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August 29th, 2015

Pelicans to hold training camp in West Virginia

Have you ever wanted to see Anthony Davis play for $5? Good. Because that is what the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia is  offering.

Tom Benson (owner of the Saints and Pelicans) brought the Saints to the resort last year and has decided to bring his Pelicans as well. The only issue at hand was the facilities, because there is not a proper gym in the area. Looks like Benson and resort-owner Jim Justice worked around that. Anything is possible when you have money.

September 30 and October 1 the Greenbrier will host the Pelicans for a practice and scrimmage. Entry is free, but the resort requires fans park at a different location and charge $5 to bus them in.

White Sulphur Springs is a 4:30 drive from Lexington, but let’s be honest…Kentucky fans are crazy and would do this to get a glance at a former Cat.

You can look at all the information about the event here.

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Saturday Morning Links

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–          The No. 15 UK volleyball team put away no, 19 Michigan State in five sets, 3-2 (29-27, 15-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-12) in front of an amazing crowd of almost 2,000 fans. Sophomore libero Ashley Dusek actually finished the match with a crazy number of 34 digs, the most ever in a five-set match in UK history. The cats play again at 10:30 against IUPUI and at 7:30 against Little Rock.

 

–          Kentucky women’s soccer recorded another shutout with a 3-0 final score over UNC Greensboro. Senior captain Courtney Raetzman led the Cats with a goal and two assists. The Cats out-shot the Titans 17-3 and had a 5-1 edge in corner kicks. Toledo will arrive in Lexington tomorrow for a 6 p.m. match against the Cats.

 

–          A last minute goal from Napo Matsoso pushed the No. 14 Cats over Valpo for a 2-1 edge Friday. Over 2k supporters attended Friday’s match, the second-largest home opener in program history (to be fair the best was against Louisville in 2005). Valpo also opened scoring six minutes before the half.

 

–          I miss AJ Reed. The ex-cat went 4-for-4 in a win and hit his (minor-league leading) 31st homer of the season. Reed scored four runs in the 17-6 route of Midland to improve hiss batting average to .352 in 32 games with the team. He’s also on a seven-game hitting streak.

 

–          We all know it’s hard to put rivalries aside, but that is exactly what Franklin County and Western Hills have done for Franklin soccer player Bradley Camic. Camic has been in a medically-induced coma after collapsing on the field earlier this month. The schools said they expected to raise around $10,000 for the cause.

 


The Last Saturday Without College Football’s Morning Wakeup

7 days and 10 hours from now, college football season kicks off under the lights of the New Commonwealth Stadium.  County choirs will be singing, flags will be flying, and hits will be heard until they are deafened by sirens.

It’s been a long wait since last season’s loss to Louisville.  Now it’s time to move forward.  This team is ready to show the BBN a product on the field we haven’t seen in a long time.   They’re All In, but WE aren’t yet.  The game still is not a sell out and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be.

Go buy your ticket today.  The snippets of energy and excitement from last season will increase exponentially, ensuring that you will enjoy every moment you spend next Saturday inside the New Commonwealth Stadium.

After doing this last year, just imagine what’s coming in 2015.

 

Unfortunately, the early hunger for football will not be appeased at all this weekend.  We won’t hear from the football team until Mark Stoops’ Monday press conference, but there’s still ways to get through your day.

Jen Smith of the Herald-Leader has a wonderful story on Melvin Lewis and the bond he shares with his Mother, despite the many miles between Compton and Kentucky.  If longform reading isn’t your thing, longform listening is available on the KSR College Football Preview Podcast.  We’ve had a great response so far, if only that idiot producer knew what the hell he was doing.

Kash was Money and Friday Night Football was Crazy

Kash Daniel had a night for his Central Kentucky Big Blue fans, even if it did require him to piss off the Frankfort faithful.  His Painstville Tigers came, saw, and conquered with a 43-0 win.  Kash ran for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns, he threw a 53-yard TD bomb and had 16 tackles despite not playing in the 4th quarter.  I don’t think anyone left more impressed than Freddie Maggard.

He wasn’t the only UK commit to ball out.  Gunnar Hoak led his team to a dominating victory on 8-of-13 passing for 201 yards, with three touchdowns and an int.  The guy that made the Columbus Dispatch front page with Hoak, Benny Snell, was pretty OK too, with two 40+ yard touchdowns in a 28-21 overtime victory.

