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August 27th, 2014

Hump Day Practice Notes

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-  Bud Dupree just wants to hit somebody.  Fall camp is tough for many: the early morning workouts, unending team meetings and film sessions, and the unbearable heat to name a few.  The only thing that bothers Bud is that he can’t hit the quarterback, “It’s horrible having quarterbacks in red jerseys and having to stop on the play.”  Bud reminded me of a giddy puppy when he talked about playing at full speed, “It’ll be exciting to go out there and finally hit some people, other than my teammates.”

-  The depth chart is a little deceiving.   In the depth chart released Monday, Bud Dupree was listed as the starting ‘Sam’ linebacker with Jason Hatcher at defensive end.  When DJ Eliot was asked a question about it, the most awkward press moment I had been a part of ensued (see Eliot’s “Say Whaaaat” face above), concluding with Eliot making a definitive statement, “Jason and Bud are defensive ends in the 4-3, then they are outside linebackers in our 3-4 scheme.”

Eliot is still weighing his options at linebacker between Ryan Flannigan and Khalid Henderson.  Eliot sees the depth chart as very fluid, “Every week, everybody is going to have to re-earn their starting job throughout the season.”

-  The defense’s biggest improvement? Toughness.  Measuring toughness is pretty much impossible (unless you’re Jay Bilas and wrote a book about it), but Bud Dupree feels that his defense is much badder than before.  The self-proclaimed Bad Boyz have yet to show it on the field, but AJ Stamps can feel a difference with his teammates, “I think it’s helping us out, giving us a little swagger just to go out there and play freely and do what we do best.”

-  Bud’s advice to the new guys.  There are a TON of guys that have never played in front of a crowd as big as the one that will be there for Saturday’s opener.  As a guy who’s been there before, Bud tells the younger players to relax, have fun, and most importantly, “if you mess up, I tell them ‘mess up at full speed.’  That way if you do mess up, you can still make a play and the coaches might not be as mad as they should be.”

Just a Reminder


Eli Brown says other schools “dog UK” all the time

Eli Brown

Heading into year two of his tenure, Mark Stoops has the Cats on the map when it comes to recruiting. So much so that other schools are getting worried. UK recruiting guru Vince Marrow has been candid about schools using negative recruiting tactics against Kentucky, saying that the staff will “let our recruiting speak for itself,” but according to UK’s 2015 commitments, negative recruiting is a growing trend.

Justin Rowland interviewed a few of UK’s 2015 commits, and some said that other schools take every opportunity they can to talk down about the Cats. In fact, Eli Brown, the star of the class so far, says he hears the negativity “all the time”: “That’s all you heard from other coaches. They’ll tell you that you won’t win any titles or you won’t do too much there. They dog UK.” CJ Conrad says he hears the same, to the point that it becomes a turn off: “After you hear it so many times it’s like, ‘I get it. Okay, talk about your school now. I’m a smart guy.’” For the record, both Brown and Conrad were recruited by Ohio State. Hmm.

More good stuff where that came from, so go check it out.

[Negative recruiting: Myth or reality?]

Za’Darius Smith is your UK Football program cover boy for Week 1


Turn up, BBN.

Know Your Wildcat: JD Harmon

Photo by: Matt Hernandez



– Height: 6’2”

– Weight: 201 lbs.

– Class: Redshirt Sophomore

– Experience: 1L

– Position: Cornerback

– Hometown: Paducah, Ky

– High School: Tilghman

How He Got Here

An in-state kid, he made his dream of playing for Kentucky a reality by walking on.  Harmon earned a spot on the team as a true freshman.  His hard work paid off, earning the starting job for the last three games of his freshman season.

2012 Freshman Season

Played in all 12 games as a freshman before being academics forced him to redshirt his sophomore year.  Harmon totaled for 24 tackles, highlighted by an excellent game at Missour where he recorded seven tackles and picked off two passes — the only UK interceptions that season.  He tied for second in pass breakups with four, two of them coming in the game against Kent State.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He doesn’t let many people know, but JD’s hidden talent is his lovely singing voice.  Karaoke challenge accepted.

