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October 24th, 2014

Tim Couch’s State Touchdown Record Saturday News And Views

When you’re running down a list of the greatest athletes this state has ever produced it won’t take long to get to the name Tim Couch. Couch was a product of the mountains of Leslie County and certainly needs no introduction if you’re reading this website. I’m not here to fill you in on various facts about Kentucky’s best football star. Instead I’m here pay tribute to the Leslie County High School version of said star as one of his KHSAA records fell tonight.

Records are made to be broken and tonight, after nearly twenty years, Tim’s career touchdown record came tumbling down as Elijah Sindelar of Caldwell County threw his 134th touchdown pass. Sindelar you may recall was on Kentucky’s radar for a while before opting to pursue engineering and football at Purdue. I’ve never seen the kid play but he must have a good deal of talent to pass names like Tim Couch (133), Brian Brohm (119), Jared Lorenzon (89), and our own Patrick Towles (72). Best of luck to the kid as he will now be the name that future generations of quarterbacks will be chasing in the record books.

On to the news and views:

Stoops Heads To Horse Country

How does a coach unwind hours before his team hosts the number one team in the nation? He doesn’t. Stoops stayed active on the recruiting trail tonight as he paid a visit to top center in the class of 2016 Drake Jackson. The Woodford County Yellow Jackets were all over West Jessamine midway through the fourth 33-12. Back in September, Jackson confirmed that the Cats were his leader and told the Courier-Journal “I’m not going to commit next week or anything, but they are (in front). They’ve shown a lot of interest, and I’ve shown a lot of interest.

Sounds like Stoops is keeping the interest level high.

The Return of Rich and Woodson

The last time Kentucky took down the number one team in the nation on CBS at 3:30 in the afternoon those two guys pictured above were calling the plays. Tomorrow they will both be on hand once again and I’d bet the house they’ll be the ones accompanying Jared Lorenzen out for the third quarter Blue-White chant.

Ivan Raab Makes It Official

It’s post-Big Blue Madness and we’re still not any closer to how the 2015 class will shake out. After this weekend we could be a bit closer as power forward Ivan Rabb  is on campus. The big man narrowed his list to five today, and according to ESPN, the Cats made the cut, along with Arizona, California, Kansas, and UCLA. Rabb is ranked the second best power forward and the sixth best player in the 2015 class by 247 Sports Composite, but Kentucky hasn’t been considered a major player in his recruitment. Rabb hails from Oakland, California, and most expect him to stay on the West coast. Cal(“ifornia,” no “ipari”) leads in his Crystal Ball with 48% of predictions.

Number One Stunner

The game is finally here. Kentucky has a chance to knock of Mississippi State for the first time in 6 years. The Bulldogs are currently riding the longest win streak in the history of the series at 5 and the Cats will be looking to beat Dan Mullen for the first time. Oh, and there’s just the added bonus of taking down the number one team in the nation!!!

State is ranked first with a legitimate Heisman candidate quarterback under center for the first time in the history of the school. Now Kentucky gets the chance to play spoiler on the Bulldogs and their playoff hopes while also moving up the ladder of the SEC east. Last week’s disappointing loss in Baton Rogue took the wind out of the sails a bit for many fans but tomorrow offers a chance to keep moving forward and secure another pillar win.

The Bulldogs have been playing lights out all season long but they don’t have the same talent gap that was on display against LSU. If the Cat’s can find a way to hurl the ball down field and stop State from doing the same then they may just be in a position to win.

How do you think the Cats are going to fare in tomorrow’s match-up? I got em storming the field.

Go Cats.


What A Difference A Year Makes?

One year ago to the date, October 24th, 2013, the Kentucky Wildcats made the trip to Starkville looking to win their first SEC game in over a year. After a year and a half of ineptitude that saw losses to WKU, forfeits, and too many blowouts to count the Cats showed up ready to fight with the Bulldogs. Mississippi State entered the game 3-3, also looking for their first SEC win of the season and it was one they would be forced to earn. Max Smith played like a capable field general as he went 18/34 for 160 yards. Ryan Timmons displayed why he can be a great playmaker with a 51 yard touchdown burst. Jojo Kemp did well on his carries as he tallied up 63 yards and a touchdown.

