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UK RB coach Chad Scott has been talking to Larry Vaught quite a bit lately. and today he talks about WR Javess Blue, RB Jojo Kemp, and RB Ryan Timmons:

"Question: Have you just followed everything receiver Javess Blue has done for the last three or more years? Scott: “I have been knowing him for four years. I have been recruiting him since the 11th grade in high school. We have a great relationship.” Question: What was there about him that you knew you wanted to stay in touch and keep a relationship going even when he had to go to junior college? Scott: “He had phenomenal ability. We genuinely wanted him at Texas Tech. Then toward the end of his senior year, the grades didn’t let him qualify. Since I had recruited him the whole time, I felt like the best thing to do for the kid was to continue to recruit him and we actually signed him and placed him there at (Butler Community College). He is a great kid, great person, great player. I got a chance to meet his mom, who is a great lady. I wanted to take care of him.” Question: What makes him so good, especially since his coach admitted fundamentally he had things still to learn? Scott: “He is just a player. That is the thing about hit. Even though he has been as good as he has on the junior college level, when he comes here and gets the coaching coupled with what he does naturally, he ought to be a big hit. He is just an explosive football player. God-given talent.” Question: How good is Florida running back JoJo Kemp? Scott: “He has such diverse skill set. He is a guy that can pound it between the tackles. He can make you miss in space and take it to the house. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield. He is a complete back in my mind with diverse skill set.” Question: Will Ryan Timmons line up in the backfield? Scott: “He will. We will motion him back there just to get the ball in his hands. That’s the good thing about this offense. You can be so multiple in a variety of ways to get different guys involved in the offense and get certain guys the ball in space and let them make plays. So he will be in the backfield.”"

Dec 2, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops spoke to reporters during a press conference at the Nutter Field House. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Even though it took Mark Stoops 19 years of servitude in the college ranks to get his first head coaching gig, he is not going to change now that he has gotten his big chance:

"My brothers told me, ‘Be careful what you wish for,’” Stoops said. “But it’s been great. It’s different and definitely more demanding, a little more challenging on your family and things like that, but it’s been a lot of fun. I’m not trying to be anybody I’m not. I’m going to be exactly who I am, try to be very consistent and try to do things right. We know we’re not going to be perfect but I’m going to strive to do the best I can every day.” Stoops began his career as a graduate assistant for Iowa in 1990, went to the high school ranks for a few seasons, then made stops at South Florida, Wyoming, Houston, Miami (Fla.), Arizona and Florida State before landing the Kentucky job. He has spent the past nine seasons as the architect of some of the nation’s top defensive units and doesn’t plan to veer off course from what has worked in the past. But Stoops also understands wearing the head coach’s cap brings with it a unique set of challenges. “It’s been different for sure,” Stoops said. “Until you get into it and start doing it, it is a little bit different. It is still an adjustment so I’m working extremely hard to stay disciplined with everything that we’re doing. We have a plan for what we’re going to do, staying with that, staying on track and don’t vary from it.”"