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Updated Cats in the NFL list

Updated Cats in the NFL list

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With little over two months until the NFL season begins, let’s take a look at an updated list of all the teams that our former football Cats play on. The first game of the NFL season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 10 with the Pittsburgh Steelers (Bud Dupree) and the reigning Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots.

Randall Cobb: Green Bay Packers

— First game: @ Chicago at 1:00

John Conner: Buffalo Bills

— First game: vs. Colts  at 1:00

Bud Dupree: Pittsburgh Steelers

— First game: Thursday game @ New England at 8:30

Winston Guy: Indianapolis Colts

— First game: @ Buffalo at 1:00

Stevie Johnson: San Diego Charges

— First game: vs. Detroit Lions at 4:05

Ricky Lumpkin: Oakland Raiders

— First game: vs. Bengals at 4:25

Tim Masthay: Green Bay Packers

— First game: @ Chicago at 1:00

Chris Matthews: Seattle Seahawks

— First game: @ St. Louis at 1:00

Corey Peters: Arizona Cardinals

— First game: vs. New Orleans at 4:05

Za’Darius Smith: Baltimore Ravens

— First game: @ Denver at 4:25

Jacob Tamme: Atlanta Falcons

— First game: Monday night vs. Philadelphia at 7:10

Danny Trevathan: Denver Broncos

— First game: vs. Baltimore at 4:25

Larry Warford: Detroit Lions

— First game: @ San Diego at 4:25

Avery Williamson: Tennessee Titans

Wesley Woodyard: Tennessee Titans

— First game: @ Tampa Bay at 4:25

 

I am already looking forward to watching Bud and Za’Darius make their NFL debuts! And the great thing about this, each year this list will get longer and longer. #StoopsEffect


Drake Jackson will be in Paintsville

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This has to be a good sign, right? Right.

 

 

Join us at 1 for the announcement.

@Hessler_KSR


From their old Kentucky home to Commonwealth Stadium, Part Four: The road to Tim Couch Pass

From their old Kentucky home to Commonwealth Stadium, Part Four: The road to Tim Couch Pass

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As a UK fan, I have three all-time favorite players: Derrick Ramsey, Bill Ransdell, and Tim Couch. With these fellow has-beens, K-Club conversations can be awkward. During alumni functions, I’m torn between asking about their families and requesting an autograph.

Generationally separated, I hold the quarterback trio in high regard. Growing up in the 70’s, Derrick Ramsey was my first sports hero. For two seasons, I literally scored his autograph after every home game. I would fist fight coal camp kids to be number 12 in sand-lot football games. Bill Ransdell is arguably the toughest Wildcat to ever tattoo a Power K on his calf. How tough? Legend has it that Dollar Bill played against Clemson with a broken jaw and a punctured lung. And won. Then, along came Tim Couch.

Not since Harlan’s Wah Wah Jones had a mountain athlete generated such buzz. From London to Pikeville, the Leslie County star captured the region’s headlines and imagination. As a quarterback, Couch revolutionized the position by breaking nearly every state and national passing record. On the basketball court, he averaged over 30 points a game. The legend of The Deuce stood taller than the mountains he called home. On any given fall Friday, it was common to see a Bowden in the Hyden Hardee’s drive-thru. Phil Fulmer earned a ton of frequent driver points from his recurrent trips down the road that is now appropriately named Tim Couch Pass. At the time, Bill Curry’s seat was hot. A year later and an irrational Couch option play into the boundary, his toasty seat exited the Nutter Center. Here are Tim’s words on why he chose to stay home and sign with the University of Kentucky.

Q: You were offered my several traditional football powers. Which teams made the final cut?

Couch: I was fortunate enough to be recruited by numerous schools and heavily considered several of them: Tennessee, Florida, Auburn and Ohio State. Initially I verbally committed to Tennessee and ended up backing out on the last minute and signed with Kentucky.

Q: At that time, the Cats were struggling. With all those options, why did you sign with Kentucky?