The Cats were driving to win the game late but Smith’s pass was high on 4th and 7 from the 30. Mississippi State is bringing everyone from that 28-22 win back. The thing is, we aren’t.

Last year there was no deep ball threat out of Patrick Towles. There was no game changing run ability of Braylon Heard. There was no Boom, Baker or Bone. No Stamps, Forrest, or any of the other players that have emerged this season. There was simply a limited offense and a scrappy defense and it was enough to take the Bulldogs to the brink on their home turf.

Relive last year’s close game with the above highlight’s. Does it inspire you with more confidence ahead of tomorrow’s game or was it a fluke and the Cats are in trouble when the nation’s best team rolls into Commonwealth?


Dakari Johnson once signed a fan’s tooth

The Big Blue Nation can get a little crazy about basketball, and no one knows that better than the players. Ryan Lemond asked some of them about their craziest fan interactions, and Dakari Johnson’s takes the cake. Dakari told Ryan that he once signed a fan’s tooth while in line at the bank. Listen to the story above, along with Devin Booker’s expectations for the Big Blue Nation and Brian Long describing how he signed a baby. Yes, you know UK basketball is truly on another level when Brian Long is autographing babies.

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Scouting Report: Mississippi State Bulldogs

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#1 Mississippi State Bulldogs

2014 Record: 6-0 (3-0 SEC)

Tomorrow, our 5-2 (2-2 SEC) Wildcats will host the number one team in the nation, the Mississippi St. Bulldogs.  It’ll be the second time Mark Stoops faces a #1 team inside of Commonwealth Stadium.  Last year, the Cats hosted the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide, losing 48-7.  This time, Coach Stoops is looking for a much improved performance.  It could be a high scoring barn-burner, or it could be another beat down much like last week.  At the end of the day, it’s still just Mississippi State.  Let’s take a look at some of the players we’ll see on the field.

 

Offense:  Dak Prescott, Dak Prescott, Dak Prescott.  That’s the name you’re going to be hearing all afternoon.  He’s currently the front-runner for the Heisman trophy, and he’s also the main reason why the Bulldogs are number one.  Prescott is the almighty threat when it comes to his playing style at quarterback.  He can choose to either burn your secondary through the air, or he can run it right up the middle past your linebackers.  At the mid-way point of the season, Prescott has thrown for 1,478 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions on 96 of 156 passing.  On the ground, he’s rushed for 576 yards and 8 touchdowns on 106 attempts.

Prescott’s eight rushing touchdowns tie Miss. St.’s leading running back, Josh Robinson.  Robinson has rushed for 689 yards on 98 carries, with 8 touchdowns of his own.  The Bulldogs’ leading receiver is De’Runnya Wilson.  So far, Wilson has caught 19 passes for 319 yards and 6 touchdowns.  

It’s going to be a long day if Kentucky’s defense decides not to show up again.  Both Prescott and Robinson average almost 100 yards rushing per game, so UK’s front seven better be prepared.  Josh Forrestt, Bud Dupree, Za’Darius Smith, and even Matt Elam are going to be crucial to stopping Prescott.  You can’t give him time in the pocket.  Kentucky will need to provide pressure early and often, and contain Dak from running around the ends.

Taking a look at the numbers offensively, Mississippi St. is No. 9 in scoring  (41.8 ppg), No. 12 in rushing (264.3 ypg), and No. 41 in passing (265.3 ypg).

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Defense:  This year’s Mississippi State defense isn’t any better than in years past.  So far this season, the Bulldogs’ best defensive statistic is points allowed per game (20.0 ppg).  That places them 20th in the nation for that category.  Up against rushing attacks, they’re only allowing opposing teams 120.5 yards per game, ranked 25th in the nation.  That’s pretty standard for a top team.  However, their secondary is horrible, statistically speaking.

