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September 14th, 2014

This weekend’s guest list is loaded with talent

This weekend’s night game against South Carolina provides another huge opportunity for Kentucky on the recruiting trail. Stoops and his staff plan to host several four- and five-star prospects, among others, for the 7:30 pm game in Commonwealth Stadium. Below you will find a list of some of those names with several others expected to join in on the fun in Lexington.

Fans must pack CWS to show these kids that Big Blue Nation is in full support of the program.

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Damien Harris

Harris took in Kentucky’s SEC win over Vanderbilt over the weekend and he plans to be back this coming Saturday to check out the Commonwealth Stadium atmosphere under the lights. It will be Harris’ tenth visit to UK and he still plans to take his official trip to Lexington for the October 25 game against Mississippi State.

The nation’s No. 1 running back tweeted, “Great win, great visit #BBN #ChangeTheGame” after visiting this past Saturday.

David and Andrew Dowell

The Dowell twins, a four-star safety and four-star running back, have received heavy interest from Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow in September. The two Kentucky coaches traveled to Ohio to watch the twins play during Kentucky’s bye week and now they’ll get them on campus for a visit, according to Rivals.com’s Justin Rowland. Rowland’s sources believe the Dowells will be in Lexington for the blackout.

David and Andrew play high school ball with current UK commit Alex Stump.

George Brown

Once believed to be a UK lean, three-star offensive lineman George Brown chose the Florida Gators over Kentucky in a ceremony from his Cincinnati high school back in June. However, Brown will take another look at UK this weekend for the South Carolina game.

The day he committed to Florida, a source very close to Brown’s recruitment told me, “This is far from over.”

Kengera Daniel 

A three-star defensive end out of North Carolina, Kengera Daniel will take his official visit to Kentucky this weekend. He sent out a tweet earlier today to confirm the trip to Lexington.

UK currently leads with 83 percent of his Crystal Ball predictions, ahead of Florida State, Wake Forest and Alabama.

Ahmad Wagner

Six-foot-seven Iowa basketball commit Ahmad Wagner picked up a scholarship offer from UK last Friday to play wide receiver, and the staff is trying to get him on campus this weekend. When asked about his interest in switching to football, Wagner recently said, “That remains to be seen.”

He was a high school teammate of Dorian Hendrix.

Rahshaun Smith

Fresh off a visit to Penn State, five-star defensive end Rahshaun Smith will be in Commonwealth Stadium this weekend, per 247Sports.com’s Chris Fisher. Smith told him, “I think this weekend I’ll be at Kentucky for the South Carolina game.”

Smith is the No. 51 overall player and third-ranked weakside defensive end in the 2015 class in the Top247 Composite rankings.

Zerrick Cooper and Jordan Griffin

According to 247Sports.com’s Josh Edwards, Zerrick Cooper, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the 2016 class, will visit UK on Saturday. He will be joined by his high school teammate, four-star cornerback Jordan Griffin. The duo from Georgia also visited over the summer.

George Asafo-Adjei

Current UK commit George Asafo-Adjei will visit Lexington on Saturday. The offensive lineman from Ohio picked the Cats over Florida, Louisville and West Virginia, among others, on June 23.

Jordan Jones

Like Asafo-Adjei, three-star outside linebacker Jones is already committed to Kentucky but will make the trip to see his future squad take on the Gamecocks.

Zy’Aire Hughes

A third UK commit, 2016 quarterback Zy’Aire Hughes of Paducah, also plans to visit.

 

Beat South Carolina.


School Shooting at Fern Creek

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Image from WHAS TV live stream

There has been a shooting at Fern Creek High School in Louisville. At least one victim has been taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the school is now on lock down. As you can see from the picture above, students have been taken outside the building, but as of yet, there has been no identification or capture of the shooter. The only information we have beyond that is from this young man who tweeted us inside the school:

More as it comes….


