Kraemer, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound redshirt freshman defensive lineman from Kettering, Ohio, was a transfer from UTEP.

He was a high school teammate of Kentucky tight end Greg Hart, who is sitting out this season after transferring from Nebraska, at Archbishop Alter High School.

"I would like to send my condolences to Coach (Dean) Hood and Eastern Kentucky," Stoops said.

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