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UK has a Tailgate & Ticket Special Offer

Here’s a fun offer for your Kentucky-Toledo game day experience:

UK has partnered up with TailgateGuys.com to provide a unique experience at Kroger Field on opening Saturday. With the new Tailgate & Ticket Special Offer, fans can get a lower-level seat at the game plus two hours of tailgating fun with free Lyles BBQ and more.

For more information or to purchase the package, click here.

It is also available for Kentucky’s second game against Eastern Michigan.

The deal costs $40 per game.

Go Cats.


A UK Football Open Practice Report 11 Days Away from the Start of the 2019 Season

Mark Stoops opened the doors of the Joe Craft Football Training Facility to the media for practice No. 15. Enjoy observations from sideline on each position group after watching the Cats in action for an hour.

Secondary

  • The first group in 7-on-7: Cedrick Dort, Jordan Griffin, Yusuf Corker and Jamari Brown.
  • Stoops asks Mosley why he is covering grass. The head coach is giving lot of individual attention to the DBs.
  • Jamari Brown plays physical in bump coverage vs. Wagner.
  • Mosely has some work to do in man coverage. The JUCO transfer is too slow to react when receivers break.
  • Brown makes another physical play as the ball arrives. This guy has the potential to bring what Baity and Lonnie brought to the secondary.
  • Echols is the only guy who’s come close to covering Bowden.
  • Corker breaks up stuff across the middle in zone from safety. He was much more efficient as a safety than a nickel.

Linebackers

  • Paschal blowing up running plays while defending the slot. Covering nicely too, giving Rigg nothing on the wheel route.
  • Wright getting in work at Sam linebacker. Stoops said he’ll work both spots, likely the No. 2 option at each.
  • Weaver and Casey are rolling with the twos; Casey is doing a good job keeping his outside shoulder free and forcing everything inside.
  • Peters is way too good to be with the threes, especially in pursuit from the backside, but that’s what they have to do until they receive word from the NCAA.

Defensive Line

  • Q moves so damn well for his size. He’s an enormous nose guard that’s as agile as an end.
  • Calvin Taylor has gotten quicker out of his stance.
  • Bohanna is taking up two and sometimes three guys each snap. That’s how you blow up the middle of an offense.
  • T.J. Carter practiced sparingly, slightly banged up after a grueling camp.

Offensive Line

  • Schlarman: “The cameras are on you. Your ass better not look like crap.”
  • I really like the counter action they use with the tight end/H-back. It happens fast and gives the RB an extra two yards to get a head full of steam to get to and through the second level of the defense.

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

  • Bowden makes Griffin look stupid in one-on-ones.
  • Wagner is exponentially quicker out of breaks, getting better separation.
  • Nobody can guard Lynn Bowden at all.
  • Ali gets a 1-on-1 with Dort and makes him pay. Terry delivered the deep ball to him in stride on the fade.
  • Marrow absolutely lost his mind when Rigg dropped a pass over the middle. He’s heaped plenty of praise on his guys in the preseason. They can’t let him down when the lights turn on Saturdays.
  • B.J. Alexander makes a great catch through solid coverage on a deep out from Smith. He probably won’t play this year, but he’s showing a lot of potential to contribute next year, while still making simple mistakes like carrying the ball in his inside arm.

Running Backs

  • Gran refuses to curse. “Do you understand it? Gosh almighty, dang!”
  • C-Rod shows patience in Wildcat.
  • Smoke is rocking a red jersey, but still participating in 11-on-11.

Quarterbacks

  • Sawyer Smith is hitting guys in stride out of their breaks.
  • Bowden is throwing in WR drills and 7-on-7s. Most are under thrown, but they’re good looking spirals.
  • Bowden’s favorite ball to throw is the deep ball.
  • Smith is making the right reads in 11-on-11, dropping a beautiful ball in Clevan Thomas’ bucket on a wheel route. This guy is a solid back-up for TW3.
  • Terry is getting to his third and fourth reads pretty seamlessly. He had a great start to the day but had a few throws he’d like to get back in the second half of practice.

The Big Takeaways

1. “Quarterback Lynn Bowden”

Kentucky’s top wide receiver is also QB3. This year the Wildcat quarterback will not just be a running threat. If Bowden shows anything in the passing game, opposing defenses must honor the deep threat every time he takes a snap. He’s thrown a few balls before, but the former high school quarterback failed to deliver right away. He has enough arm power and accuracy. As training camp nears a conclusion, they’re working him into the action more often in practice to improve his timing, and more importantly, keep him from receiving too much contact from the defense.

2. Brandin Echols HAS to play

The JUCO cornerback simply doesn’t let the opposing wide receivers do what they want. Nobody can cover Bowden, except Echols. Wagner is at least six inches taller than Echols, but it did not matter. Echols knocked him off his route and took him out of the play. He will be the closest thing Kentucky has to a “lock down” corner. Coming off a summer hamstring injury, UK’s coaches need to do whatever they can to make sure Echols receives as many snaps as possible.

3. Finding a Nickel will be Difficult

The Cats are really going to miss Mike Edwards. UK’s secondary has a few different candidates who can provide competent run support, but Corker, Ajian and Griffin struggled to cover slots in man coverage. To be fair, they’re usually covering Lynn Bowden. Davonte Robinson’s absence will be felt until one player rises to the occasion.

4. Ahmad Wagner will Contribute

The former basketball player’s greatest advantage is also a disadvantage. Corners can’t match up with his size, but it also slows him down. You can tell Wagner’s anticipation at the position has exponentially improved. He wasn’t just catching jump balls, he was beating corners cutting out of breaks. When he’s not catching passes, he’ll be a valuable asset blocking on the outside.

5. Leaning on 12 Personnel

Kentucky’s base offense will feature Josh Ali, Lynn Bowden, Justin Rigg and Keaton Upshaw as the H-back. The big guys make the Cats more dynamic in the run game and they’re big targets in the middle of the field. There’s a ton of potential out of this personnel grouping, but the inexperienced bigs must grow up fast to become consistent weapons.


Kentucky-Mississippi State in Starkville will be a blackout

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If you’re driving down to Starkville this year for Kentucky football’s road matchup against Mississippi State, first off, I apologize.

But if you’re forced against your will, be sure to pack as much blue and/or white as you can.

This afternoon, the Mississippi State program released their gimmicks promotions for this upcoming season in Starkville, and the Bulldogs have planned a blackout for when Kentucky comes to town on September 21st.

Plan accordingly, BBN.


Fans have already claimed tailgating spots outside Kroger Field

Fans have already claimed tailgating spots outside Kroger Field

Need more proof that the Kentucky football program has turned the corner? How about all of the tent frames surrounding the stadium, two weeks before the first game?

Fans have already begun marking their territory for that first Saturday when Kentucky hosts Toledo to open the 2019 season. However, those who have already claimed a spot are taking a gamble because UK’s tailgating policy clearly states, “Tents and trailers are not permitted to be setup until noon on Fridays prior to game day and must be removed by noon on Sundays after game day.”

These folks didn’t listen:

 

The excitement is high, but whoever has to mow may not love it.