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Mornin’ sports fans. Kentucky Sports Radio radio is back after a fun-filled weekend, with eyes on the upcoming Vanderbilt game. Today we kick off the week with a recap of the last two days and a preview of what lies ahead.
Matt and Ryan are talking Rex, UK football recruiting, packing Commonwealth Stadium and getting that first SEC win under Mark Stoops. Have a listen.
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By Bryan the Intern on ©9:00 am
Every Monday I will detail with little commentary how the offense generated yards after each game. I will break it down into 1st down, 2nd and long, 2nd and short, 3rd and long, and 3rd and short situations and tell you how many passes and runs were called in each situation, along with the success or failure of those situations. And then you have the opportunity to discuss how you thought the coaches did with the playcalling. Of course, there was no game this weekend so this gives us a good chance to talk in generalities about the first 3 games. Certainly a ton of positives can be examined but there still is progress to be made.
Run: 49 rushes for 230 yards (4.7 ypc), 3 TD
Pass: 30-46, 527 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 2 sacks for -11 yards
2ND AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 19 rushes for 156 yards (8.2 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 13-28, 182 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks for -18 yards
2ND AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 16 rushes for 122 yards (7.6 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 4-5, 6 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 1 sack for -12 yards
3RD AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 3 rushes for 11 yards (3.7 ypc)
Pass: 14-24, 245 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
3RD AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 16 rushes for 80 yards (5.0 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 2-5, 9 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 2 sacks for -13 yards
So, what stands out to you from these stats? Have you been satisfied with Neal Brown’s playcalling at this point in the season, and if not, what would like to see more out of the offense? My quick analysis:
-UK has been very good on 1st down. They have been balanced and successful with both the run and pass. This helps so much to give yourself reasonable 2nd and 3rd downs. As Rich Brooks always highlighted, you have to get the negative yardage plays out of there.
-Love the YPC on 3rd and short because that translates to UK converting those more often than not, which they have. Past teams have struggled in all scenarios on 3rd down but this team has been much better.
-The one area I would like to see a little more variety is 2nd and short. That is often a situation where you can attempt to be aggressive but UK has generally stuck to the run in those scenarios, playing it safe.
It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the Weekend. We will focus most of our attention on Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as usual, there are no limits to our madness. You can participate by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTop10 or just by simply tweeting @KYsportsradio.
@KySportsRadio I tried to get in touch with you a few times about your show on Friday. Is there an email where I can reach you?
— MadisonSouthernBands (@MadSouthernBand) September 21, 2014
Oh boy. This should be good.
#9 Ryan Timmons
You know I wasn't going to pass this up😎 pic.twitter.com/JiQx9tx12h
— Ryan Timmons (@Rimmons_5) September 21, 2014
What a great way to reveal your inner child while still acting like an adult.
#8 Nick Fulkerson
How do you know? YOU CANT SEE HIM RT@KySportsRadio: John Cena is currently at the Joe Craft Center with the UK Basketball Team
— Nick Fulkerson (@Nick_Fulk) September 20, 2014
There he is!
#7 EJ Floreal
I was told that someone at campout has me as there phone case…I must see this if it's true !
— EJ Floreal (@BouncyE_24) September 20, 2014
Welp. Found her.
— Kali Lay (@Kali_Morgan3) September 20, 2014
#6 Matt Kazunas
— Matt Kazunas (@M_Kazunas86) September 21, 2014
This is Matt’s way of slowly getting back at ATT for bad service. He is taking over Safari one test phone at a time.
#5 Sam Malone
— Sam Malone (@SamMaloneuk13) September 19, 2014
Didn’t your mom ever tell you not to get in the car with strangers? Or go back to their hotel rooms?
#4 Amanda Lemond
— Amanda Lemond (@mandylemond) September 19, 2014
See? Ryan is great with kids!
#3 Not Jerry Tipton
Jameis Winston says he wants to be a better person, but if he really did, he'd have a daughter and then caddy for her.
— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) September 20, 2014
Petrino should write a book so people understand this.
#2 Hal Mumme
Special thanks to ESPN, Kevin & crew, for fulfilling my lifelong dream of wearing a coonskin cap at the Alamo. pic.twitter.com/8ECS2acmgt
— Hal Mumme (@HalMumme) September 19, 2014
This is the greatest picture ever and I don’t care if anyone disagrees.
#1 Kyle Skaggs
— Kyle Skaggs (@KyleSkaggs) September 21, 2014
Some guys just don’t know how to take ‘no’ for an answer.
