Yeah, yeah, yeah… Mississippi State is No. 1 in the polls. Yawn. When the Dawgs come →
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 12:15pm
Starting UK running back Braylon Heard sat down with Kentucky Wildcats TV to tell fans a little more about himself and how he ended up in Lexington. Heard is from Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, where Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow used to roam.
Watch as the transfer from Nebraska, formerly the No. 5 running back in America, discusses his favorite moments in his short time at Kentucky and what he thinks of the overwhelming fan support from Big Blue Nation.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 11:45am
Fans interested in watching the live taping of SEC Nation Saturday morning should go to that spot you see highlighted in the photo above. The first 350 people to show up will receive one of these lovely t-shirts:
The show will broadcast from outside Commonwealth from 10:00 am to noon. Tell Tim Tebow we said hello.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 11:00am
Travis Haney — not to be confused with Travis Henry, the former NFL running back with 76 children — predicted the six remaining trap games in 2014 and this Saturday’s contest in Commonwealth Stadium made the list. The ESPN national college football writer called it a stretch, but questions the Bulldogs’ ability to handle the success as the country’s No. 1 team:
5. Mississippi State
Trap game: at Kentucky (Saturday)
The Bulldogs are coming off a bye and Kentucky lost 41-3 last week at LSU, so this may be a stretch. But it’s the only remaining road game that isn’t Bama or the Egg Bowl. There are not many compelling personnel reasons — it would take an off performance from Mississippi State, really — but we haven’t seen enough week in and week out to know if the Bulldogs are prepared to handle success. This No. 1 stuff is still new. How will they answer? Plus, MSU might be more apt to overlook a Kentucky team that was just blown out by a team that it already has beaten.
I’m not a fan of the “trap game” talk, but I’m all for anyone who so much as hints at a Kentucky win. For that, your our boy, Travis.
Read more here if you pay for ESPN Insider.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 10:30am
The folks out in Phoenix love Eric Bledsoe and it’s because he does things like this. Watch as he sends the Clippers’ Jared Cunningham into the stands with a crossover.
Bledsoe had a night in Los Angeles against his old team. The former Cat hit his first three three-point attempts and had 14 points through the first quarter. He’s going to earn that max deal over the next five years.
As for Cunningham, it’d be a good idea to hide out for a little while.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 9:55am
With two morning shows remaining before Kentucky’s upset of No. 1 Mississippi State this Saturday, Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will continue to preview the game, but today they will have a little help. Legendary radio host Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network will stop by the first hour of the show to lend his unbiased opinion of the game. Plus, Matt will try to accurately pronounce Kengera Daniel’s name when discussing the defensive end’s Wednesday night commitment to Kentucky.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
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By Bryan the Intern on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 9:00am
By Courtney Sealey on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 8:30am
It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the Day. We will focus most of our attention on Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as usual, there are no limits to our madness. You can participate by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTop10 or just by simply tweeting @KYsportsradio.
#10 Andrew Harrison
Weekend just got so much better
— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) October 22, 2014
— BackdoorSlider (@BDSlider) October 23, 2014
They would be better off with Sarah McLachlan. No one can resist those commercials.
#8 Tod Lanter
5:19? Let's start the day #mindisstirring
— Tod Lanter (@tod_lanterIII) October 22, 2014
Don’t do it. It’s a trap.
#7 Jaleel Hytchye UK#19
Why tf is it so cold out??
— Jaleel Hytchye UK#19 (@TheRealLeel_19) October 22, 2014
That’s the issue with fall.
#6 Eric Bertram
— Eric Bertram (@ebertramg7) October 22, 2014
One day people will figure it out….it will probably be a few games before you go to the NBA though.
#5 Alex Poythress
After that govt cheese we eating steak
— Alex Poythress (@AlexTheGreat22) October 22, 2014
Uh…not sure you should be eating that cheese on your diet…stick to the steak.
— Seantencio (@gotigersandcats) October 22, 2014
The backlash he will get from his doctor will be satisfaction enough. Hopefully that is an appointment they film.
