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September 2nd, 2015

Part Three of The Sporting News’ series on Calipari deals with the media haters


Earlier today, we shared Part Two of The Sporting News’ five-part series on John Calipari with you, which dealt with Cal’s success as a recruiter. With all due respect to Mike DeCourcy and TSN staff, I think Part Three is much more interesting.

Part Three, entitled “John Calipari: The Target,” dropped this afternoon, and explores Calipari’s sometimes tumultuous relationship with the media, or specifically, the haters in the media. No, Pat Forde’s name isn’t mentioned, but several others were. This quote from 2012 at the end is all sorts of Swaggy Cal:

“If I think a guy’s wrong, I’m going to tell him. If I think a guy’s being a jerk, I’m going to tell him … And he’s not going to be treated like a friend,” he told Sporting News in 2012. “The way I grew up: You come at me, I come back at you twice. If you let him come at you, he comes back at you again and he keeps coming.”

Go read it and thank me later.

[John Calipari: The Target]

2,000 tickets are left for Saturday’s game

Barry Westerman | UK Athletics

Barry Westerman | UK Athletics

Earlier this week, we heard that 4,000 tickets remained for Saturday’s opener against Louisiana Lafayette. Ready for an update? Mitch Barnhart just said that as of today, 2,000 tickets remain, putting the total sold at approximately 59,000.

“We’re close,” Barnhart said. “We need some people to jump in.”

So jump in, people. Click here to go to Ticketmaster and join the opening day party. Use the promo code ALLIN for $25 seats.

Barnhart: “Vast majority of fans will experience a finished stadium”

One more quick hitter from the Game Day press conference before Nick’s recap later this afternoon. As we expected, Mitch Barnhart told reporters that a “vast majority of fans will experience a finished stadium” on Saturday. UK EVP Eric Monday added that the only areas that still need some finishing touches are on the club level.

Barnhart also gave us this great quote to keep in mind about the stadium: “It’s not something we’re building for one game, we’re building for generations.”

In other words, be patient.

Mitch Barnhart will also be a guest on KSR tomorrow to talk about the stadium. Hopefully he can get some sleep between now and then.

Taking a bag to Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday? You better look at this


UK is currently holding a press conference to outline game day procedures like parking, security, etc. Nick Roush is on the scene and will have a full recap here in a bit, but he sent me this helpful graphic of Commonwealth’s new bag policy.

Guests are allowed one bag no larger than 13.5″ x 10″ x 7″ and must fit within the sizing bins at each entrance. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Stoops says they’ll evaluate Ryan Flannigan at 1 p.m.

The big question on everyone’s mind right now is whether or not starting linebacker Ryan Flannigan will play. Flannigan has been sidelined with a shoulder injury the past few weeks of camp, and on today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, Mark Stoops said the training staff will evaluate Flannigan at 1 p.m. today.

“If he doesn’t practice this afternoon, he’ll have a hard time playing this weekend,” Stoops said. “I think he’s very close, we’re going to evaluate him at 1 p.m. today and see where he’s at. We’ll see, hopefully he can play, but if not, we’re moving forward with some other guys.”

One of those guys is freshman Jordan Jones, who returned to practice after an illness yesterday.

“He looked good yesterday, get him healthy, get him moving. That will help add a little depth for us as well.”

Cross your fingers for a good report in about ten minutes…

Part 2 of The Sporting News’ series on Calipari is out


Mike DeCourcy and the folks at The Sporting News are rolling out an impressive five-part series on John Calipari this week to commemorate Cal’s Hall of Fame Enshrinement on September 11. Yesterday, we were treated to Part One, which focused on Cal’s firing from the Nets, his time at Memphis, and the move to Kentucky.

Part Two, entitled “The Salesman,” just hit the net, and, as you might expect, focuses on Cal’s prowess in recruiting. In a busy basketball recruiting period, it’s fascinating stuff:

Eventually, he warms up to explaining his philosophy on selling. “You’ve got to sit on the same side of the table as them. And if you help them get what they want, you’ll get more than you need,” Calipari said. “But you’ve got to be about them; not your organization, not yourself, not your staff. You’ve got to be about them. I learned that as I went through the process.

