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Feds allege former UK linebacker Josh Forrest mailed $8,000 connected to drug trafficking

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Former Kentucky linebacker Josh Forrest has a bit of explaining to do.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the federal government is attempting to take $8,000 from Forrest because they allege the money is tied to drug trafficking.

“Postal inspectors found the money in a priority mail package Josh Forrest mailed from Lexington to an address in Renton, Wash., according to a sworn statement from Darren Hess, an officer with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service,” said Bill Estep of the Herald-Leader.

Forrest is claiming that the money was sent to pay for the costs of moving back to Lexington from Seattle, where he had been playing for the Seattle Seahawks. The former Wildcat also provided proof in the form of moving company receipts and storage unit statements on moving furniture, per the report.

On the flip side, the federal complaint filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rajbir Datta, the money “was furnished or intended to be furnished in exchange for controlled substances, is proceeds traceable to such an exchange, or was intended to be used to facilitate the illegal sale of narcotics.”

The case is against the money itself being used, not Forrest. The former Wildcat has not been charged with any crime.

According to the report, on February 11, postal inspectors pulled a priority mail express parcel from the mail at a Lexington postal station with Forrest on the return address and the intended recipient being a person in Renton, Washington. The package reportedly raised suspicious because it listed a return address in Paducah with Forrest’s name, but was sent from Lexington, a method drug traffickers use “to avoid detection,” per Darren Hess, an officer with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, via the Herald-Leader.

The package also reportedly didn’t have a name on the box requiring someone to sign for it, allowing delivery “without being accepted by someone who might be under investigation.”

They called on a drug dog to sniff the package, who indicated the presence of drugs on the package, per Hess.

Forrest played at Kentucky from 2011 to 2015, leading the team in tackles as a junior in 2014 with 110 stops.

He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the sixth round of the 2016 draft, ultimately playing for the Rams and Seahawks over two seasons. He is now a free agent.

You can find more details of the situation here. 


22 Former Kentucky Wildcats Report to NFL Training Camp

You smell that? It smells like football season.

Before the week ends, all 32 NFL teams will be practicing in preparation of the 2019 season. There are enough former Wildcats in action to field a team. Josh Allen, Bunchy Stallings, Mike Edwards, C.J. Conrad and George Asafo-Adjei were some of the first to hit the field today.

Of the 22 on training camp rosters, almost ten will be fighting for their lives to make the final cut for the 53-man roster on August 31. Chris Westry and C.J. Conrad have received rave reviews from their respective teams, but if they don’t show up with their A-Game over the next month, they’ll be looking for a new NFL home.

Arizona Cardinals: DT Corey Peters

  • Reporting date: July 24
  • First practice: July 25
  • Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Chicago Bears: LB Danny Trevathan

  • Reporting date: July 25
  • First practice: July 26
  • Location: Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois

Cincinnati Bengals: DB Darius West, LB Jordan Jones

  • Reporting date: July 26
  • First practice: July 27
  • Location: Welcome Stadium, Dayton, Ohio

Cleveland Browns: WR Dorian Baker

  • Reporting date: July 24
  • First practice: July 25
  • Location: Browns training complex, Berea, Ohio

Dallas Cowboys: WR Randall Cobb, CB Chris Westry

  • Rookie reporting date: July 25
  • Veteran reporting date: July 25
  • First practice: July 27
  • Location: River Ridge Playing Fields, Oxnard, California

Green Bay Packers: DE Za’Darius Smith

  • Reporting date: July 24
  • First practice: July 25
  • Location: Ray Nitschke Field in Green Bay

Houston Texans: CB Lonnie Johnson, CB Derrick Baity

  • Rookie reporting date: July 24
  • Veteran reporting date: July 24
  • First practice: July 25
  • Location: Houston Methodist Training Center

Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Josh Allen, OG Bunchy Stallings

  • Rookie reporting date: July 22
  • Veteran reporting date: July 24
  • First practice: July 25
  • Location: Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex, Jacksonville, Florida

New Orleans Saints: OG Larry Warford

  • Rookie reporting date: July 18
  • Veteran reporting date: July 25
  • First practice: July 26
  • Location: New Orleans Saints Training Facility, Metairie, Louisiana

New York Giants: TE C.J. Conrad, OT George Asafo-Adjei

  • Rookie reporting date: July 22
  • Veteran reporting date: July 24
  • First practice: July 25
  • Location: Quest Diagnostics Training Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

New York Jets: LB Avery Williamson, C Jon Toth

  • Rookie reporting date: July 24
  • Veteran reporting date: July 24
  • First practice: July 25
  • Location: Atlantic Health Training Center, Florham Park, New Jersey

