By Nick Roush on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 4:51pm
Another one of Michigan’s top athletes will play football at the University of Kentucky.
According to 247 Sports’ Josh Edwards, offensive tackle Deondre Buford is committed to Kentucky. A four-star recruit by 247 Sports, the publication ranks Buford as the No. 24 offensive tackle in America and No. 295 prospect overall. He chose UK over Auburn, Missouri, Pitt, Purdue and Arizona. Edwards reports that Buford has been silently committed to the program since April, but wanted to wait to announce it until a meaningful day for him and his family.
— Jared Purcell (@JaredPurcellDET) August 19, 2019
A star for Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit, Buford is UK’s third commitment in the 2020 class from the Great Lakes State, joining defensive tackle Justin Rogers and wide receiver Earnest Sanders. Steve Clinkscale now has pulled in five commitments from Michigan over three recruiting classes.
Buford’s official visit to Kentucky will go down as one of the most influential recruiting weekends in the history of the football program. On the final weekend of April 2019, Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow hosted Buford, Rogers, Beau Allen, Dru Phillips and John Young. All five fringe four-star players are now members of the Cats’ 2020 class. What a weekend.
A powerful 6-5 270 pound tackle, here’s a sample of what you’ll see in a Kentucky uniform in the future.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 4:00pm
Need more proof that the Kentucky football program has turned the corner? How about all of the tent frames surrounding the stadium, two weeks before the first game?
Fans have already begun marking their territory for that first Saturday when Kentucky hosts Toledo to open the 2019 season. However, those who have already claimed a spot are taking a gamble because UK’s tailgating policy clearly states, “Tents and trailers are not permitted to be setup until noon on Fridays prior to game day and must be removed by noon on Sundays after game day.”
These folks didn’t listen:
The excitement is high, but whoever has to mow may not love it.
By Nick Roush on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 3:00pm
Ryan Day sent shockwaves throughout the state of Ohio Monday afternoon. Fans were left stupefied when Ohio State’s head coach revealed Justin Fields has been named the starting quarterback.
For those who have regularly watched American football, the dual-threat transfer from Georgia was the obvious choice to become the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback, despite the coach-speak we heard from Day in the early stages of camp. Former Wildcat Gunnar Hoak is a fine player, but the job was Fields’ to win. Day used the pressure of a quarterback competition to force Fields to take his game to the next level.
Moving forward, Hoak may not even be the second string quarterback. Day did not explicitly state whose number would be called if Fields was unable to play. Hoak must now compete with Chris Chugunov, a grad transfer from West Virginia, for the title ‘QB2.’
“We’ll let these guys keep learning the offense,” said Day. “With Gunnar, we’ve practiced 14 or 15, only been in the offense really 15 practices. So really he’s at where Justin was coming out of the spring. So he’ll keep growing day in and day out. They’ll keep working. As we get closer to the game, we’ll decide if Justin were to come out of the game, who would go in next.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 2:30pm
Kentucky just sent out the prospectus for the 2019-20 season, which includes a complete roster with each player’s heights and weights. The numbers are unofficial, but let’s take a look:
Again, the numbers are unofficial, but that’s not stopping me from diving right in. Some takeaways:
— Ashton Hagans is up to 198 lbs. from 190 last summer. Based on the pictures of him in summer workouts, that’s not surprising. Nick Richards and Immanuel Quickley both added three pounds, redshirt freshman Zan Payne added ten pounds, and EJ Montgomery’s numbers stayed the same.
— Going by Bucknell’s 2018-19 roster, Nate Sestina has dropped eleven pounds since last season, down to 234 from 245.
— All of the freshmen have put on weight compared to their numbers in 247 Sports’ recruiting database:
- Tyrese Maxey: Up to 198 from 185 lbs.
- Dontaie Allen: Up to 200 from 185 lbs.
- Johnny Juzang: Up to 214 from 200 lbs.
- Keion Brooks: Up to 205 from 185 lbs.
- Kahlil Whitney: Up to 210 from 190 lbs.
After seeing this picture from last week, it’s clear Whitney’s 20 lbs. weight gain is all muscle:
— Freshman walk-on Riley Welch will wear No. 13.
I like my team.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 1:30pm
It slipped under the radar because it happened on a Friday afternoon, but Kash Daniel made an appearance on ‘The Paul Finebaum Show,’ with special guest host Tom Hart.
