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Stoops discusses ‘incredible’ practice facility, offers some player updates

Mark Stoops met with some local media at Fasig-Tipton before one of the annual stops on his speaking tour. He addressed a series of topics, including the excitement of the team seeing the brand new practice facility this morning.

“We’ve been talking about it for a long time,” he said of the $45 million facility adjacent to Commonwealth Stadium. “Then to get this building done, this is going to help Kentucky football for a long time.”

When Stoops went in there on his own to see it last week, he said he was “really overwhelmed.

“It was incredible. It was a great feeling. When you put all the finishing touches on it and the graphics and you put it all together, it’s amazing.”

Other items of note include:

It’s still unclear if wide receiver Alexander Montgomery (torn anterior cruciate ligament) will be ready for the start of fall camp in two weeks.

“It’s taken some time,” Stoops said of the rehab process. “He’s close, but he’s not fully recovered just yet. So we have to look at that situation real close in the next week or so to see if he’ll be a part of the 105 or just have to rehab for a while.”

And on reports that nose guard Matt Elam had lost 30 pounds or more this offseason trying to get into playing shape: “He has definitely lost weight,” Stoops confirmed without giving a number. The staff “have been very committed to helping him and putting people around him and giving him resources to help educate him and help him get down. It’s not just as easy as saying, ‘Hey, go run stadiums’ or run. You have to educate him and help him. … He’s worked really hard and he seems very motivated.”

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