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August 22nd, 2014

Watch one of UK’s top targets play on ESPNU

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Three-star wide receiver Tavin Richardson is one of the Cats’ top targets in 2015, and in about thirty minutes, he and his high school team (Byrnes High School) will be playing on ESPNU.

Tavin’s top five includes Kentucky, Louisville, Central Florida, Nebraska, and Virginia Tech, and he recently told the Herald-Leader that Kentucky is his number one school. The South Carolina native is considered the 107th best wide receiver in the 2015 class by 247 Sports Composite, and at 6’3″, 200 lbs., he has the size the Cats need to compete in the SEC. He’s scheduled to take his official visit to Kentucky on December 13, which is also the day UK’s top overall target in the class, Damien Harris, will announce his college decision.

The staff is really high on Richardson, so flip on over to ESPNU at 6 p.m. to see what he’s all about.


Towles to Blue in a sneak peek of KyWildcatsTV’s latest video shoot

Last night, we told you about some top secret late night filming going on at Commonwealth Stadium. The awesome folks at KyWildcatsTV are hard at work on a project for football season, and Javess Blue posted this clip on his Instagram page showing him catching a pass from Patrick Towles at one of the practice fields.

I have a feeling we’ll be hearing “Towles to Blue” pretty often this fall.


Tyus Battle will also visit for Big Blue Madness

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Add another name to the growing list of visitors for Big Blue Madness: 2016 shooting guard Tyus Battle. Battle told Adam Zagoria that he’ll take an unofficial visit to UK for Big Blue Madness on October 17 and Duke the week after for their Countdown to Craziness.

Battle visited UK earlier this summer and picked up an offer. He and 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton have discussed playing together at the next level, and UK, UConn, and Michigan are recruiting them both. Otherwise, Duke is considered the favorite for Battle, who also has offers from Louisville, Syracuse, Indiana, Arizona, and others.

Here’s the Big Blue Madness guest list as of now:

2015: Charles Matthews (committed), Carlton Bragg, Brandon Ingram, Stephen Zimmerman
2016: Tyus Battle, Derryck Thornton

The staff hopes to add Antonio Blakeney and Jaylen Brown to the guest list as well.

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Stoops gives insight on the depth chart in today’s practice notes

The Cats treated today like a Tuesday game-week practice, running against a UT-Martin scout team for the first time.  It was a Tuesday-type practice, but Stoops dropped roster news like it was a Monday press conference.

-  Stoops said during his Media Day press conference the he expects 12-13 freshmen to play right away.  After a month of practice, Stoops knows which freshman are ready to go.  On offense all five wide receivers will play (Snodgrass, Baker and Bone outside; TV and Johnson inside) and both running backs (powerful Horton and speedy Boom) will see the field.  On the other side of the ball, Matt Elam and nickelback Kendall Randolph (a favorite of Stoops) are the only freshman locked in for playing time.  It isn’t quite 12-13, but Stoops is anxious to use his new weapons.

-  What might be more newsworthy is who isn’t on Stoops’ list.  Lloyd Tubman could have cracked onto the list, but an injury caused him to miss about a week during a critical segment of camp.  Tubman and many of the other big guys (like Josh Krok) will wear a redshirt with their quarterback Drew Barker.

Stoops is ready to let his young quarterback learn, “I think we would like to (redshirt) if we could.  I think that would be in his best interest and our best interest.  We’ll see how that goes.  He will prepare to play in a backup role, and if we can save him through the season that’s what we’d like to do.”

-  Boom Williams walked off the practice field earlier this week hold his left hand in pain.  Stoops laughed off the “injury”,  “He’s fine, he got a boo-boo on his wrist.”

-  Demarco Robinson’s status for next week is uncertain.  Robinson has spent the offseason and fall camp making amends with the coaches after several off the field incidents.  He’s been doing all of the right things, but Stoops will not make a decision on Demarco until next week.

