Nate Willis improving just in the nick of time

UK football coach Mark Stoops said Monday he was happy with the progress of his secondary, but that group faces a severe test Saturday when U of L comes to town.

Getting cornerback Cody Quinn back from an ankle injury helps, but the play of Nate Willis has been encouraging as well. After missing summer workouts while focusing on his academics, Willis entered camp behind in conditioning and knowing D.J. Eliot’s defensive scheme. That showed the first week against Western.

Last Saturday, against Miami (Ohio), Willis took a step forward, playing with more confidence as the Cats held the RedHawks without an offensive touchdown. Miami threw for just 23 yards.

Louisville is a much different matter, however. After two games, the Cards are fifth nationally in passing offense.

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