By Drew Franklin on ©11:13 pm
Matt is experiencing technical difficulties at the KSR Louisville office this evening so I got a late Sunday night call-up from the night post bullpen to help out. Forgive me for being a little behind and messing up your Sunday bedtime reading routine; we’re doing the best we can given the circumstances. I should also point out that I just got in from a three-day bachelor party in Atlanta so there may be more typos than usual. Bear with me, friends. Now let’s get to some quick-hitters from the weekend…
Rex Chapman’s arrest shocked us all.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when reading the text messages (lots of them) at dinner Friday night. Rex Chapman, King Rex, arrested for shoplifting at an Apple Store? No way, I thought. This has to be made up. But then I pushed my blue cheese wedge to the side and read the details from the Arizona news report and it blew me away, as I assume it did you. The former Kentucky great is alleged to have stolen $14,000 worth of Apple products on seven different trips to the Scottsdale store and pawned the goods off for cash. To me, that’s about as low as someone can get. The steal-and-pawn move is an act of desperation and it’s shocking to see Rex Chapman, King Rex, stoop to that level. I don’t know what’s going on in his life that put him in that situation but I hope he lands back on his feet and recovers from this embarrassing low.
Kentucky football landed a new commitment.
The Cats had a bye on the football field, but Stoops still managed to come up with a win off of it by landing a prized recruit from the 2015 class over the weekend. Jason Strowbridge, a four-star defensive end from South Florida, announced his commitment to Kentucky on Twitter, picking UK over the likes of Louisville, Miami, Tennessee, North Carolina and North Carolina State. He still plans to take five official visits and will consider the other schools, but he is the 15th member of UK’s recruiting class, for now. Yahtzee.
Ohio State offered Alex Stump.
Current UK commit Alex Stump picked up an offer from the Ohio State University on Sunday. The four-star wide receiver is from Cleveland, so Kentucky’s got some work to do to keep him around. Clearly Urban Meyer believes Stump can be flipped, but Stoops isn’t giving his prized receiver up without a fight. He and Vince Marrow attended Stump’s game in Cincinnati on Saturday, although Ohio State was also there.
Kentucky opened as a 10.5 point favorite over Vanderbilt and the line keeps moving.
Before the season, many people thought Vandy would enter that game as the favorite. Now the Cats carry a double-digit point spread after hanging with Florida in the Swamp. It is already up to 14.5 points after opening at 10.5. Time for that first SEC win under Stoops! #PackCWS
Skal Labissiere enjoyed his official visit to UK.
He sent a selfie from his hotel on SnapChat and posed with Coach Cal in the locker room in Rupp Arena. “Visit to UK went great today,” he posted with the photo below.
We’ll have more from Labissiere’s official visit to Kentucky tomorrow.
John Cena attended a Kentucky basketball practice.
Cena wrestled Brock Lesnar in the main event of the WWE pay-per-view in Nashville tonight. I don’t know who won but I’m sure the spanish announce table was shattered at some point in the night.
Tyler Ulis CAN dunk…
… on a lowered goal.
I asked Ulis in the Bahamas if he can throw one down on a 10-foot goal and he told me his hands are two small to palm the ball but he can off a well-placed lob.
Matt took a selfie with Matthew Mitchell and John Calipari.
Wait a minute… He asked me to help out tonight because his Wi-Fi was down. That looks like a party to me.
Running back Dy’Shawn Mobley surprised a lot of people at the end of last season when he announced that he would be transferring to Eastern Kentucky University. Mobley was a break-out star in the final two games of UK’s year; he rushed for 92 yards and 1 TD against Georgia, then tallied 143 yards on 17 carries against Tennessee. However, Dy’Shawn cited difficulties with running backs coach Chad Scott as a catalyst for his decision to transfer, and he now suits up for the Colonels.
So far, he’s adjusted pretty well. Here are his stats from 2014:
@ Robert Morris (Aug. 28th): 25 carries, 142 yds, 0 TDs, 5.7 yd avg
@ Miami Ohio (Sept. 6th): 13 carries, 28 yds, 0 TDs, 2.1 yd avg
vs. Morehead St. (Sept. 13th): 6 carries, 123 yds, 1 TD, 20.5 yd avg
@ UT Martin (Sept. 20th): 11 carries, 183 yds, 3 TDs, 16.6 yd avg
2014 average: 13.75 carries, 119 yds, 1 TD, 8.65 yd avg
2013 average (at UK): 7.17 caries, 50 yds, .17 TDs, 6.97 yd avg
Besides the clunker against Miami (OH), Dy’Shawn has been tearing it up in his new home. His team hasn’t been doing so bad either; Eastern Kentucky is currently 4-0 and sits atop the standings in the Ohio Valley Conference. While the decreased level of competition has contributed to Mobley’s improved performance, it’s good to see him succeed at EKU. Best of luck, Dy’Shawn.