-  Jason Hatcher will start at defensive end in the 3-4.  Hatcher hasn’t been mentioned too much this preseason, despite an exceptional freshman year.  It’s easy to forget about the guy behind Bud and Za’Darius on the depth chart, but Stoops’ defense needs his energy and attitude on the field, “Very proud of the way he’s playing,” Stoops said.  “I really like Jason’s attitude.  He’s really matured – he’ll be the first one to tell you - and just really playing well.”

-  Neal Brown’s offensive line is set.  Darrian Miller and Jordan Swindle had secured their spots at tackle going into camp, but Kyle Meadows will see a lot of snaps as their backup.  Jon Toth put on an extra 20 pounds to pass the 300-mark and solidify his spot at center.  After struggling to keep his spot at left guard last season, Zach West showed maturity this offseason to ensure that no one is stealing his spot.  Ramsey Meyers has secured a spot at the opposite guard, where Teven Eatmon-Nared and Cole Mosier will also see some reps.

-  The running back position doesn’t need a “starter.”  The coaches are going to do their best to spread the ball around, but Neal Brown said today that Chad Scott will ultimately have the decision as to who’s getting the first reps, “We’re going to play the hot hand.”

-  Neal Brown has found Steven Borden’s niche.  Brown admitted that he didn’t know how to utilize Borden’s versatile skill set that well in his first year.  He expects Borden to take a HUGE jump forward after learning more about the game and improving as a wide receiver, “He’s a lot more comfortable in the backfield than he is probably spread out.  He can do both, but he’s probably more comfortable in that fullback, h-back type role.  He understands in the run game that people are going to move.  The movement kind of got him last year when he was playing tight end.”


Grab a Diet Coke and listen to today’s podcast

The guys ran into some trouble this morning when power went out all over campus as they got ready to start the show. But, since technical difficulties are a regular occurrence with KSR, they set up outside in the heat for a two-hour broadcast and everything went swimmingly. They were able to grab several special guests coming in and out of the Joe Craft Center, including Seth Greenberg, Dino Gaudio and Tony Greene.

The rest of the show was spent trying to find a Diet Coke. Have a listen below.

 


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Stoops says the plan is to redshirt Drew Barker

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We knew this was probably coming when Patrick Towles won the starting job earlier this week, but Mark Stoops just told reporters that the plan is to redshirt freshman quarterback Drew Barker. Stoops said they will prepare Barker to play in a backup role just in case, but would prefer to redshirt him. Neal Brown added that they hope Towles plays well and Barker isn’t needed so they won’t have to play him “garbage minutes.”

Meanwhile, Stoops said he expects every freshman wide receiver, both freshmen running backs, freshmen defensive tackle Matt Elam and freshman cornerback Kendall Randlolph to play right away. The rest of the freshmen, including Lloyd Tubman, will hopefully redshirt.

A whole year for Barker to develop and learn the system? This is good, guys.


Jeff Badet will miss at least two games with an eye injury

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Some bad news from the Nutter Training Center: Mark Stoops just announced that sophomore wide receiver Jeff Badet will miss at least the first two games of the season with an eye injury he sustained from a tennis ball drill. Badet and fellow wideout Alexander Montgomery are the only two players Stoops expects to miss the opener.

An injury from the tennis ball drill? Really? The ghosts of Kentucky football had a laugh with that one.


Andre Woodson discusses UK football

Former UK quarterback Andre Woodson left the coaching world after three years to join Saturday Down South, a website dedicated to SEC football. Woodson previewed the Kentucky Wildcats for SDS in the video you see above, filmed in what appears to be a public computer lab.

Woodson told the interviewer, “I think Coach Stoops is a phenomenal coach. The staff he’s put together, I think they’re phenomenal recruiting coaches. I think they’re doing a great job right now; I just think they need some time. It’s going to be another two or three years before they get the program turned around. I think the fan base is definitely behind them.”

He also shared his favorite memory at UK: the crowd chanting “We-Believe” before the final play of the LSU game.


