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Name to Watch: Wide Receiver La’Michael Pettway

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A talented wide receiver with a close Kentucky connection has entered the fluctuating transfer market.

Last night La’Michael Pettway announced he is leaving the Arkansas football program.  A 6’2″ 220-pound wide receiver, in 2018 Pettway caught four touchdown passes and led the Razorbacks in receiving yards (499) and receptions (30).  Pettway plans to graduate, giving him immediate eligibility for the 2019 season.

As Kentucky searches for more options at wide receiver, Michael Smith could turn to one of his former players.  The UK wide receivers coach was Pettway’s lead recruiter when he was a four-star prospect out of Nashville High School in Arkansas.

Kentucky is searching for wide receivers and defensive backs to fill out its class in the February National Signing Day.  If the Cats cannot convince Devonta Lee to leave Louisiana, Pettway could be UK’s next best option for an impact wide receiver in 2019.

In other college football transfer news, Jalen Hurts will be an Oklahoma Sooner. Meanwhile, Oklahoma is blocking Austin Kendall’s transfer to West Virginia.  I think it’s now safe to say if Neal Brown never left Kentucky, Kendall would be a Wildcat.  Another quarterback is on the move, Florida State’s James Blackman. The other high-profile quarterback on the move to Florida, Miami’s Tate Martell, could potentially push Jarren Williams out the door.  Prepare for part six of that epic saga to unfold in the coming weeks.


Georgia athletic director makes security confiscate Kentucky fan’s Eddie Gran sign

Georgia athletic director makes security confiscate Kentucky fan’s Eddie Gran sign

How sensitive are Georgia fans over KSR’s report that Eddie Gran turned down an offer to be the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator? Last night, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity made security confiscate an “Eddie Gran [loves] UK” sign at the Georgia/Kentucky basketball game in Athens.

The Kentucky fan who made that sign called into today’s show to describe the awkward moment. David, who lives in Georgia and whose daughter attends UGA, said the sign cleared security when they arrived at the arena but when they took their seats underneath the basket, a security guard came over and told them McGarity wanted it gone.

“When we came in, they checked our sign, security did. They okayed it coming through. We were very front row underneath the basket where the players come out. A security guy came over, we’d been there about 30 minutes, and said, ‘I’ve gotta confiscate your sign.’ We thought he was joking. We kind of laughed it off. He said, ‘No, I’m sorry.’ I said, ‘Is it offensive?’ He said, ‘I don’t know.’ I said, ‘Do you even know who Eddie Gran is?’ He said, ‘No.’ He said the athletic director told his boss to come get that sign.”

David said he could see McGarity watching the exchange go down and security came back to check their tickets.

“He was standing — we watched him because people around him pointed him out. He was standing watching them take the sign. Then, security came over and wanted to check our tickets to make sure that’s where we belonged.”

Wow. Methinks they doth protest too much.


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Josh Allen and CJ Conrad announce Signing Tour together

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Kentucky star running back Benny Snell just finished up his #SnellYeahTour over the weekend, but two other popular Wildcats are also ready for a statewide meet-and-greet with the Big Blue Nation.

Superstar pass rusher Josh Allen, a potential No. 1 overall pick in this spring’s NFL Draft, announced his signing tour for March.

Soon after, former Kentucky tight end and fan-favorite CJ Conrad announced he would be joining Allen on the tour.

Details of cities, specific locations, and prices are still in the works and have not been released quite yet, but we promise to keep you updated as we hear more about it.

All I know is if it’s anything like the #SnellYeahTour, the BBN is in for a treat.

Go Cats.


Former Kentucky star Avery Williamson is back in Lexington to earn his degree

Classes officially started last week at the University of Kentucky, and like every other student on campus, I slowly made my way through each class on my schedule for syllabus week.

In one instance later in the week, I was trekking my way into the brand new UK Student Center when an individual walked past me that caught me off guard. There are thousands of students walking through campus each day, and I only had time to take a quick glance, but I could’ve sworn I had seen him before. Did I have a past class with him? Same high school? Played sports together growing up?

I brushed it off and didn’t think anything of it until this morning. Making that same journey into the Student Center, I walked down a flight of stairs into the dining area, and that same individual from the week before was walking my direction. This time, though, I got a closer look at him and still couldn’t figure it out. He was 6-feet tall or so, wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants, longer hair, etc. But the face was so freaking familiar.

Sitting down for a Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit, I was making my typical morning rounds on social media. Then I came across the following post on Twitter from University of Kentucky assistant athletic director Tony Neely:

Bookbag on and pencil in hand, the individual I had seen twice absolutely was former Kentucky star linebacker and current New York Jet Avery Williamson.

Williamson, who finished with a career-high 121 tackles (41 solo), three sacks, six tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles in 2018, is back in Lexington this semester to finish his degree at UK.

After being drafted in the fifth round by the Tennessee Titans in 2014, Williamson played the first season of a three-year, $22 million deal with the Jets he signed last offseason.

At Kentucky, Williamson played from 2010-2013, racking up 296 total tackles, four sacks, ten tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions.

Congratulations to the former Wildcat great on coming back to earn his degree!


USA Today Gives Kentucky their Final Report Card

Kentucky football has been subject to disrespect from the national media, pretty much all my life. Even after a successful 10-3 season and a Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State, most, if not all, national media has Kentucky sitting out of their preseason “way too early” top-25. But, for once, the Cats got some national recognition this week courtesy of USA Today.

