Wildcats Begin Practice in Nashville

Dec. 23, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky football team reported to Nashville on Tuesday and resumed preparations for the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl with a two and one-half hour practice at Vanderbilt on Wednesday.

“It was sluggish,” Coach Rich Brooks said. “I had to yell a little bit too much but finished pretty good with some third-down work against the defense.

“I'm really excited about this opportunity. Clemson is a very, very good football team and we've got to really play well to have a shot at beating them.”

Asked about the progress of injured quarterback Mike Hartline, Brooks said, “They (Hartline and Morgan Newton) threw the ball better than they did earlier in the practice in Lexington. He (Hartline) had no swelling after four straight days of practice and he has a shot at taking some reps (in the game).”

Kentucky will practice on Wednesday and Thursday before taking on Clemson on Sunday, Dec. 27, at 8:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. CST). The game will be played at LP Field and will be televised by ESPN.

All Wildcat Fans Invited to Tailgate With UK Alumni Association at LP Field: Join fellow Wildcat fans at the official UK Alumni Association Tailgate Party at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday, Dec. 27, from 4:30 – 6:30 CST. The tent will be located in the LP Field Parking Lot (South End Zone), Titans Way. UK will meet Clemson in the 12th annual Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CST.

The pregame fun will include a BBQ pork meal with sides, tea and water (other drinks will be available for purchase) and entertainment by UK alum Josh London. The UK band and cheerleaders will make an appearance. Admission is $15 for students, $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. The tent is enclosed and will be heated if necessary.

To register for the event, visit www.ukalumni.net/bowlgame. For more information, contact Jill Smith at jhsmith@uky.edu or call 1-800-269-ALUM or 859-257-8906.

“Cat Walk” Set for 5:15 p.m. Central Time: Fans wishing to participate in the “Cat Walk,” cheering the Wildcats when they enter LP Field prior to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, should gather at 5:15 p.m. Central time. Here's the info, as provided by “Cat Walk” guru Scott McGehee:

The buses will stop at the corner of Victory Avenue and South 2nd St.  New to this year's walk, the team will stroll down the middle of South 2nd St., which will be closed to traffic.  Team will enter the stadium at the East Service Entrance.