Pittsburgh Steelers: DE Bud Dupree, RB Benny Snell

  • Reporting date: July 25
  • First practice: July 26
  • Location: Chuck Noll Field, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DB Mike Edwards, DE Farrington Hugeunin

  • Rookie reporting date: July 22
  • Veteran reporting date: July 24
  • First practice: July 25
  • Location: One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida

Tennessee Titans: Wesley Woodyard

  • QBs and rookie reporting date: July 22
  • Veteran reporting date: July 25
  • First practice: July 26
  • Location: Saint Thomas Sports Park, Nashville, Tennessee

Josh Allen given second-best Defensive ROY odds

The NFL regular season is over a month away from officially starting, but odds for several end-of-season NFL Awards emerged earlier this week, and the former UK pass-rusher made a list.

The No. 7 overall pick in the NFL Draft is tied for second-best defensive rookie of the year odds with Devin White at +700, trailing only Nick Bosa (+550).

Allen is a freakish athlete, so the hype makes sense, but there’s also something to be said about the beneficial situation into which he was drafted. Jacksonville’s defensive ranked fifth-best in the NFL last season, allowing an average of 311 yards per game.

Add Allen, who Jags defensive coordinator Todd Walsh said will play defensive end, to a defensive line that also boasts the likes of Calais Campbell, Marcell Dareus, and Yannick Ngakoue, and Jacksonville’s defense has some serious game-wrecking potential.

The Jaguars report for training camp on Thursday, July 25, where Allen will take the field for the first time since suffering a knee contusion in OTAs.

Could it be the start of a stellar rookie campaign? Vegas seems to think so.

BBN, are those +700 odds anything you’d be willing to take?


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The full list of Madden 20 ratings have been released, 14 former Wildcats included

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Set to release in just two weeks, the popular video game series Madden 20 has released their entire list of individual player ratings.

And as expected, it is loaded with former Kentucky football stars.

The highest rating of all former Wildcats? Avery Williamson of the New York Jets, who holds a grade of 85 overall.

Za’Darius Smith of the Green Bay Packers wasn’t too far behind with an 83 overall.

Former Kentucky star and newest Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Randall Cobb was given an 80 overall, as was Danny Trevathan of the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints lineman Larry Warford:

Wesley Woodyard of the Tennessee Titans came away with a rating of 79 overall:

Corey Peters of the Arizona Cardinals was rated 76 overall:

Pittsburgh’s Bud Dupree, another big-name former Kentucky star, holds an overall rating of 73.

The lowest-rated among all former Wildcats? Jon Toth of the New York Jets with a 49 overall.

Two weeks ago, Madden revealed its ratings for the league’s incoming rookies, including Kentucky’s five draft picks from 2019: Josh Allen, Lonnie Johnson, Mike Edwards, Benny Snell and George Asafo-Adjei.

As expected, Allen came away with the highest rating among Wildcat rookies, and actually has the game’s fourth-highest rookie rating, behind only Quinnen Williams (80), Ed Oliver Jr. (79) and Nick Bosa (78). Madden also proved who’s the greater Josh Allen. The former Wildcat is ranked three points higher than the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback.

Snell, a fourth-round draft selection, was actually the second-highest Kentucky rookie with a 69 overall.

In a video of players reacting to their ratings, a very happy Benny Snell said, “Madden did not do me wrong. They did me justice, baby.”

Johnson and Edwards both came away with overall ratings of 68:

And finally, Asafo-Adjei was given a rating of 59 overall.

What do you guys think? Fair?


The Josh Allen banner has a new home in Lexington

The Josh Allen banner has a new home in Lexington

Remember the Josh Allen banner controversy down in Nashville? Short version: UK Football raised the banner on the side of a building in downtown Nashville during the draft to celebrate Allen’s career and NFL future as a top pick. The NFL did not like the banner, so it had to come down.

Well now it is back in Lexington, outside Gate 12 at Kroger Field.

(Photo: Twitter/@UKAthletics)

The banner had a wild ride, but it’s good to see it found a new home in the Bluegrass.


Randall Cobb guest speaker at Courier Journal Sports Awards

Randall Cobb guest speaker at Courier Journal Sports Awards

Photo via the Courier Journal Sports Awards live steam

Two Randall Cobb posts in one day… say what?

It’s true, we’ve got the wide receiver on our mind today — but this hour it’s not for any on-field achievement.

Tonight marks the fourth annual Courier Journal Sports Awards, a ceremony that honors high school athletes in the Kentuckiana area.

The ceremony took place earlier this evening at the Louisville Palace, and former Wildcats star Randall Cobb was the guest speaker.