Mark Stoops wants you to stop thinking about Matt Elam playing offense

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via Saturday’s KSR Live Blog

On his Monday evening call-in show last night, Mark Stoops took a call from a fan who wondered if we’ll see Matt Elam lined up in the backfield as a potential ball carrier. Many of you are familiar with the tactic: the Cincinnati Bengals occasionally use defensive tackle Domata Peko as a fullback in goal line situations. Last night the Kansas City Chiefs used 340-pound nose tackle Donatrio Poe as a fullback on one touchdown play.

But Mark Stoops needs Elam to learn how to play defensive tackle before he will even entertain the idea of Elam lining up behind the quarterback. Stoops told the caller, “No, no, no. Don’t even put that in his head.”

“I don’t want him asking about it in practice,” said Stoops.

But it would be pretty fun to watch, right? I wouldn’t rule it out before Elam’s time is up at Kentucky.

Oh, and here’s your boy Peko plowing over Troy Polamalu a few years ago:

Imagine Elam doing that for Damien Harris in a few years.

#WhyNot


Shooting at Fern Creek High School in Louisville this afternoon

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One student was rushed to the hospital after gunshots were fired at Fern Creek High School in Louisville this afternoon. LMPD is still looking for the shooter, according to several media reports. WAVE 3 spotted students evacuating the building with their hands on their heads just a little while ago.

Thoughts and prayers for those involved.


Seth Greenberg to replace Digger Phelps on ESPN College Gameday

Seth Greenberg, friend of KSR and of John Calipari, will take over the seat once held by Digger Phelps on ESPN College Gameday this coming season. The former Virginia Tech head coach and Jay Williams are expected to be formally announced as the new faces of the show at some point today. They will join Rece Davis and Jay Bilas on the eight-week Saturday morning and evening college basketball show.

College Gameday will make its 2014-15 debut on November 18 at the Champions Classic where Kentucky will play Kansas.


Vegas likes the Cats to cover in Saturday’s Blackout

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After opening at 10 points in favor of South Carolina, the line for Saturday’s game has moved all the way down to -5 in some Las Vegas books, -5.5 in others. That means people with disposable income and somewhat of a knowledge of college football like Kentucky to keep it close when Spurrier and the boys come to town for the blackout.

According to Vegas Insider, the line moved two points in the first 20 minutes of being on the board on Sunday.

Do you have the same confidence?

#WhyNot


Your favorite former Cats do NBA Media Day

We are one month away from the start of the NBA season and teams are getting ready by doing interviews and posing for pictures this week. Today on KSR we have some of the best images from NBA Media Days, featuring many familiar faces to Big Blue Nation. I think you’ll recognize these millionaires and wish some of them were still in Lexington wearing blue.

 

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“Young & Smart” – James Young and Marcus Smart model their new “We Are Young & Smart” t-shirts in Boston.

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Injured Rondo - The former Kentucky guard models a new sling on his left hand, days after he underwent surgery to repair a metacarpal fracture. He is expected to miss six weeks.

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Nerlens and his new friend, Joel Embiid – Embiid believes his fellow 7-footer will win the NBA Rookie of the Year.

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The Real T. Jones - Terrence Jones looks ready to teach ‘em ’bout Kentucky in Houston.

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Wall adds a veteran in Washington. – Paul Pierce said yesterday he believes the Wizards can reach the NBA Finals.

Burr – Archie Goodwin is ready for his second season with a new 10 lbs. of muscle he added over the summer.

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Boogie Selfie – In Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins took several selfies with teammates and reporters during Media Day. He needed help to frame up this shot.

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Bledsoe’s Back – The 70 Million Dollar Man is back in Phoenix and ready to shine with the Suns.

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The UnderKanter – Utah is working to re-sign Enes Kanter before the season begins.

Nazr Mohammed

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Back for a 17th season. – Nazr Mohammed will play forever.

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Superstar – Anthony Davis is ready to take over the NBA in 2014-15.


UPDATE: We have the presale code to buy CBS Sports Classic tickets NOW

Can’t wait ’til Friday? Buy your tickets to the CBS Sports Classic right booking now on Ticketmaster with the promo code ‘CLASSIC’. It’s going to be a tough ticket to get so you may want to go ahead and jump on it.

The link to purchase tickets can be found here.

Hurry!