Couch: I signed with Kentucky mainly because it was my home state school. My dad really pushed me to come to Kentucky. He was a huge Kentucky fan and a big part of me playing here was because I wanted to do that for him.

Q: Going into Stoop’s third year, tell us your thoughts on Kentucky Football in 2015.

Couch: I think the football program is at an all-time high right now. It’s been tremendous to watch Coach Stoops and his staff change the culture of this program in such a short period time. It’s not resulting in a ton of wins on the field as of yet, but those are soon to come. The commitment the University has made to the football program with the upgrades in our facilities and with the stadium and the level that Coach Stoops and his staff has been recruiting at, it will eventually result in wins on the field. The future of Kentucky football is going to be very exciting to watch. I don’t think there could be a better fit for this program right now then Coach Stoops.

Q: You are a Kentucky legend and provided the BBN with so many great memories. What is your personal favorite?

Couch: I think my best UK memory would have to be our victory over Alabama in 1997. I was fortunate enough to throw Craig Yeast the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime to beat Alabama. Our fans rushed the field and tore the goalposts down. It was one of those moments that you live for as a college quarterback.

Imagine if Tim Couch would have turned his back on his home state and signed with Tennessee. The legend of Tim’s Kentucky escape would be mentioned in the same lore as Bear Bryant’s cigarette lighter. I’m glad he stayed home.


Yes, that is Patrick Towles dressed as Harry Potter on the cover of the Cats Pause Yearbook

We’ve all known about Patrick Towles’ love for Harry Potter for a while now. (Last summer, I wrote an entire article about how Towles may be the ultimate Potter fan.) The rest of the media’s catching on and today, Patrick Towles is on the cover of this season’s Cats Pause Yearbook wearing a Gryffindor scarf, Harry Potter glasses, and the trademark lightning scar. Yes, really.

Darrell Bird interviewed Towles about his HP addiction, which he says continues to this day, especially during the movie marathons on ABC Family.

Towles’ Harry Potter obsession dates back to adolescence when he first started reading the books with his sister. He can remember waiting at Barnes & Noble for the later books to be released and attending midnight premieres of the movies dressed up like his favorite characters. His room still features several of the movie posters hanging on the wall, and Towles observes an annual celebration of Potter’s birthday on July 31.

As someone who dressed up as Hermoine to go to the movie premieres during college, I’m raising a mug of butterbeer in your honor, Patrick.  To read more of Bird’s piece about Patrick’s HP addiction, click here.

Also listen to this super nerdy conversation Patrick and I had about HP at Media Day last year:

https://youtu.be/S5Iiq5g5eJw


An Interview With Paintsville’s Last Wildcat

An Interview With Paintsville’s Last Wildcat

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In 1987, Joey Couch was the last Paintsville Tiger football player to pledge his allegiance to the University of Kentucky.  Couch was an All-State linebacker who also played tight end and fullback.  On the basketball court, Joey scored over 2,000 career points.

In the 1980s, tiny Paintsville High School produced several major college student athletes: Tony Mayes (UK), John Pelphrey (UK), Joey Couch (UK), Keith Adkins (Notre Dame), Mike Minix (Vanderbilt), and Lance Daniels (WKU). That incredible run may never be repeated by a Class A, public school.

I recently spoke to Couch and asked him a series of questions regarding his decision to sign with the Wildcats as well as his Kash Daniel prediction.

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Q. Why did you sign with UK?

Couch: Because that’s our University. The state’s school.  I wanted to be a Wildcat. I wanted to play where Cawood Ledford would call my name on the radio.

Q: What other schools did you consider?

Couch: Navy, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky were my final three choices.  I was Vanderbilt’s number one defensive recruit.  Coach Watson Brown was the only coach to recruit me as a defensive lineman.

Q. What was your best UK moment?

Couch: Indiana game goal-line stand.  IU came in ranked with Heisman Trophy candidate Anthony Thompson.  Craig Benzinger, Ronnie Robinson, and I tackled him on the 1 yard line on 4th down to seal the win late in the 4th quarter. Other great moments were beating Georgia my freshman and junior year. 

