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Stoops: Cats in good shape for future

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops noted this week that the Cats will lost just eight scholarship players this year and are in good shape for the next few seasons.
Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops noted this week that the Cats will lost just eight scholarship players this year and are in good shape for the next few seasons. File photo

Few schools around the country will have shorter Senior Day celebrations than Kentucky this season, with the Cats’ latest roster listing just 11 players as seniors: Will Thomas Collins, J.D. Harmon, Tanner Fink, Jojo Kemp, Blake McClain, Marcus McWilson, Courtney Miggins, Zach Myers, Ryan Timmons, Jon Toth and Zane Williams.

Of those players, just eight are on scholarship, something Stoops noted at one of his speaking engagements this week.

“We only lose eight players off this roster for next year and we have a great junior class and a great sophomore class and we believe in this freshman class as well,” the head coach said on Thursday. “That bodes well for us in the future. We only lose eight guys. We feel very good about where we’re at the next couple of years.”

Only eight players remain on the Cats’ roster that were brought in by the former staff of Joker Phillips, including Alvonte Bell, who attended junior college before being re-recruited and signed by Stoops.

There’s also kicker Austin MacGinnis, nickelback Blake McClain, offensive linemen Ramsey Meyers and Zach Myers, center Jon Toth, defensive tackle Jacob Hyde and cornerback J.D. Harmon, who walked on.

▪  The Kentucky media guide has an interesting breakdown of players on the roster and their home states. It’s clear just how much of an influence Ohio (and Vince Marrow) have had on UK’s personnel in the past few seasons.

On the full roster (which includes walk-ons via the media guide breakdown), there are more players from the state of Ohio (35) than there are from the state of Kentucky (32).

All of the other represented states and Washington, D.C., combined equal 47 players — Alabama (4), Arizona (1), California (1), Colorado (1), Florida (16), Georgia (11), Indiana (1), Maryland (2), Mississippi (1), New Jersey (1), North Carolina (2), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (2) and Washington, D.C. (2).

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