Doral Moore taking an official visit to Kentucky this weekend

Four-star prospect Doral Moore will be in Lexington this weekend for his official visit to the University of Kentucky. Things are a little different this year, though, as what is normally a huge recruiting weekend won’t have the same effect with the cancelation of the alumni game. Still, Moore will have plenty to see and do and he may be pressured to commit if he likes what he sees because UK has so many offers out there to higher ranked bigs.

Moore is the 10th ranked center and 48th overall in the Top247. UK currently sits at 88 percent in his Crystal Ball predictions.

Cats.


Trey Lyles’ dad released a new song called “BBN”

Tom Lyles, recording artist and father of Trey Lyles, released a new single recently that I think you’re going to like. It is called “BBN” and it’s about the greatness that is Kentucky basketball and its fan base. Lyles wrote the song last March while watching the Cats’ run through the SEC and NCAA Tournaments and he’s excited to see what this new group has in store in 2014-15.

So check out his song, download it, and listen to it as you watch UK chase a ninth banner this year. You can hear a sample at any of the three links below:

“BBN” on iTunes

“BBN” on Google Play

“BBN” on CD Baby


A look at Anthony Davis in the new NBA2K15 video game

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Video game graphics are out of control these days and here is proof of it in this new leaked screenshot of Anthony Davis from the 2015 edition of the popular NBA2K series. The game is set to be released in October and it is going to sell like a bajillion copies.

I’m more of an NBA Live ’95 guy myself.


Stoops describes his team in one word

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“Improved.”

That’s the word Mark Stoops used when asked by ESPN college football writer Brett McMurphy to describe his 2014 Wildcats. McMurphy asked every coach in the Power 5 conferences to “pick a word, any word” to describe their team, and Stoops said, “Improved.”  You like it?

Here are the other answers from around the SEC:

Alabama’s Nick Saban: Untested
Arkansas’ Bret Bielema: Motivated
Auburn’s Gus Malzahn: Experienced
Florida’s Will Muschamp: Hungry
Georgia’s Mark Richt: Wow
Kentucky’s Mark Stoops: Improved
LSU’s Les Miles: Unknown
Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen: Hungry
Missouri’s Gary Pinkel: Confident
Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze: Relentless
South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier: Decent
Tennessee’s Butch Jones: Committed
Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin: Eager
Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason: Audacious


KSR, Live from Coach Cal’s Fantasy Camp (Friday Show Thread)

Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond are at the Joe Craft Center today for a live broadcast from the first day of John Calipari’s third annual fantasy camp. Matt elected not to play this year so he will be on for the full two hours, discussing the scene and commentating on the action. Who knows, maybe he can reel in a good guest or two to help out.

(And the power just went out. This should be interesting.)

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

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Does Mark Stoops have an ’06 Georgia game this year?

Not that Mark Stoops is anywhere near where Rich Brooks was in 2006 when it comes to job security, but I think the UK fanbase would like to see the Cats pull off at least 1 upset this year to sorta get that final confirmation that this program is moving in the right directions.  All signs point to UK being able to do that, especially if the quarterback play is improved.  But for Brooks, the turning point for the program was without question the win over Georgia in 2006.  UK was just 4-4 at the time and had generally been thumped by the SEC elite and Louisville that year.  And Brooks was on the hot seat, there is just no questioning that.  The Georgia win totally flipped the script.  Kentucky would win 2 more games in the regular season and a bowl, finishing with 8 wins, a rarity in the modern history of UK football.

While I don’t think anybody is calling for 8 wins this year, I think there is reasonable expectation the Cats should be competitive in nearly every game this year.  And with that competitiveness comes the expectation that you will surprise a team or two with that.  Losing close only works for so long until fans want to see some close wins.

So my question today is which game on the schedule the Cats are supposed to lose do you think they have a good chance of pulling off the upset.  AND DON’T SAY VANDERBILT, which most bookmakers have the Cats a favorite in that game.