By Adam Luckett on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 11:00pm
With the loss of Danny Clark to a transfer, Kentucky currently has just three scholarship quarterbacks entering the Citrus Bowl. This position was essential to address in the class of 2019. Mark Stoops and his offensive staff casted a wide net and entered the state of Louisiana to scoop an under the radar prospect.
The slender 6-foot-2 and 200-pound lefty committed to UK shortly after the program’s upset win over Mississippi State and had a very successful senior season. After a high school trans for sidelined him during his junior season, the dual-threat quarterback led Amite High to a 14-1 record and a state championship. In the final game, Amani Gilmore stole the show with six total touchdowns.
He’s not just a football player, though. The Louisiana native is considered a legit MLB prospect and he plans on pitching for Nick Mingione’s squad while he is on campus.
On the football field, Gilmore is a very raw prospect but he fits the mold of UK’s last two starting quarterbacks. He has established a winning pedigree, can make plays with his legs, and throws a very good deep ball. It’s not crazy to think that he could become the program’s next QB1 after a couple years in the UK program.
We should start off with the obvious and that is the athleticism that Amani Gilmore brings to the table. The multi-sport star is a longstrider who can quickly pick up yards in a short amount of steps. Even in sloppy conditions he can be a threat in the quarterback run game.
Here Gilmore is used on a read option played similar to what UK has used in the past. The athletic quarterback makes the correct read and quickly gets north/south to big up a chunk play. He breaks a tackle in the middle of the field and then gets outside for the big gain. He doesn’t have that straight line speed that UK currently has with Terry Wilson, but he can still be a productive runner at the FBS level when used correctly.
Now let’s get to some throws. In any offense in the SEC, at times you’re going to ask your quarterback to make some throws in some tight windows. The middle of the field can be dark and full of terror, but sometimes you just have to trust your arm and pull the pin.
In the state title game, Amani Gilmore hits his target behind the linebackers dropping in coverage and just between the safeties. You must have courage to be a quarterback and that just doesn’t mean being able to stand in and take in a hit. A good quarterback must be able to trust your talent to make a precise throw to beat solid defenses.
Oh, yeah. He can throw it deep.
Amani Gilmore only has one other Power Five offer other than Kentucky, but it’s important to remember that this is a special circumstance. The two-sport star did not fully participate in the camp circuit due to playing baseball and he sat out his junior season due to transferring high schools.
He is definitely a raw quarterback prospect and needs a couple years of seasoning, but it’s clear he has some very intriguing tools. The lefty is an above average athlete for the position who can spray the ball all over the field. He’s an effective thrower when on the move and he led his high school to its first state championship since 2004.
When you look at UK’s last two starting quarterbacks, they share some of the same attributes that Amani Gilmore brings to the table. They were all true dual-threats, had potential as a vertical passer, and a competitive nature. Except with Gilmore Kentucky’s staff will have him under their roof for a couple seasons instead of a junior college.
The Louisiana native needs to put on some strength and weight in addition to proving that he can withstand pressure in his face. There’s also the baseball aspect that could take away from his development during spring ball. Either way, he’s a long-term project who could easily be starting games as soon as his redshirt sophomore season.
By Maggie Davis on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 10:30pm
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#10 Mission Chaos
— MissionChaos (@MissionChaos) December 13, 2018
#9 Roy Combs
— Roy Combs™ (@broncofan4life) December 13, 2018
#8 Jamie Stogsdill
— Jamie Stogsdill (@jamiestogs13) December 12, 2018
Bummer this fat head will go to waste.
#7 Tyler Brandenburg
— Tyler Brandenburg (@Tbburg16) December 13, 2018
That was a fun one.
#6 UK Alumni
Let’s get together and cheer on the Wildcats! Go to https://t.co/4L3pWIUtZx to find a UK Alumni Club Game Watch Party for the Wildcats’ home game against Utah on Saturday. #BBN #DreamBIG pic.twitter.com/dYlWEUDwfg
— UK Alumni (@kentuckyalumni) December 13, 2018
If you can’t be in Lexington, these are some of your next best options!
#5 Corey Price
— Corey Price (@coreyp08) December 13, 2018
Heck of a Christmas present.
#4 Amanda Wiseman
— Amanda Wiseman???? (@UK_addict22) December 13, 2018
Saturday needs to get here already!
#3 Keith Peel
— Keith Peel (@bigblueview56) December 13, 2018
A great group.
#2 Tim Meredith
Zion Williamson Is The Best College Basketball Player In At Least A Year
— Tim Meredith (@RealTimMeredith) December 13, 2018
A more accurate headline.
