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Cats 'bouncing back fine' after good Tuesday practice

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Head coach Mark Stoops

Neither immediately after Kentucky's loss at Georgia nor on Monday after he had two days to process it did Mark Stoops hide his displeasure at the Wildcats' performance.

He described the defeat, at various points as "disappointing," "frustrating" and "unacceptable," saying he would challenge his team to respond with a strong week of preparation for a season finale against Tennessee.

So far, the Cats are doing just that.

"We've had some good meetings and a good practice yesterday," Stoops said. "Very good practice today and, yeah, I think we're bouncing back fine."

With winter weather on the way, UK practiced indoors on Tuesday. Quarterbacks Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell Smith each participated, though Stoops didn't give any insight into who will start Saturday's game.

Whoever lines up at quarterback, this weekend will serve as Stoops' introduction to UK-Tennessee. Two days into game week, it feels like a rivalry to him.

"I know it's very important to us and I'm sure they feel the same way," Stoops said.

This will be the final season Kentucky and Tennessee play the week of Thanksgiving with UK-U of L moving to the last game of the regular season in 2014. On Tuesday, Stoops detailed the team's plans for the holiday.

UK will hold regular Wednesday and Thursday practices, but the Cats will spend extra time together as well.

"We're gonna practice and then we're gonna have a dinner together (on Thanksgiving Day)," Stoops said. "And because they're out of the dorms and out of school and all that, tomorrow after practice, each position coach will take them to their homes for dinner as well. So they'll have dinner with their position coaches on Wednesday night. Thursday after practice we'll have a team Thanksgiving dinner."

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