“I used to say, ‘We’re young. People will say we’re too young, but they won’t have energy, they won’t have the relationship, they won’t be about you like I will. I am young, and I’m younger than all these guys.’ Now I’m old. Now I have to say, ‘I’m old enough that I have the experience, I can help you.’”

The piece also features an interview with Tony Barbee about Cal’s pitch to get him to UMass back in the day, and how Calipari is still committed to helping him all these years later.

Neat stuff, so go check it out. Part Three, “Target,” drops this afternoon.

[John Calipari: The Salesman]

De’Aaron Fox will visit for Big Blue Madness

Big Blue Madness just went from big to huge. According to Chris Fisher, De’Aaron Fox, the number one point guard in a loaded 2016 class, will visit UK for Big Blue Madness on October 16. Fox is considered the second best prospect in the entire 2016 class by 247 Sports.

Kobi Simmons’ official visit to Kentucky this past weekend reportedly went very well, but there are rumblings John Calipari is also extremely interested in Fox, creating a bit of a dilemma at point guard. Kentucky is considered the frontrunner for the 6’4″ Texas native, and getting him on campus for the biggest recruiting event of the year is a huge development.

If you’re keeping track, here’s the guest list for BBM so far:

  • Harry Giles
  • De’Aaron Fox
  • Malik Monk
  • Miles Bridges
  • Rawle Alkins (tentative)
  • Sacha Killeya-Jones (COMMITTED)

[247 Sports]

ULL starting cornerback Simeon Thomas ineligible for Saturday’s game

The Cats got another break earlier this week when Louisiana Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth announced that starting cornerback Simeon Thomas will not play in Saturday’s game. The junior is still facing academic eligibility issues that held him out all of last season.

“Simeon is not going to make the trip,” Hudspeth told reporters at practice on Monday. “He is going to be held out of this game due to some eligibility concerns dating back to last season. That’s all we can say about that.”

As a freshman, Thomas had eight tackles and two passes broken up. The 6’3″ corner was the starter throughout spring and fall camp, and JuCo transfer Savion Brown will now fill his spot. Also out for the Ragin’ Cajuns is defensive lineman LaDarrius Kidd, who is serving a one-game suspension for violating team rules.

Make ’em pay, Patrick Towles…

[The Advocate]

ESPN’s Edward Aschoff says UK will be the surprise team in the SEC

How big is SEC football? ESPN has five writers who cover the league, and this morning, they each picked one team they thought could shock some people. Edward Aschoff picked Kentucky, therefore he is our favorite. Here’s what he had to say:

Edward Aschoff: Kentucky

I like this Kentucky team. I don’t love it; it’s not a team that’s going to compete for the SEC East title, but the Wildcats will make a bowl game and pull and upset or two. Mark Stoops thinks his offense will be better with receiver Ryan Timmons heading a group of talented, yet unheralded, receivers. The secondary is getting more length from the freshmen, and the interior of the defensive line could be nasty with Melvin Lewis and Matt Elam. Watch out for Cory Johnson and Jason Hatcher on the outside. Kentucky will win seven games.

I’m not sure if Timmons is the first player that comes to mind in UK’s receiving corps, but I like Aschoff’s enthusiasm. The rest of the staff’s picks? Missouri, Texas A&M, and LSU. Check out their reasoning at the Worldwide Leader.


Almost there… (Wednesday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. We’re only THREE DAYS away from the season opener against Louisiana Lafayette, which means it’s time to talk some football. Tune in to hear Matt and Ryan talk about the progress on Commonwealth Stadium, the opener, and a little bit of basketball recruiting for good measure.

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Janee Thompson’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup

Yesterday, I interviewed Janee Thompson for my article about UK Hoops volunteering at Commonwealth Stadium, my first time talking to the senior point guard. Janee suffered a horrendous ankle injury in January at South Carolina, dislocating her left ankle and breaking her fibula. The good news is she’s on track to make a full recovery in time for the season.

“It’s going really well,” she said. “I’m on track and I’ve been playing a little bit, which is great news for me.”

