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August 28th, 2015

Pro wrestling superstar Bill Goldberg got into a fight with UK fans at Commonwealth Stadium in 1988

Wrestling superstar Bill Goldberg came on Kentucky Sports Radio this morning to discuss the Project 58:10 Gala he’s putting on in Somerset, and gave us what may be one of the most entertaining UK Football stories we’ve heard in a while.

Before he got into wrasslin’, Goldberg played defensive tackle for the University of Georgia, and told the guys about playing Kentucky in Lexington in 1988. The Cats beat the #11 Bulldogs in one of the biggest wins of the Jerry Claiborne era, but Goldberg remembers the game for a very different reason. He was the last guy off the field that day, and went over to talk to his dad and brother through the fence near the locker room at Commonwealth Stadium, and UK fans wouldn’t leave them alone.

“The fans were all over me, man. I was talking to my brother and my dad through the fence. My brother is kind of like me and he had kind of had enough and turned around and said something to one of the fans and asked him to be quiet, and the fan said something my brother didn’t like and so my brother hit him over the face with a portable television. Hit him in the face with the television and all of a sudden, all heck broke loose. I had to climb the fence in full gear and fight off Kentucky fans because my dad had just had a quadruple bypass.”

That fence Goldberg scaled? It was eight feet tall. Can you imagine Goldberg, at 6’4″, 285 lbs., scaling an 8-foot fence in full gear? Sheesh. The story gets even better when you realize that Kentucky’s quarterback in 1988 was none other than our own Freddie Maggard. That means we have to hear Freddie’s side of the story, right?

Listen to Goldberg’s interview towards the end of the first hour.

Hour 1:

While you’re at it, listen to Hour 2, which included Ryan riding Drew’s new Ghost Board:


Mitch Barnhart says UK needs to resolve arena issue “soon”

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The Rupp Arena renovation crashed and burned last year, but the question of where Kentucky will play basketball longterm still remains. Earlier this summer, small updates were announced, such as replacing Big Bertha with a center-hung scoreboard, but the future of the building is still uncertain.

Yesterday, Mitch Barnhart touched on the subject when speaking to the Lexington Rotary Club. From LEX18:

I think we’ve got to get to a spot where we know what the definition of that looks like going forward. And we’ve got to do it soon. I think it’s caused enough angst among–it’s too much conversation,” said Barnhart. “We’ve got to get to a spot where we move on and get this thing figured out.”

“There are certain things that are important to us going forward that a part of–as I talked and the question was asked earlier, is–we’ve got to protect the next two to three generations of what we’re trying to do for Kentucky basketball. It’s not a one-year decision. It’s not a three-year decision. It’s a 15 to 20 to 25 year decision. Long after I’m gone. So those are the things that we’re obligated as the stewards of the basketball program to protect and make sure we look down the road.”

UK’s current lease with Rupp Arena expires after the 2017-2018 season, which will be here before you know it. Hopefully Barnhart’s comments mean the university is inching towards a resolution, whether it be a renovated Rupp or new on-campus arena.

[LEX18]


Louisville announces $55 million stadium expansion

Some news from our feathered friends down I-64: this morning, Tom Jurich announced a $55 million expansion to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, which will add 10,000 seats. Because of course, the project will be privately funded and will include new premium areas (aka bars). It’s scheduled to be completed in 2019 with a final capacity of 65,000.

You could argue the logic of adding seats when Louisville and 99.9% of programs in the country still struggle to sell out games, but I’m more interested in the renderings. The expansion will mainly consist of a new structure in the north end zone, and I realize that I’m totally biased, but what is that? I’m all for being unique, but what??

Oh…


The Sacramento Kings just signed Marshall Henderson

With Rajon Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein, and endless front office drama, the Sacramento Kings were already primed to be the most entertaining team in the league this season. Now they’ve gone and added Marshall Henderson.

Oh yes, according to Yahoo’s Marc Spears, the former Ole Miss guard has signed a make-good contract with the Kings after stints on pro teams in Iraq, Qatar, and Italy this past season. He will participate in the Kings’ training camp, which starts late next month.

“Hard Knocks: Sacramento Kings”???? Please?????