Q. What is your take UK Football in 2015?

Couch: I went to CWS and saw updates. Amazing. Everything is coming together at the right time.  The program is getting ready to take the next step. UK is finally serious about football.

Q. What do think will happen Saturday?

Couch: Selfish part of me wants to see him be a Wildcat.  I know what kind of kid he is, he’s a good player with high character.  He’s got leadership qualities and extremely coachable.

Q. Will Kash Daniel commit to Kentucky?

Couch: My gut says yes, but really I have no clue.  Again being selfish, I want to see him play in Commonwealth Stadium, not on television.  Just my gut feeling, but who really knows.  Totally his decision. I will be happy for him wherever he goes. In the 80’s, Paintsville people had a lot of reasons to go to Lexington to watch their native sons play. It’s been 25 years too long.

Joey Couch was a two-time All SEC DT.  While an undersized defensive lineman, for a career Joey had over 264 tackles and 12 sacks.


Melvin Lewis will be featured in the “Beyond the Field” initiative at SEC Media Days

Get ready to hear a lot more about senior defensive tackle Melvin Lewis. This afternoon, it was announced that Lewis will be UK’s representative in the league’s new “Beyond the Field: Stories of the SEC” initiative at SEC Media Days in a few weeks. The series will feature student-athletes from each school with compelling stories outside their athletic endeavors.

Here’s a little bit of Lewis’ story:

Kentucky – Melvin Lewis (Senior, Defensive Tackle) grew up in Compton, California, and earning a college degree would have been a challenging goal without the opportunity presented by an athletics scholarship. After two years at Fullerton College, he signed with Kentucky and has completed his bachelor’s degree in community and leadership development. His dream job, other than the NFL, is “doing anything to help my community.”

I can’t wait to talk to Melvin and find out more. Media Days start a week from Monday, and I’ll be down there from Tuesday to Thursday to bring you all the happenings from Hoover. (“Happenings” meaning news, whiny media folk, and anything else worth Periscoping.)


More details on UK’s July 4th SEC Network Takeover

More details on UK’s July 4th SEC Network Takeover

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Yesterday, we shared the programming schedule for UK’s SEC Network Takeover on July 4th, and today, the university released a more detailed schedule to help you figure out what to record and what not to record while you’re out and about on Independence Day:

