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LIVE: Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow talk about 2018 Recruiting Class

After landing 24 new recruits in the 2018 class, Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow are here to talk about who will be in the Commonwealth next fall.  Check it out, courtesy of KY Wildcats TV.


KSR’s 2018 Kentucky Football National Signing Day Live Thread

National Signing Day is here!  Today Mark Stoops will complete his 2018 Kentucky football recruiting class.

After signing 20 talented prospects during the first ever Early Signing Period, Stoops’ staff has spent the last six weeks finding the perfect fits to fill the final five spots.  Two players committed after official visits — LiAllen Dailey and Nick Lewis — and are expected to fax in National Letters of Intent in the early morning.  A few more players could roll the dice and surprise the Big Blue Nation this morning.

Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow will speak with the media at noon.  Outside of that, it’s hard to know what to expect on the first NSD following an early signing period.

Normally today is filled with fax after fax.  That already happened in December.  Without the early morning influx of chaos or an online broadcast, today will look much different than any other NSD.  I don’t know what’s going to happen, but it’s going to be a wild ride.  Stay tuned.


10:30, That’s a Wrap — We’re going to shut down this Live Thread.  There’s probably not going to be one more surprise.  With Oats and Smoke in the fold, that’s more than enough pleasant surprises for one day.  We’ll be back with more from Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow at Noon.


10:27, (Nick) Oats is 122% Committed — I appreciate Oats’ official announcement on Twitter.  He’s not 100 percent, he’s 122 percent.

@ChristopherOats


10:22, Trevon Flowers to Tennessee 


10:20, (Nick) A look at UK’s 2018 Class — We’re still waiting to hear from Trevon Flowers, although I’m not optimistic.  If the class is finalized with the following 24 members, it will be ranked No. 34 overall and No. 11 in the SEC by the 247 Composite Rankings.

Kentucky Football 2018 Signees

NamePositionHometownHeightWeight 247 Composite
Marquan McCallOGOak Park, Mi.6-43204-star
Darian KinnardOTCleveland, Oh.6-73364-star
Terry WilsonQBOmaha, Ne.6-21803-star
Chris OatsOLBCincinnati, Oh.6-42154-star
DeAndre SquareS/OLBDetroit, Mi.6-12003-star
Brenden BatesTECincinnati, Oh.6-52303-star
Stanley GarnerCBFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-31803-star
Quintin WilsonCCincinnati, Oh. 6-32903-star
Marvin AlexanderWRHollywood, Fl.6-31753-star
Kavosiey SmokeRBWetumpka, Al.6'2153-star
Jamari BrownCBPompano Beach, Fl.6-31803-star
Davoan HawkinsDEHollywood, Fl.6-42703-star
Akeem HayesATH/WRHollywood, Fl.5-101753-star
Keaton UpshawTELima, Oh.6-72253-star
Bryce Oliver WRFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-32053-star
Christopher RodriguezRBMcDonough, Ga.5-112003-star
Ashtan PierreATHDeerfield Beach, Fl.6-21913-star
Nick LewisOTJacksonville, Fl.6-93503-star
Domonique WilliamsJUCO CBKnoxville, Tn.5-101903-star
Kenneth HorseyOTSeminole, Fl. 6-43253-star
Jerquavion “Qua” Mahone DTManchester, Ga.6-4195N/A
LiAllen DaileyWRPinson, Al.6-42003-star
Chance PooreKAnderson, Sc.6-32003-star
Max DuffyPWestern Australia6-11763-star

10:09, Freddie’s Take on Lewis — Look at Mike Leach’s track record of identifying pass blockers. Lewis was a Washington St commit. Huge lineman. Adds to what I think is Stoops’ best OL class ever.


10:04, Freddie’s Take on Dailey — Late bloomer, caught 23 TD passes as a senior on state title team. 1st Team 6A all State, receiving yards as a senior rank top 10 in Alabama history.


9:58, LiAllen Dailey is Official — Mark Stoops’ Twitter account congratulated the Alabama wide receiver for joining the Kentucky family.


SIGNED: LiALLEN DAILEY


LiAllen Dailey
Wide Receiver | 6-3 | 198 lbs.
Pinson, Al. | Pinson Valley
Highlights
ESPN  — | 178 WR Top 247 No. 855 | 125 WR
Rivals — | 95 WR 247 Comp. No. 697 | 112 WR

Bio:  The tall outside target helped lead Pinson Valley to an Alabama 6A State Title.  Considered a late-bloomer, his numbers forced schools to pay attention.  Dailey caught 80 passes for 1,441 yards (Top 10 in state history) and 23 TD catches to earn First Team All-State honors.  Dailey picked Kentucky over Louisville.


9:55, Mark Stoops welcomes Chris Oats to the Class


9:51, Freddie’s Take on Smoke — Kentucky needed Kavosiey Smoke and Smoke needed UK. Perfect stylistic fit for Eddie Gran who has helped develop Benny Snell into one of the nation’s best. Powerful, yet deceptively fast; Smoke has a chance to force his way into the rotation.


9:48, (Nick) Nick Lewis’ Signing Day Ceremony — It appears the 6’9 offensive lineman has officially made his pledge to UK.