Requisite Marshall Henderson GIF:


Kobi Simmons will announce his decision on September 19

Kobi Simmons arrives on campus today for his official visit, and according to reports this morning, the 6’4″ combo guard from Alpharetta, Georgia is ready to wrap up his recruitment in a few weeks. Simmons is down to Kentucky, Ohio State, UNLV and Georiga. His father, Desmond Stephens, told Adam Zagoria that his son will announce his decision after visits to UNLV on September 4 and Ohio State on September 11. Rivals’ TJ Walker is also reporting Simmons’ decision will come on September 19.

In case you need a refresher, Simmons was UK’s priority at point guard in the 2016 class for a long time before John Calipari also handed offers out to Dennis Smith and De’Aaron Fox. Both Simmons and his father downplay the notion that Calipari’s interest has waned, insisting that they talk to Cal and Kenny Payne daily. Both also admit they’re big UK fans, with Stephens telling the Herald-Leader that he grew up cheering for Kentucky.

While Simmons hit some rough spots on the summer circuit, he’s an incredible talent. At 6’4″, he’s long and athletic, with an explosive first step and decent outside shot. He’s considered the third best combo guard and the 15th overall player in the 2016 class by 247 Sports Composite.

Enjoy yourself, Kobi.


The KSR Golf Scramble and Bill Goldberg (Friday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from the KSR Golf Scramble at Polo Fields in Louisville. Today, the guys will narrate all the happenings at the golf scramble, discuss a very important visitor on campus for the basketball team, and keep getting you ready for football, which starts a week from tomorrow.

WWE legend BILL GOLDBERG will also call in to talk wrasslin’. Why? Why not, I guess.

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

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The KSR Golf Scramble’s Friday Morning Wakeup

You smell that? I do. That’s called a championship. I smell it well.

Today, four of the state’s best golfers will stoop to amateur status to compete in the inaugural KSR golf scramble. I’m talking about my team, of course, made up of former KSR county blogger, Corey James; former KSR Bachelor blogger and current PGA caddy, Aaron Flener; my father, Franco; and me, carrying a putter so hot we might get a visit from Louisville Fire before the turn.

As for everyone else in the field, we’re excited to have a fun group of Cats fans at the Polo Fields and I wish them all well in the race for second place. It’s very nice of everyone to take off work and come out to a tournament they can’t win. Good people. Hopefully they win some of the many prizes we have around the course. If nothing else, they’ll meet Shannon The Dude and Ryan Lemond, and you can’t put a prize on that.

But enough about the golf, let’s talk about things you care about.

Did you enjoy the KSR UK Football podcast?

Apologies for the poor quality. Nick had the equipment for about an hour before we sat down to record, so he was learning how to use it on the fly. It will improve next week when we all get together to talk about UL-Lafayette and that home opener in the New Commonwealth Stadium. Tweet us any questions you may want answered and we’ll get to them on the show. Looking forward to recording another one and getting this season kicked off. The talking has gone on way too long.

Kobi Simmons lands today.

One of the top guards in the 2016 recruiting class will take his official visit to Kentucky this weekend. There was a time when Simmons was pretty much a lock to UK; that optimism has dwindled just a little bit, but he’s still high on the Cats.

The football team is getting ready for UL-Lafayette today.

We’ll have interviews with Stoops, Dawson and various players from the scoring side of the ball a little later today. Check back in the early evening to hear what they have to say on the last Friday before things get really real next week.

Football is almost here!

Anthony Davis is huge.

MVP.

I would like to thank former UK fullback Moncell Allen for shattering my phone last night.

I didn’t know it was possible for a screen to break in so many places. Turtle, I’m not even mad. I’m impressed.

Bill Goldberg is going to be a guest on KSR.

File that one under Things I Never Thought I’d Say.

Goldberg — excuse me — Gold-Berg will be calling into the show some time this morning. We’ll be out at the golf course for the entire show so it should make for a very bizarre interview.

I’ll also be out there with my Phunkee Dunk segway and we’re going to make Ryan try to ride it. I don’t know how that will convert to radio, but we’ll Periscope it, too.