  • Kentucky vs. Kansas (Nov. 11, 2011): In this early-season contest, freshman stars Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a coming-out party on the national stage at Madison Square Garden in a preview of the eventual 2012 National Championship game.
  • Kentucky vs. Tennessee (Sept. 26, 2012): Behind unbelievable defense and brilliant offensive execution, the UK volleyball team achieved a feat it had not completed since 1995. Juniors Whitney Billings and Alexandra Morgan combined for 19 kills without committing a single error in one of the more dominating performances in program history.
  • Kentucky vs. Arkansas (Feb. 20, 2015): Sparked by a season-high vault score, the Kentucky gymnastics team rallied from behind on the final rotation to topple No. 14 Arkansas.
  • Kentucky vs. Florida (Oct. 19, 2014): Fourth-ranked Florida with a high-powered offense met a determined UK soccer team ready to deliver head coach Jon Lipsitz a signature victory. Behind goals scored within 17 minutes of each other, Lipsitz and the Wildcats secured their first victory over a top-five opponent in program history.
  • Kentucky vs. Mississippi State (March 14, 2010): First there was the ‘Call Me’ game, and then there was ‘The Put-back.’ In one of the more exhilarating SEC Tournament Championship games in league history, DeMarcus Cousins forced overtime against the Bulldogs with a put-back shot as time expired in regulation to steal all of the momentum and set the stage for a Wildcat victory in overtime.
  • Kentucky vs. South Carolina (March 16, 2012): Trailing by a run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, junior catcher Luke Maile crushed a two-run, walk-off home run to centerfield to lift No. 16 Kentucky to a series-opening 4-3 win over No. 2 South Carolina. It was the start to a series-sweep over the second-ranked Gamecocks and one of the most exciting series victories in program history.
  • Big Blue InterNATIONal: Kentucky Volleyball to China: A documentary-style video showcases a two-week trip to China, where the team combined competition and culture into an once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Wildcats visited five cities, played seven matches against some of the elite Chinese professional teams and went on an educational journey along the way.
  • Big Blue (P)Review: Eleven two-minute hits with Kentucky’s head coaches will allow fans to relive the 2014-15 season and look ahead to 2015-16.
  • Kentucky vs. LSU (May 9, 2014): The 2014 softball season was a season of firsts which included a memorable run to its first-ever Women’s College World Series. But, the magic began with an improbable run to the SEC Championship game highlighted by an exciting victory over LSU in the semifinals. Tied 2-2, in the top of the ninth the Wildcats executed a two-run, two-out rally to fuel the magic.
  • Kentucky vs. South Carolina (March 1, 2015): Second-ranked and SEC Champion South Carolina arrived in Memorial Coliseum on March 1, 2015 ready to spoil Senior Day festivities for the Wildcats. But, 20 forced turnovers and 22 second-half points from Jen O’Neill and Makayla Epps helped the Wildcats celebrate in a BIG way.
  • Kentucky vs. Kansas (Nov. 18, 2014): Some will say the party began the day the Harrisons announced their return for their sophomore seasons. Some will say the party began in the Bahamas. But, everyone joined the party when Kentucky met Kansas in the Champions Classic in the third game of the season in 2014-15. That’s when everyone realized what ‘Let’s Ball’ really meant.
  • Kentucky vs. Louisville (Sept. 15, 2007): Where were you the night ‘Stevie Got Loose?’ In an epic showdown between instate rivals which was capped by a finish for the ages, the Kentucky-Louisville game was the start of something special that made the entire Big Blue Nation believers in 2007.
  • Kentucky vs. South Carolina (Oct. 4, 2014): A blackout. Chrome helmets. Nifty dance moves. And one unforgettable victory. Jojo Kemp scored three touchdowns, while Bud Dupree picked off a pass and ran it back for a touchdown to help lead the Wildcats to the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in Kentucky history and the biggest win thus far in the Mark Stoops era.
  • Kentucky vs. Louisville (Dec. 27, 2014): In the final non-conference game of the season for the historic 2014-15 Wildcats, UK traveled to Louisville in a top-five matchup just days after Christmas. Both teams entered the game undefeated. Only one emerged unscathed.

John Calipari and Mark Stoops will serve as hosts, popping in from time to time and taking over the @SECNetwork Twitter account. Get ready to see a lot of #positionless and #AllIn hashtags.


For some reason, I find this video of Will Gardner describing the new UofL uniforms hilarious

It’s been a week since Louisville unveiled their awful new adidas “Uncaged” uniforms, but for some reason, I’m just now seeing this video of Louisville QB Will Gardner giving his reaction. I came across it this morning and find it absolutely hilarious:

“Uh, these uniforms feel good, it’s uh a loose fit and they’re uh a lot more comfortable, you’ve got a little more room in the pants and um…”

“The cardinal is different but I think it’s going to be a big attraction, uh, for a lot of fans, bring a lot of attention. It’s different than what is normally done here at the University of Louisvillle, you normally see the generic like with the mouth open and all, but this is a realistic cardinal bird, so it’s gonna be different.”

“Underneath, you have a full red bird like the full the claws and everything and a red L set in the middle of it, so it’s really neat to see the full bird and the L there together.”

Never change, Louisville. Never change.


