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By Nick Roush on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 10:45pm
Pikeville and Paintsville just played the best football I’ve seen so far this year. Leading the pack was Kash Daniel.
The 1A rivalry was mountain football at its finest, bringing physicality to every snap. It started fast, tied quickly in the first quarter at 7, remaining the same until late in the second half.
Down 15-7 with four minutes to play, Paintsville needed Kash to carry them to victory. The offensive line was stuffed multiple times, causing a turnover on downs. The game looked over…until Pikevillle fumbled it back to Paintsville on the following play.
Kash put on his cape.
A few plays later, he sailed a beautiful ball more than 30 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown with 1:50 to play. A bootleg from Kash on the 2-point conversion tied it up. Pikeville only marginally moved the ball, before coughing it back up to Paintsville with :30 seconds to play. They took their shots to the end zone, coming close multiple times, but didn’t get as close as Kash did running the ball. 4th down with :08 to play, Kash tucked it and ran down the near sideline, diving toward the pylon to come up JUST short, stepping out of bounds a few yards short.
There was still time for him to be a hero.
Daric Pugh bullied his way into the end zone to give Pikeville a TD lead in overtime. Not going for two cost them, because NOBODY could stop Kash.
They ran the same play three times in a row, spreading the field and running a QB power. He knocked off an opponent’s helmet on the first play. He attempted to go “up and over”, leaping into the air on the second play. He fell three yards short, but landed on his feet, driving them until he fell into the end zone. The 2-point conversion for the win looked like it would fail, with defenders surrounding him immediately. It didn’t matter. He broke at least three tackles before getting his team the win. 23-22, Paintsville.
Just when I thought I couldn’t like him anymore, he made Richard Sherman look like an amateur in his postgame interview with WYMT . It was aggressive awesomeness that could only be compared to Ric Flair after a World Championship.
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) September 5, 2015
Kash Daniel is the superhero of single-A, and you should be proud that he bleeds blue.
By Courtney Hessler on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 10:30pm
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 EJ Floreal
— Bradley Quinn Nolan (@bradley_Qn) September 4, 2015
— EJ Floreal (@Eddie_Bounce24) September 4, 2015
God I love them.
On a conference call and they keep referencing Robert Morris…… I cringe every time #ksrtop10
— holly (@kyholmarie) September 4, 2015
Holly. I think you need a new job. Come on.
#8 Joshua Ryan
Is Anthony Davis related to Kim Davis? #BBN
— Joshua Ryan (@thejoshuary) September 4, 2015
I hate you, Josh.
#7 Dr.SicilianoCalipari and Megan Calipari
People overlook this aspect of my dad's life and career. He may be, a huge asshole, but he truly cares about people https://t.co/4uQuDxxzwG
— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) September 4, 2015
@TheErinCalipari P.S. Too many commas, Dr.
— Megan Calipari (@MeganteCalipari) September 4, 2015
Guys. Be nice or we will lock you in a room together until you get along.
#6 Mike Lomuti
@KySportsRadio you didn't even go to UK
— Mike Lomuti (@LomutsinBoots18) September 4, 2015
Mostly just put this in here so I could use this:
— Rachel (@rach_carn08) September 4, 2015
We Atlanta is ruined for me now.
#4 Amanda Lemond
— Amanda Lemond (@mandylemond) September 4, 2015
#3 Monticello Sinkhole
Vandy is like watching a low level high school team full of snobby rich kids that can't really play. In other words, Vandy.
— Monticello Sinkhole (@Monticellosink1) September 4, 2015
#2 Ghengis Donn
@KySportsRadio is that a chicken on that helmet?
— Ghengis Donn (@donngottie) September 4, 2015
YES. There it is. The perfect description.
#1 Ken Gatton
— ken gatton (@UKG76) September 4, 2015
By Drew Franklin on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 10:00pm
If you’ve seen CasualGamerReed’s videos before, you know two things: He LOVES the Kentucky Wildcats; and he needed to take that package to the post office months ago. I don’t know what’s in there but I hope someone isn’t waiting on it.
