WATCH: Devin Leary mic'd up at Kentucky Football Spring Practice

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We’ve gotten glimpses of Devin Leary under center at Kentucky’s two open practices this spring. Now, thanks to the folks at Kentucky Wildcats TV, we’re getting to see AND hear him interact with his new teammates. Leary is the latest Wildcat to be mic’d up during practice. Watch below as he runs the offense and shouts out his teammates, especially those on the offensive line.

“Eli [Cox], have a day!”

“Six-two [Jager Burton], it starts with you!”

“Hi, Marques [Cox]. I’m your biggest fan. My jersey for you is on the way.”

If that didn’t quite scratch the itch, check out the highlights from the open practices below and the other mic’d up segments this spring (Mark Stoops, Brad White, Liam Coen, Dane Key, Vince Marrow, DB coach Chris Collins, ILB coach Mike Stoops, OL coach Zach Yenser, RB coach Jay Boulware).

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Stoops, Key impressed with Leary’s leadership

We don’t get to see the end result of Leary’s throws in the mic’d up segment, but it was good to hear him keeping the guys loose in huddles, encouraging them to play through mistakes and “have fun out there.” Following Saturday’s open practice, both Mark Stoops and Dane Key praised Leary for how he’s established himself as a leader thus far.

“I think he’s a very natural leader,” Stoops said. “He’s trying not to force it, he’s trying to earn the respect of his team and just get out there and make sure he masters his craft at this point. But definitely has the leadership skills. And he does a lot of things behind the scenes that doesn’t have to be vocal. He spends an awful lot of time with the group, with the wide receivers, the running backs, different groups watching film, spending time with them. So he’s doing a lot of extra.”

“Devin is always in the locker room. He’s always joking with somebody,” Key said. “He just wants to start building that bond with everybody. I asked him the other day because it took me a while to learn everybody’s name on the team, but Devin’s got it down. He knows almost everybody on the team… So just Devin taking on that leadership role, doing the little things, and learning everybody’s name in the facility, you can see what he’s trying to do with this team.”

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