In July, a video of Janee deadlifting power cleaning made it on to Twitter:

The video is pretty awesome, so I asked her about it.

“Everybody’s been really supportive. That was just a really cool moment for me, personally, because I didn’t know what to expect, actually. I did a lot better than I thought I would and it was cool having them all behind me and knowing they were there to support me.”

Let that inspire you to get off the couch today. No excuses. But first, read the agenda for today.

Mark Stoops will be on the SEC Coaches Teleconference at 12:40 p.m.

Today is the first SEC Coaches Teleconference, and even though Stoops isn’t up until 12:40 ET, I’ll be tuning in at 11 a.m. to hear from Les Miles, who was taken to the hospital on Monday after he had too much coffee. Seriously. At practice later that day, he quipped “Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated,” making me love him even more.

We’ll find out if Ryan Flannigan will play on Saturday

Stoops did not talk to the media last night after practice, sending DJ Eliot out instead. The one important news bit: Ryan Flannigan is still questionable for Saturday. He was active at practice yesterday, but was held out of contact. Earlier in the week, Stoops said Flannigan would only play if he was able to play with full contact in practice as late as Wednesday. That’s today, so hopefully we’ll hear one way or the other soon.

There’s a “Game Day news conference” at 1:30 p.m.

This afternoon, UK EVP for Finance and Administration Eric Monday, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, UK Police Chief Joe Monroe and others will hold a press conference in the Wildcat Den to outline “updates on safety, security, construction, parking and other matters related to large crowds coming to The New Commonwealth Stadium.” Okay. Does this mean they’re preparing us for the stadium not being 100% complete? Probably. But it’s probably more about all the traffic changes.

I’ll post any breaking news, but here’s my advice for Saturday: Get there early, don’t worry about the stadium not being 100%, and enjoy yourself. Traffic will suck on the way out too, but you’ll have the KSR Postgame Show to keep you company.

Marques Bolden starts his visit

The second best center in the 2016 class arrives on campus today for his official visit, the first of three he’s taking to UK, Duke, and Kansas. Bolden is down to eight: Duke, Kentucky, Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU, Alabama, Wake Forest and Kansas. Last weekend, he visited Alabama, and apparently, enjoyed himself quite a bit. Look at you, Avery Johnson. In the mix for a top recruit! Unfortunately, Duke’s still trending.

Add Malik Monk to the Big Blue Madness guest list

If you missed it last night, the Arkansas combo guard announced he’ll visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on October 16, joining a VIP guest list that also includes Harry Giles, commit Sacha Killeya-Jones, Miles Bridges, and Rawle Alkins. Monk will also visit Oregon on September 18, Kansas on October 9, and Arkansas on October 24. He might add trips to UNC and Florida State. The Cats and the home state Razorbacks are still considered the favorites.

Randall Cobb is in “Sports Illustrated Kids”

SI Kids has a feature this month about NFL players who have swapped positions since turning pro, and our own Goldeneyes was included:


Shoutout to my sister for sending me a picture of it. She knows me well.

The Sporting News will release parts two and three of their John Calipari series

Yesterday, we were treated to part one of Mike DeCourcy’s five-part series on Cal, which featured on Cal’s firing from the Nets, his rebirth at Memphis, and his coronation at Kentucky. Today, parts two and three, entitled “Salesman” and “Target” respectively, will be released, so stay tuned on this here site for a link.

KSR starts in an hour

Odds are someone will call in to ask Matt if he’s running for Congress or complain about people asking him if he’s running for Congress. Either way, it’ll be a fun two hours.

September 1st, 2015

UK Athletics going #AllIn to finish Commonwealth Stadium

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UK Hoopers from left to right: assistant coach Tamika Williams Jeter, Makenzie Cann, Ivana Jakubcova, and staff support associate Amani Franklin

With four days left until the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, it’s not an exaggeration to say work is happening around the clock at Commonwealth Stadium. Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the $120 million renovation to the stadium, a project two years in the making; however, there’s another crew working after hours this week, not for a paycheck, but for pride.