The Courier Journal does the event up in a big way, as it’s complete with a host, stage, bright lights, red carpet and large viewing gallery. In its previous three years, the Courier Journal has brought in some impressive speakers; former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, World Cup Champion Mia Hamm and Super Bowl Champion Peyton Manning have all traveled to the Bluegrass to share some words.

According to the Courier Journal, Cobb said he hopes to encourage young athletes, no matter the sport, to chart their own determined path to success – in and out of competition.

“Looking back on that time in my life, there’s probably not too many that could have imagined that I would be where I am today in my career,” Cobb said. “Having finished eight seasons in the NFL and going to play at a Division I college, I don’t think back in high school anybody could have saw that in me.”

Cobb partook in an on-stage interview with host Dominique Yates, where he addressed his favorite high school memories, how UK helped prepare him for an NFL future, what it was like to go back to school and complete his degree, what it’s like to be a Dallas Cowboy and how having a newborn son has affected his life.

Cobb offered some tremendous insight and motivation to all the high school athletes in the audience.

The event began at 7 p.m. and is winding down, but the live stream can be found here. Later tonight, the Courier Journal will have content recapping the event.


Giants Had Inside Source That Helped Evaluate George Asafo-Adjei

The New York Giants used their 7th round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft on former Kentucky tackle George Asafo-Adjei.

Fortunately, the Giants had an inside source to fully evaluate Asafo-Adjei, both on the field, and off the field.

Giants offensive line coach Hal Hunter discussed the process of drafting Asafo-Adjei to reporters last week, “My son works at Kentucky. He works in the football office down there. We found out from the inside out – he talked about what a quality guy he was. He was probably the most respected guy on the offensive side of the ball. He talked about how he competed with Josh Allen on a day-to-day basis. He talked about his character, work ethic and his toughness. All of those things peaked interest. You watch him on tape and see that he has a lot of athleticism and power. He has a lot of toughness and plays in the best football conference in the country.”

Asafo-Adjei is far from a finished product, but the potential is there.

“We have some technical work to do,” Hunter said. “He is a rookie and you have to tell him to do something once and he goes on and does it right the next time. He picked up the offense much quicker than I thought he was going to.”

With high praises from Hunter, Asafo-Adjei has a real chance to take over the starting right tackle position as current starter Chad Wheeler was graded as one of the worst tackles in football last season.


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Bud Dupree Must Increase Production in Contract Year

 

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After a disappointing fourth season, Bud Dupree is looking to bounce back in a big way as the former Kentucky star will be a unrestricted free agent following the 2019 season.

The former first-round pick still has the support of the Steelers front office as the team picked up his fifth-year option that pays $9.2 million this season. Only two Steelers players will earn more than Dupree, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and cornerback Joe Haden.

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin has repeatedly insisted that Dupree’s best days are ahead of him, but time is running out as production must meet potential sooner rather than later.

“I had a big opportunity last year to be in the conversation and I didn’t close the plays,” Dupree said. “I’m always in position. The plays are always there; it’s on me to finish those plays and easily have double-digit sacks. I’m trying to go out and reboot and finish those plays this season.”

With only 5 1/2 sacks in 2018, Dupree knows he must capitalize on the opportunities that come his way.

Dupree added : “I had four holding calls [against me] that would have been clear strip sacks. I also missed two or three [sacks] where I had my hands on the quarterback. So, total that up, that’s seven with the six I had, that’s easily double digits right there. And the conversation would be different.”

“It’s real frustrating, but just keep the faith and everything will work out. I’m excited. It’s a big year.”


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Randall Cobb is adjusting well to being a Cowboy

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Watching the tearful goodbyes of Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb in Green Bay was heart wrenching, but it’s good to see that Cobb is settling in well in Dallas.

Randall Cobb spoke to the Dallas media earlier this week, calling the situation in Dallas “perfect” for himself. Of course, many fans agree, as indicated by the overall excitement which surrounded his arrival in Dallas.

Jason Garrett spoke more to Cobb’s increased fit with the Cowboys, highlighting his football IQ and acumen when speaking to DallasCowboys.com. “You ask him (about his practice) and he lists off his five mistakes that he made. To him that was a terrible day of practice. But he comes back to get it corrected each day. He’s got a great spirit about him. He’s a real pro.”

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We all knew Cobb is nothing if not a consummate professional, so it’s great to see him sharing his veteran knowledge with a team of young stars. We saw just how much better the Cowboys got last year after the addition of Amari Cooper. Maybe adding another quality receiver, one with plenty of savvy and experience like Cobb, will turn Dallas into a legit Super Bowl contender.

Which is tough for me, a lifelong Cowboys hater. But I hate to say it, the new guard of Prescott, Zeke, and Cooper with Cobb providing assistance? That’s a team that’s tough to dislike.

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