#3 Trey Lyles
— Trey Lyles (@TreyMambaLyles) October 23, 2014
What the heck? I am getting too old to understand kids.
#2 Bernie Burnett
@KySportsRadio it's difficult to type AND hold your 40.
— Bernie Burnett (@BernieSadori) October 23, 2014
They make special carriers for this. Maybe I should shoot him the link.
#1 Phi Kappa Psi – UK (Sean Curl)
— Phi Kappa Psi – UK (@PhiPsi_UK) October 22, 2014
This should be the plan for any true Cat fan.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 22nd, 2014 @ 11:14pm
We’re only a few days away from Kentucky’s upset over No. 1 Mississippi State and this guy wearing a helmet and a ‘BEAT UAB’ sticker is going to be heartbroken when it happens. Sorry, bro. Enjoy your suite in lovely Starkville.
The gambling folks out in Las Vegas are still sitting on State at 13.5-point favorites, just enough to make me some good money on the UK money line. The only real question at this point isn’t whether or not that happens, but do fans storm the field again? I’m down.
Tonight, as we count down the hours till kickoff, we’ll go over a little football news and some of the goodies from UK basketball hogging the Wednesday spotlight. Then tomorrow we’ll make fun of Mississippi State a little more and churn out whatever’s relevant in Big Blue Nation.
And for the record, no, I would not like to give 50 cents to the Louisville athletic fund. I want gas because this is a gas pump.
Mark Stoops added a new commitment.
The 2015 football recruiting class added a new member Wednesday evening when three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel pledged his commitment to Kentucky. The addition of Daniel moved the Cats up to No. 24 in the 247 team rankings. He chose UK over Alabama, Louisville, NC State and Virginia, among many others.
“Just be ready. I’m coming. It’s going to be something special,” said Daniel.
Oh we’re ready.
Dorian Baker’s playing status is still up in the air.
“We’ll see,” Stoops said, on the SEC teleconference. “I’m not going to comment on that at this time.”
He said he will not speak about any of his private discussions with the league, whether it be calls, non-calls or situations like this.
Stoops on early week practices:
“We had a good meeting and got a lot of things corrected. You know, we made a lot of mistakes at LSU. I think LSU had a lot to do with that. Give them credit. They beat us in all phases. I think our team has responded very well. We come back with a good meeting and light practice on Monday and had a good, physical, hard practice Tuesday, and the guys were excited. Good to get out there in practice, and I thought we responded well. So we’ll see how we move forward the rest of the week.”
Calipari went on SportsCenter and owned it. All of it.
He is on fire this year. FIRE.
Man Cal is hilarious! He knows they hate him and he enjoys every bit of it!
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) October 22, 2014
See, DeMarcus knows it too.
Five of the 10 All-SEC selections live in Lexington; Aaron Harrison named POY
The conference announced its two preseason All-SEC squads Wednesday and five of the 10 selections will play their home games in Rupp Arena next year. Aaron Harrison, the preseason Player of the Year, earned First Team honors, while Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress and Karl Towns were named to the SEC’s second team.
And the least shocking news of the day: UK was tabbed as the preseason No. 1.
Andrew and Aaron Harrison tried to draw Wildcats.
And that’s why they play basketball. Leave the art to Willie, guys.
Calipari will give away spring in-state tuition at the Blue-White game.
For the second year in a row, Cal will pay one semester of tuition for two lucky students in the eRupption Zone. Current UK students can register before the game at the regular student entrance at Rupp Arena, behind section 34, between 5:30 and 7:00 pm with a valid student ID. Winners will be announced after the game and they must be present.
New single game UK basketball tickets are now available.
Fans can now purchase single game tickets to Kentucky’s home games against Boston, Montana State, UT Arlington, Eastern Kentucky and Providence, in addition to the Blue/White scrimmage, two exhibition games and first two regular season games against Grand Canyon and Buffalo. Ticket prices vary by game, but they’re all rather affordable under the new variable pricing system.
Click here to select your game and seat through Ticketmaster. You can get in the building for as low as $27 per ticket.
