Kentucky Begins Football Practice

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's football players have reported
to their training facility for the preseason's first round of team

Players on Thursday arrived at the Nutter Training Facility and
signed in to pick up equipment and began closed-door meetings.

Reporting day was kept low-key. Senior linebacker Ronnie Sneed
set the mood for a grueling month of practice leading up to UK's
season opener, especially for newcomers not knowing what to expect.

"I wouldn't say I was scared at my first camp, but I came in
prepared to play a game if that makes sense," Sneed said.

He said he remembers "getting pumped up to go out and hit
somebody, then we started practice and I was totally thrown off."

Now he knows that "you prepare for practice and a game in
totally different ways. Because I had never practiced against
college players, I didn't know what to expect."

The Wildcats, who finished 6-7 last season, are forced to
replace most of their offensive production from a year ago.
Quarterback Mike Hartline, wide receiver Chris Matthews, and
running back and return man Derrick Locke have graduated. Returner
Randall Cobb entered the NFL Draft as a junior.

The meetings for defensive players will focus on new
co-defensive coordinator Rick Minter's playbook, Sneed said. Minter
was hired in December and coached the team in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 8 and through spring practice but Sneed says new plays are still being installed.

Kentucky opens its season on Sept. 1 against Western Kentucky at
LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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