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Kentucky picks up commitment from three-star Florida cornerback Nesbitt | Lexington Herald-Leader — Kentucky picked up a new 2017 commitment from Florida cornerback Michael Nesbitt out of Fort Lauderdale. Nesbitt announced the news via Twitter on Thursday night, saying: "As everyone know, it's not an easy decision, but with that being said, I'll be committing to Kentucky."

Bell, Miggins can lift Kentucky, play at next level, their juco coach says | Lexington Herald-Leader — Doubts abound about the Kentucky defensive line this season with its mostly unproven starters and mostly untested depth. But the junior college coach of at least two of those potential playmakers has no doubt about one thing: Both Alvonte Bell and Courtney Miggins are willing to work hard.

Kentucky football unknown ready to become well-known | Lexington Herald-Leader — If he wasn't so comfortable in his own pads, Derrick Baity might have gotten a complex by now. The sophomore cornerback had the misfortune of coming to Kentucky at the same time as All-Freshman Everything Chris Westry. Freshman of the Week, All-Freshman Southeastern Conference Team, preseason lists and postseason awards?

Brooklyn’s Botanic Garden Goes on a Water Diet — The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has embarked on a $17.2 million overhaul intended to slash consumption and waste of one of the garden's most critical resources: water. Each year, the botanic garden uses about 22 million gallons of water to fill a 1-acre pool in its Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.

Practice report: Eddie Gran stresses third downs for good reason | Lexington Herald-Leader — ▪ Stressing consistency: After Saturday's scrimmage, offensive coordinator Eddie Gran was displeased with things he saw from the first team offense. That was mostly an issue on third down. "We didn't throw and catch on third down, bottom line," he said, noting it was identical plays, identical throws and poor execution.

Kentucky’s Toth gets his drive from a mother like no other — About a year ago, Jon Toth was on the phone with his mom grumbling about the difficulties of carrying a full course load in mechanical engineering and balancing it with football. Being the calculating, measured sort, Kentucky's starting center should've known better than to complain to her. "Jonathan, really?"

Practice report: Defense with many interchangeable, moving parts emerges | Lexington Herald-Leader — When coaches said they were planning to mix and match on defense this season after injuries and defections, they weren't kidding. Multiple schemes, multiple players, multiple positions. "We're going to be three down and we'll get in four-down fronts as well," Stoops said after an open practice for the media on Monday morning.

Kentucky running backs subbing themselves? Gran’s used that plan before | Lexington Herald-Leader — Ask Eddie Gran how he's going to manage Kentucky's running back rotation and he shrugs. "Well, we'll see," the new UK offensive coordinator said after the Cats' first scrimmage of fall camp. It's an interesting question for Gran, who will be charged with the gargantuan task of managing a room full of veteran playmakers like Boom Williams, Jojo Kemp and Mikel Horton, who all expect to get carries.

Withstanding life’s worst bringing out best in Kentucky football’s Laster | Lexington Herald-Leader — The first time little De'Niro Laster was hit hard in a football practice, he stayed down on the ground crying. His father, a former player at Grambling State, had encouraged his middle child to take up football because he thought he was a touch soft.

Lack of depth at key positions a concern after Cats’ second scrimmage | Lexington Herald-Leader — Mark Stoops is glad that there's never a situation where his entire second team defense would have to play together. There would be too many holes and too many issues. There certainly were when the second string played all together at the closed scrimmage at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.
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