Brooks: Kentucky closing talent gap in SEC East

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Two straight eight-win seasons have Kentucky coach Rich Brooks feeling pretty good.

Brooks said Friday at Southeastern Conference media days he expects the Wildcats to remain a competitive team in the tough Eastern Division.

He said he expects Kentucky to have the best defense and the top offensive line of his six-year tenure. He also said the team has considerably more speed and talent than it did when he took over the program.

The Wildcats were picked to finish fifth in the SEC East.

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