#1 Kenny B
— Kenny B (@kennymarv) December 13, 2018
Blue gets in. Enjoy your vacation and go Cats!
By Zack Geoghegan on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 10:00pm
First, it was Derrick Rose, the 2010-11 NBA MVP, three-time All-Star, and John Calipari’s first official superstar guard (unless you’d like to count Dajuan Wagner). Next, it was John Wall and Eric Bledsoe, the two electric guards built for speed who introduced Kentucky fans to the type of dominant lead guard play that Calipari has become known for. Jamal Murray is in the early stages of becoming a premier point guard for the Denver Nuggets, despite playing as the two-guard at Kentucky. Now, the torch is already being passed along to two incredibly young yet insanely talented guards; De’Aaron Fox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Fox and SGA’s time at Kentucky were separated by only one season, but the two unique players couldn’t be more different from each other. Despite their discrepancies, these two are in a position to take over the NBA as not just the next great group of Kentucky point guards, but the next great group of guards across the entire league.
Fox is the lightning quick, elusive, rim-running acrobat, who has transformed from an inefficient rookie into a future All-Star lock just one season later. You don’t have to watch much film on Fox to realize the superstar potential that he possesses. He’s already one of the fastest players in the league and has developed an uncanny ability to slice defenses to shreds from either inside or out. Once his defensive instincts catch up to his next-level athleticism, his ceiling is one that might be too high to see.
Gilgeous-Alexander is the more fundamental of the two, but with unheard of size for a guard. 6-foot-6 point guards with a seven-foot wingspan are as rare as you might think they are. Like Fox, SGA’s ability to get to the rim appears to come naturally to him, but his approach is much more technical. SGA relies on his length and versatility to beat his defender. He can change speeds quicker than any player I’ve watched this season – save maybe James Harden – and he’s a surgeon when he dissects his way through a bloated defense. On the other end of the court, if you think you’ve beaten him to the rim, you’ll realize it was all a part of his plan as his pterodactyl arm pins your layup against the backboard.
Calipari-era point guards have – for the majority – been elite level prospects. Even those who haven’t seen their NBA careers pan out (Brandon Knight, Andrew Harrison, Tyler Ulis) were at one point special and necessary components to deep postseason runs at Kentucky. But not many of them have seen wild success in the NBA. Yes, Rose won an MVP and Wall is a five-time All-Star, but none of them have been able to do the one thing at the next level that they were brought to Kentucky to do in the first place. Win.
Wall has never been to an Eastern Conference Finals while Rose has appeared in only one. Knight has battled constant injuries – but still has some upside. Bledsoe has never been the featured player on a team that can reach the playoffs (although he has the best shot at making the NBA Finals this season compared to any other former Kentucky guard). Ulis is not built for the NBA. Murray is still learning how to play point guard. Andrew Harrison and – more specifically – Marquis Teague aren’t currently NBA players, either. I wouldn’t even count Isaiah Briscoe as a point guard. And while we’re on this subject, there really hasn’t been any former Calipari player that has experienced unparalleled NBA success in the postseason. A lot of this has to do with the fact that some of Cal’s best prospects – Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker – are still all under the age of 26 and far away from their eventual primes. But most of these former Wildcats have been placed in situations where they are deemed the savior of consistently struggling franchises. Great players plopped in untenable situations expected to fix a decades worth of front office malfeasances.
Fox is facing the same challenge in Sacramento and SGA is viewed as the Clippers safety net and prized possession if their current rebuild strategy doesn’t result in one of Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard joining them in the summer. There is noticeable pressure on both of these players to thrive and I believe they’ll be the first two to actually bring home substantial success to their respective organizations. They may not be the first batch of great Calipari-era NBA point guards, but they’re going to be the first batch that exceeds expectations.
Let’s dive into their individual situations a bit more.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 9:30pm
There’s nothing this Kentucky team loves more than the experts picking against them, so I hope this post makes its way around the football training facility this week. USA Today’s six football writers made their bowl picks today, and not a single one of them predicted Kentucky to beat Penn State in the Citrus Bowl.
Penn State is a great team and all, led by a great quarterback in Trace McSorely. In Vegas, they’re a 6.5-point favorite. But Kentucky’s got Josh Allen. And Benny Snell’s got a record to break.
Guess we’re just going to have to go prove them wrong. Again.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
Kentucky’s always on the hunt for the top recruits in the country and who better to help John Calipari determine who’s elite and who’s not than Hey Kentucky! producer Noah Day?
That’s right! The popular “Noah Talks Sports” segment is back. Watch below as Perrin Johnson and Noah break down film and Noah hands out his own star rankings.