Anyway, as he tells you in the video, CasualGamerReed is a single man now so he can devote his entire life to following the Cats. “No wife breathing down my neck,” he says.
He then goes on to make his prediction for tomorrow’s game. I won’t spoil it for you. See for yourself…
By Andrew Cassady on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 9:30pm
November 8th, 2015 was the date of Kentucky’s last home game and to be honest it seems like that took place sometime last century. Tomorrow will begin a new era for football in Lexington in more ways than one. Not only is the Louisiana game the debut of the newly remodeled Commonwealth Stadium but we also have the launch of Shannon Dawson’s offense and a look at Stoops’ continued rebuilding job. In Year 2 the team knocked on the door of success but this year they could be poised to kick that mother wide open.
The good vibes are bounding around Lexington and the Cats have an opportunity to kick-off the season with a major beat-em-down that fills the fanbase with confidence for the rest of the year. Or they could come out flat, like the teams we saw last night, and cast doubt upon bowl eligibility. Against the Ragin’ Cajuns the outcome is likely the former but sports aren’t played on paper. Here are my picks for the best-case and worst-case scenarios for this season’s debut.
The Ragin’ Cajuns have made a bowl game in each of the past four seasons but most of their success has come from beating up on opponents from the Sun Belt league. Against teams from the SEC, BIG 10, and Mountain West, Louisiana has gone 0-8 while getting outscored 46-23. That streak continues as Kentucky clobbers ULL 52-14. Patrick Towles performs like Bo Wallace last year with a 300+ yard and four touchdown game. Drew Barker makes his Kentucky debut for the fourth quarter and looks ready to take the reigns if ever need be.
The Defense is able to contain Elijah Mcguire under 100 yards and a touchdown. AJ Stamps grabs an interception to start off the year. Chris Westry showcases why he is a future star. The entire defense makes it through the game unscathed to begin SEC play.
The offense looks great and the defense looks solid. Confidence is sky-high for a trip to Columbia next weekend.
Last season Kentucky gave up 200+ yards rushing six times (Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee) and 300+ yards rushing three times (Georgia, LSU, Mississippi St). Also, that was when they had Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith on the ends so stopping the run could be a major issue this season. Elijah Mcguire does his best Todd Gurley impersonation as he runs roughshod over the Wildcat defense to keep the clock moving and the ball out of Patrick Towles’ hands.
Louisiana is confident they can win as they refuse to back down under the lights of a near-capacity crowd inside the new CWS. Early turnovers put the Cats down early but they manage to scratch their way back for a razor thin victory 20-17 . A bowl game is going to be hard to reach in Year 3.
The Likely Outcome
Against UT-Martin last season the Cats rolled to a 59-14 victory. While UL-L is certainly a step up in competition from the Skyhawks, the Cats are returning several key players from last season that should continue to improve. It’s a safe bet that Kentucky gets the W with young playmakers getting some early clips for the highlight reel. The back-ups should get plenty of clock late in the game as UK covers to start the season 1-0
How do you think the Cats are going to look tomorrow?
By Freddie Maggard on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 8:45pm
Countdown to kickoff has gone from days to hours. By now, the new Commonwealth Stadium will likely be sold out. That’s a good thing. Now to the important stuff: the actual football game.
As you’ve previously read on KSR, I’m not much on rah rah. I rely more on personnel and statistical analysis. But there are instances when emotions can highly impact the outcome of a football game. This post will analyze emotions, strategic schedule placement, and a position group analysis.
Logic says UK will have more nerve issues due to the high number of first year players and christening the new Commonwealth Stadium. Louisiana has played SEC opponents on the road before, so crowd noise won’t necessarily intimidate the Ragin Cajuns.
In order to reach a bowl game, Kentucky has to win its opener. No way around it. Ending 2014 with a 6 game losing streak left a collective stink throughout the Nutter Center. ULL has circled this game all summer. Saturday offers a chance to beat an SEC team on the road. UK’s opponent will come into the game with a colossal chip on their shoulder. Too much riding on this game for the Cats.
BBN is fired up. I really don’t like that term, too general, but no other expression properly describes the Wildcat fan base’s mood. The excited yet undecided Wildcat fan base wants to see a decisive win. Louisiana fans expect a W. However, the home team and new stadium wins out.
