Day 2 of spring football is in the books and you’ll be shocked to learn there’s been no starting quarterback named. But there was quite a bit of chatter about Patrick Towles and Drew Barker, as well as the talent around them on offense. Tailbacks, receivers and linemen are all covered here:MARK STOOPSOpening statement: “Good second day. Felt like we made a little progress here in our second day of spring practice. Guys had good energy for a Monday morning, came out and had a real good practice. Still obviously got a lot of work to do, but overall pleased, pleased with their attitude, their effort. Playing a little bit cleaner. There weren’t as many footballs on the ground today and execution was a touch better. Just overall pleased with the effort. Continuing to get better and work hard.”On if Drew Barker went with the first team today as scheduled: “He did. He did. Shannon’s (Dawson) coming in here in a little bit and he can talk a little bit about what he’s seen so far, but both guys have done some very good things and have a lot of talent, so it will be good to see how the rest of the spring goes.”On special teams and not having coordinator: “It just felt like with the four defensive coaches, we have five on offense, four on defense and I didn’t want to put the entire load on our fourth defensive coach. So Andy will take the punt and kickoff and obviously they’re all important ad we’re working extremely hard in those two units right now – really worked punt the first two days. So that’s where we’re at with that. We’ll have some of our other assistants handle some of the other special teams.”On if Jeff Badet and Alexander Montgomery can get something from their redshirt years: “Yeah, I think so; I hope so. I think obviously they’re a year older, more mature, physically better. Certainly a guy like Jeff who came in and played as a true freshman had a chance to go back in that weight room and just physically grow up a little bit. Alex has always had pretty good speed and pretty good size, so I think it helped them in certain ways.”<!–iframe–>On if he’s seeing how much UK missed those guys last year: “You know, with the injury report as I went over Saturday with having some of the wide receivers down, it’s important. In the spring you’re getting so many reps and you’re looking at everybody, and you need so many bodies. We are a little bit thin, so it is nice to have them back.”On if they seem close to 100 percent physically: “Alex, Alex … They’ll be fine. Jeff seems like there’s nothing restricting him at all. Alex, just little things. Being out that long, his other leg maybe, he had a little issue with his other leg. We backed off of him today. So he’ll be fine. Nothing with the surgically repaired knee or anything like that. But there’s going to be some issues we have to work through. We have a lot of time, it’s just good to see them out there and working through it.”On difference with this spring: “Sure it’s different. It’s just another year in the program. As we would expect, just more progress, more bodies, a little bit cleaner, more efficient in what we’re doing. We’re certainly further ahead than we were day two last spring, but we should be, and that’s good to see.”On changes for offense with new coordinator: “It does. A little bit, sure. Just with the communication and the operation of practice and our guys get used to it a little bit. For the most part a lot of the plays are the same, but there are certainly some different effects in the operation and the communication.”On if there’s a three-day install on this offense like the previous one: “Same. Same deal. All these guys, they fell out of the same tree.”On what coaches wanted to see from Boom Williams in the offseason and what they’re seeing: “Boom is growing and maturing and just like any true freshman in their first year of school, he has strides to make and he knows that. Just all the little things it takes to be a successful player on the field and off. He’s got a good attitude and he’s working hard and doing the right things, but he needs to continue to do that and be consistent in what he’s doing off the field in particular with academics and so on and so forth.”On where leadership comes from on defensive side of the ball with guys like Bud Dupree gone: “We’ve got a lot of guys who have played. Josh (Forrest) has played an awful lot of football. Melvin (Lewis) has played an awful lot of football and just as a unit, I think we’re probably ahead of where we were even though we lost some great players. I just think overall when you look at the 22 guys in the two deep, I just feel like we’re a little bit more efficient at this point.”On Dupree’s NFL Combine performance and what Stoops thought of it: “I’ve just been very proud for Bud because he’s, it’s great for us, here we are in our second year leading into our third season and it’s nice for us to show that to our players because he’s a guy who came in and said, ‘What do I need to do? What do I need to eat? How do I need to train?’ (He) watched extra film. He was a great leader. Once Avery (Williamson) left, it was nice to see him assume that position, which wasn’t extremely comfortable for him and he did it. He’s just a guy we’re all very proud of. He’s worked extremely hard. He deserves everything he gets. And so it will be fun. I understand there’s some head coaches coming in Thursday to see his workout, so he’s getting a lot of attention and deservedly so.”On position changes this spring: “Give or take a few things with moving some receivers around inside and out and things like that. Nothing major, I can’t think of.”On what Jojo Kemp needs to do to get back into rotation: “He will. He will get back in the fold and we need him. You know I’ve always talked highly of him really all the time. I love his attitude and his demeanor. He’s been very good. He brings a toughness and an energy that you need and so he has worked his way back in the mix and he will continue to do that.”On what changed for Kemp: “I don’t know. It’s hard to put a finger on things. Maybe guys