Last night, 75 volunteers from the athletic department, the women’s basketball team, and the softball team took time out of their day to help out, cleaning the new suites, the press box, the stairwells, and the new seats all around the stadium to make sure it’s ready by Saturday. After seeing pictures of the women’s basketball team cleaning the stadium on social media, I spoke to Guy Ramsey, Director of Strategic Communication for UK, to get the scoop. He said that last night’s cleaning session, the first of many scheduled for this week, was the brainchild of Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, who sent an email out to the entire department last week.

“Early last week, Mitch sent an email out to all staff saying basically, ‘If you can help, we’d love you to. We know everyone is busy right now, but if you’re available, please do it,'” Ramsey said, noting that the athletics department put out a similar call to arms to finish John Cropp Stadium, the softball complex, back in 2013. The response then was so impressive that Ramsey wasn’t surprised to see 75 people show up at 6 p.m. last night ready to clean.

After eating some pizza, the volunteers split into different teams for different tasks, ranging from wiping down new seats in the premium areas to cleaning counters and cabinets in the suites and press box to vacuuming stairwells. Essentially, if there’s an area in which the major construction work is finished, volunteers can now move in to start cleaning.

UK Hoops senior point guard Janee Thompson was up in the suites with some of her teammates and told me she was blown away by how nice everything looked.

“We were up in the suites cleaning the cabinets and refrigerators, and it looks so nice in there. I kind of wish I could get my own suite, but I know that’s way out of my price range,” she laughed. “It looks really nice and I can’t wait for the first football game.”

When she walks into the stadium on Saturday, Thompson said she’ll definitely have a sense of pride knowing she played a small part in getting the stadium ready.

“When I go out to the games, I’ll definitely think about that and I’ll think about how my teammates were playing in the bleachers down below where our fans will be sitting. It’s something that will cross my mind as I’m sitting and watching the first game.”

UK Hoopsters helping out in the suites

A collective effort

Both Ramsey and Thompson said putting in the extra elbow grease to get Commonwealth Stadium ready was a rewarding reminder that even though they’re all on different teams, ultimately, they’re working towards the same goal. After all, football is the primary money maker for the department.

“It’s all for one,” Ramsey said. “We’re all working on different things. We have our common purposes in mind, but sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees, so when you’re doing something like this, you realize it’s a collective effort. We’re all working towards the same thing, all trying to put a good product out on the field for our fans to enjoy and give our student-athletes and coaches the opportunity to exceed at the highest level. It’s a pretty cool thing to be on the same page with that.”

“It’s always nice to be able to help out another program because at the end of the day, we’re all on the same team. We’re all Wildcats,” Thompson said, noting that she had some girls from the softball team in her group. “It was nice to spend time with them and talk to them while cleaning and being able to help out the football team at the same time.”

When I mentioned that the football team should repay the favor in November by cleaning Memorial Coliseum, she laughed.

“That would be funny. I don’t think we need as much cleaning though.”

Over the weekend, the baseball team came out to lend a hand, scraping off old seat numbers so new ones could be put down. As part of the renovation, the entire stadium was re-numbered, meaning 61,000 stickers had to be scraped off with razors and replaced with new labels. It’s been a long and exhausting process headed primarily by the UK Ticket office and K-Fund staff, who are in the stands three nights a week to get it done.

Overseeing a legacy

No one is more involved than Barnhart. Ramsey said he’s a constant presence at the stadium, spending over fifteen hours there yesterday. Thirteen years into his tenure at UK, the Commonwealth Stadium renovation is Barnhart’s legacy, a fact that’s become especially clear in recent months.

“He was over here the entire day, walking around talking to construction workers, doing work himself,” Ramsey said. “His wife, Connie, was out here last night, cleaning off seats. As I was leaving last night around 11 p.m., I saw him walking out. He’s pretty much here all day. He’s leading the effort.”

In fact, Ramsey said that while the volunteers were getting their cleaning assignments last night, Barnhart kept chiming in with suggestions and prioritizing areas that needed to be worked on first.