Trey Hunstman will be back with a lot more this afternoon on Wildcat commits, and his crazy night at LexCath.  Henry Clay fell hard to St. X, but the Ryle-LexCath finish was quite the doozy.  Stay tuned.

Kobi Simmons is On Campus

It seems like a weird time to be on campus, but the first weekend after class has started is usually pretty damn fun.  Hopefully not too much fun, but maybe enough to secure a commitment before his September 19th planned announcement between UK, Georgia, Ohio State and UNLV.

UK Volleyball got a Season Opening W

Craig Skinner’s squad came out hot, taking down number 19 Michigan State at Memorial Coliseum in five sets.  It couldn’t have been done without an historic debut at libero from sophomore Ashley Dusek.  Dusek had 34 digs, only the second time in UK history someone has had more than 30.  If you missed last night’s action you’re in luck, they’re playing at Memorial again today – IUPUI at 10:30 and Little Rock at 7:30.

Vote AJ Reed for Minor League Player of the Year

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To celebrate the beginning of the end of baseball season, it’s tradition to help AJ Reed win another award.  In the minor league rankings he is currently Top Ten in batting average (.342), 2nd in homeruns (29), and first in RBIs (109).  I’m sure he’d prefer a September call-up over an award – although he could get both – but we still must play our part and vote here.

Final Weekend of the State Fair

Those corn dogs aren’t going to eat themselves.  Neither are the donut burgers.  That’s why I’ll be there today, because when else is it acceptable to eat donuts, burgers and corn dogs in the same meal?

Celebrating 10 Years of KSR

We’ve been doing this thing for a long time, and tonight, it’s time to celebrate.  Hanging out with the likes of Leach of Lukasz are always great, but what’s more exciting is meeting people in person you’ve only been internet friends with before.  A couple years ago it happened in a giant meeting room and the awkwardness was amazing.  I doubt that will happen this year, because ain’t no party like a KSR party cause a KSR party don’t stop. And HAVE YOU SEEN DREW FRANKLIN’S SNAPCHAT?!?!?!


August 28th, 2015

The Top 5 Best & Worst “Friday Night Lights” Characters

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Every year, it’s the same. Fall camp starts, practice updates start rolling in, and you get that first morning where there’s a chill in the air to remind you football is right around the corner. With that, comes my annual viewing of “Friday Night Lights,” the best television show known to man.

Now, I don’t watch all five seasons every year — season two is so terrible I once threw the DVDs away in protest…only to fish them out of the trash the next day — but I do hop around to check in on my favorite characters in Dillon, Texas. Right now, I’m enjoying season three, just wrapping up the episode where Tim Riggins and Jason Street go to New York City, which includes the classic Riggins moment where he tries to convince Street to go see the musical “Gypsy.” Oh, that Tim Riggins. Always a hoot.

I’ve got a LOT of opinions about “Friday Night Lights,” and for years, have been assembling a list of the best and worst characters in my head. Because it’s Friday and why the hell not, I thought I’d share that list with you.

The 5 BEST Characters on “Friday Night Lights”

1. Tami Taylor

AKA the GOAT. AKA the best hair in show business. AKA my role model. Tami Taylor, brilliantly portrayed by Connie Britton, is the TV mom all other TV moms need to bow down to. But she’s so much more than just a mom. She’s a tireless defender of all that’s right in this world, including a nightly glass (or three) of wine. I am not a mother, my husband is not a football coach and I am not a school principal, but in all other aspects of life, I try to model myself after Tami. I even bought aviators, which historically have looked horrible on me, because she wears them. I call them my “Tami Taylors.”

2. Coach Taylor

Strongly considered putting Tami and Coach 1A and 1B, but couldn’t do that to Tami. What can you say about Coach Taylor? He’s also the best. He also has amazing hair. If he told me to eat razorblades, I’d probably do it. Not only is he the pinnacle of good, put up with Buddy Garrity, and gives the best pep talks in the world, he’s the hottest dad on television ever. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. Because Coach Taylor says so.

3. Tim Riggins

Riggins is the tragic hero of FNL, the man women want and men want to be. Though he may come off as a really hot, simple guy who wants nothing more than beer, women, and TEXAS FOREVER, we watch Riggins struggle with his destiny and identity throughout the series. He’s the quintessential “what if” character. What if he didn’t drop out of San Antonio State? What if he didn’t take the fall for Billy and go to jail? What if he had never moved into that trailer and saved us all from meeting Becky? That would have been nice.