Every year USA Today gives season grades to all 130 FBS teams ranging in the typical school grade scale (A+ through F). This year USA Today gave Kentucky an A for their remarkable season.

Kentucky ranks among three of this season’s playoff runner-ups, Flordia, Texas, and a few others as teams with an A. Only six other teams, including Clemson, finished with a higher grade.

Each team’s grade was determined by how each team performed this season while also considering what each team was predicted to do back in August. One could argue that Kentucky deserved an A+ considering their dreaded history and multiple preseason predictions had the Cats fighting for their lives to get bowl eligible, but at that point, you’re just splitting hairs.

An incredible season rewarded with a small gesture by USA Today.

If you want to see how all 130 teams finished this college football semester, you can check it out here.


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Kentucky offers three-star linebacker from Tennessee

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While day two of the divisional round of the NFL playoffs started, the Kentucky football coaching staff extended an offer to three-star linebacker Devyn Curtis.

Curtis is 6’2 and is rated at the 25th best ILB in the nation and the 23rd best player in the state of Tennessee for the Class of 2020.

The Brentwood Academy defensive stud currently holds offers from both Vanderbilt and South Carolina as well as other Group of Five programs.

Curtis was in attendance in November for the Georgia game and mentioned how much he enjoyed the atmosphere of the game.

You can watch the linebacker work at the link below:

If the video doesn’t load, you can find it by clicking here.

Could we possibly be calling his name soon enough as a replacement for Kash Daniel? Come on down!


Benny Snell signs autographs for five hours at KSBar and Grille

Benny Snell signs autographs for five hours at KSBar and Grille

Former Kentucky star Benny Snell has quite the number of fans around the bluegrass, and last night he proved how appreciative he is of each and every one of them.

At his first appearance on the #SnellYeahTour at KSBar and Grille, Benny Snell was met with a crowd of hundreds of Kentucky fans ready to say hello, take pictures, and receive autographs.

The line was out the door, as fans gathered in the patio and on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant. When I tried to come in to take pictures and videos, I was told the building reached max capacity and no more people were allowed in due to Fire Code.

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When he arrived, he made sure to make a grand entrance, dancing to “Benny” and the Jets with the big ‘ole grin we have all come to love over the last three years.

The event was scheduled for 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m., but with well over 400 people with tickets and even more just dining at the restaurant, things obviously went a bit longer than expected.

Snell stayed until 11:00 p.m., signing autographs and taking pictures with fans for five hours straight. If you came to KSBar and Grille and had a ticket, the former Kentucky Wildcat made sure you left with what you came for.

Every.

Single.

Fan.

And his signing tour has just begun.

After his appearance at KSBar and Grille, Snell headed to Wings Pizza N Things in Campbellsville this afternoon from 12-2 p.m.

Like last night, the line was out the door with fans ready to meet Kentucky’s all-time rushing leader.

And he met every fan with a grin on his face.

Did you miss Benny at either of his first two stops? You’re in luck.

The former Wildcat will head to Academy Sports + Outdoors in Elizabethtown this afternoon from 5-7 p.m. for his last stop of the day.

And then tomorrow, Snell will head to Academy Sports + Outdoors in Middletown from 1-3 p.m. followed by Barleycorn’s in Cold Spring from 6-8 p.m. to close things out.


Benny Snell’s back on the road… See the rest of his tour schedule

Tonight was a wildly successful night at KSBar and Grille, as Benny Snell brought in a huge crowd for the first stop on his autograph tour across the state. Check out the scene by clicking HERE.

But, if you missed him tonight, don’t worry! There are still four stops remaining on his tour. Check out where he’ll be:

This is your chance for a picture, an autograph and a SNELL YEAH! with one of the best rushers in Kentucky football history – don’t miss out!


Josh Allen, Bunchy Stallings and Lynn Bowden named to various All-Bowl teams

Josh Allen, Lynn Bowden and Bunchy Stallings raked in award after award throughout the season. And now, they each have a new accomplishment to add to growing resumes: All-Bowl Team selections.

Allen was a unanimous All-Bowl Team selection by ESPN, USA Today, Associated Press and Sports Illustrated. He finished his career as a Wildcat in a big way – his three quarterback sacks, a blocked field goal and a quarterback hurry were all massive in the Cats’ Citrus Bowl win.

Bowden was named to the AP and USA Today All-Bowl Teams. His 58-yard punt return touchdown was clearly the highlight of his Citrus Bowl performance, but he also added five receptions for 84 yards, including that 54-yard catch-and-run to set up Benny Snell’s final touchdown.

Stallings was named to ESPN’s All-Bowl Team after leading the Wildcat O-Line by grading at 88 percent. It’s tough being an offensive lineman – there aren’t enough statistics available to prove how valuable the senior Wildcat was for his team this season. But Stallings’ efforts helped create a record-breaking season for Snell. One TV analyst even said “give a huge, huge gold star to Bunchy Stallings, [Snell’s] right guard,” on the replay of the touchdown that put Snell on top of the rushing list. Stallings also recorded two knockdown blocks and 22 blocks at the point of attack during the Citrus Bowl.

Allen, Bowden and Stallings were each huge contributors for Kentucky all season long, and it feels pretty fantastic to see them continuing to earn recognition for their performances in the Citrus Bowl. Congrats to all three Wildcats!