The first week of fall training camp is in the books at the University of Kentucky with the Wildcats wrapping up the week with their first scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday. Thankfully, Mark Stoops has a mostly healthy team while the first scrimmage was productive for the program.
“Obviously, there’s a ton of work to be done — a lot of situational work we gotta get into this week — but for the first opportunity to go into the stadium and to compete in a scrimmage, we did some good things on both sides,” Stoops told the media. “Really looking forward to getting these guys healed up for a day and getting back out here next week.”
The elephant in the room was the status of true freshman wide receiver Dekel Crowdus after the former blue-chip recruit suffered a knee injury earlier in the week. However, Stoops confirmed there was no ligament tear and the program is hopeful to get the Lexington (Ky.) Frederick Douglass product back soon.
Redshirt senior defensive end Josh Paschal also met with reporters. The DMV native reports that both the offense and defense performed well in the scrimmage while the Wildcats continue to try and improve their pass rush.
“I think we’re doing pretty good,” Paschal said about the pass rush. “We got after it today on pass rush, we had some good rushes. Jordan Wright’s been looking really good, we had some young guys get after it today as well. It’s going good so far.”
Nebraska transfer Wan’Dale Robinson was also available for questions. The junior wide receiver talked about just how well the training camp is going to this point and how the offense is trying to become more explosive. Some big plays were made during the scrimmage. Meanwhile, both Dekel Crowdus and Izayah Cummings are showing out for the offense.
“He looks like Kyle Pitts,” Robinson said about Cummings.