By Caleb Epley on ©6:59 pm
The folks in Vegas have released their NCAAF lines for the week, and Kentucky has opened as a 10.5 point favorite over Vanderbilt. For what it’s worth, 5Dimes Sportsbook (one of the biggest on the internet) currently has UK as a -13.5 point favorite.
For a team that hasn’t won an SEC game in two years, some might worry that opening a conference game as a double-digit favorite will put some added pressure on UK. However, coming from someone who has watched the Commodores in person several times – there really shouldn’t be much to worry about. Go Cats.
EDIT: The line has now moved up to -14.
By Caleb Epley on ©5:30 pm
This winter, former UK walk-on and fan favorite Todd Svoboda was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – an aggressive form of bone cancer. The River City News in Covington, Kentucky, published a great piece yesterday about Todd and his fight. Apparently, he’s winning:
“His treatment is working. Todd is once again fighting a hard battle and winning. He says he’s got a couple of rounds of chemo to go, then he’ll be in “surveillance mode” – basically making sure the cancer doesn’t come back.”
That’s certainly great news. However, Todd’s battle isn’t over. He still has a few rounds of chemo left, and he wants to share this message:
“Just tell all the fans out there – no matter who they cheer for – that I need your prayers,” he said. “And I thank them for that.”
I’m sure that won’t be a problem. Get well soon, Todd.
By Caleb Epley on ©4:30 pm
With 8 teams in the top 25 of today’s AP poll, it’s safe to say that the media likes the SEC. However, after yesterday’s action, ESPN’s Football Power Index is even more in love with the conference. What is the FPI? Good question. Here’s how ESPN describes it:
“The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.”
Yay, computers! Here are the latest FPI rankings (I’ve also listed each team’s position in the AP poll for comparison):
1. Alabama (3)
2. Texas AM (6)
3. Auburn (5)
4. Georgia (12)
5. Florida State (1)
6. Oklahoma (4)
7. Oregon (2)
8. Ole Miss (10)
9. Baylor (7)
10. UCLA (11)
11. Mississippi St.(14)
12. LSU (17)
13. USC (18)
14. Notre Dame (8)
15. Stanford (16)
16. Clemson (unranked)
17. Ohio State (22)
18. BYU (20)
19. Wisconsin (19)
20. Arkansas (unranked)
21. Florida (unranked)
22. S. Carolina (13)
23. Arizona St. (15)
24. Michigan St. (9)
25. Utah (unranked)
As you can see, the computers are very reverent of the SEC. Not only are there 10 teams in the top 25, the FPI also says that the four best teams in the country are in the conference. It’s certainly a small sample size; we’ll see if it holds as the schools continue to beat up on each other in league play.
In case you were wondering, Kentucky currently comes in at 45th with a projected 6-6 record. I’ll take it.
By Courtney Sealey on ©3:45 pm
Nerlens Noel looks amazing at the draft last year, didn’t he? I am glad his hair turned out so well since he apparently went to London to get it done, according to the London School of Barbering. The school is offering a great deal on Pro Demo- Afro Caribbean Haircuts so we can look just like Noel! All we have to do is pay for travel to London to get it.
London….Denny Moes…..Same difference, right? I know websites like this never really use real pictures, I just thought it was funny they picked Noel’s out of anyone in the world.
(H/t: Blue Jesus)
By Courtney Sealey on ©3:00 pm
The SEC is coming in strong this week for the AP Top 25. The SEC came in with eight teams, which is good for the conference, but bad for Kentucky. Pac-12 came in with five teams and the Big Ten and Big 12 had 4. the ACC only had one along with the AAC, after Louisville dropped out.
It can get VERY stressful being fans. There is a lot of pressure on us for our teams to do well so we don’t have our friends harassing us about a loss. It is enough to drive a person crazy. However, if it is that bad for fans, just think how hard it is to be a head coach of one of the best football programs in the country.
After his departure from Florida for personal health reason, there was a lot of judgement toward Urban Meyer. The college football world was even more upset when only a few months later he took the head coaching job at Ohio State.
Now, Meyer is sitting down and telling his side of the story four years later. It is heartbreaking to watch looking back I can’t believe how sickly Meyer actually looked after the 2008 championship. However, There is the question of if he was so stressed and sick at Florida, why would he go to another top program with the same amount of pressure, if not more.
I am sure that will be answered Sept. 23 at 10 pm on HBO when Real Sports debuts the interview. I cannot wait to watch the entire program to get the full story.
I thought Matt was just joking when he talked about this Sting window on the show a couple weeks ago, but apparently not. This has been seen around town and fans are taking pictures all over the place.