SDS calls Boom Williams the SEC’s best kept secret

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We’re nearing that point in the summer where all the blogs start releasing their college football previews. Saturday Down South’s previews are already in full swing, and earlier this week, Jon Cooper posted an article calling UK running back Boom Williams “the SEC’s best kept secret”:

Although Williams would be categorized more as a scat back who can make people miss, his first step is what sets him apart. The fastest first step in college football I’ve ever witnessed was Percy Harvin. Harvin could get to top speed in a hurry; so can Williams. He finds the hole aided by great vision, and in a second, he’s gone.

Cooper kept the love flowing yesterday when he predicted Boom will be one of ten 1,000-yard rushers in the SEC this season. If so, Boom would be UK’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Rafael Little in 2007. In fact, in the history of the program, UK has only had six players rush for 1,000+ yards: Sonny Collins (twice), George Adams, Mark Higgs, Moe Williams, Artose Pinner, and Little (twice).

Here comes the Boom. Let’s get ready with some highlights:

https://youtu.be/_ctoOo7B870


Jason Hatcher: The Defensive X Factor

Via USA Today

When Mark Stoops arrived on campus in 2012 he made locking up local kids in his first class a priority. Ryan Timmons was the first Kentuckian to commit to Mark Stoops and on signing day Jason Hatcher joined him when he flipped his commitment from Southern Cal. The consensus top 20 Defensive End prospect was one of the crown jewels of Stoops first class but he enters his junior season as almost an afterthought. In fact in ESPN’s article today “Why Kentucky will or won’t make a bowl game” cited the lack of Bud Dupree and Za’Darius as a reason why they wouldn’t. Here’s what the worldwide leader had to say:

  • No Dupree or Smith: Kentucky’s defense was supposed to be one of its strengths last season, but it finished No. 95 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 31.3 points per game. To make matters worse, last season’s group lost its two best players — Bud Dupreeand Za’Darius Smith — to the NFL. The coaches hope Jason Hatcher can fill the void left by Dupree, but replacing a player who had 12.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks is never easy. At this point, the Wildcats might be deeper on that side of the ball, but there’s no proof yet that they will be better. And they need to be better.

Let’s see how Hatcher can replace Bud’s 12.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. As a freshman Hatcher played in 10 games behind Z and Bud and despite the limited minutes he recorded 19 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. Last year Hatch Attack tallied 27 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 10 games. Once, again he was playing behind a future first and fourth rounder. That’s allowed Jason Hatcher to fly under the radar and enter this season ready to breakout.

One of the strengths of last seasons defense was the ability to put some pressure on opposing defenses and force them into bad passes and interceptions. Jason Hatcher can bring that pressure this upcoming year. Some think the defensive line is a poisitionof concern for the upcoming year but I think its secretly going to be the X-Factor. Hatcher may not be Bud Dupree but he the has talent to win games for the Wildcats. If the Cats don’t make a bowl it won’t be because Dupree and Smith have gone on to the league.

 


Landon Foster named one of 15 smartest college football players

(h/t nfl.com)

NFL.com started a series back in May called “15 for ’15: Countdowns of college football’s best”. It’s a great series, but often overlooked because its common for people to forget NFL.com actually writes several articles.

One of those articles was overlooked by Kentucky fans and I believe it at least deserves to be mentioned.

Kentucky Punter Landon Foster was named ninth on the list of college football’s smartest players. The list doesn’t just look at academics. It also adds the requirement of significant on-field contributions. Here is what they had to say about Landon:

Along with a punting average of better than 42 yards, the Wildcats’ senior-to-be averages a 4.0 in the classroom on a finance and marketing track. He was chosen as an Academic All-American last year. You want an on-field track record? He’s logged more than 60 punts per year over the last three seasons and is on pace to finish his UK career with more than 250.

If Landon is as smart as his twitter (@BigBlueKick12) is funny, then it is totally deserved.

You can see the other 14 players who made this list here or look at the entire series here.