See the full episode below or at HeyKentucky.com.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 8:00pm
Usually when we post a Lynn Bowden tweet, it’s to figure out whether he’s talking about his future at Kentucky or his favorite song lyric, but today, the sophomore phenom used the Twitter machine to call out one of our own.
After Bowden’s punt return for a touchdown vs. Missouri, Drew Franklin tweeted that he was going to get a Lynn Bowden neck tattoo in his honor. A month and a half later, Bowden wants to see that ink.
Make it happen ? https://t.co/YzNvXrqBoB
— Lynn Bowden (@H_Huncho) December 13, 2018
Who wouldn’t have been willing to get a neck tattoo after that play? Bowden’s 67-yard return was a career first and sparked Kentucky’s comeback. We all remember CJ Conrad’s game-winning catch, but it wouldn’t have been possible without that return.
Here’s what Drew will look like once he follows through on his promise:
Drew, you’re on the clock.
By KSR on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 7:45pm
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You can finish all your holiday shopping right now with these KSBar gift cards! Cards must be ordered by December 18th to arrive in time for Christmas. Tell your family and friends.
By Maggie Davis on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
The Kentucky women’s basketball team has made a change to their schedule: the No. 18 Cats will now take on the Sacred Heart Pioneers Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11:30 a.m. inside Memorial Coliseum. The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m.
The time change means fans will be able to watch the Kentucky-Louisville men’s game, which is slated to tip at 2 p.m., directly after the conclusion of the women’s game. The rivalry game will be shown on Memorial Coliseum’s enormous (1,800 square foot) LED video board. Coach Matthew Mitchell and his wife, Jenna will be providing free pizza to fans who attend the WBB game and stay for the watch party. It’s a nice gesture by Coach and the perfect way to watch both match-ups.
Tickets are $10 in reserved seating areas, while general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-18) and seniors (age 65+). UK students get into all WBB games free with a valid student ID, and UK faculty and staff can receive free admission for themselves and a guest to all WBB games with a valid employee ID.
Mark your calendars for Dec. 29 and get ready to support your Cats.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Each weekday from now until the end of the year, KSR will be bringing you tidbits about the Citrus Bowl to get you ready for Kentucky’s showdown with Penn State. First up: a little bit of bowl history.
This will be Kentucky’s first Citrus Bowl appearance, but did you know Kentucky’s never won a bowl game in Florida? This will be the Cats’ fourth time playing a bowl in the Sunshine State, but so far, no Ws.
|January 2, 1950||Orange Bowl (Miami)||Santa Clara||L, 21-13||Bear Bryant|
|January 1, 1999||Outback Bowl (Tampa)||Penn State||L, 26-14||Hal Mumme|
|December 31, 2016||TaxSlayer Bowl (Jacksonville)||Georgia Tech||L, 33-18||Mark Stoops|
In fact, the Cats haven’t won many games in Florida period. As we know all too well, prior to this year’s 27-16 victory, Kentucky hadn’t beaten the Gators in Gainesville since 1979. In the 69-game series between the two teams, Kentucky’s only won 18 times, eight times in the state of Florida.
Time to break another streak.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 6:33pm
Here’s some great news: Brandon Knight is expected to make his debut with the Houston Rockets tonight vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. The game tips at 8 p.m. on TNT.
Knight tore his ACL in July 2017 and was traded to the Rockets during the offseason. He went through his first full practice since the injury on December 5. Head coach Mike D’Antoni told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon that he wants to ease Knight back into the rotation, starting with a few minutes of action tonight.
Welcome back, Brandon.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 6:00pm
It’s official, folks. Josh Allen is a consensus All-American.
Kentucky just announced that Allen is one of eight players who were unanimous choices at their specific positions by the five organizations used in the consensus chart — American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation. He was also named a First Team All-American by Sports Illustrated, TheAthletic.com, ESPN, College Football News, USA Today, CBS, and Athlon.
Allen is Kentucky’s first consensus All-American since wide receiver/kick returner Derek Abney in 2002 and the first unanimous selection since defensive lineman Art Still in 1977.
Kentucky’s Consensus All-Americans
- 1950 Bob Gain, T
- Babe Parilli, QB
- 1951 Babe Parilli, QB
- 1956 Lou Michaels, T
- 1957 Lou Michaels, T
- 1965 Sam Ball, T
- 1977 * Art Still, DE
- 1998 Tim Couch, QB
- 1999 James Whalen, TE
- 2002 Derek Abney, AP/KR
- 2018 * Josh Allen, LB
Beginning in 1924, unanimous selections are indicated by (*).
In addition to his All-American honors, Allen won three national defensive player of the year awards: the Bronko Nagurski Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award, and the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy. He was also named Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club SEC Lineman of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year (AP, Coaches, Athlon, ESPN).