After running through the requisite Kash topics of trash talk and fishing, Hart asked the Kentucky linebacker who he believes will have a breakout season ala Josh Allen or Benny Snell. Interestingly, Kash, one of the leaders on defense, listed all offensive players, namely Lynn Bowden, Terry Wilson, and AJ Rose.
“Lynn Bowden is going to be a breakout player for us. He’s our returning leading receiver and a leader on our offense. Look out for Terry. Terry had his breakout party last year letting the country know who he is. He’s developed his game tremendously in the offseason, working on on every little thing that he can, and throughout camp, he’s shown nothing but tremendous strides in taking leadership of the offense and putting guys in position to get in the end zone. Look at Terry, look at Lynn.
“You’ve got AJ in the backfield that’s taking over for Benny [Snell] and stepping up in his shoes. A.J. has had a tremendous camp. He’s fast. He’s versatile. He can run a pass route, he can run up the middle. He’s a very good pass protector as well. Then you’ve got guys like Kavosiey Smoke, Chris Rodriguez — I mean, I could go on and on for days and days — our tight ends, Justin Rigg, and guys like that. There’s a lot of guys that have potential to break out, and I’m really excited to see how they do these coming Saturdays.”
In typical Tom Hart fashion, our favorite ESPN announcer even drops a few KSR references. See if you can catch them in the podcast below. Kash comes on around the 11-minute mark.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 12:30pm
Louisville Athletics made the news again today, this time with allegations around its ousted men’s head tennis coach, Rex Ecarma.
According to the Courier-Journal, a three-month investigation determined Ecarma bullied and mistreated his players. He was fired on Friday after a 29-year run with the Cardinals.
The C-J’s story includes a couple examples of Ecarma’s behavior, including the time he reportedly said, “Whites are better than black people.” He is also accused of pressuring athletes to play through injuries, among other allegations.
After his firing, Ecarma said, “I’m deeply disappointed by the decision. I’ve been a Louisville Cardinal my entire entire adult life, as a ball boy, player, and for nearly 30 years as the Head Coach. My teams have been successful and my record, including my personnel file, has been spotless.”
He also said he wasn’t aware of any of the allegations against him.
If you know of anyone within UofL Athletics who does their job like a normal and decent human being, please contact us.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 11:59am
The first AP Poll of the 2019 college football season is out and your University of Kentucky Wildcats did not make the cut; in fact, the Cats didn’t even get a single vote.
Two of Kentucky’s opponents made the top 25, with three more receiving votes: 3. Georgia; 8. Florida; 26. Missouri; 28. Mississippi State; and 35. South Carolina.
Here’s the complete Top 25:
Others receiving votes: Missouri 117, Army 94, Mississippi State 87, Miami (FL) 70, Northwestern 63, TCU 57, Virginia 44, Boise State 38, Cincinnati 16, South Carolina 15, Virginia Tech 12, Fresno State 8, Utah State 8, Minnesota 7, Memphis 6, Appalachian State 5, West Virginia 3, Oklahoma State 3, Arizona State 3, Arizona 1, USC 1
By KSR on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 11:45am
It’s an all new episode of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, as Aaron is joined by his buddy Nick Coffey to break down a number of different topics heading into “Week 0” of the college football season. The guys talk all sorts of things, including:
More on Michael Avenatti + News at Louisville? After touching on the Michael Avenatti news last week, the guys rehash and explain why it’s all much to do about nothing. They explain why the allegations aren’t nearly as scandlous as some make it out to be, and how none of it can be tied to major college basketball programs. Aaron also explains why there isn’t anything to worry about for Kentucky’s Kenny Payne whose name was mentioned in the documents.
Week 0 is here! The guys talk about college football’s Week 0 being upon us. When did Week 0 become a thing, and is the Week 0 and Week 1 slate this year slacking? Also, have we run out of teams to play Bama Week 1, and Nick discusses how bad it could get when Notre Dame comes to Louisville on Labor Day night. Also, the guys again touch on a quiet off-season: Are Alabama and Clemson to blame?
Get the podcast delivered directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or simply stream online through Spotify. Don’t forget to follow the show on Instagram too.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 11:15am
Kentucky Basketball’s ‘Meet the Wildcats’ series continues today with a look at Keion Brooks.