In addition to emotions, strategic game placement can factor an outcome as well. Some teams play flat prior to a rivalry game, others are opposite with a lesser opponent on the horizon. Schedule timing matters.
UK’s next opponent-South Carolina. The Gamecocks beat North Carolina in an unimpressive fashion. There are holes in the Garnet and Black’s armor. Suddenly, this game looks more winnable. But, expect to see a different South Carolina team at home. If Kentucky runs up an early lead, Stoops may go generic in order to not show Spurrier all his tricks and schemes. By UNC running a similar offense, film study will be incredibly helpful going into game two.
Louisiana’s next opponent-Northwestern State. The Ragin Cajuns return home to face a 1AA opponent. All their “eggs” are in the beat UK basket.
POSITION GROUP ADVANTAGES
Patrick Towles is a Top 5 SEC quarterback. ULL’s yet to name a starter and has to replace All-Conference Terrance Broadway.
Running Back: Louisiana-Lafayette
Elijah McGuire, by now I feel I’m his unofficial biographer. He can go, limiting his explosion plays are critical. May be best player on the field regardless of team. On virtually every national award watch list. UK has more depth and Boom Williams. This was a close one to call.
Offensive Line: Kentucky
Lafayette hasn’t lost a starting offensive lineman to injury in four years. LG Mykhael Quaves is the group’s best blocker. Kentucky’s OL is experienced with an emotional shot of youth in RT George Asafo-Ajei. Expect the Wildcat big guys to play extremely well on Saturday.
Tight End: Kentucky
Going out on a limb here, neither of the Wildcat TE’s has played a down of college football. Both are going to be special. Going with the unproven goes against my norm. Just call it a hunch.
Wide Receiver: Kentucky
This Wildcat group is deep and talented. Legitimate chance for 6 or more players to rack up 600 receiving yards in 2015. Louisiana’s top receiver, Jamal Robinson is coming off a missed season due to injury.
Defensive Line: Kentucky
Close one here. Melvin Lewis and the much improved Regie Meant gives the Cats an edge. ULL will bring in JUCO transfers and like UK, has a defensive tackle suspended for game one. Depth favors UK.
Ryan Flannigan’s out due to shoulder injury. Josh Forrest is the best LB in Saturday’s game, but others are unproven. Louisiana’s top LB is Dominque Tovell and has a more experienced supporting cast.
Strange I know, after harping on this position being a team weakness, Kentucky wins this battle due to a true freshman, Chris Westry. ULL’s top cover corner is not making the trip to Lexington. Depth, attention, and positional competition also favors UK.
Easy choice, AJ Stamps is an All SEC performer. Joining him will be an improved Marcus McWilson and two redshirt freshmen that have received rave reviews.
Special Teams: Kentucky
Austin MacGinnis and Landon Foster are one of if not the best K/P combination in the SEC. Return game favors ULL as Elijah McGuire also returns kickoffs. Kentucky requires an increase in return and cover games. Will be tested in game one.
All signs point to a Kentucky win. Last night’s South Carolina game may decrease the score. An early lead benefits Kentucky. Takes the football away from Elijah McGuire and also provide young players with game action prior to the trip to Columbia.
By Nick Roush on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 7:55pm
One of the biggest games in the mountains is going down, and you can check out all of the action through WYMT. Two of the best schools in 1A will surely produce a showdown.
Kentucky commit Kash Daniel has already thrown for a score, but Daric Pugh of Pikeville is going to keep it close, with the game currently tied 7-7.
If that link doesn’t work, click here.
By Nick Roush on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 7:00pm
NFL roster cuts have put one former Wildcat out of work.
John Conner was one of Rex Ryan’s favorites as head coach of the New York Jets, but today they parted ways once again when the Bills cut 16 from their roster. Even though “The Terminator” was still lighting people up (see the picture above) in Buffalo, it wasn’t enough to secure a spot on Ryan’s 53-man roster.