aren’t feeling as good as they were and those running backs take a beating. He’s certainly had some feet and ankle issues over the years. Sometimes he appears to be more effective than others, but that’s no different than a lot of kids. When you go through a tough season, it’s hard to be at your top and when you have other good players that maybe have a little more bounce in their step at the moment, that’s who we have to go with.”SHANNON DAWSONOpening statement: “What’s up guys? My voice is going, so good luck.”On if that means he’s been yelling a lot: “It’s more sinuses and allergies than anything. I’ve been yelling a little bit today, but nah. It’s more my head. Good gracious. You guys are – I don’t know what it is down here, but I haven’t been able to breath. It’s not good for me.”On if they told him about the allergies in his interview: “No. That’d have been a deal breaker. (Laughter).”On West Virginia having allergies too: “You know what? It was bad there, but it wasn’t this bad. It’s typically changed a lot: zero degrees one day, 50 degrees the next.”On who his starting quarterback is: “Me, right now. (Laughter).”On his early impressions of Patrick Towles and Drew Barker: “Yeah, I mean that deal is going to work itself out obviously. I mean, Patrick’s sitting there – he’s got a lot of experience, so that counts too. But ultimately whoever executes the best is going to be the guy. They know that. Right now they’re just trying to learn, compete and put the ball in play really, because the communication is really the hurdle we’re trying to get over, just the way we communicate. It’s just different than most people.”On if he means terminology is different: “Well, terminology yeah, and just the process of communicating. They’re getting signals from me, and then they’re communicating with the group. That’s all like learning a new language. It’s like if I told you to learn Spanish in two days. That’d be tough, right? I mean just communication is – and you’ve got some miscommunication. You’ve got the quarterback flashing signals quickly to the receiver and the receiver not getting it, which is typical. Frustrating for me, but typical. So, it’s nothing out of the ordinary: just the fact that you’ve got to be able to communicate before you can execute.”<!–iframe–>On Towles saying the quarterbacks have more responsibility than last year: “Yeah. I mean the quarterback just communicates more. He handles those 10 guy on the field. So everybody looks to him. That’s probably a little bit different than what they’ve been doing. So just put a lot more on the quarterback as far as – in my opinion to get in and out of plays quickly it’s better for him to communicate because then you don’t have people looking over to the sideline. You’ve got one guy looking to the sideline and everybody else looking to him.”On if he can sense that Drew Barker feels like he has a fresh start with a new OC: “I’m sure he does. I think him and Reese (Philips) both did going into it. It’s unfortunate what happened to (Phillips). I think anytime there’s a change, you’re able to perform on a clean slate. I think that anybody is not starting probably is excited and looks forward that.”On what Jojo Kemp has done to work his way back into the fold: “We’ve been no pads. So it’s kind of hard to tell anything up front, and a lot of times when you’re not pads run game looks bad in general because you can’t block anybody with no shoulder pads on. So you can’t really evaluate that until you start putting pads on and it starts becoming real life. So really, for me, it helps me for these two days to be non-padded because it is more about communication. And obviously there are some execution things that you want, but the biggest deal with me is being able to communicate across the board and stuff like pre-snap penalties and stuff – which we weren’t very good at today. I think we jumped offsides two or three times today, which is not going to – we’re not going to tolerate that. Stuff like that. I mean, how can you evaluate when it’s not real football? It’s tough.”On, to be clear, he’s communicating plays to Towles, who then communicates to the rest of the offense: “Don’t be telling everybody that. (Grinning)”On playmakers that have jumped out through two days: “I mean, none really. We’re putting some emphasis on throwing the ball down the field some, and I would say the playmakers right now are probably on the other side of the ball.”On how Towles’ mechanics look and how much he’s focusing on that: “Good. I’m just trying to get a read on what I need to work on with both of those guys. So to me, especially like Day 1, I’m just watching them. Both of them, in my opinion, need to be more relaxed, more calm. To me. Everybody teaches different footwork and everything. I’m a huge proponent of being calm. I don’t need a lot of wasted movement. Because if your demeanor’s calm, your brain is typically calm and functioning at a normal rate of speed. When you start getting choppy and body mechanics start going fast, then your brain typically is functioning at the wrong amount of speed that I want it to function.“So to me, I just gotta slow those guys down a little bit; slow their process down, slow everything down. Their mechanics are fine. They’ve been throwing the ball for a long time. So stuff like that, I won’t work with it a whole lot. There are some small things with both of them that I’ve addressed after Day 1 that they both, I think you could tell the difference in Day 2 – in drill work. Once it gets to team, you typically revert back to what you’ve been doing. So it’s a process. It really is with that. Because it’s easy drill work, but then once things start flying, you typically revert back to what you’ve been doing for a while. So that’s a process.”On Patrick Towles saying Jeff Badet can “take the top off a defense”: “I think we got a lot of guys that can do that. It’s gonna take time for us to get to where we’re really working at. I think as the quarterbacks’ comfort level increases and they’re more probably comfortable with the whole