4. Buddy Garrity

Buddy’s totally over the top, but he’s totally someone I could see living in my hometown. As a person, he’s pretty terrible — cheated on his wife, puts football over family, and generally seems pretty obnoxious — but as a character, he’s awesome. His reaction to finding out his kids don’t eat meat is one of my favorite moments on the show. We all know a Buddy Garrity.

5. Grandma Saracen

A wildcard pick, I’ll admit, but nothing brings a smile to my face more than sassy Grandma Saracen. Her battle with dementia was sad, but she may have produced more laugh-out-loud moments than any other character. For instance: how she insists on calling Coach Taylor “Coach Eric Taylor” every single time she sees him and how she doesn’t hesitate to tell Landry he throws the ball like a girl and is “just a funny looking creature.” Grandma Saracen is the original captain of #TeamNF, and I love it.

Honorable mention:

  • Landry: Great except when you had to hear him sing
  • Tyra: Also great, but mean to Landry
  • Smash: Referred to himself in the third person too much

 

The 5 WORST Characters on “Friday Night Lights”

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1. Julie Taylor

Tami Taylor may be the best, but her daughter Julie is the worst. I’m not sure there are words for how awful Julie is. She’s completely incapable of communicating her emotions, to the point she WRECKED HER OWN CAR because she didn’t want to go back to college. WTF? Not only is she insanely rude to her awesome parents, the only decisions she makes are terrible ones, like cheating on Matt Saracen with the Swedish guy or having an affair with her married TA in college and then running away to Chicago to cry to Saracen about it. Her only saving grace is genetics.

2. Becky

You knew Becky was going to be awful the minute she came on screen singing the national anthem in the kitchen like a banshee. Nobody worth liking sings that loud that early in the morning. Also, the way she throws herself at Tim Riggins is cringe-worthy. “Hello, Tim Riggins!” “Wake up and give me a ride, Tim Riggins!” “Which dress should I wear to my pageant Tim Riggins?” Out of the good of his heart, Riggins eventually becomes her friend, but his initial reaction to her — STFU and go away — is all you need to know.

3. Lyla Garrity

I actually warmed up to Lyla as the series went on (anyone who goes boozing with Mindy goes up a notch in my book), but she had too much ground to make up from the first two seasons. I get that it couldn’t have been easy to cope with your boyfriend going from future NFL superstar to depressed paraplegic, but the solution is never to cheat on him with his best friend, even if that’s Tim Riggins. Between that and her stint as a born-again Christian, Lyla could never figure out who she was. No offense, Minka Kelly, but all Lyla was on this series was a really pretty face.

4. Joe McCoy

I originally had his son, JD, on this list, but swapped. Even though JD is a punk, it’s not his fault his dad’s an abusive asshole. Joe McCoy just looks like a villain, all smug sitting in his big house on top of the hill, drinking his fancy scotch and smoking his cigars. Plus, who the hell leads a coup to fire a coach who just took your team to State? An idiot, that’s who. In terms of boosters, Buddy Garrity >>>>> the parents who collect change at intersections >>>>> the creepy guy selling drugs under the stands >>>>> Joe McCoy.

5. Jason Street

I’ll probably get roasted for this, but I stand by it. Jason Street is nice. Jason Street is sweet. Jason Street is a good person. But he’s also really, really boring. I understand that the series need him to show how football and its fame and fortune can go away in an instant, but did we really have to stick with him through two more seasons? Plus, he’s meant to be this model of good judgment but then he went to Mexico and contemplated getting injected with SHARK DNA so he could walk again. SHARK DNA. I realize Season 2 was the pits, but COME ON.

Honorable mention:

  • Baby Grace: Didn’t contribute anything, looked like an alien
  • Cash, Tyra’s cowboy boyfriend: Because none of us saw that coming at all
  • Waverly, Smash’s bipolar girlfriend: So much drama

Sights and sounds from UK’s water balloon fight

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Kentucky’s Christian Student Fellowship put on yet another record breaking water balloon fight. CSF filled the Johnson Center Fields with 250,000 water balloons this year. The “fight” lasted about five minutes and ended with a lot of mud sliding, because why not?

“One of the most insane things ever. I was laughing so hard during it, I couldn’t breath,” said freshman Krisitna Ralenkotter.