Rex might’ve forgotten about you John, but the BBN will never forget.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 6:00pm
As we count down the hours until the grand opening of the New Commonwealth Stadium tomorrow, let’s take a moment to look in the rearview, back to how things were. (The kids call this #FlashbackFriday on “the ‘gram.”)
The photo you see above likely helped spark the public outcry for bigger and better things for the football program. The area in that photo is what UK once used as its recruiting room on game days. That photo is embarrassing as hell. That photo sums up UK football the last however many decades. That photo is unbelievable. Truly unbelievable.
Tomorrow, we’ll see the brand new recruiting room in the East end zone and we’ll forget all about that poor excuse of a church potluck setup in the corner of Nutter Field House. Those days are behind us.
Started from the bottom, they say.
By Nick Roush on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 5:30pm
After visiting Kentucky’s campus last weekend, Kobi Simmons has decided to delay his decision date, according to Cats Illustrated.
Normally that might sound like bad news, but if you’ve listened to Matt you know it is not. Simmons is currently visiting UNLV, and will be at Ohio State next week, but this delay doesn’t have anything to do with them; it’s giving Calipari more time as he continues to recruit and evaluate De’Aron Fox.
Calipari could wait for the #1 point guard, or immediately take a commitment from the #3 point guard. The best case scenario for Cal is more time, and that’s exactly what Simmons is giving him.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 5:00pm
Commonwealth Stadium has been around since 1973, way back when Fran Curci took over as head coach of the Wildcats. A lot has happened since then — some good, a lot bad — and Kentucky Wildcats TV is taking us back in time with a series of video highlights from each decade.
We’ll start with two that were before my time…
By Drew Franklin on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 4:00pm
At the conclusion of the first quarter — when Kentucky is up two touchdowns, hopefully — Blakeway Worldwide Panoramas will take a 360-degree, high-resolution photo of Commonwealth Stadium and everyone inside. It will be the largest UK football photo ever taken — outside of anything with Matt Elam, of course.
If you’ll be in attendance and would like a notification when the photo is ready, you can sign up for an alert at the Kentucky Wildcats Gigapixel page.
I will have fun with the photo here on the website on Monday, so don’t be too shy to give us a three-goggle or anything else to stand out. (No nudity, guys.)
By Ally Tucker on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 3:30pm
The folks here at KSR love getting your input on things… relevant and bizarre. We have to get a little creative around here sometimes. Last summer I started a weekly series called “We Ask You Wednesdays,” that brought in some great responses from many readers via Twitter.
Each week, the question will change and we will hit on a variety of topics, mostly UK-related… but you never know. Each week the best responses will make it on to the website. This week’s twenty ninth volume of the “We Ask You Wednesday” allowed Kentucky fans to answer the following question via Twitter in 140 characters or less: WHAT IS THE BEST UK-RELATED FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM NAME?
Until we get some more Cats in the NFL, Randall Cobb has to carry the load for reppin’ the Cats…
@AllyTuckerKSR Obi Wan Cobb-Nobi
— Al Courington (@alcourington) September 3, 2015
@AllyTuckerKSR “Mark My Stoops…” (With the smack talk line of, “…I ain’t losin’!”)
— Ray J. Vaske (@outRAGEous02) September 2, 2015
Chris Simpson definitely was the MVP of the week for all of his answers…
— chris simpson (@smalliebiggz) September 2, 2015
— chris simpson (@smalliebiggz) September 2, 2015
— chris simpson (@smalliebiggz) September 2, 2015
There is a good chance that exceeds the character limit…
— Chris from Paducah (@univerky) September 2, 2015
— KentuckyDude (@JHNNsports) September 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER OF THE WEEK:
@AllyTuckerKSR CJ Poops Troops
— CouchCat (@scottcouch14) September 2, 2015
By Drew Franklin on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 2:45pm
UK Athletics is #ALLIN on getting Commonwealth Stadium ready for tomorrow night’s game. Earlier in the week, Mrs. Tyler spoke to Janee Thompson about UK Hoops’ voluntary cleaning effort. Thompson told Tyler, “We were up in the suites cleaning the cabinets and refrigerators, and it looks so nice in there.”
Matthew Mitchell even got his hands dirty:
And this morning, Mitch Barnhart was spotted with a Shop-Vac in his hands.