“Mitch could not be more all over it. This is the thing on his mind right now,” Ramsey said. “He’s been wanting to get this done for a really long time and he wants to get it done the right way because it’s been a lot of work for a lot of people to get to this point. Everyone had a role in getting it done and he wants to make sure it’s a special day and a special season and we can enjoy this stadium for a really long time to come.”

Nikki Sagermann and members of the softball team cleaning up CWS

Nikki Sagermann and members of the softball team cleaning up CWS

How much work is left to do?

That’s the $120 million dollar question, and although Ramsey said the stadium won’t be 100% by Saturday, it will be close.

“We’re going to be ready to play a game in there. There’s no doubt about that,” Ramsey said, admitting that the two-year timeline for the renovation was a bit ambitious. “Bottom line, this is a project that’s for generations, it’s not for one game. There are things we’re going to be putting finishing touches on probably for a while and we’ve always known that. It’s just a matter of figuring out what those are going to be.”

Ramsey said the parking lots are almost done, with asphalt going down yesterday; the sidewalks are good to go; and the asphalt in the concourses went down today. Although it may seem in pictures like there’s a lot of work to do in the concourses, Ramsey insisted it’s not as bad as it looks. “The big obstacle is stuff that’s in there, but that’s just the concessionaire using it as a staging area. It looks just the same as it does before any game. Really, it’s just a matter of cleaning stuff out.”

Ramsey said that the department had originally asked volunteers to come out from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week, but the response has been so good they’ll probably work Thursday and Friday nights as well. The tasks may seem menial, but they’re finding ways to have fun. The UK student-athlete orientation took place on the field at Commonwealth last night, so volunteers were able to enjoy the music from the loudspeakers while they cleaned.

@ukcoachmitchell and @coachamadou ready to help out at Commonwealth Stadium! Let's go! 😺💙💪🏾 #AllIn #BBN

A photo posted by Tamika Williams Jeter (@twms34) on

There’s also the added bonus of seeing your coworkers in a new environment. Ramsey said the group got a kick out of watching Matthew Mitchell and Rachel Lawson clean, especially since Lawson was operating one of the high-powered vacuums that straps to your back, making the softball coach look like a Ghostbuster. “We’re hoping to get more music tonight, but that was entertainment enough,” Ramsey laughed.

“It was fun enough just to be around each other,” Thompson said. “We were talking about a million different things and it almost didn’t seem like work. We were having fun with each other and before we knew it, our time was up.”

Last night, the volunteers were able to wrap up three hours of work in just over two hours, meaning everyone got to go home early. Except for one group who refused to stop.

“There was a group of eight people that included some people from the business office, media relations and Coach Lawson that were carrying around vacuums,” Ramsey said. “They saw a stairwell and wanted to start cleaning it. We saw them getting ready to do it and told them to save it for tomorrow. They said, ‘No, we’re already here, we’re going to do it,’ so they went ahead and cleaned it out on their own even though they had been dismissed.”

All in, indeed.

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 we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 Maxwell Smith




#9 Chad Elder

I thought Kentucky Joe sounded familiar.



#8 Wildcat Johnny

Drinking with Drew is not a game, Johnny.



#7 Bweet Da Dee™

No comment.




Just in time for the season to start.



#5 Mychal Mulder and Skal Lab

Looks like this year is going well.



#4 Manitoba RockN Rolla

Man. It must be limited release. Can’t find it over here.



#3 James Parker

That guy deserves a raise.



#2 KY Music Preview

Wait. Is this serious?



#1 Jason Burnett

Listen. If Matt doesn’t fund this I am starting a crowd fund.



Kentucky Ranked 60th By Bleacher Report

This Thursday night, college football will make its triumphant return to the airwaves and the long drought between the Final Four and football will finally be over. With the pigskin back in our lives the folks over at Bleacher Report have gone through all 128 FBS teams and ranked them. Where did the Cats land? Probably a little lower than you’d hope. Here’s where UK ranked amongst their opponents:

6. Auburn

9. Georgia

22. Missouri

24. Tennessee

26. Mississippi State

32. Louisville

37. South Carolina

38. Florida

60. Kentucky

77. Louisiana- Lafayette

83. Vanderbilt

128. Charlotte

[Bleacher Report: College Football Power Rankings for Week 1]

To recap, had the Cats placed 66th, USA Today disrespected the team with a ranking of 77, and SB Nation had them placed highest at 50. All of these rankings outside of the elite teams are subject to the author’s opinion and preconceptions which results in wide variations from site-to-site. I think the Cats are going to surprise a lot of people on the national scene and low expectations are something they can take advantage of early in the year. The time for talk is coming to an end, the time for action and bowl eligibility is now.