The 6’7″ small forward from Fort Wayne, Indiana opens up about his love for the game, which started with his father, who played basketball at Wright State and professionally for a few years. He also talks about what drew him to John Calipari and Kentucky.
“Coach Cal was 100% genuine. He never told me a lie. He told me it was going to be hard, which it is. He just made sure that if I came here, he’s going to push me everyday to be the best player I can be, which is really going to help me achieve my dreams.”
"I can promise you I'm going to go out and play hard every possession."
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) August 19, 2019
To see profiles of Tyrese Maxey, Kahlil Whitney, Johnny Juzang, Brennan Canada, Nate Sestina, and Dontaie Allen, visit KyWildcatsTV’s YouTube channel.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 10:30am
USA Today updated its preseason college football rankings today and it will soon makes its way over to the bulletin board in Kentucky’s locker room, among all the other idiotic things written this summer about the 10-win, defending Citrus Bowl champs.
In USA Today’s new preseason “re-rank” of all 130 college football teams, Kentucky is ranked behind Toledo, its first opponent this season. Toledo is ranked No. 48; Kentucky is four spots lower at No. 52.
The USA Today rankings of all of Kentucky’s 2019 opponents look like this:
Eastern Michigan: 73
Mississippi State: 39
South Carolina: 56
To see the entire ranking of all 130 teams, click here. Or go look at the hard copy that Vince Marrow is probably printing out as we speak.
By Bryan the Intern on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 10:00am
As you tune in to KSR this morning for a show that likely has nothing to talk about, why not get your work week off to an exciting start by watching these highlights from the 1992 Unforgettables squad. I put this video together years ago from archived highlights from a station in Louisville and rewatching the style of play of that team, and all Pitino squads, that is something that just can’t be replicated anymore. We will look back on the 1992-97 era as one of the most dominant in UK history but also one of the most unique to watch in terms of style of play on the floor.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 9:55am
Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Monday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. The gang is back in studio after the Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass Summer Tour, and well, they’ve got plenty to talk about. Tune in for some must-hear radio.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (772) 774-5254.
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By KSR on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 9:30am
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As we countdown the days until Kentucky football kicks off the 2019 season, we have another fun event happening around town and we need your help! UK Federal Credit Union would like to introduce: Drew’s Restaurant Madness!
Drew Franklin has picked out some of his favorite restaurants around Lexington. Over the next few weeks, you will have the chance to vote for your favorite spots. When making your picks, think of the restaurant that combines the best food choices but is also a fun place to hangout with your friends or to watch a game.
Each week the choices will be narrowed down. At the end of the voting period, we will pick out the restaurant with the two highest vote totals. Those two restaurants as well as KSBar and Grille will host a social where you can come meet Drew, grab some food, and learn about all the great options UK Federal Credit Union has to offer. What are you waiting for? Vote now in Drew’s Restaurant Madness!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 9:00am
Good morning, friends, and welcome to a brand new week. It might be a Monday, but at least we’re one step closer to Kentucky football. If twelve days is too many for you to bear, Miami vs. Florida will be on your television screens Saturday night. Still need a fix? Netflix’s QB1 series is pretty good, and features Kentucky freshman quarterback Nik Scalzo.
Speaking of Nik, let’s jump right into the news…
Notes from Week 2 of Fall Camp
- Scalzo goes down: During Saturday’s scrimmage, the true freshman from Florida suffered an injury to his right knee, the same one in which he tore his ACL last year. There’s no word on the severity of the injury, nor was Scalzo expected to make noteworthy contributions this season, but it is just rotten luck. In that sense, last week sucked. Let’s hope this week has only good vibes, or that our current and former players wrap themselves in bubble wrap before leaving the house.
- Terry Wilson’s improvement: According to sources who have watched practice and Saturday’s scrimmage, the starting quarterback has made a significant leap since last season. With another season under his belt, Wilson is more comfortable in the pocket, which has improved his accuracy and given the offense another dimension.
- Stoops was happier with the defense: A defensive coach, Stoops was not pleased with his unit’s outing in the first scrimmage. A week later, Stoops said he was much happier with the defense, with Logan Stenberg going as far to say that side of the ball won the day.
