- The renovations at Commonwealth Stadium created a one-year hiatus for Kentucky's annual Blue-White spring game, leaving Wildcats coach Mark Stoops to measure growth through practice. That included Saturday's final open workout featuring a scrimmage which had the coach encouraged with two more practices next week. "Overall, I was pleased with the effort," Stoops said. "I challenged our team to really have a good week and make some progress as a team and grow. It was the most consistent week that we've had in a while with all of the things that we're doing." Kentucky aims to bounce back from a 5-7 season that ended with six straight losses.
New Kentucky offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson is putting his touch on a pass-oriented attack which is similar to predecessor Neal Brown's scheme but with more downfield passing. Dawson's changes seem to suit quarterbacks Patrick Towles and Drew Barker, who chose from several wide receiver targets in Blake Bone, Thaddeus Snodgrass, Garrett Johnson and Jeff Badet. All caught deep throws from the two QBs. "We're comfortable with the offense," said Towles, who started every game last season and threw for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns. "We're trying to be more consistent and efficient. We're comfortable with the guys that we have (on offense)." - AP Sports