What do you think of Bleacher Report’s rankings of UK and their opponents?

Checking in on Kentucky’s Top Recruits

(H/T @RowlandRivals)

Mac Jones (H/T @RowlandRivals)

We are two weeks in for KHSAA Football, but many states across the nation just got rolling this past Friday. There are several recruits that have yet to play, and we will have updates on them when their seasons begin. But for the time being, here are updates on ten of Kentucky’s top commits.

In-State Commits

Zy’aire Hughes, RB/WR, McCracken County- Following his rough opener against Paducah Tilghman, Hughes found his groove against Warren Central in a 56-35 win. The senior athlete ran for 204 yards and a touchdown. Hughes has totaled 242 rushing yards and 85 receiving yards in his first two games.

Landon Young, OL, Lafayette- After being named to the Rivals Top 100 Players for 2016, Young has helped Lafayette to a 2-0 start. The senior o-lineman protected for quarterback Walker Wood last week when Wood threw for 293 yards and the team rushed for 275. Young and Lafayette go to Trinity this Friday.

Kash Daniel, QB/LB, Paintsville- He is mentioned in every article I write, and for good reason. Daniel has totaled 22 tackles in his first two games, including 16 last week. On the offensive side of the ball, Daniel has run for 192 yards and five touchdowns on only 18 carries. Daniel will be matched up with Pikeville’s Daric Pugh this Friday night.

Drake Jackson, OL, Woodford County- With Woodford County at 1-1 to begin the season, all the attention has been on Drake Jackson. With speculation he could win the Mr. Football Award, Jackson is worth the short drive from Lexington to see him play this season.

Davonte Robinson, CB/RB, Henry Clay- Robinson was on the field Friday for our game of the week against St. Xavier. On defense, Robinson showed his hard-hitting style of play and desire to win games (The dude is intense). Robinson struggled on offense, fumbling twice. His offensive struggles were overshadowed by his tremendous blocked punt to set up Henry Clay’s second half touchdown. Robinson announced he will make an official visit to Notre Dame when the Irish take on USC.

Russ Yeast. (Photo by News-Messenger)

Russ Yeast. (Photo by News-Messenger)

Out of State Commits

Gunnar Hoak, QB, Coffman High School (Ohio)- Hoak had his season debut as captain for Coffman last Friday. The class of 2016 commit threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a win over fellow UK-commit Kordell Looney and Springfield. Hoak will be enrolled at UK next semester once he wraps up his high school career.

Dakota Holtzclaw, TE, Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio)- Also in his season opener, Holtzclaw reeled in three passes in 27-24 win. You can see them here (and pretty much any highlight you want to see).

Jordan Griffin, DB/WR, Jonesboro High School (Georgia)- Signed on as a defensive back with UK, Griffin garnered attention with a big performance as a wide receiver last week. Griffin caught nine passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with under a minute to play.

Benny Snell, RB, Westerville Central (Ohio)-  Snell was an absolute beast in his season opening victory, running for 194 yards on 17 carries for a pair of big touchdowns.  Let his highlights WOW you.

Mac Jones, QB, The Bolles School (Florida)- The pro-style quarterback opened the season with 185 yards passing on 10/15 passing. Jones threw touchdowns of 49, 38, and 35 and ran for one touchdown in a blowout win for traditional-powerhouse Bolles.

Russ Yeast, Athlete, Fremont Ross (Ohio)- Yeast played the game under center, throwing 10/20 for 153 yards. He also ran for 127 yards in an opening night loss.

Also worth a note, Jermaine Eskridge (2018 commit) will be in attendance for Kentucky’s game against Florida.