NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Kentucky football team had its first practice in Nashville on Thursday as the Wildcats prepare to play Florida State in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl.
The Wildcats worked out for two hours, 15 minutes in full pads. Temperatures were in the upper 40s and cloudy skies threatened rain, but held off from precipitation.
Coach Rich Brooks reported that sophomore cornerback Paul Warford (Richmond, Ky.), who missed practices last week because of a shoulder injury, was able to practice today and is now expected to play on Monday. Senior wide receiver Keenan Burton (Louisville, Ky.), who is considered doubtful to play because of recurring swelling in his knee, did some running at practice. Brooks said that Burton’s status would be re-evaluated on Friday when it is seen how the knee reacted to the running.
After practice, Brooks was asked about returning to the same bowl two years in a row.
“This is a quality bowl,” Brooks said. “We’re playing quality opponents in Clemson and now Florida State. It’s in a really nice city and we had the first sellout (of LP Field last season). Our fans loved it. It sold out within 24 hours of them announcing we were coming this year, so our fans are excited to be back here, our team is excited.”
The team will attend the official welcome party on Thursday night. Friday’s schedule includes the Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast and practice in the afternoon. The game will be played on Monday, Dec. 31, at 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. CST in Nashville) at LP Field.