From The Vault: Steve Spurrier humping a fitness ball

It’s South Carolina week, so why not get ready for the game with a Tuesday morning viewing of Steve Spurrier humping a fitness ball. I can’t think of a better way to get pumped up for South Carolina, honestly.

Beat Spurrier.


Tickets for the UCLA game in Chicago go on sale Friday

The inaugural CBS Sports Classic will tip off on December 20th in Chicago and fans can begin purchasing tickets for the event this Friday morning at 10:00 am. The classic will feature a double-header with an opening game of North Carolina-Ohio State at 1:00 pm ET, followed by your University of Kentucky Wildcats versus UCLA at 3:30 pm ET.

To lock down your seat(s), go to Ticketmaster.com, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, or visit Chicago’s United Center Box Office on Friday.

It’ll make a great Christmas present for the UK basketball fan in your family. Or for yourself.

Go Cats.


Gettin’ you ready for South Carolina (Tuesday Show Thread)

Mornin’ Big Blue Nation. Today on Kentucky Sports Radio radio, Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will discuss the campus air-gun incident that has four UK football players sidelined for Saturday’s game. They’ll weigh in on the stupidity of the players’ actions and what it means for Saturday’s game and beyond.

Plus they’ll preview the upcoming game against South Carolina and dissect some comments from John Calipari and Mark Stoops yesterday. It should be a goodin’.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: How Does This Not Excite You for the 2015 Offense?

It can not be stated enough just how exciting it is to have a competitive football team again.  Kentucky is becoming a trendy pick to upset South Carolina this weekend and many are now predicting a possible bowl game this year.  But frankly, all of that would be icing on the cake to what is just the bounce back year for this football program.  But next year could really be something special.  The home slate might be the best in school history.  But most importantly, UK is looking like they will bring back almost all of their key players, especially on the offensive side of the ball.  Through 4 games, take a look at the stats accumulated at each position and how many of those guys will be coming back.  And then I did the math on what percentage of key stats could be coming back through 4 games.  Seniors have been included but marked out.

QUARTERBACK
Patrick Towles (RS-Sophomore): 4 starts, 84-135, 1117 yards, 6 TD, 49 carries, 205 yards, 2 TD
Reese Phillips (RS-Freshman): 2-4 (50.0%), 45 yards
RETURNING IN 2015: 100% of completions, 100% of yards, 100% of TD’s

RUNNING BACK
Braylon Heard (Junior): 3 starts, 29 carries, 217 yards, 7.5 ypc, 2 TD, 3 catches, 8 yards
JoJo Kemp (Sophomore): 1 start, 33 carries, 155 yards, 4.7 ypc, 1 TD, 2 catches, 15 yards
Mikel Horton (Freshman): 23 carries, 121 yards, 5.3 ypc, 2 TD
Boom Williams (Freshman): 16 carries, 99 yards, 6.2 ypc, 1 TD, 5 catches, 75 yards, 1 TD
Josh Clemons (RS-Junior): 7 carries, 32 yards, 4.6 ypc
DJ Warren (Senior): 1 catch, 9 yards
RETURNING IN 2015: 100% of carries, 100% of yards, 100% of TD’s

WIDE RECEIVER
Ryan Timmons (Sophomore): 4 starts, 20 catches, 246 yards, 1 TD
Demarco Robinson (Senior): 4 starts, 10 catches, 180 yards
Javess Blue (Senior): 3 starts, 6 catches, 77 yards
Dorian Baker (Freshman): 1 start, 11 catches, 122 yards, 1 TD
Garrett Johnson (Freshman): 11 catches, 181 yards, 2 TD
Blake Bone (Freshman): 5 catches, 113 yards, 1 TD
TV Williams (Freshman): 4 catches, 64 yards
Joey Herrick (Junior): 1 start, 2 catches, 18 yards
Charles Walker (Freshman): 1 catch, 4 yards
RETURNING IN 2015: 80% of catches, 77% of yards, 100% of TD’s

TIGHT END
Steve Borden (Senior): 3 starts, 3 catches, 32 yards
Ronnie Shields (Senior): 2 catches, 28 yards
RETURNING IN 2015: 0% of catches, 0% of yards, 0% of TD’s