Be sure to tune in. I’m off to the course…


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: KSR Summer Fan Stories

1951 Student card
I am a 1955 graduate of UK and have attended,  listened to or watched   every men’s basketball radio or television broadcast that I could receive  since 1948.   I got interested when the Fabulous Five won the NCAA tournament and went on to the Olympics and  joined up with the Phillips 66ers.  When I enrolled in the fall of 1951 (see student card) it was only the second year of Memorial Coliseum and only one year past Alumni Gym. I was there on the street corner in front of Alumni Gym when the sign was changed to Avenue of Champions from Euclid. That had extra meaning then because Stoll field was there too and Bear Bryant was making football very important. I attended every home  basketball game and cheered on the Wildcats even  during the lost season of 1952-1953 when  EVERY game was a Blue-White game.  I couldn’t sleep for  days after watching the Jan 1955 loss to Georgia Tech that ended our 127 home winning record. I still hate Whack Hyder.
After graduation I moved to Atlanta and had to try to get the games on AM radio from WHAS. They carried them whenever it didn’t conflict with a UL game.  This was Caywood’s first years and the reception was awful and faded in and out.  But , no matter. I just had to wait till it faded back in again.
I recently came across an article that  summarized the 1948 team problems, including one item that matched last years conditions.
WE now live in northern Virginia and I’m looking forward to this BB season and will not miss a single TV broadcast.  It is great that now all UK BB games are on TV.  I have a VA license plate that reads UKY- BB .
Thanks,
Richard I. (Dick) Underwood

August 27th, 2015

If Matt Jones runs for Congress…

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By now you know our own Matt Jones is considering a run for Congress. Betcha didn’t see that one coming, huh? I was taken back when he told me months ago. I had no idea he ran at all.

Anyhow, Jones’ jump into politics is officially a thing that could happen, and it’s been the talk of the town since the Herald-Leader leaked the story Sunday evening.

We promised to keep it all sports (well, mostly sports) on the radio and around here, but I wouldn’t be KSR’s resident political reporter if I didn’t put my knowledge of American government, and my knowledge of Matt Jones, to good use. So allow me to break down what you can expect if he does indeed drop hooded sweatshirts and visors for wrinkled suits and, well, visors.

If Matt Jones ran for Congress…

 

KSR will be fine.

Let’s get that one out of the way. It’ll take more than a Congressman Jones to completely end all of KSR. Though he wouldn’t be on the show every day, the show will go on, as well as the website.

Now if someone were to dig up that old video tape from our trip to Canada, then we worry about the future of KSR. Until then, we’re all good. And I’m pretty sure we threw it in the Detroit River.

This will be his campaign sign:

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Be sure to use promo code Jones when you vote.

(Signs courtesy of Vistaprint.)

If elected, he will leave empty McDonald’s cups and Skittles wrappers all over the House.

There may be 434 other representatives, but the big House will be no different than his own house.

Kentucky Joe will tell everyone he is the campaign manager.

In fact, Kentucky Joe is already telling everyone he is Matt’s campaign manager.

This Qdoba will see a spike in sales.

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No Roosters on The Hill, unfortunately for him.

Get ready for the BACK Act.

Jones’ Ban All Crying Kids Act will attempt to crack down on noisy children in restaurants, stores and airplanes. He will push for imprisonment without bail for anyone between the ages of two months and 12 years who are caught disturbing the peace.

It will be his first priority in office.

He will drop out of the race the moment someone hands him their baby.

That’s it. Gone. No questions asked.

Baby, he’s out. Deal breaker.

He will attempt to end every debate with, “I appreciate your call.”

He will begin every debate with, “Andy, I love you but…”

He will probably win.

Then we sit back with our popcorn and see what happens. I, for one, love the idea of him representing my district, so long as he promises to do so in the most ridiculous manner possible. I can’t wait to read “UK Fans of the Day Want Afternoon Legislation.”

 

But all this is hypothetical. He’s a long, long way from making a decision.


Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

Spicy Chicken


You know you’re thinking of a Wendy’s ® Spicy Chicken Sandwich. The spicy goodness of the all white meat chicken lightly breaded with a unique blend of eight peppers and spices, topped with crisp lettuce, delicious fresh tomato and creamy mayonnaise, all on a soft toasted bun. The only way to get it out of your head is to get it in your hands.


You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If

#10 Ralph D. Russo


It’s nice to start getting respect.

 

 

#9 Robin Foster


I hope the professor was a Louisville fan.

 

 

#8 Shane Boyd


Sounds complicated.

 

 

#7 Jackson Sanderson


We don’t needs friends like this, Jackson.

 

 

#6 Kentucky Josh


Preach!

 

 

#5 SAVE the K


It doesn’t get any more clear than that.

