Cats not afraid of changes

Jan. 27—As Mark Stoops continues to assess what his football team needs ahead of the 2024 campaign, the 12th-year Kentucky head coach hasn't been afraid to make changes — whether it concerns the Wildcats' roster of players or their batch of assistant coaches.

Less than two months after signing assistants Frank Buffano, Anwar Stewart, Mike Stoops and Zach Yenser to contract extensions, Stoops has already chosen a different path for his offensive line. UK is set to welcome back Eric Wolford, who guided the Cats' blockers in 2021, while Yenser has reportedly already left the program.

kAm(@=7@C5[ H9@ DA6?E E96 =2DE EH@ J62CD 2D E96 @776?D:G6 =:?6 4@249 2E p=232>2 F?56C }:4$232?[ H:== C6EFC? E@ {6I:?8E@? E@ C6F?:E6 H:E9 $E@@AD 2?5 @776?D:G6 4@@C5:?2E@C {:2> r@6?] u@==@H:?8 4@?D64FE:G6 f\e D62D@?D — H:E9 &z'D >:55=:?8 @776?D:G6 =:?6 D9@F=56C:?8 :ED D92C6 @7 4C:E:4:D> — E96 r2ED 49@D6 E@ C6EFC? E@ H92E E96J'G6 566>65 2 >@C6 DF446DD7F= 7@C>F=2]k^Am

kAm%9:D A2DE D62D@?[ &z'D @776?D6 >FDE6C65 @?=J bbh]d J2C5D A6C 82>6[ AFEE:?8 E96 r2ED hgE9 2>@?8 'b' uq$ AC@8C2>D] |@C6 DA64:7:42==J[ z6?EF46 W'ah]_X 56DA:E6 CF??:?8 324#2J s2G:D CF>3=:?8 7@C ge]g J2C5D A6C @FE:?8]k^Am

kAm%92E @FEAFE 7@==@H65 E96 a_aa D62D@? :? H9:49 z6?EF46] "F2CE6C324(:== {6G:D[ H9@ H6?E @? E@ 364@>6 2 D64@?5\C@F?5 5C27E A:47@C E96 %6??6DD66 %:E2?D[ H2D 2=D@ D246D A6C 82>6 369:?5 @?6 @7 E96 H@CDE\C2?AC@G65 :? a_ab[ H:E9 z6?EF42E49FA WcbC5X[ 3FE E96 r2ED' CFD9:?8 2EE24— D@>6E9:?8 $E@@AD 6?E6C65 E96 D62D@? 92CA:?8 FA@? — 4@?E:?F65 E@ DAFEE6C]k^Am

kAm(@=7@C5 H:== =@@7@C 2 C6EFC? E@ 7@C> 7@C z6?EF46 Wa_E9X 2?5 DFCC6?56C @?=J ']h D242 7:?:D965 'aa?5 :? AC@E64E:?8 :ED A2DD6C Wb]d D246X] pD 2 C6DF=E[ (@=7@C5 H2D?'E C6E2:?65 H96? 7@C>6C (2D9:?8E@? 4@249 z2=6? s6q@6C E@@@G6C 7@C E96 C6E:C65 $232?]k^Am

kAmsFC:?8 (@=7@C5'D AC6G:@FD DE:?E :? {6I:?8E@?[ 96 96=A65 @776?D:G6 E246C:42? 9@?@CD] z:??2C5 2?5 46?E6C {F:DD65 H:56 C646:G6CD 4@249 $4@EE (@@5H2C5 :? =2E6 }@G6>36C] %9C66 H66<D =2E6C[ $E@@AD 9:C65 s2:<:6= $9@CED yC] E@ 4@249 9:D A2DD\42E496CD]k^Am