- Smoke was impressive: After missing the early part of camp with a minor injury, Kavosiey Smoke turned some heads by stiff-arming true freshman corner MJ Devonshire for a touchdown.
For more, read Roush’s takeaways from Saturday.
De’Aaron Fox’s time on Team USA is over
On Saturday, De’Aaron Fox became the latest NBA star to pull out of Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup, citing a need to focus on the Sacramento Kings’ playoff push. After an impressive start to camp, Fox was expected to make the final roster; however, he only played six minutes during Team USA’s exhibition vs. Spain on Friday, the lowest of any player to take the court. Sadly, this means I will stop caring about Team USA and the FIBA World Cup.
Meanwhile, Tyler Herro is playing basketball in boxers?
The former Cat’s fashion sense has already made him a fan favorite in Miami, and over the weekend, he was spotted playing in a pair of boxers…or very short flashy shorts:
The defender lost his shoe guarding Heat Rookie @raf_tyler…in boxers!
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) August 19, 2019
Awesome or weird? You decide.
What will happen next with Michael Avenatti?
Stormy Daniels’ former attorney was in the news again Friday night after Yahoo released exhibits and text messages from federal court that he submitted to support his claims that Nike was in on the pay-to-play scandal. One of these text chains included a conversation between EYBL director Carlton DeBose and Kentucky associate head coach Kenny Payne in which DeBose allegedly tells Payne which EYBL coaches he gave money to in order to pay players’ families. It’s easy to panic when you see Kenny Payne’s name attached to all this, but it’s important to remember that the texts don’t show any wrongdoing or involvement on Kentucky’s part; in fact, you could argue that Payne knowing who was being paid helped the staff steer clear of the scandal. For more, check out Jack Pilgrim’s very thorough breakdown.
KSR Dogs (and Cat) of the Day
It’s Monday, so how about three pets wearing Kentucky Blue?
Kenzie, Kali, and Curses the Cat, you are adorable.
Happy belated birthday, Vince Marrow
The Big Dawg celebrated his birthday over the weekend with lots of cake at Jeff Ruby’s. The UK video crew honored him by making him the focus of the latest episode of the “Behind the Grind” series:
On his birthday, we present to you the sixth episode of “Behind the Grind” with tight ends coach, recruiting coordinator, associate head coach, aka the Big Dog, @vincemarrow! Happy Birthday, Coach! ? #BringIt #UKCamp19 pic.twitter.com/x6PdXDgANO
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 17, 2019
KSR is back in studio today
Something tells me they’ll have plenty to talk about.
By Eli Mitchell on ©August 18th, 2019 @ 10:30pm
In Benny Snell Jr.’s second preseason game, the former Kentucky running back made several noteworthy plays that hardly left a mark on the box score.
The box score, especially in football, doesn’t always tell the full story as there are too many stats that are not traditionally accounted for.
Against the Chiefs, Snell Jr. carried the ball 7 times for just 16 yards and caught 2 passes for just 5 yards but those pedestrian statistics don’t tell the full story.
On two separate occasions, the Steelers trusted Snell Jr. to convert on 4th & 1, and he was able to convert both.
— Tommy Jaggi (@TommyJaggi) August 18, 2019
Unfortunately, Snell Jr. suffered a minor groin injury that could keep him out of the team’s next preseason game.
The timing of the injury is especially disappointing as the 3rd preseason game would have been a great opportunity for Benny to solidify a role in the offense and on special teams.
Hopefully, the injury is as minor as it seems, and Snell Jr. is able to play in Pittsburgh’s 3rd game which is a week from today against the Titans.
By Brett Bibbins on ©August 18th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
National recruiting expert Evan Daniels has reported Sunday evening that JJ Traynor will be taking an unofficial visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on October 18th. On top of this visit to UK, he’s also scheduled unofficial visits to Louisville on August 26th and Cincinnati on August 29th.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) August 18, 2019
Traynor has been gaining a ton of national interest this summer and coming onto the scene strong for the start of his senior year at Bardstown High School. He’s received offers from several relatively local schools including Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Western Kentucky, but is now drawing interest from a lot of bigger schools outside the area as well, with schools like Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ole Miss, and Virginia Tech all reaching out, according to Daniels.
While not currently ranked by 247Sports, Traynor’s big summer will be changing that sooner rather than later, says Daniels.