 

 

#4 ColonelCrispy


Your dad seems like a big jerk. Sorry Mr. Crispy.

 

 

#3 Gary McIntyre


Maybe I should gamble more often.

 

 

#2 Samuel Evans


Everything’s cooler when Drew Franklin does it. They should do scientific studies on it.

 

 

#1 Stephen Huntsman


That poor cameraman will never get work in the world again.

 

@Hessler_KSR


Anthony Davis’ New Diet has Transformed his Body

NBA.com/Pelicans

NBA.com/Pelicansren

If you’ve seen recent pictures of Anthony Davis, it’s impossible to ignore his increased stature.  Not long ago, he was lanky string-bean.  He’s since transformed into a monster, poised to make a potential run for MVP, all thanks to a strenuous offseason workout and diet plan.

Over eight weeks of working out in LA with new Pelicans strength coach, Jason Sumerlin, Davis has packed on 12 pounds while maintaining 10% body fat.  The primary reason he’s up to 253 pounds is a new diet, explained by Sumerlin to the Pelicans’ official website.

“I wanted Anthony to eat more than he does, actually, because that’s the only way to gain weight. You have to get more protein, more calories. He’s never going to cut out pizza, but I finally got him to eat seafood, for the first time ever. He had salmon. He also has a chef now, so he’s become more adventurous when it comes to food and his diet. Changing his diet is a huge thing and probably half the battle.”

The 2015 first team All-NBA selection was amazing in his third season, averaging 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game.  Despite the amazing output, Davis still has plenty of room to improve, most notably against bigger, stronger post-players who often out-muscled him.

Sumerlin already sees an improvement without having seen against an opponent, ““He’s going to be stronger, faster, quicker and more explosive this year,” said Sumerlin.  “He talks about it all the time.  He feels it.”

If he’s feeling it, I have a feeling we still haven’t seen the best from The Brow.

[NBA.com/Pelicans/]


KSR Preps High School Preview: Week Two

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Lex Cath’s quarterback, Legend Brumbaugh. (@1egend_ Twitter)

KSR Preps Games of the Week

We’re switching it up this week and covering a doubleheader. Just a few miles from UK’s campus lies the Bluegrass Bowl at Lexington Catholic High School, where St. Xavier and Henry Clay will play in the first game of the twinbill, and Ryle vs. LexCath in the late game. All four of these teams are ranked in MaxPreps’ Top 35 teams in the state, with St. X coming in at #9. There’s plenty worth watching in the Bluegrass Bowl, so let’s get started.

St. Xavier (0-0) vs Henry Clay (0-0)

Both St. X and Henry Clay are kicking off their seasons in the Bluegrass Bowl. The Tigers of St. X return as a contender for the 6A, District Three title along with Male and Manual. The inexperienced X will look to junior Desmond Ridder to take the snaps in 2015, announced the starter earlier today. On the other side of the ball, Henry Clay returns running back Joquise Buford and Kentucky-commit Davonte Robinson. Buford led the state with 184 yards per game last year, while also totaling 30 touchdowns. Buford is one of the best sleepers in the state. Cornerback Davonte Robinson is not a sleeper. Robinson is the #10 player in the state (Rivals) and had offers from UofL and Notre Dame before signing with UK. The star defensive back led the team in tackles last season and has been committed to UK since 2014.

Trey’s Pick- This game will be a lot closer than most people think. Barring Buford breaking out for a big game, I’m taking St. X.

Nick’s Pick-  St. X lost too much last year and Henry Clay has a chip on their shoulder after an early exit in the playoffs.  Henry Clay, all the way.

Ryle (1-0) vs Lexington Catholic (1-0)

The host of the Bluegrass Bowl, Lexington Catholic, will play in the late game against Ryle. This game has the potential to go 0-100 real quick due to the offenses that will be paired up. Ryle’s quarterback Tanner Morgan threw for 451 yards last week in a 35-28 win over Covington Catholic. Ryle also gave up 400 yards of total offense, which is something of an issue with Legend Brumbaugh taking the field for LexCath. The son of Kentucky Defensive Line Coach Jimmy Brumbaugh, the junior QB threw two touchdowns on 17-19 passing last week against Boone County. This will be a big game for Brumbaugh to prove himself against a good level of competition. The LexCath rushing attack is led by Jaylen Jones and Brett Balcirak.