Paul Finebaum will be a guest on Kentucky Sports Radio radio Thursday morning.
The two loudest mouths of the south on one show at the same time; can you believe it? You will if you tune in tomorrow morning around 10:30 am when Paul Finebaum joins Matt Jones on the KSR airwaves. HEY PAWLLLLLLLL
Go Cats, everybody.
By Ally Tucker on ©October 22nd, 2014 @ 10:30pm
The off-season is technically over, but the folks here at KSR love getting your input on things… relevant and bizarre. We have to get a little creative around here sometimes.Earlier this summer I started a weekly series called “We Ask You Wednesdays,” that brought in some great responses from many readers via Twitter.
Most of you all, All of you all, Everyone but my Mom and Dad,Some of you all probably hate it, but it’s either this or I’ll post another Trey Lyles mix tape.
Each week, the question will change and we will hit on a variety of topics, mostly UK-related… but you never know. Each week the best responses will make it on to the website. This week’s ninth volume of the “We Ask You Wednesday” allowed Kentucky fans to answer the following question via Twitter in 140 characters or less: WHAT OTHER SITUATIONS IN LIFE WOULD YOU NOT WANT TO LOOK OVER AND SEE THE PERSON INVOLVED WEARING A BACKWARDS HAT?
Yeah, don’t go through with it if so…
— Chad Lynch (@ukchadillac) October 22, 2014
Two opposite ends of the spectrum here…
— Elizabeth (@UKLiz522) October 22, 2014
@AllyTuckerKSR Baby Delivery, Baptism
— Matt Anderson (@ukmatt41) October 22, 2014
I would even argue that good news would be ridiculous with a backwards hat, too….
@AllyTuckerKSR gotta be your doctor giving you bad news
— Ryan Bailey (@rkbailey4uk) October 22, 2014
Most people agreed that any type of medical worker/situation would not be ideal…
@AllyTuckerKSR A prostate exam
— Sam Gormley (@BigBlueFan97) October 22, 2014
Or the employee.
— Cody Lockhart (@lockhart_uk) October 22, 2014
Yeahhh, I had to Google that.
@AllyTuckerKSR Mohel…given what a Mohel does, there’s some irony there.
— Kyle Galbraith (@KyleLGalbraith) October 22, 2014
Let’s be honest… we all know there was never a motorcycle involved….
@AllyTuckerKSR When youre riding on a motorcycle with your boss/secret lover&he says”Helmet?! I dont need a helmet!Trust me, we won’t crash”
— Chad Theiss (@ChadTheiss) October 22, 2014
A guy with a backwards hat though seems like he might be a little more laid back about such things…
— Daniel Weber (@daw816) October 22, 2014
You lose that battle every, single, time…
@AllyTuckerKSR rap battle with Will Smith. If the Fresh Prince’s hats on backwards you’re going down.
— J.C. Ausmus (@JC_KSR) October 22, 2014
The backwards hat might make you feel more at ease….
— Nick Fulkerson (@Nick_Fulk) October 22, 2014
The CDC and hospital in Texas seem like maybe they’ve been wearing the hat backwards a lot lately…
@AllyTuckerKSR the new Ebola czar.. I would always want to see his hat facing forward.
— jimthechin ن (@jimthechin) October 22, 2014
I feel like even a properly worn hat could not improve a colonoscopy…
— AWD (@awdahl14) October 22, 2014
Does a backwards top hat look different than a not backwards top hat?
@AllyTuckerKSR Abe Lincoln or MLK giving their famous speeches.
— Scott Gee (@cubfan23) October 22, 2014
I’ve seen it in girls high school soccer, unfortunately.
— Derek Willis (@derek_willis) October 22, 2014
WORST MISTAKE OF THE WEEK:
@AllyTuckerKSR Ironic as I just turned mine around backward to start my workout.
— Al’Darius Courington (@alcourington) October 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER OF THE WEEK:
— Donald Leathers (@don_wheezy) October 22, 2014
By Drew Franklin on ©October 22nd, 2014 @ 9:10pm
I didn’t think it could possibly get any better than U of L Athletics asking for money at local gas pumps, and then I did a little digging and found other fundraisers the Cardinals are doing around the city.