OFFENSIVE LINE
Jordan Swindle (Junior): 4 starts (16 career starts)
Jon Toth (Sophomore): 4 starts (19 career starts)
Ramsey Meyers (RS-Freshman): 4 starts
Darrian Miller (Senior): 3 starts
Cole Mosier (RS-Freshman): 2 starts, 3 games played
Zach West (Junior): 1 start (22 career starts)
Kyle Meadows (RS-Freshman): 1 start, 3 games played
Nick Haynes (RS-Freshman): 1 start, 3 games played
Max Godby (Senior): 4 games played
Zach Myers (Sophomore): 1 game played (1 career start)
Teven Eaton-Nared (Senior): 1 game played
RETURNING IN 2015: 85% of starts (66 career starts combined for returning players)

Unless tight end becomes a serious focal point of the offense in the future, I think Kentucky is going to be quite strong on the offensive side of the ball in 2015.


KSR’s Top Ten Tweets of the Day

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We will focus most of our attention on relevant Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as per usual, there are no limits to our madness. You, the KSR fans, can also participate in our top-10 tweet countdown by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTopTen, or by tweeting @KySportsRadio.

 

#10 Mike Tunison

City folks ain’t allowed.

 

 

#9 Chuck Hayes

As long as you’re not inviting the guys to the bridge club Chuck..

 

 

#8 KSR Lonny

That’s right Lonny.

 

 

#7 A. Sherrod Blakely

Does wearing that shirt make one Young & Smart?

 

 

#6 S.E. Shepherd

Halloween Express carries them.

 

 

#5 JKM

Hear hear!

 

 

#4 Steven Borden

You heard the man.

 

 

#3 Matt Jones

Couldn’t leave out a good zing.

 

 

#2 Michael Rudolph

A little self-deprecating humor.

 

 

#1 Joel Embiid

Embiid=champion of Twitter.

 

@BrennanKSR + Funkhouser


Mike Leach’s Tuesday News and Views

Former UK offensive coordinator Mike Leach, now the head guy at Washington State, delivered a brilliant rant about online dating during his Monday press conference in Pullman. Leach has always been open about his hatred for gadgets and technology, and now he’s of the belief our cell phones will lead to the extinction of humanity.

From The Spokesman-Review:

“I’m not really good with technology. All this button pushing and whatnot. I mean, you can just imagine based on what’s happened in the last 15 years. Conversations won’t happen 10 years from now. There aren’t going to be people to talk to, it’s going to be this (mimics pushing buttons). ‘Do you want to go out on a date with me?’ ‘I don’t know, what do you look like?’ ‘Well I look kind of like this.’ ‘OK, what are your interests?’ ‘Well, what do you think my interests are? Looking into this thing and typing into this just like yours are.’ ‘Yeah, no kidding, that’s what everybody’s doing.’ ‘Well, where do you want to go?’ ‘Well, what difference does it make? Because all we’re going to be doing is looking into machines anyways.’ Well, that’s true and in the end it’s going to be tough to perpetuate the species. There’s no question about that. So we’re all going to look in this box and eventually be extinct. That’s how it ends.”

Leach’s Monday comments reminded me of an old video of him talking about e-mails at Big 12 Media Day in 2009. I think I could listen to him talk about the new iPhone for hours.

Now on to tonight’s News and Views, which Leach will not read unless someone prints it out and hands it to him.

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Saturday’s game is a BLACKOUT.

UK is asking fans to leave the blue and white at home for black attire Saturday night. The Cats and Cocks kick off at 7:30 pm and the hope is to black out the entire stadium. The team will likely sport the black uniforms on the field, too.

If you’re not already planning to go, why don’t you go ahead and change that by purchasing tickets to the game. Upper level general admission seats can be purchased for $25 here if you use the promo code ‘BEATSC’.

Pack Commonwealth. Beat Spurrier.

Four freshmen made an incredibly dumb mistake, will sit out against South Carolina.