Trey’s Pick- Legend Brumbaugh will lead LexCath to a win over Ryle. I’m definitely taking the over on whatever the spread would be.

Nick’s Pick-  I’ve lived with LexCath kids throughout the majority of college career, but my bias isn’t the reason the Knights will win.  Too much firepower from the athletic Brumbaugh cannot be contained by Ryle.

Games to Watch

Paintsville (1-0) vs Frankfort (0-1)

This will be a fun game to watch, but the best reason to watch will be Kash Daniel. The Kentucky-commit ran all over Sheldon Clark last week at the quarterback position in a 46-12 win. Daniel had three touchdowns on 72 yards rushing, but Paintsville also got 177 yards rushing from Kent Phelps on only five carries. Frankfort will look to recover from their opening loss to Paris. Despite the loss, Frankfort is still a contender in 1A. They need to beat Paintsville to prove that they will be in contention.

Trey’s Pick– Kash Money will lead Paintsville to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2013.

Nick’s Pick-  All Kash Everything as Painstville rolls in front of a Big Blue Central Kentucky crowd.

 Photo by Brian Powers

Photo by Brian Powers

Pulaski County (1-0) vs Scott County (1-0)

Both of these teams are coming off blowout wins to begin the season. Pulaski County saw a big game from Riley Hall as they destroyed Jeffersonville (Indiana) 64-26 last Friday. To beat Scott County, they will need to stop the run. With Keith Guy (three touchdowns and 76 yards) leading the way, Scott County rushed for 275 yards and five touchdowns in a 46-0 win over Tates Creek.

Trey’s Pick- Scott County is going to end the third longest winning streak in Kentucky as they will beat Pulaski.

Nick’s Pick-  PC is the team to beat in 5A, and Scott County won’t be the one to get it done.

Male (1-0) vs Ballard (1-0)

The returning regional champs Ballard got off to a great start with a 54-0 win over Oldham County. They stay at home this week to face crosstown-rival Male. Despite playing without Keion Wakefield, Male defeated Floyd Central (Indiana) 41-0 last week. Wakefield will miss this game as well with a leg injury. Ballard will look to shut down the explosive passing attack that Male imposes. Hayden Shelton threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns last week, including two to Zackery Smith.

Trey’s Pick- Male won this game in a blowout last year. They won’t blow them away this time, but they will take cake of business against Ballard.

Nick’s Pick-  It’ll be tough without Wakefield, but I still believe Male gets it done.

Warren Central vs McCracken County

This may not be the most hyped game of the week, but it is extremely important for both teams. Warren Central and McCracken County are coming off big losses to Owensboro and Paducah Tilghman respectively. Both teams are contenders in their respective regions, but an 0-2 start would hurt them out of the gate. Owensboro’s experienced defense held WCHS to 12 rushing yards, forcing Chance Shanklin to drop back and throw 18 passes, completing six. McCracken County struggled to stop the run last week, allowing 205 yards on the ground. Zy’Aire Hughes finished with 75 totals yards last week. MCHS needs to get the ball in his hands as well as Cory Fike’s in order to win on Friday.

Trey’s Pick- McCracken County’s defense will hold WCHS like Owensboro did last week and Zy’Aire will find his zone.

Nick’s Pick-  I believed in McCracken in Week 1, and that faith will not falter this week.  Zy’Aire Hughes will find a rhythm in Week 2 and get the dub.

Scout.com

Scout.com

Players to Watch

Tre’ Hornbuckle, Murray Defensive End- The Duke-commit was consistently in the backfield last week against West Greene (Tennessee). Hornbuckle has big play potential as a weak side DE as he is fast off the line and can wreck havoc as a pass rusher. Hornbuckle plays both ways and will shine this week against Calloway County.

Jamale Carothers, Bowling Green Running Back- Don’t be surprised if you hear this name from me throughout the season. Carothers is from my alma mater, and he is extremely special. Last season, he ran for 336 yards against Owensboro’s fantastic defense. He was named co-offensive player of the game in the Rafferty’s Bowl last week after totaling 140 yards and two touchdowns on nine touches. The Purples travel to play Christian County this week.

@TreyHuntsmanKSR


Cameron Fogle is Leaving the Football Team

Vicki Graff | Vaughts Views

Vicki Graff | Vaughts Views

Kentucky walk-on wide receiver Cameron Fogle is leaving the football program, according to Jen Smith of the Herald-Leader and confirmed by a Kentucky spokesman.

