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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The football Cats are getting set for the Music City Bowl versus Northwestern on Friday, December 29th.

It’s a bowl game and feels bigger to fans.

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But really, when it comes down to it, it’s just one more week of prep, amplified.

It’s an opportunity for young guys to get in the mix and work.  The Northwestern defense is tough.  Kentucky knows that and will gameplan accordingly.

But the Cats will also continue to focus on just getting better overall.

So who on offense gets the most out of these bowl practices? Especially in terms of the younger players, the future guys who will contribute next season?

That delicate balance in bowl prep seems to be working out so far.  The Cats have eased their way back into things and are trying to get back to 100 percent before the 29th.

So how would the approach this season compare so far to last year’s TaxSlayer prep if you ask the players?

Hear from Eddie Gran and Stephen Johnson 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