Something We Made Up About Him

Harmon has sang in every talent show his school as put on. Starting in kindergarten at his grade school through his senior year in high school. Harmon is a big fan of old school jazz and has only sang songs by Nat King Cole. His favorite song by Cole is L.O.V.E. because of his favorite movie, The Parent Trap. L is for the way you look at me…

Unfair NFL Comparison

Antonio Cromartie, Arizona Cardinals

Outlook for 2014 Season

After redshirting his sophomore season, Harmon is looking to get back to where he ended his freshman season. Expect Harmon to have a greater impact on the defensive side after sitting out a year and improving his game. Harmon will be playing behind junior cornerback, Fred Tiller but expect Harmon to put up some good numbers as Coach Derrick Ansley’s “big back” option. Harmon’s ability to start as a true freshman walk-on shows how high his ceiling is for improvement. His size and athleticism allows him to be have a great anticipation of the play and ability to breakup the pass.

Willie Cauley-Stein poses with Matthew Bradford on his first day of school



If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know the name Matthew Bradford. Bradford is a Marine who was wounded in Iraq by a roadside bomb that cost him both of his legs and his eyesight. He’s a lifelong Kentucky fan and was introduced to the Rupp Arena crowd a few seasons ago. John Calipari was so moved by his story that he invited him into his office and gave him an autographed piece of the 2012 National Championship floor. Bradford also loves KSR and says he listens every day.

Bradford just started a new chapter in his life: college. Check out Bradford posing with Willie Cauley-Stein on his first day of classes at UK. That’s definitely one for the scrapbook.

Best of luck to you, Matthew, and keep listening.

Sporting News’ NFL Mock Draft has Bud Dupree going 28th to the Packers


It’s not often that we talk about NFL Mock Drafts, but today there’s one worth mentioning. The Sporting News’ Eric Galko released his latest mock draft and has none other than Alvin “Bud” Dupree going 28th to the Green Bay Packers:

28. Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky

The Packers have some talent and capable starters on their defensive line, but none have the potential to control the line of scrimmage the way top five-techniques do. The high upside of Dupree could intrigue a team like Green Bay that doesn’t have many gaping holes on either side of the ball.

Earlier this week, Mark Stoops said he would be “very shocked” if Dupree didn’t go in the first round of the draft. It’s forever away and mock drafts are meaningless, but Bud joining Randall Cobb and Tim Masthay in Green Bay is a fun thought.

[The Sporting News]

ESPN app trolls the Cats



Even though he’s a pretty big troll himself, thanks to Mark Ennis for pointing out this act of trollism by the Worldwide Leader in their preview of the ESPN Championship Drive app. It’s safe to say that I won’t be downloading that one.

UPDATE: Keith Stewart points out that if you look at the app in the Google play store, it has Kentucky beating Alabama:



Angry Bama fans in 3…2…1…

Charles Matthews slides in the latest Rivals 150

Photo @StRitaAthletics

The latest Rivals 150 is out and UK’s lone commitment in the 2015 class, Charles Matthews, slid 27 spots to #56. Earlier this summer, the shooting guard took a similar slide in Scouts’ rankings from #15 to #48. Why the dip? Rivals’ National Recruiting Analyst Eric Bossi told TJ Walker that while Matthews has all of the physical attributes of an elite player, his production and consistency haven’t been up to par. Matthews has been battling injuries throughout the spring and summer.

Here are the new rankings for all of UK’s 2015 offers:

2. Jaylen Brown
3. Malik Newman
4. Skal Labissiere
5. Diamond Stone
6. Cheick Diallo
7. Ivan Rabb
10. Stephen Zimmerman
13. Antonio Blakeney
14. Carlton Bragg
16. Caleb Swanigan
17. Henry Ellenson
18. Brandon Ingram
41. Derrick Jones
48. Doral Moore

Check out the complete list here.

Archie Goodwin has the most popular Twitter profile in Arkansas


Quick: who’s the most popular person in Arkansas? Well, if Twitter is any indication, it’s Archie Goodwin. Buzzfeed put together a list of the 50 Most Popular Twitter profiles by state, and Archie was tops in Arkansas, with 102,000 followers. Burr.

Who has the most popular Twitter feed in Kentucky? Rajon Rondo, with 1.66 million followers. Yes, that’s more than John Calipari, who only has 1.28 million followers. Only.