 

 

@Hessler_KSR

 


ESPN on why UK will or won’t make a bowl game

Darrell Bird | CatsPause.com

Darrell Bird | CatsPause.com

ESPN’s Greg Ostendorf is breaking down each SEC team’s bowl chances and yesterday, focused on Kentucky. Ostendorf gave three reasons why Kentucky WILL make a bowl game this season and two reasons why they WON’T. Here’s his breakdown with a few excerpts:

Why they will

  • Quarterback competition (I disagree with Ostendorf that there actually is a competition. I think Stoops is technically keeping it going to keep both players on their toes, but the job is Patrick’s.)
  • Emerging playmakers: With two capable quarterbacks and four starters returning on the offensive line, the Kentucky offense should be pretty good this fall. It just needs a couple of playmakers to step up, and Stanley “Boom” Williams and Ryan Timmons are the perfect candidates. Williams came on late last season and wound up leading the team in rushing with 486 yards on 74 carries. Timmons, the team’s leading receiver, showed flashes of brilliance last season, but lacked consistency. If those two can put it together — and new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson should help with that — the Wildcats will be in good shape.
  • Manageable schedule

Why they won’t

  • No Dupree or Smith: Kentucky’s defense was supposed to be one of its strengths last season, but it finished No. 95 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 31.3 points per game. To make matters worse, last season’s group lost its two best players — Bud Dupreeand Za’Darius Smith — to the NFL. The coaches hope Jason Hatchercan fill the void left by Dupree, but replacing a player who had 12.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks is never easy. At this point, the Wildcats might be deeper on that side of the ball, but there’s no proof yet that they will be better. And they need to be better.
  • A losing culture

That last one depressed me, so I didn’t include it. To read it and the rest of Ostendorf’s reasoning, click here.

 


Clowns, Captains, and the summer grind

For college football programs, summer months focus on weight lifting, conditioning, summer school, and the oft-mentioned 7 on 7 drills. Player-position coach interaction is mostly off-limits as UK’s High Performance Staff is tasked to prepare the team for fall camp. Players are counted on to organize and lead on the field activities. Just what does this mean? Let’s take a peek.

First, I have to explain a theory I have about the two different types of team leaders: Clowns and Captains.

Clowns – Typical goof off guy with intent to skirt the system and do as little as possible to maintain their status as college football players. This classification tends to love being a football player more so than loving the game of football. Result is less subsidence and more flair.

Captains – Leaders by nature, these players provide a responsible example to impressionable rookies and veterans alike. Jerry Claiborne defined integrity as how one acts in the absence of observation and supervision. Captains are the epitome of integrity. This high character group loves the game of football and enjoys the process as much as the result. Coachable is another applicable term.

Clowns and Captains are usually evenly divided, 10% for each.  Whichever group (Clowns or Captains) is stronger will pull the majority (80%) along its path and greatly influence a team’s personality. In an un-supervised environment such as the summer months, having a majority with captain influence is paramount. If Clowns rule the off-season locker room then summer activities are a waste of time. Now back to the summer grind.

7 on 7

You’ve probably heard the term, now let me explain. This competition is a mock-game scenario featuring 7 offensive players vs. 7 defensive players. A simpler description would be to imagine a two hand touch football game without the OL and DL on the field. Offensive and defensive plays are called by the participants, not coaches. This develops continuity and increases basic scheme familiarity. Organically led, the usual process is for the QB and a defensive rep (a LB or DB) to solicit participation, assign a time/location, and perform mundane logistical support such as providing footballs or other equipment needs. At times, this drill can become heated and a source of locker room bragging rights. If properly executed, 7 on 7 or Pass Skeleton, can be a useful tool in player development. Remember, attendance is not mandatory and effort is not scrutinized by coaches. A sloppy or ill-fated 7 on 7 can do more damage than good. Effective layer leadership and accountability are essentials.

Weight Training

Kentucky’s weight training is directed by Corey Edmond and his staff. This group is vitally influential during the off-season as they are the only coaches allowed to have daily player interaction. Dismiss any pre-conception you may have about pumping iron. Today’s strength and conditioning coaches are more like scientists than high sock wearing yell-aholics as depicted in bad football movies. Each position and player for that fact have a specialized weight lifting routine. For example, offensive guards require brute upper body strength and lower body explosion where receivers are trained for speed and quick change of direction. Their work-out plans are designed for those distinct needs. Summer months are commonly used to maximize strength gain. During-season lifting sessions are purposed for maintenance. Freshmen tend to make the most gains as their first summer is at times their introduction to a nutrition plan and dedicated weight room instruction.