“It was incredible. It was way more intense than the water balloon fight my freshman year. Balloons were flying everywhere. I got hit in the head and face but still pushed through till the end. When it was over I couldn’t have been more happier or more soaked. Great way to welcome freshman to their new home,” said junior Dylan Kissack.

I recorded the first two minutes, but of course my phone ran of storage halfway through. Thankfully, the beginning is the most exciting and the rest is all the same.  You can watch the video by clicking this link.

Many student athletes took in the fun including some of the men and women’s basketball team, the swim & dive team, and a few cheerleaders.

Some of the UK Hoops team

Some of the UK Hoops team

 

Speedos were seen worn by more than just the swim & dive team.

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Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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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 Dennis C. Cook


Because Louisville fans are dogs? Nah. That one was too far.

 

 

#9 Derik Hunt


Said every husband in the Big Blue Nation.

 

 

#8 T.P. Telegram


I have a feeling that would end up like Black Sheep with Ryan in a cabin somewhere.

 

 

#7 JC Watson


Yes…… Yes that happened.

 

 

#6 Christopher Williams


The Louisville Renovations? Yes.

 

 

#5 Drew Franklin


Who let him on that thing?

 

 

#4 Kentucky Dude


Wait. Didn’t someone just say Pitino never pays for his pizza?

 

 

#3 Jonathan Dunn


This is what I like to see.

 

 

#2 KY Highway Safety


Looks like the perfect time to film a PSA.

 

 

#1 Stoneule


Nice.

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Kash Daniel had three more touchdowns tonight

In his senior year debut, future Cat Kash Daniel scored three touchdowns. He followed that up in week two with three more touchdowns. Kash played in front of a packed crowd of UK fans at Sower Field in Frankfort, turning in two touchdown runs, one touchdown pass and countless tackles in Paintsville’s 43-0 win over Frankfort High.

Freddie Maggard was on the scene and said that although Kash cut his arm pretty badly in the first quarter, he stayed in, turning in touchdown runs of 3 yards and 46 yards to go along with a beautiful 53 yard touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion to boot. At this rate, he’ll probably drive the bus back to Paintsville too.

More details and hopefully some highlights in the morning.


By The Numbers: 8 Days Until Kickoff

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Jabari Greenwood and Kobie Walker will wear #8 this season

8 Wins– In the past 30 years the Cats have only accumulated 8 wins twice, in 2006 and 2007, with both of the eighth wins coming via Music City bowl victory. To find 8 wins in the regular season you must travel back to 1984 where Kentucky went 8-3 to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame bowl. Is an 8 win season possible this year? The folks over at the SEC Network seem to think so as they think UK will only fall to Missouri, Auburn, Tennessee, and Georgia. That last 8 win season happened to be 8 years ago…. Stranger things have happened.

8 Touchdowns– The last time Kentucky had an offensive skill position player (besides quarterback) eclipse the 8 touchdown mark was in 2010 when Derrick Locke and Chris Matthews teamed up to score 10 and 9 respectively. Perhaps, not coincidentally that was the last time Kentucky made a bowl game. That season saw Randall Cobb and the skill players rack up 42 touchdowns. Since then the offense has been either desolate or in rebuilding mode with touchdown totals of 19 (2011), 22 (2012), 24 (2013), and 29 (2014) for players who weren’t the QB.

This year there are several guys who could eclipse the 8 touchdown mark. Boom Williams finished with 5 last year despite sitting out two games and working his way up the depth chart. Garrett Johnson and Dorian Baker look to play an increased role in Shannon Dawson’s air raid offense and could emerge as the go-to play-makers that the Cats have lacked since Cobb went on to the NFL.  The pieces are in place, there should be plenty of sirens in Commonwealth this year.

8 Fumbles Recovered-  The Cats recovered 8 fumbles last season but none were as exciting as this one Mike Douglas took to the house:

Oh, what might’ve been..

Through the air, Kentucky ranked 23rd with 15 interceptions. Individually, AJ Stamps ranked 41st in the nation with 4 interceptions last season and he’s back for a senior campaign. Stoops has done a remarkable job upgrading the secondary during his three years in Lexington and it should be another position that the Cats have the players that can make noise in the SEC. Without the pass rush of Bud and Z the interception total could see a slight drop from last season but overall UK should be better equipped to cover the skies.

 

 

 


Notes from Friday’s Practice

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Shannon Dawson and those adorable dimples met with the media following the team’s practice today. After a slow start to practice, the team pushed through and finished strong.