Two redshirt freshmen and two key contributors will be out this Saturday, serving a one-game suspension for an incident that locked down part of south campus Sunday night. Boom Williams, Dorian Baker, Drew Barker and Tymere Dubose were identified in a surveillance photo released to the public on Monday as four students who were shooting an Airsoft gun near the Kirwan/Blanding complex. Campus police received two reports of a shooting, but it’s unclear what exactly it is they were doing.

The news is incredibly disappointing, especially with Barker being involved. There are far worse crimes than shooting a plastic pellet gun, but the guys have to be smarter than to carry around anything resembling a real gun on a college campus. There is no tolerance for that this day and age and the guys should’ve known better.

As for how it affects the team, Baker is the fourth-leading receiver with 11 catches for 122 yards and one touchdown. Williams has 16 carries for 99 yards and a score and another 75 yards receiving and a score while handling the kick return duties too. They will certainly be missed when the Gamecocks come to town, but Stoops had no choice but to suspend them.

Let this be a lesson, guys.

UK and Louisiana-Monroe will kick off at noon on October 11th.

Back to the early time slot for the Cats’ October 11th game against Louisiana-Monroe. That throws a wrinkle in the Keeneland plans, but UK could be looking for its fifth win that day.

It’ll be televised on the SEC Network.

John Calipari: “We are going to start the season platooning.”

At Monday’s Wildcat Tipoff Luncheon in Louisville, Coach Cal told the crowd he plans to use the platoon system to start the season and he hopes to do it throughout the whole year. He confirmed he will run with two groups of five plus two subs, one guard and one big to provide relief if any member of a platoon gets in foul trouble or isn’t playing well.

“This has never been done before,” he said.

Cal consulted with Clippers head coach Doc Rivers about UK’s loaded roster and Rivers supports the platoon. Cal also warned the crowd about the pace the Wildcats will play in 2014-15: “We play fast but we’re going to play faster.”

I. Can’t. Wait.

Jaylen Brown expects to meet Drake at Big Blue Madness:

In his most recent blog for USA Today, five-star forward Jaylen Brown fueled the rumor that Drake will be at Big Blue Madness:

Another thing that I thought was cool was that Coach Cal told me about his relationship with Drake and they’re actually really close. They text and everything like that. That’s pretty cool. I’m definitely a fan of Drake and I think he’s actually gonna be there when I’m there for my visit to Kentucky so I’m definitely looking forward to that. [USA Today]

Cal also told Malik Newman earlier this month that Drake might be a special guest at Madness. It will be HUGE for recruiting if UK can get him to show up. The kids love some Drizzy Drake.

Isaiah Briscoe picked up an offer from Kentucky.

According to NJ.com, Isaiah Briscoe received a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky during his official visit. Briscoe was still on campus on Monday when Calipari was in Louisville; Cal told the crowd he needed to speak first and hurry back to Lexington to entertain a recruit. That recruit was Briscoe, the nation’s No. 1 point guard in the 2015 class.

I love this picture from the FIBA World cup a few weeks ago.

Rudy Gay, Boogie’s Sacramento teammate, poured champagne on the former Cat while another, Anthony Davis, looked on. Notice Davis isn’t partaking in the champagne; he doesn’t drink. He just balls.

The Jaguars released Winston Guy Jr.

After starting the first three games of the season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Winston Guy Jr. is now without an NFL football team. The Jaguars released the former Wildcat safety on Monday, one day after he gave up a long touchdown pass to Eddie Royal of the San Diego Chargers. It was Guy’s only play of the game.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN LARON LANDRY WAS BUSTED FOR PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS?

Former LSU star Laron Landry received a four-game suspension from the NFL for PEDs.

This guy? NO WAY.

That looks completely natural.

Lots of good stuff from John Calipari will be on KSR tomorrow night at midnight.

We’re able to release the goodies from Coach Cal’s preseason Q&A roundtable on October 1 at 12:01 am. He talked to some of us for over an hour a few weeks ago and I’ll have all the nuggets and quotes from the discussion here on KSR. Get ready for it.

Go Cats.

 


Some Pictures For Your Night

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This picture was taken tonight of John Calipari on his vespa he rides around town. There is something hilarious about this to me.

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Another cool pic of the team and Muhammad Ali

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The Twins saw Derek Anderson today