offense and communication, it’ll be a lot easier for them to look out there and switch this to that and get more shots down the field. We did more shots down the field today than we did the other day. So that’ll come when everything settles down. I think we got playmakers on offense without a doubt, so it’s our job to get them the ball.”On having small guys at West Virginia in Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin who made big plays and if he sees anybody comparable here: “I haven’t been around many people like Tavon Austin, I’ll be honest with you. That guy, he’s a special kid. Now, Stedman was a shorter guy at an outside receiver. I definitely think that even Tavon, for instance, there were things he was great at and things that he wasn’t great at. But the ability to make plays with the ball in the hand making somebody miss, I think we got a lot more depth here (of) people that can do that than just one or two. So I think the overall depth here with guys like that is really, really good. Exciting to see.”On how Ryan Timmons is coming in his rehab and if he has an idea what to expect from Timmons: “He looks like he’s performing. He could be one of those guys, too. That’s a guy that comes to mind. But I’m very careful of labeling anybody anything right now because of the fact that it’s day two, no pads. Once you put pads on, people will start making plays, and the cream rises to the top whenever you start doing that. So I’m not gonna label anybody early, but I think the kid, he looks 100 percent to me.”On his impressions of the options at offensive tackle without having seen them in pads: “It’s really hard to evaluate up front because of that. But I do think body-wise it’s good, positive. But as far as what we’re doing on the field, there’s zero way to do that until you put pads on. That’s the hardest thing up front. In my opinion it’s more dangerous without pads than with pads. The NCAA, I mean, I don’t understand why the whole no-pad deal. Never have. It’s more dangerous without pads on. But that’s neither here nor there.”On how much footage of last year dictates what they’re going to run and who will be featured: “Not in what I’m gonna run. There’s a lot of similarities between what Neal was doing and what we’re doing. The biggest difference is probably communication. So I don’t know. Probably not a lot. We’re gonna do what we do.”* For instant updates on the Wildcats, follow me on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. Email me at [email protected]r-journal.com.
D’Arcy Johnson Day Lawyers(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) — A prominent southern New Jersey doctor is among those charged in what prosecutors are calling an alleged murder-for-hire plot that resulted in the death of his wife, a popular talk show host, nearly six years ago.Atlantic County prosecutor Damon Tyner announced that Dr. James Kauffman, an endocrinologist, is facing first-degree murder and first-degree racketeering charges after he allegedly solicited a man named Ferdinand Augello to kill his wife, April Kauffman.According to prosecutors, the racketeering charges stem from “the illegal distribution of narcotics through James Kauffman’s former medical practice.” Prosecutors allege that James Kauffman and Augello had set up an illegal drug distribution network for Oxycontin and that James Kauffman wanted his wife killed after she threatened to divorce him and to expose the alleged fraudulent drug network.Prosecutors alleged that Augello, who is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering, “propositioned a number of individuals to murder April Kauffman,” all of which prosecutors claimed were members of the Pagans, a biker group also known as the Pagan Outlaw Motorcycle Club. Prosecutors said a man named Francis Mulholland, now deceased, was the one who killed April Kauffman, shooting her twice, and received $20,000 in cash in exchange.Following her 2012 murder, prosecutors alleged that the illegal drug enterprise continued for another five years until James Kauffman was arrested in June. Six other people are also facing racketeering charges in this case.On May 10, 2012, April Kauffman, a vivacious 47-year-old Jersey Shore radio host and veterans activist, was found shot dead in the bedroom of her Linwood, New Jersey, home she shared with her husband.The Kauffmans’ marriage had lasted a little over a decade — the two were married on Valentine’s Day in 2003. By some accounts, the relationship had grown strained by the time April Kauffman was killed.In the months leading up to April Kauffman’s death, those closest to her said she confided to them that she was planning to leave her husband.The county prosecutor at the time told local media that an arrest was expected in short order. But it never came. The first prosecutor left office, and his successor’s team was unsuccessful in solving the crime, but April Kauffman’s family and friends kept pushing for justice.For years, the case of April Kauffman grew cold. Then Damon Tyner was named to take over the prosecutor’s office early this year and ordered a top-to-bottom review of cold cases, quickly making it a priority to solve April Kauffman’s homicide.Detectives and prosecutors went to court for an order to take the husband’s DNA. At the same time, a separate case dealing with pharmaceuticals was percolating around the country. When James Kauffman’s name popped up in that case, authorities went to his office with a search warrant on June 13.James Kauffman, apparently fearful of being arrested, pulled a Ruger 9mm gun on authorities, which was caught on police cameras. He threatened to kill himself and, after a standoff, was handcuffed and jailed on weapons charges and for pulling a weapon on police. He has been in jail ever since that June encounter.Meanwhile, Tyner’s team quietly worked to build the homicide case. The charges against James Kauffman and seven other alleged accomplices were announced during a news conference late Tuesday afternoon.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related