Traynor will be rated as a four-star prospect on 247Sports when the 2020 Top247 is updated later this week.
Going from unranked to a four-star recruit is a big jump and if Traynor continues on that trajectory he’ll be one of the higher touted recruits from the state of Kentucky in the last few years.
You’ll see some more info on Traynor in this week’s Insider Notes from Jack Pilgrim so stay tuned.
By Brett Bibbins on ©August 18th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
A huge weekend for the state of Kentucky in the golf world, as Justin Thomas just took home first place at the BMW Championship, following amateur John Augenstein’s runner up performance in the US Amateur Championship.
The Louisville, Kentucky native birdied the 18th hole at the penultimate event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs at Medinah Country Club in Illinois to cement a three-stroke lead and the victory. Today’s win was Thomas’ 10th career PGA Tour victory and he’ll enter the Tour Championship as the top player in the FedEx Cup standings.
Here’s a look at some of Thomas’ highlights from his final round in Medinah.
An awesome victory for Thomas as he continues to prove he’s one of the best golfers in the world.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 18, 2019
By Brett Bibbins on ©August 18th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Owensboro, Kentucky native, John Augenstein, finished second overall in the United States Amateur Championship earlier today. The 21-year-old put up a valiant effort, before falling two holes behind with only one hole to play, conceding the first place trophy to Andy Ogletree.
— USGA (@USGA) August 18, 2019
While not winning it all will certainly sting for him, it isn’t all bad for Augenstein today. With his second-place finish, Augenstein gets an automatic qualifying bid to play in the 2020 Masters and the 2020 US Open.
Here’s what Augenstein had to say about getting a bid to play for the green jacket at Augusta.
"Being able to be mentioned in the same sentence as @TigerWoods is something that would be really, really cool."
— FOX Sports: Golf (@GolfonFOX) August 18, 2019
On top of qualifying for two of the biggest golf tournaments in the world, Augenstein was also named as a 2019 Walker Cup Selection. The Walker Cup is essentially the amateur version of the Ryder Cup, as ten amateurs from the United States go up against a team of ten amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland.
The 10 players representing the United States in the 2019 Walker Cup Match are:
Brandon Wu pic.twitter.com/DYuQ9GHWzK
— USGA (@USGA) August 18, 2019
Augenstein is a rising senior at Vanderbilt and his play this weekend will certainly be a huge stepping stone in his career. Congratulations to John for representing his home state on the national stage and making Kentucky proud!
By Brett Bibbins on ©August 18th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Kentucky starting nose guard Quinton Bohanna credits his Memphis roots for his hard working mentality on the football field. The junior uses his journey from Memphis to a high level college football program as motivation to eventually be able to give back to the people that helped get him where he is today.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 18, 2019
The fact that Bohanna is already thinking about being able to give back to the community that raised him shows the type of person he is off the field as well. Stoops and company often talk about having high character football players at Kentucky, and it appears they hit the nail on the head with Bohanna. With just a few weeks left until the start of college football season, it will be fun to watch his development as an experienced upperclassmen on this Kentucky football team.
By Jonathan Howard on ©August 18th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
In the last few weeks, two programs in the ACC have announced some throwback ideas for courts and uniforms. We all saw the Louisville court design that was teased a while back. Now, Pittsburgh is getting on the train. They released a new court design at the Petersen Events Center where their home games are played. The new court design harkens back to the old bright blue and yellow that the Panthers used to rock.
I hate to say it about Louisville, but their court design looks pretty good and the new Pitt court, while not as dramatic as the Yum! Center, looks really pleasing to the eye and much better than the navy and gold they had been using.
Everyone talks about UK football going back to the Power K, which would be amazing! What about some throwbacks for basketball? At the very least it would be nice if Kentucky could do a couple of nights a year at Rupp or Kroger Field with some throwbacks, right? Personally, I would love to see the Power K come back like many in BBN, and doing a 90s throwback jersey for basketball would be AWESOME, even if it is the denim jerseys. Break out one of the old Wildcat logos and put it down at halfcourt! Many fans think that because we’re Kentucky, the best and most historic program in the NCAA, that we shouldn’t do things like this. I disagree. Our fans deserve to revel in the days of yesteryear like other fans across the country. We have a richer history to celebrate than any school out there, so why don’t we celebrate our history with a few throwback nights a year?