— Alex Green (@DifferentBreedP) September 4, 2014
Would you put this on your car?
Kentucky native and nine-year vet of the Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas was killed overnight in Nashville car crash at the age of 36. Police say Bironas lost control of his SUV at a high speed and the vehicle went off the road striking several trees before stopping. Bironas leaves behind his wife Rachel Bradshaw, daughter of Terry Bradshaw, who he just married in June. Our thoughts are with the family in their time of mourning.
On to this morning’s links:
— Rex Chapman was released from jail quietly yesterday and was not reachable for comment, according to USA Today. No new information has been released, but Chapman still faces 14 different felonies after allegedly stealing from an Apple store in Arizona.
— Class of 2015 Safety Reggie Rogers committed to Marshall last night. The 3-star recruit was someone Vince Marrow and D. J. Eliot had been recruiting and it was thought that Kentucky was a shoe-in for the recruit. Oh well. On to the next!
— No. 15 Kentucky Volleyball used a strong defensive effort to defeat Xavier in its fourth consecutive victory. This was the last non-conference match before the start of SEC play and the Wildcats (10-2) used 11 blocks and a 24-dig effort from Jackie Napper to pull off the win.
— CBS Sports Jeff Borzello did a small recap on who went where for basketball recruiting this weekend and where is next for some big recruits. Hint: Kentucky is said at least once for all but one player.
— In case you missed a little football around the SEC yesterday here is a roundup of what went down. What I learned after they took down No. 8 LSU is that Mississippi State is not playing around. Also, Mizzou is weaker than (I) thought.
— Jason Hatcher enjoys the multiple roles he has been playing this season. Hatcher has been used in multiple defensive packages this year, using his size and speed to help. Read a couple quotes, including him calling out Tennessee coaches if they didn’t recruit him right.
By Will Totten on ©10:30 pm
With the idea of an NBA team in Louisville being floated around in the last couple of years, it’s important that we remember where the history of professional basketball in Kentucky was originated. The Kentucky Colonels folded after the NBA/ABA merger but their legacy will live on in the Bluegrass forever, or at least until they return to professional ranks. Arguably the best player to don a Colonels jersey was Artis Gilmore from Chipley, FL. He was drafted by both Kentucky and the Chicago Bulls of the NBA in 1971 after dominating the competition at Jacksonville University. Gilmore still holds the record for rebounds in a game in NCAA play with a career average of 22.7 rebounds per game.
In his first season with the Colonels he was voted the ABA’s Rookie of the Year and MVP and led the Colonels to their only ABA Championship in 1975. After the ABA folded, Gilmore was selected #1 overall in the merger draft by the Chicago Bulls. He bounced around between San Antonio and Chicago before ending his NBA career in Boston in 1988. When it was all said and done, Gilmore was selected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2011 and was named to the ABA’s All-Time Team with career averages of 18.8ppg and 12.2rpg while still to this day remaining the NBA’s all time leader in field goal percentage. Artis turns 65 on Sunday and we want to wish one of the best basketball players in the history of the state a happy birthday.
It was YAHTZEE! time in Lexington again today as high 3-star recruit DE Jason Strowbridge committed to Mark Stoops and the Wildcats this morning. Strowbridge had tweeted out a Top 6 of Kentucky, Tennessee, Miami, NC State, Louisville, and North Carolina earlier in the day. The 6’4 247lb. end is rated as the #29 strong-side defensive end in the country by 247Sports’ Composite rankings. With UK’s 15th commitment, they move into 24th in the recruiting rankings, sandwiched in between Wisconsin and West Virginia.
John Cena is the only person in the world I would bet for in a pushup contest with Alex Poythress. He could probably put someone on their back while taking a charge. Holy bench press. Also, a nice #BFM for the Chivers out in BBN.
John Calipari also had some of the players over for a good time tonight, as we got to see Tyler Ulis elevate and throw down on a 7-foot goal earlier (scroll up to see) and this gem of what looks like Devin Booker doing his best Javess Blue impression with a bevy of flips on the Calipari family trampoline.
Mark Stoops used his bye week to check on the nation’s #1 high school football team, St. Edwards of Lakewood, Ohio playing against Cincinnati Elder. Stoops was keeping an eye on 4-star WR commitment Alex Stump and also hoping to nail some brownie points with 4-star twins Andrew and David Dowell. It’s good to see Stoops has a good relationship with a program as reputable as St. Edwards, and Elder is no slouch at producing D1 talent as well. Stoops gets it.
That’s all for tonight. Keep bleeding blue, Kentucky. I’m Ron Burgundy?