Kentucky held its third practice of the spring on Friday and new head coach Mark Stoops liked what he saw. The effort has been there at each of the first two practices, but the Wildcats are building familiarity with their new offensive and defensive systems and it showed.
"This was the best we've looked," Stoops said. "I felt we had a sense of urgency out there. We put the pads on and guys were flying around a little bit."
Also, defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot talked to reporters for the first time this spring. There's a long way to go, but Eliot believes players are about where he expected on his side of the ball.
"We're playing effort and guys were moving around, flying around and making plays, but we weren't always making our assignments," Eliot said. "We had too many missed assignments today, so we've gotta improve on that tomorrow."
It wasn't originally in the plans for UK to practice on Saturday, but Stoops and his staff decided that with good weather in the forecast, the Cats could use the work. A practice after the spring game was originally scheduled, but will be cancelled due to Saturday's added session.