Allen holds the Kentucky record for career sacks (28.5) and single-season sacks (14) and tied Danny Trevathan’s record for forced fumbles (11). He also leads the SEC in sacks, tackles for loss (18.5) and forced fumbles (5) and has a team-high 84 tackles.
I can’t wait for you to tell your grandkids about him someday.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 5:00pm
Let me start by saying Duke is a great team and Zion Williamson is a great player.
And yes I can’t stand anything about the Blue Devils, as their basketball program makes my skin crawl. Both can be true.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I’d like to show you the dumbest thing you’ll read on the internet today.
FiveThirtyEight, a (usually) well-respected basketball outlet dedicated to advanced analytics, released an article yesterday afternoon with the title “Zion Williamson Is The Best College Basketball Player In At Least A Decade.”
Yes, Williamson, who has played just ten games this season, is the best player to ever touch a college basketball floor in at least a decade. What?
They start by talking about the hype, the LeBron comparisons, and how college basketball has never seen a player like him.
With a 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame, Williamson looks more like a linebacker than he does a forward. The Wall Street Journal, with the help of a university physicist, found that attempting to draw a charge on Williamson is akin to colliding head-on with a Jeep. Among all active players in the NBA, only Boban Marjanovic outweighs him. And at 7-foot-3, Marjanovic is more than half a foot taller than Williamson. The build of the former South Carolina Mr. Basketball is certainly unorthodox.
Then they get into the numbers, citing his dominance all over the floor as a key reason why he’s the best over the last decade.
Williamson is averaging 20.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest, with a true-shooting percentage of 67.5. Only three other players since 1992 have hit those benchmarks, and each was an upperclassmen. And let’s not forget to factor his defense into the comparisons: No player in the past 25 years has averaged 20 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals per contest. But that’s where Williamson is.
Another one of their criteria for Williamson’s supposed legendary status? His points-per-possession percentile … despite four players in the same graphic having higher numbers than the star Blue Devil.
Including two former Kentucky players…
If you want to read the stupid article, be my guest. You can find it here.
If you’re not into that sort of thing, you can look at images and videos of the actual best college basketball player of the last decade below.
Call me when Zion wins a title, consensus National Player of the Year, NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, consensus first-team All-American, NABC Defensive Player of the Year, USBWA National Freshman of the Year, conference Player of the Year, and conference Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 4:30pm
The Louisville football program is down to just three commitments, but the Big Dog is looking to make that two. Maybe even one.
Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow was in Louisville today to see three-star athlete and Cardinal commit Aidan Robbins at Dupont Manual High School.
Robbins’ father posted the following tweet, seemingly pretty excited about Marrow making the short trek from Lexington to Louisville:
— Ron Robbins (@TheRonRobbins1) December 13, 2018
Robbins committed to Louisville back in June, but he has since visited Colorado State and BYU the last two weekends. Ole Miss also came in on an in-home visit last week.
He event went as far as to say his official visit to BYU this past weekend was “definitely the best” visit he’s been on, per Mitch Harper of 247 Sports.
“My official visit to BYU was amazing. Definitely the best official visit I’ve had thus far. The people, the coaches, the staff are great. The team is great. I received a family feel from the team and things like that. I liked the facilities and the scenery of Utah. I’ve never been to Utah and it was a very beautiful place. It was definitely somewhere I would like to spend the next point in my life,” said Robbins.
He has a visit scheduled to Louisville this weekend, but by the looks of things, we could see a flip before he signs on the dotted line.
While we’re talking about Cards flipping, the Wildcats are also making a push for Louisville offensive tackle commit Zach Williamson.
They offered the three-star out of Huntington, West Virginia back in November, and then hosted him on a visit this past weekend.
— Zach Williamson (@ZWilly32) November 26, 2018
If both players decide to decommit, that would leave just one commitment for Louisville, three-star offensive guard Ty Murray, with National Signing Day set for next week.
Go big or go home, Big Dog. Go get Murray too and leave the fax machine dry when the morning of the 19th comes around.
By KSR on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 4:00pm
If something didn’t feel right over the last month, it’s probably because you haven’t had a new episode of The Funkhouser Situation. Don’t you worry. Lee Cruse and Chris Tomlin are back and better than ever before. The pop culture pariahs have done some traveling and they have plenty of stories to share, like…
— How the Northeast trip turned Chris into a caviar guy.
— Who had more fun at Disney World?
— Lee Cruse’s Favorite Movie of 2018
— What are Dapper Days at Disney World?
— Strong words for the Wreck-It Ralph sequel.
— The Kevin Hart, Academy Awards incident.
— Lee loves salt and Chris is face down in a pizza.
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