Fogle was the lesser half of the Conner-UK connection.  Drew Barker’s favorite target in high school pulled in 7 touchdowns for 865 yards on 55 catches.  The sophomore wasn’t bad during his short-lived stint at UK, but with a gluttony of receivers and another walk-on wowing the coaches (Charles Walker), Fogle’s future didn’t include much time on the field.

Best of luck Fogle.  You’re much better than the other infamous Fogle.


Position Previews: The Schlarman Nine, Previewing the Offensive Line

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Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman has quietly constructed a formidable position group. The Schlarman Nine includes his starting five rotation plus four pivotal reserves. Going into fall camp, the Wildcat OL was considered Shannon Dawson’s most consistent group. That pre-camp assumption proved to be accurate. Up front, the Wildcats average size is 6’5 314 pounds and have 89 collective starts under their belt, the 15th most returning starts in college football.

Starters

Right Tackle-George Asafo-Adjei 6’5 325 true freshman, 0 starts. This rookie can flat out play the game of football. He’s also established himself as a team leader within a short period of time. George assumed his starting role when junior tackle Kyle Meadows missed a portion of camp due to migraines. He’s not relented. Right tackle is the best position for a true freshman offensive lineman to play.

Right Guard-Ramsey Meyers 6’4 320 sophomore, 12 starts. In 2014, Ramsey solidified his position and hasn’t looked back. Meyers’ experience will benefit right tackle Asafo-Adjei. His strengths include double team blocking and drive blocking, plus releasing downfield to clear a path during screen plays.

Center-Jon Toth 6’5 310 junior, 23 starts. Jon is the anchor of the offensive line and provides a consistent presence for the group. Highly intellectual, yet can move mammoth nose guards due to his understanding of leverage and technique.

Jon Toth is the anchor, and 2014's Offensive MVP. (Big Blue Insider)

Jon Toth is the anchor, and 2014’s Offensive MVP. (Big Blue Insider)

 

Left Guard-Zach West 6’4 305 senior, 30 starts. The old man of the unit, Zach has played a great deal of football for the Cats. He had an exceptional game against South Carolina in 2014. Untimely injuries have somewhat hampered his career. West is now healthy as Coach Schlarman is counting on his experience and consistency.

Left Tackle– Jordan Swindle 6’7 309 senior, 24 starts. Moving from right to left tackle is not an easy transition. From all accounts, Jordan’s move has been effective. Optimal size for a LT, Swindle will be called upon to protect Patrick Towles’ blind side.

Key Reserves-Nick Haynes 6’3 308 sophomore OG, 1 start. Kyle Meadows 6’5 298 sophomore RT, 1 start. Cole Mosier 6’5 335 sophomore G/T, 2 starts. Zach Meyers 6’3 300 junior OG, 1 start.

Projection

The Schlarman Nine is an efficient group with sufficient skill to accelerate 2015 offensive production. Three key reserves are vital due to their versatility. Mosier, Haynes, and Meadows are capable of starting and playing every OL position other than center. LT Jordan Swindle was named to the preseason All SEC 3rd team. Expect a more physical unit due to player development and familiarity. Due to his age and lack of experience, Asafo-Adjei will be tested early by opposing defenses. Having the steady Ramsey Meyers beside him will help.


More Love for Tyler Ulis – This Time from Sports Illustrated

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It seems like every day there’s a new media outlet falling in love with Tyler Ulis – and rightfully so. The kid is easy to like, no matter if you’re a Kentucky fan or not. This time it’s Chris Johnson at SI.com who lists the 10 high-impact sophomores for college basketball this season.

Ulis checks in at No. 4 behind Melo Trimble, Jakob Poeltl and Grayson Allen. Now, I understand the Trimble and Poeltl picks as they have been talked about for quite some time and showed what they can do as freshmen. However, Greyson Allen ahead of Ulis? I’m sorry but Allen really played one game as a freshman and it just happened to be in the national title game, so everyone is living by the what have you done for me lately theory. Give me Ulis ahead of Allen 100 out of 100 times.

Johnson talks mostly about the crowded backcourt and how it will be tough to figure out playing time for Ulis, Briscoe and Murray (hint: just play them all together). He call Ulis a great distributor and reminds everyone he was second on the team last year in offensive efficiency behind Karl-Anthony Towns.