Like this homeless man, for instance. Instead of asking for spare change to buy coffee or sandwiches or narcotics, Jurich convinced this man to beg for the U of L Athletic fund. Embarrassing.
Oh wait, that’s Bobby Petrino. I’m surprised he’s not hitching a ride to his next job.
And it appears Jurich isn’t leaving all of the work to others. He is out raising money, too:
Really, Rick? Really?
By Drew Franklin on ©October 22nd, 2014 @ 8:30pm
Three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel became the 16th member of Kentucky’s 2015 football recruiting class Wednesday night when he sat down between his parents and announced his decision via video on Bleacher Report. The product of Raleigh, North Carolina chose the Cats over several major programs, citing a number of reasons why UK stood out, from the feel of Lexington to the upward trend under Mark Stoops.
The commitment is huge for Kentucky, especially considering the recent loss of defensive end commit Darius Fullwood. At an athletic 6-foot-6, almost 250 pounds, Daniel is more than a serviceable replacement on the defensive line. He has the potential to be a star under the current staff once he gets on campus and gets to work.
Let’s celebrate the addition of Kengera to the family by learning a little more about him and how he get here.
Can I get a Yahtzee?
Raleigh, NC (Millbrook)
6-6 | 245
247Composite: 23 WDE | 507 OVR
247Sports: 28 WDE
Rivals: 16 WDE
ESPN: 34 DE
Scout: 90 DE
The atmosphere and coaching staff set UK apart.
When asked why Kentucky, Daniel first gave credit to the atmosphere at Commonwealth Stadium and the Kentucky coaching staff. He’s also grown close to several of the current players on the UK roster. “I just felt like it’s the place I need to be,” he said.
He took his official visit to Kentucky for the South Carolina game.
Talk about great timing for Stoops: Daniel’s official visit to Lexington was the October 4th weekend, when the Cats upset South Carolina. Daniel was on the field after the game and celebrated with the players later that night.
His final five included Alabama, Louisville, NC State and Virginia.
He also had offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Miami and Wake Forest, and heavy interest from Florida State, Ohio State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
He wants to major in Biomedical Engineering.
UK sent him this…
While Wake Forest sent him this…
Good job, good effort.
“Just be ready. I’m coming. It’s going to be something special.”
His message to Big Blue Nation.
Welcome aboard, Kengera.
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©October 22nd, 2014 @ 7:45pm
— Dak Prescott’s dual threat ability is going to be a huge challenge for the defense. Prescott has the ability to be able to throw the ball and make great decisions at the same time, which makes him such a threat to a defense. When the quarterback has the ability to be good at both the pass and the run, the defense has to be just as good at defending both sides.
“There is not just one certain area that I’m emphasizing on. I’ve gotta emphasize on all aspects of an offense to defend an offensive quarterback like this,” Eliot said.
Mississippi State’s ability to be able to run the ball just as well as pass it make it a lot harder for the defense. A lot of the keys you teach defensive players are based off of the running back being the ball carrier.
“You just have to be really sound in the pass game because as soon as you tighten up in the run game, that’s when they try to get one over your head,” Eliot said.
— The biggest problem for the defense in the game against LSU is what Eliot calls “explosive runs”. The plays the defense didn’t meet in their efficiencies were explosive runs of more than 10 yards. The defense has met their goals on first down efficiency but not in third down efficiency.
It was different things on each explosive run that hurt the defense. There wasn’t one particular player or call that Eliot could point at that needed to be fixed.
— Bud Dupree has become the leader of this defense. Eliot praises Bud’s selflessness as a leader and ability to help the team in any way that he can. Eliot compares Bud’s ability to step up as a leader as what Avery Williamson did last year.
“Bud is one of the greatest team players I have ever worked with or ever coached in my entire career. He is a Kentucky football player through and through,” Eliot said.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 22nd, 2014 @ 7:01pm