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The UK tight end gets some love as he’s primed for a big year.

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For Kentucky to reach its ceiling in 2017, C.J. Conrad has to finally reach his potential and become the dominant tight end he’s shown flashes of being.

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Why our definition of success for Kentucky's tight ends has been wrong - LCJ
Conrad is a 6-foot-5, 245-pound junior from LaGrange, Ohio named to the John Mackey preseason award watch list, an annual nod to the best tight ends in the country. NFLdraftscout.com lists Conrad at the No. 3 tight end in the 2019 draft class.

Kentucky can seize opportunity in ordinary SEC East | Lexington Herald Leader
The West Division again looks to be the best of SEC football. Is this the year Kentucky finally moves up the ladder in the SEC East? They may not find a better one in the foreseeable future, making 2017 the time for Kentucky to capitalize.

Q&A with Mike Stoops, brother and former employer of Mark Stoops - SEC Country
When Mike Stoops considers the job his brother Mark has done Kentucky, he sees a lot of similarities from his eight-year stint at Arizona.

Bud Dupree wants a sack for all 13 of his dogs | Kentucky Sports Radio
The former Kentucky standout has loved pit bulls since the age of 6, and he wants 13 sacks for all 13 of his pit bulls.

Kentucky Football: Jordan Griffin impressing Stoops and teammates - SEC Country
Jordan Griffin knows the key to Mark Stoops' heart. The former 4-star DB recruit is dazzling his coach with talent, attention to detail and toughness.

Kentucky slated to get visit from top-5 forward - 247
Kentucky is slated to receive a visit from a top-five 2019 prospect next month.

Veterans not taking it easy on Kentucky newcomers | Lexington Herald Leader
After Fan Day and open practice, Coach Mark Stoops with how the older players are bringing the younger ones along. “There’s very little selfishness going on.”

For now, Bassey still in San Antonio - San Antonio Express-News
Doug Strothman, the president of a Kentucky private school that will educate the players competing for Aspire Basketball Academy in Louisville, said Wednesday he expected Bassey to enroll at DeSales High School, but Bassey says not so fast.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Kentucky's biggest summer surprise - 247
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been one of the least talked about additions to the Kentucky roster but has also been one of the Wildcats' biggest summer surprises.

Three take-aways from Kentucky football’s open practice | Lexington Herald Leader
Kentucky football held its first open practice of 2017 on Saturday. Drew Barker moved well. Lynn Bowden participated. Three takeaways from the Fan Day workout.

LSU basketball is recruiting Western Kentucky's Mitchell Robinson - 247
Is LSU basketball on the verge of pulling off the shocker and reeling in five-star Mitchell Robinson after he originally enrolled at another school?

James Harrison Spends Roughly $300,000 a Year to Keep Body in Playing Shape
Any NFL player relies on his body to make a living. Many more athletes thus invest heavily on conditioning and recovery to stay in peak shape. No case is more extreme than James Harrison, the 39-year-old Steelers linebacker preparing for his 14th season.

New York Jets sign defensive lineman Devon Still
Defensive lineman Devon Still, whose daughter, Leah, captured the hearts of millions during a cancer fight she eventually won, is restarting his football career with the New York Jets.

Politics the Only Thing Keeping Terrell Owens from His Rightful Place in Canton
Hall of Fame weekend has wrapped up. This year, like many before it, was one of the most emotional and important moments of the NFL season. But there was something missing: Terrell Owens.

Are players in media causing HOF bias?
With one look at the class enshrined Saturday night into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, a distinct thread was apparent among a particular trio. Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis and LaDanian Tomlinson all can be seen regularly as transitioned members of the media

Ice Cube greets BIG3 fans at Rupp Arena | Lexington Herald Leader
Actor and rap artists Ice Cube, co-founder of BIG3, was a huge hit with fans at Rupp Arena.

Technology adds safety, reliability for Bengals
The Bengals moved away from hydraulic scissor lifts and it has added a consistency to their practice routines. Those days are gone in Cincinnati thanks to an investment in new technology the Bengals made to enhance safety, as well as provide a reliability and efficiency for practice.

Ravens' Marshal Yanda: Sky isn't falling in Baltimore
The Ravens' list of offseason injuries is gruesome to gander. That doesn't even include Joe Flacco dealing with back pain, the retirement of Zach Orr in January, or the losses of CB Tavon Young(ACL), TE Dennis Pitta (hip) and TE Darren Waller (year-long suspension) in June.

NFL training camp preseason position battle to watch for all 32 teams in 2017
Just how will the Bengals use their running backs now that they have three solid options among Giovani Bernard, Jeremy Hill and Joe Mixon? If the Bengals' history is any indication, Hill will likely exit camp as the starting back. But the talented rookie Mixon could push him every step of the way.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Ceremony Recap, Speech Highlights and Reaction
LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Jason Taylor, Jerry Jones, Kenny Easley and Morten Andersen officially took their place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the 2017 enshrinement ceremony Saturday. Tomlinson and Taylor got elected in their first year on the ballot.

The unique approach from the BIG3 league finds success in Rupp | kykernel.com
The BIG3 also brought out plenty of celebrities who weren't playing such as Sam Bowie, Rajon Rondo and Rex Chapman, who stole the attention with standing ovations and being bombarded with fans wanting pictures and autographs.