Dawson’s confidence level is high

With a little over a week until kick-off, Dawson’s confidence level continues to soar even after the honeymoon period. Despite a lot of unknowns and being the new guy, Dawson is excited to see how his players compete in the game.

“Obviously games are different than practice and so I think they’ll respond great, to be honest with you. I have the utmost confidence in them. So my confidence is high, but I’m still eager – eager to see who’s going to rise; who’s going to rise whenever the lights are on.”

Offense has been working on deep balls

Throwing and completing deep balls has been a focus of the offense this week. Dawson said that put a emphasize on that today, which was one of the reasons the practice turned around.

Dawson on ULL’s defense

This isn’t Dawson’s first rodeo, and he knows that you can’t expect a certain style of play from a defense. The key to Dawson’s offensive game plan is to “do what you do best.” There would not be much for Louisiana Lafayette’s defense to do that would schematically change what the offense is doing.

“Obviously there’s certain things that we would lean to versus this front or that front or that coverage. But ultimately, we’re going to go out and do what we do and execute.”

Offensive line is deep

Kentucky is prepping 10 offensive linemen for the game next Saturday. Dawson expects that seven or eight of the 10 will be in some sort of rotation. Offensive line coach, John Schlarman, said that this is the deepest Kentucky has been at the OL since he has been on the staff.

Receiver depth has been a huge confidence booster

Patrick Towles said that the depth at the wide receiver position has been a difference maker on the offense this year. With four solid receivers, Kentucky won’t have to play a receiver who isn’t playing well. Towles said that Jeff Badet told his QB to throw it as far as possible and he’ll go catch it. Towles then added that he saw that a couple times from Badet in practice today.

Reese Phillips is close to 100%

After missing spring practice and the off-season, Phillips is finally back getting reps with third-team. Dawson stated that Phillips is doing good things mentally while still working on recovering fully.

 

 


UK’s famous water balloon fight goes down at 9 p.m. tonight

A few years ago, the UK Christian Student Fellowship started holding water balloon fights at the Johnson Center Fields as part of K Week. The event grew and grew, and in 2011, set the Guinness World Record for the largest water balloon fight in the world, with 8,957 participants and 175,141 water balloons. They’ve broken their own record twice since then, with 2013’s version bringing in over 10,000 people and over 240,000 water balloons.

After security became a concern during the 2013 fight, the event has been scaled down a little, but it’s still a huge party, and it’s going down tonight at 9 p.m. at the Johnson Center Fields. KSR will have some people on the ground to cover the action. (You must have a UK or BCTC ID to attend.)

Here’s a look at the record-breaking event in 2013:


The team practiced at the stadium today

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Shannon Dawson just wrapped up his comments to reporters about today’s practice, which took place in Commonwealth Stadium. Dawson said the practice started slow, but ended well, and he and the offense focused on completing long passes. Spoiler alert: he was pleased.

Kindsey Bernhard will be by in a little bit with a more complete recap. Until then, check out the new UH UK logo on the soundwall beside the press box:

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Death to the crooked K!


Tinder Ranks UK’s Women 20th Best in the Country

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“We must have the hottest chicks in the USA on this campus,” was a thought that ran through my mind while walking through campus during the first week of school.  Today, my belief was confirmed by Tinder.

There’s many different ways to argue who’s the hottest, but this ranking is based on how many times guys swipe right to the girls of the University of Kentucky.  They’re swiping right because the women are beautiful, unlike Indiana (ranked 12th) men, who swipe right out of desperation.  I’ve been to many other campuses across the country, and trust me, there’s no place I’d rather be.

Not surprisingly, Louisville did not make the list.


2016 commits Gunnar Hoak and Benny Snell made the front page of “The Columbus Dispatch”

Kentucky has obviously made huge in-roads in Ohio, but Vince Marrow and Mark Stoops’ impact is truly on display on the front page of today’s Columbus Dispatch, the main newspaper in Columbus, Ohio.

2016 UK commits Gunnar Hoak and Benny Snell are on the front of the paper’s high school football preview, and on the inside cover, they’re joined by fellow future Cats Jaylin Bannerman and Dakota Holtzclaw:

One day, Vince Marrow had a dream…

“Lured by the chance to play in the SEC, four players from talent-rich central Ohio chose Kentucky.” 

