TaxSlayer Bowl Preview

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The TaxSlayer Bowl kicks off now in hours down in Jacksonville.

Kentucky and Georgia Tech all set for the big New Year’s Eve showdown.

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We all know the Yellow Jackets bring the triple option to the table and the Cats will have to adjust to something new defensively.

What about the other side of the coin?

UK’s rushing attack is potent too and has caused defenses trouble all season long.

How does Mark Stoops see the Jackets approaching the Wildcat ground game?

The players who have chosen to come to Lexington and play for UK have entrusted their collegiate careers and success to Stoops and his staff.

This bowl game is something Cats over the last four years have envisioned; reaching the postseason and tasting success.

So, how does it feel?

Hear from Stoops, Stephen Johnson and Courtney Love in the video.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com