Mississippi State’s passing defense is ranked 120th nationally, giving up over 300 yards per game.  Are you kidding me?  The nation’s top team, #1 Miss. St., has the 88th best defense overall?  It’s true.

For the Cats, this is a great thing.  Patrick Towles faced a top ten pass defense in Death Valley last week.  Hopefully tomorrow, receivers will have a much better chance of getting open down field.  To have any chance of keeping up with Dak Prescott’s offense, Kentucky has to throw the ball.  Coach Mullen will have his defense prepared for the Wildcat formation, so expect an all-out Air Raid from UK.   I expect Towles to have a big day, as well as DeMarco Robinson, Garrett Johnson, and Ryan Timmons.

 

Prediction:  This is going to be a high scoring game.  Dak Prescott will have his way with Kentucky’s defense early, but much like the South Carolina game, I think Stoops fixes it and Dak will eventually be contained.  Like I said earlier, it’s still just Mississippi State.  There’s no intimidating factor that teams like Alabama or LSU have.  They’re still just our normal SEC West rival.  I honestly think this team is overrated, but Dak Prescott deserves all the credit he’s getting.  He’s definitely playing with Heisman potential, but as a whole team, the Bulldogs are beatable.

Looking back at last year’s match-up, Kentucky was one play away from winning.  Before losing 28-22 in Starkville, Max Smith threw an incomplete pass to Alex Montgomery on 4th and 7 from the Miss. St. 29 yard line .  Had he thrown to a wide-open DeMarco Robinson on the sideline, Kentucky would have snapped their SEC losing streak right there.  But enough of past “what-ifs”.

If Kentucky takes advantage of a terrible Bulldog secondary, they can keep up with Prescott’s high scoring.  This is a very winnable game for UK, but first they need to forget last week and play with some swagger.

So here goes my crazy, optimistic prediction.  Mississippi State plays like Mississippi State.  Cats will win with help from a crazy loud Commonwealth Stadium, 37-34.

 


Malik Newman tweets about the Cats

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2015 combo guard Malik Newman doesn’t talk about his recruitment very often, but last night, he was a chatty Kathy on Twitter, answering several fans’ questions about his recent visit to UK for Big Blue Madness. Check it out:

Of course, Newman says he still hasn’t made up his mind, and he’s expected to wait until the spring to decide. His Crystal Ball sits at 55% UK, 32% Mississippi State, 8% Kansas, and 5% UConn.


Matt Jones will be on The Paul Finebaum Show at 6:10 p.m.

Yesterday, Paul Finebaum called in to KSR to tell us he believes the Cats have a shot at upsetting #1 Mississippi State, and today, Matt’s returning the favor by being a guest on his show. Matt will be live on The Paul Finebaum Show starting at 6:10 p.m. ET on the SEC Network, so tune in to hear the two discuss tomorrow’s game.

Use this thread to talk about it if you wish.


Rich Brooks and Andre Woodson hung out at Keeneland today

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The two are in town for tomorrow’s big game against #1 Mississippi State and did what every Kentuckian should do on a beautiful fall Friday: enjoy the sights and sounds of Keeneland. In true Brooks fashion, he tweeted about the experience:

Brooks AND Woodson in town for the game? History tells me this is a very good sign.


Twisted Sister and Backstreet Boys highlight UK’s Fans’ Choice music options this week

I’m starting to think the folks at UK have been listening to KSR. Among this week’s Fans’ Choice music options are Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” which Matt has been lobbying for UK to play before third downs, and Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” which is a nice nod to Kevin Richardson, who attended the South Carolina game.

Here are all of the options:

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Vote for your favorite over at WLAP.com. 


Ivan Rabb includes UK in his final five, will take an official visit this weekend

2015 power forward Ivan Rabb narrowed his list to five today, and according to ESPN, the Cats made the cut, along with Arizona, California, Kansas, and UCLA. Rabb is ranked the second best power forward and the sixth best player in the 2015 class by 247 Sports Composite, but Kentucky hasn’t been considered a major player in his recruitment. Rabb hails from Oakland, California, and most expect him to stay on the West coast. Cal(“ifornia,” no “ipari”) leads in his Crystal Ball with 48% of predictions.

The Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones is reporting that Rabb will take an official visit to Kentucky this weekend. This is the first official visit he’s taken so far.

Work your magic, Cal.


CoachCal.com’s got practice footage

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Our friends at CoachCal.com gave us a Friday afternoon treat by releasing footage from a recent practice. The practice was cut short by a gas leak, which Cal called a gift from “the basketball god,” DeWayne Peevy. LOL.  We can’t embed the video here, but click on the pic or this link to watch it on CoachCal.com.

Andrew’s dunk at the 1:20 mark is ridiculously impressive, but the highlight for me was when Coach Robic put his nose inside his shirt and asked “What are you two guys doing up in that dark room”. Don’t believe me? Go to the 0:25 mark.


SEC Nation is here

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The SEC Nation set is assembled and the crew has started taping segments for the SEC Network. Check out the view from the set with Marcus Spears above. Here’s the bus:

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AJ Reed is being interviewed by Kaylee Hartung. He’ll be honored at the baseball team’s Homecoming tailgate tomorrow:

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Nick Jourdan took this picture of a release taped to the gates encouraging “proper behavior”:

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Pfffft. Whatever. Go, be loud, and bring hilarious signs. Like this one:

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KSR asks: What celebrity would you take to the CATSPYs?

KSR’s 2014-2015 basketball previews roll on as we continue to unveil the players’ answers to Ryan Lemond’s ten questions. Next up:

What celebrity would you take to the CATSPYs?

Trey Lyles: Jessica Alba

Dakari Johnson: Iggy Azalea

Marcus Lee: Jessica Alba

Devin Booker: Beyonce

Alex Poythress: Beyonce

Tod Lanter: Jennifer Love Hewitt Jennifer Aniston

Aaron Harrison: Beyonce

Andrew Harrison: Aaron Harrison

Tyler Ulis: Lauren London

Karl Towns: Alicia Keys

Sam Malone: None…he claims he doesn’t know any celebrities

EJ Floreal: Beyonce

Dominique Hawkins: Beyonce

Brian Long: Scarlett Johansson

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A giant set of Yahtzee dice is on the field at Commonwealth Stadium

UK Athletics says they’re for fans to play with at the Wildcat Refuge tomorrow. Any chance we can get Damien Harris to pose with them tomorrow?


What Shoes Will Kentucky Players Wear This Season?

With the Kentucky equipment staff showing off Kentucky’s new KD7 PE, it sparked my interest on what other shoes we will see Kentucky players wear this upcoming season. Last year proved that we have a lot of sneakerheads on this team, so the possibilities are endless on what shoes we could see. Here are a few that are almost guaranteed:

Air Jordan 11 “Legend Blue”

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We saw several players, especially Aaron Harrison, wear the “Gamma Blue”  colorway last season. When these release around Christmas, expect several Wildcats to be sporting these.

Kobe 9 “Brave Blue”

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If you paid close attention, you may have seen Trey Lyles wearing these at Big Blue Madness. Julius, as well as Willie, wore this model throughout the tournament last year in non-Kentucky colors.

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While no colorways resembling Kentucky have been announced, expect a Kentucky PE just like the KD when the shoe is officially released later this month. The Lebron 11 was Alex’s go-to shoe last year, so I expect him to do the same with the Lebron 12.

Air Jordan 29

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This is the newest model from Jordan Brand, and supposedly one of the top performance shoes on the market.

Air Jordan 4 “Columbia”, Air Jordan 7 “French Blue”

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Both of these shoes are apart of the “Remasterd” Jordan collection; using more premium materials to make the shoes exactly like the one’s Jordan wore back in the day.

Which shoes are you looking forward to seeing on court this season? What other shoes would you like to see the Kentucky players wear?

 

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Mississippi State’s latest hype video is actually pretty awesome

Nice touch with the “Breaking Bad” quote. Wish I could hate on that, but I can’t.