See all of the states in the video below:

H/t Chris Futrell

Alan Rickman Stars In Dark Tooth Fairy Short – “Dust”

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman is a treasure in the world of film.  Rickman became a mesmerizing figure from his initial outset in American film in his role as Hans Gruber of “Die Hard”.  Over the the last 26 years, while some of his major roles have been few and far between, he has appeared in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Galaxy Quest, Dogma and Love Actually.  Plus, who can think about any Harry Potter movie without trying to say in their best Alan Rickman voice, “Mr. Potter”?  But, with this video that was found by the good people at UPROXX, and is a Staff Pick from Vimeo, Rickman may have played his darkest role yet.

In the short film “Dust,” Alan Rickman initially appears to be nothing more than the next subject in “To Catch A Predator.”  In the seven-plus minutes of the video, Rickman brings a very dark life to the role that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could never pull off.  Needless to say, if I was a parent and watched this video, I’d be a bit wary of letting my child put their tooth under the pillow.  With no real dialogue, one scene may and or may not be safe for work.

Yippee Ki Yay Lateral Incisor…



Stoops talks Elam and wide receivers on the SEC Coaches Teleconference

Photo by Darrell Bird |

Photo by Darrell Bird |

Mark Stoops just wrapped up his time on the SEC Coaches Teleconference, and carried over his upbeat and optimistic tone from yesterday. “This offseason, this camp, has put us in a position to win,” Stoops said, once again mentioning how excited he is UK’s opening the season at home for the first time since 2007.

When asked about UK’s situation at defensive tackle, Stoops said he’s going to use a five man rotation, with Mike Douglas and Melvin Lewis starting and CJ Johnson, Matt Elam, Regie Meant subbing in. Of course, everyone wants to hear about Matt Elam. “Matt Elam is a guy we’ve all talked about in recruiting. He’s an extremely talented player and he’s working extremely hard to get himself in shape and in position to contribute this year,” Stoops said. “He will help and he will play this week, but we all know he’s a work in progress as well.”

At wide receiver, Stoops said the Cats are “much improved,” but admitted they had nowhere to go but up after last season. “I feel much better about the receiver position. That was a position a year ago where we were absolutely just not good enough, not deep enough, and it cost us throughout the season.” This year, Stoops finally feels like he has difference makers at wide receiver, singling out senior Javess Blue. “I feel very good about Javess. I think he could be an impact guy.” Stoops said the other starters at wide receiver are Demarco Robinson and Ryan Timmons, and backups true freshmen Blake Bone, Dorian Baker, Garrett Johnson, and TV Williams. “We need to get the ball in his hands,” Stoops said of Timmons. “We’re really pleased with him. I think he’s a guy who has the potential to be a big time guy.”

Is it Saturday yet??

Happy birthday, Mitch Barnhart!


KSR would like to wish Mitch Barnhart a very happy birthday. It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years since Mitch took over for Larry Ivy as athletic director in 2002. Under his tutelage, the athletic department is riding high, coming off a record-breaking 11th place finish in the Directors’ Cup. There have been some bumps during Mitch’s tenure, but you can’t deny that things are looking pretty good for UK sports these days.

Mitch has even loosened up over the past few years, as you can see in this video with Dakari Johnson from the 2014 ESPYS.

Dance like no one’s watching, Mitch. You deserve it.

Enes Kanter’s brother commits to Green Bay


Did you know Enes Kanter has a little brother? Kerem Kanter is a 6’9″ power forward who committed to Green Bay yesterday. He played at IMG Academy in Florida this past season, and averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds. Kerem also helped Turkey’s U-18 Team win the gold medal at the European U-18 championships last summer.

Good luck to you, Kerem. I’m glad at least one of the Kanter brothers will be able to play college ball.

There’s even a mixtape if you’re really interested:

Guillermo Back-To-Back With Emmy Winners – Morning Monologue

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The Emmys have come and gone, and now we’re left in the aftermath of what is to come, and potentially disappear in the Fall.  If you missed Funkhouser’s Emmy Round-up, you can check it out here.

Jimmy Kimmel is one of the most in-touch with celebrities late night host, with Fallon trailing behind in a close second place.  Being located in L.A., Kimmel has some of the best access to to the top names in the business on a more regular basis.  After the Emmys, Jimmy had his sidekick Guillermo go Back-to-Back with some of the top Emmy Winners from Monday night’s festivities.  Check out the Big G with Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Sarah Silverman, those kids from Modern Family, Stephen Col-borg and the Good Wife.These are the situations where Guillermo is at his best.