Conditioning

Same as weight training, conditioning is directed by Coach Edmond. Modern-day football conditioning leans more towards a scientific formula than merely requiring athletes to run laps or wind-sprints. This is a developing field with new techniques surfacing on an annual basis. Pre-season training camp used to be the time of whipping players into shape, today’s athlete is asked to be year-round game ready. Both strength and conditioning training work in concert with UK’s High Performance Program. Led by Erik Korem, his staff is considered revolutionaries in their field and offers the best consolidation of resources in program history. In addition to strength and condition; Korem focuses on nutrition, sports science, and sports psychology to meet a wide variety of student athlete needs. Validation of this all-encompassing program can be seen through player development and the fact that seniors are now staying in Lexington to train for their NFL futures.

Summer work-outs are a necessary grind. With NCAA time restrictions, practice sessions do not have time allotted for strength and conditioning. Summer time dedication is mandatory. High Performance advancements are critical in the arena of player safety. Developing bigger-stronger-faster athletes is the ultimate goal but molding a healthier and more durable player is also important. Times have drastically changed since my playing days as our nutrition plan was pizza buffets and lifting routine emphasized curls and bench pressing maximum weight in one repetition. However, one constant remains. The Captain and Clown theory remains timeless and generationally constant. Summer time is more about developing and identifying leaders than bench presses and sprints. Mark Stoops desperately needs his Captains not the Clowns leading his team into 2015.


Tennessee teases switch to Nike with “Game of Thrones” spoof

Tomorrow, Tennessee makes the wise switch from adidas to Nike, and as you might expect, they’re pretty excited. So excited they put Butch Jones on a throne made of shoes and shoe boxes to celebrate. In case you don’t have an HBOGo login, that’s a spoof of the Iron Throne from “Game of Thrones”–err, excuse me, “Game of Jones.” Get it? LOL.

The Tennessee marketing department has been pretty wacky lately, but I give them props for this, a nice recovery from the Josh Richardson talking basketball tweet from over the weekend. And, I don’t blame them for hyping up the switch. After seeing Louisville’s new adidas uniforms, I’d be pretty pumped to switch to Nike too.

(As an aside, if you’re interested in just how bad things are for adidas right now, check out this article by Lost Letterman’s Jim Weber.)


Louisville Opens as a 2.5 Point Favorite Over Kentucky

Via WashingtonPost.com

Over the weekend The Golden Nugget casino released their list of the top football games of the upcoming year along with the accompanying spreads. Two of Kentucky’s games made the list, first up a Cat fight with the Auburn Tigers.

October 15th: Auburn -9 at Kentucky

Quick Analysis: It’s been a long time since a consensus preseason top 15 team hasn’t been a double digit favorite even inside Commonwealth Stadium. Perhaps the last time was in 2010 when an Auburn team that would win the national title was favored by only 6 points. The Cats were desperately close to pulling off the upset before some Cam Newton magic did them in. With a Thursday/Friday/Saturday weekend that could feature Auburn, Big Blue Madness, and an NBA exhibition this atmosphere could be one for the ages. The perfect night for the biggest win of the Stoops era.

November 28th: Louisville -2.5 at Kentucky

Quick Analysis: The Cards make the Golden Nugget’s game of the year and are underdogs in all of their games except for the one against Kentucky. Clearly there was some sort of clerical error that led to this mistake. I’ll take the 2.5 all day. Let’s not forget that the Cats held a 40-37 lead with 5 minutes to go on Louisville’s home turf. They lost 10 guys to the draft. We have nearly everyone back.  Don’t call it an upset.

 

What do you think of these first two spreads of the upcoming season?