“All of my favorite running backs I watch on TV seem to come from the SEC,” Snell told the Dispatch. “To play in that league against those teams is really appealing. And the thing is, Kentucky is just down the road from home.”

“It’s like a dream to get an opportunity to play in the SEC, which year in and year out produces some of the best teams and players,” said Hoak, offensive player of the year on the Dispatch All-Metro team in 2014. “It looked like a great situation for me given the quarterback situation there. Hopefully, I’ll get a shot at playing time soon.”

For more, check out The Columbus Dispatch.


Ranking the Position Groups

When analyzing opponents, evaluating position groups proves to be more accurate than judging individual players. Football is a game that must account for attrition as much as opponents on its schedule. Programs improve depth through player development and recruiting. The following is evaluation criteria:

  • Collective skill/talent
  • Depth
  • Age/experience
  • Ideal measurables (height, weight, speed, strength)
  • Production

*List is a preseason projection. A similar post will be written prior to bowl game.

1. Safety – All-SEC performer AJ Stamps leads a deep and talented group. Marcus McWilson is one of the team’s most improved players. Nickel/Dime defenders are also included in this collection. Pound for pound, Blake McClain and Kendall Randolph are two of the better football players on the team.

2. Offensive line – Two All-SEC caliber players in Jon Toth and Jordan Swindle are part of the most game-ready OL unit in quite some time.

3. Receiver – Talented, fast, and capable of making big plays. Coach Mainord can run 10 deep without a drop off in talent. That’s not been the case at UK since, well, I can’t remember when.

4. Kicker/Punter – All-SEC and All-American candidate Austin MacGinnis destroyed the UK record books in 2014. Punter Landon Foster is also considered one of the best in the league.

5. Quarterback – Patrick Towles is poised to have a “national” level season. Unproven backup Drew Barker will see limited action. Reece Phillips’ uncertainty drops this group to fourth.

6. Defensive line – Melvin Lewis is all conference capable. Three technique defensive tackles finally have depth and are more developed. Questions lie within the limited number of true defensive ends on the roster.

7. Running back – Boom Williams is on national award watch lists. However, this position is manned by committee. Mikel Horton and JoJo Kemp will get carries. Blocking needs improvement. True freshman Sihiem King adds a new dimension of second gear speed.

8. Linebacker – Two different rankings. Pre-camp list would have the LB’s higher. Injuries, suspension, deflection, and a NCAA ruling induces current doubt. All SEC candidate Josh Forrest is the irreplaceable piece and has a legitimate opportunity to lead the conference in tackles. Ryan Flannigan’s health is omnipotent in order for the Cats to go bowling.

9. Tight end – Talented and youthful pass catchers may experience early season blocking struggles. Next year at this time, this position will be in the Top 5. CJ Conrad and Darryl Long will be a refreshing addition to the passing game.

10. Cornerback – Youth, height, and potential leads to giddy excitement. One true freshman, Chris Westry has already broken into the starting lineup. However returning CBs struggled in ’14 and will need to impress early. By game four, two true freshmen could possibly be starting. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Just like tight ends, this position will be in the 2016 Top 5.

Above is just my opinion. And again, when evaluating players, it’s personnel not personal.


Check out the complete 2015-2016 basketball roster

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With all the players back on campus, UK decided to throw fans a bone by releasing their complete 2015-2016 basketball roster this afternoon. Check it out all the updated heights and weights above, or on their website.

If you compare it to last year’s roster:

  • Alex Poythress has lost eight pounds
  • Tyler Ulis has gained five pounds
  • Marcus Lee has gained four pounds
  • Dominique Hawkins has gained five pounds
  • EJ Floreal has gained three pounds
  • Derek Willis is the same.

Your backcourt: Tyler Ulis (5’9″), Jamal Murray (6’4″), Isaiah Briscoe (6’3″), Mychal Mulder (6’4″), Charles Matthews (6’6″)

Your frontcourt: Skal (6’11”), Isaac Humphries (7′), Marcus Lee (6’9″), Alex Poythress (6’8″), Derek Willis (6’9″)

New numbers:

  • 1 – Labissiere
  • 4 – Matthews
  • 10 – David
  • 11 – Mulder
  • 13 – Briscoe
  • 15 – Humphries
  • 23 – Murray
  • 32 – Pulliam

I like how there’s a “Country” column now. Speaking of, they need to add “Canada” to Murray’s line. He wore the flag as a cape, after all.