“We hit a plateau.”


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The quarterback position takes heat when things go wrong and typically gets praised when everything looks good.

The rough scrimmage for the football Cats last Saturday resulted in some QB negativity.

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Thursday at practice was a different story.

Gunnar Hoak took the first reps; Terry Wilson next then Danny Clark.

It’s still any man’s job at this point.

Overall, the play looked better behind center with the media in the building to view the full practice.

Head man Mark Stoops weighs in on why the QB spot looked so good in the video.

There’s a ton of talent at linebacker for the Cats; guys like Kash Daniel, Josh Allen and Denzil Ware, the injured Jordan Jones, to name a few.

There’s some depth now with younger guys getting reps in the spring.

It’s not perfect, but new linebacker coach Brad White is excited about what’s to come.
It’s part of the reason he said UK was a great fit; the talent he’d be working with.

Despite a slight hiccup of late too.  Hear from White on the linebacker “plateau” in the video.

Kash Daniel is leaner, meaner and trimmer this spring.

His physical transformation is easily noticeable.

He’s gone from a big guy to losing maybe 8-10 pounds or so…and toning up.

How’d he do it and is he starting to see the benefits on the field?

Hear from Kash in the video.

UK’s “rolling ball of butcher knives” Phil Hoskins, as described by defensive line position coach Derrick LeBlanc, is loving his time in Lexington.

He’s back from shoulder injuries and feeling good and doesn’t mind stealing the show with the cameras in the house.

Hear from Hoskins on the improved d-line 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