No position in the athletic department is too high up to help out.
UK Gymnastics, too:
Round of applause to everyone around the athletic department who volunteered their time this week so we, the fans, can enjoy tomorrow night.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 2:00pm
JaVonte Richardson, one of the top wide receivers in the 2017 class, tweeted a shout-out to #BBN this morning after he received a good luck message from the UK coaching staff.
Richardson, ranked as the 30th best receiver in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, is from just outside Cleveland, Ohio; so you know Vince Marrow is heavily involved in his recruitment.
A quick scroll through his Twitter feed shows a lot of love for Ohio State, but Kentucky is the first and only Power 5 school to offer him, so that should go a long way in the fight for his services.
I’m a big fan of these good luck images as a recruiting tool. Here’s a look at the one Richardson received from UK, that he tweeted out to his followers earlier today:
— TSA (@Jigg_Starter) September 4, 2015
By C.M. Tomlin on ©September 04th, 2015 @ 1:00pm
With the UK Football debut at Commonwealth this weekend, we’ll greet the mighty Ragin’ Cajuns of University of Louisiana-Lafayette – not one of our typical opponents. But what do we REALLY know about these foes from the South? Let’s educate ourselves, shall we? We shall.
Prior to the 1960’s UL-Lafayette sports teams were collectively known as “The Bulldogs” until a sports writer for the Crowley Post-Signal penned a column nicknaming the affable school “The Pleasantly Approachable Cajuns.” The milquetoast label angered program heads, who promptly fired off an infuriated letter to the writer and requested that the moniker be changed to the “Dismayin’ Cajuns.” A difference was eventually split to refer to the team as “Ragin’.” Things which enrage the Cajuns include but are not limited to:
Opposing Football Teams
When people say they’re going to meet you somewhere, then don’t
The football roster is filled with good Louisiana-boy names.
Names like Cole Prudhomme, Kevin Fouquier, Chaiziere Malbrue and Cole Bourque. Their defensive line consists of a bunch of Creole-accented cartoon alligators and most of the cast of the Nintendo game The Adventures of Bayou Billy.
The UL-Lafayette mascot, Cayenne, was created in a laboratory and cannot be stopped.
A horrifying science experiment gone horribly awry, he is believed to be responsible for the disappearances of over thirty students from the university over the past two years alone. The entire reason UL-Lafayette has a football season at all is solely to lure him to a stadium in hopes of capturing and finally killing him but each year he manages to elude his captors.
As built into UL-Lafayette’s contract, there will be a brief break in the third quarter for their players to take out their trumpets and dance around playing jazz music.
This is a regular occurrence in Louisiana and, as such, Mitch Barnhart’s hands are tied to adhere to it. This fais do-do is not to exceed seven-and-a-half minutes. Every second over this limit will be deducted from UL-Lafayette’s next possession game clock.
The entire football team travels by airboat or, if all airboats are in use, tugboat.
As part of the 1898 UL-Lafayette university charter, “all those to whom travel is an apparency are approved to employ the great city of Lafayette’s robust history of maritime achievements.” The team will moor on the banks of the Kentucky River and travel on foot to the Stadium Saturday morning.
The UL-Lafayette fight song was recently changed. The current incarnation is this:
Fight on, Cajuns, fight on to victory
For the Red and White,
We will sing of triumph and glory,
For our team tonight,
You will hear the rage of the Cajuns,
So let’s give a yell, (AHH-YEE)
Hustle up and bustle up and
Fight on to victory – GEAUX U L!
It was recently changed from the previous fight song, originally written in the early 1900’s, which was:
Dey ‘gon fight, dese Cajuns
Gon’ eat a shrimp
An’ go in to da swamp
For to get a potion for my voodoo
An’ when I get da sportball
I gon’ make it a point for my team (AH-YEE)
So don’ you gon’ talk ‘bout my Paw-Paw
Poo-ye-yi! I’m gon’ smack you in dat mouf!
The student body largely prefers the current fight song over the previous one. PLEASE NOTE: The singing of the fight song can summon Cayenne to come murder you. Please remain vigilant.