@1BollesFootball


SIGNED: NICK LEWIS


Nick Lewis 
Offensive Tackle | 6-9 | 350 lbs.
Jacksonville, Fl. | The Bolles School
Highlights
ESPN  — | 85 OT Top 247 No. 720 | 55 OT
Rivals — | — 247 Comp. No. 836 | 71 OT

Bio: The largest player to ever commit to Mark Stoops’ Kentucky Wildcats, before he pledged to come to Kentucky he was a Washington State commit.  Prior to that he protected the blind side of Mac Jones as The Bolles School’s left tackle.  A Blue-Grey All-American, Lewis has a reputation as an excellent pass rusher.  The addition of Lewis is the cherry on top of John Schlarman’s excellent offensive line class, arguably his best to date.


9:41 — YAHTZEE!


SIGNED: KAVOSIEY SMOKE


Kavosiey Smoke
Running Back | 6-0 | 215 lbs.
Wetumpka, Al. | Wetumpka
Highlights
ESPN  — | 83 RB Top 247 No. 647 | 54 ATH
Rivals — | 29 RB 247 Comp. No. 575 | 46 ATH

Bio:  The powerful running back is exactly what the UK offense needed on National Signing Day.  Down one man in the running back room, the Cats found a bruiser with one badass name.  Smoke turned down North and South Carolina to become a Wildcat.  He’ll be teammates at Kentucky with a guy who beat him in the Alabama 6A State Final, LiAllen Dailey.


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@TheGoatSmoke

YAHTZEE! UK Adds Running Back Kavosiey Smoke to 2018 Class

@TheGoatSmoke7

Kentucky needed another running back in the 2018 class.  The Cats got exactly what they needed with Kavosiey Smoke.

Smoke was heavily pursued by North and South Carolina, but the three-star running back from Wetumpka, Alabama chose Kentucky instead.  He’s considered the No. 46 athlete in the country by the 247 Composite Rankings.

The addition of Smoke is beautifully timed.  Following Bryant Koback’s unexpected departure, Kentucky needed to add one more to the backfield.  A powerful, bruising running back who led his team to the Alabama 6A State Title, his pedigree and style of play fits Kentucky’s system perfectly.  See for yourself:

Watch him pull the trigger and put on the clean white Kentucky hat.


Chris Oats Reportedly Commits to Kentucky over Ohio State

@ChristopherOats

Mark Stoops has finished his 2018 class with a recruiting coup.  Four-star linebacker Chris Oats has committed to Kentucky over Ohio State according to Mike Dyer of WCPO.

The 6’4″ linebacker from Mike Edwards’ alma mater,  Cincinnati Winton Woods, also held offers from Georgia, Oklahoma, Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Louisville and more.  Oats is considered the No. 22 outside linebacker in the class by the 247 Composite Rankings and the No. 325 player overall.

Stoops and Vince Marrow have recruited a ton of talented players from the state of Ohio, however, if Ohio State enters the picture, it’s usually bad news for the Big Blue.  Not only was Ohio State in the picture, they made Oats a priority by offering him a scholarship prior to his junior season.  Kentucky went toe-to-toe with the Buckeyes for 18 months and won the recruiting battle.

The addition of Oats gives Kentucky the perfect player to cap off the 2018 recruiting class.  An elite athlete that can play all four linebacker positions, the decommitment of another linebacker does not matter now that Oats is a Wildcat.  Kentucky is getting a versatile defender that will make an impact on Saturdays and looks a lot like an NFL playmaker.  See for yourself:


Trussville Tribune

National Signing Day and More UK Football Notes

Mark Stoops took full advantage of the inaugural December Signing Period by inking 20 Wildcats. By doing so, the UK head coach and his ace recruiter Vince Marrow were afforded the luxury of condensing their staff’s efforts on key positions and or players to complete the Class of 2018. NSD is on Wednesday. UK, like most programs with slots to fill, may have a few tricks up their Nike cladded sleeves.

The Commitments

Kentucky has received commitments from offensive tackle Nick Lewis and WR LiAllen Dailey since the early signing period. This brings the Class of 2018’s total to 22.

@_nicklewis_

Offensive Tackle Nick Lewis

  • Measurables: 6’9, 348-pounds (Per 247Sports)
  • Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
  • High School: The Bolles School
  • Chose UK Over: Was committed to Washington State. Had over 20 FBS offers.

Lewis comes from the same high school as former UK commit and current Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. 247Sports ranks Lewis as the 53rd OT in the class. I trust and value Mike Leach’s ability to identify pass blockers. Lewis adds a final piece of Kentucky’s best offensive line haul in the Mark Stoops era.

Trussville Tribune

Wide Receiver LiAllen Dailey

  • Measurables: 6’3, 196-pounds
  • Hometown: Pinson, Alabama
  • High School: Pinson Valley HS
  • Chose UK Over: Louisville

Dailey is a 1st Team All-State (6A) Alabama wide receiver with 80 receptions, 1441-yards, and 23 TD catches on 6A state championship team. Considered a late-bloomer. Dailey’s 1,441 single season receiving yards also ranks among the state’s top-10 single seasons in AHSAA history. Kentucky sorely missed an explosive play WR in 2017. Yards after catch dropped from 2016. Dailey will have a chance to compete for early playing time.

The Hopefuls

Wetumpka Herald

Running Back Kavosiey Smoke 

  • Measurables: 6’0, 215-pounds
  • Hometown: Wetumpka, Alabama
  • High School: Wetumpka HS

Smoke visited UK on January 26. His physical running style coupled with deceptive top-end speed match Kentucky’s preference in running back style. North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida Atlantic are also in hot pursuit for Smoke’s services. He helped lead Wetumpka to the 6A state championship game against LiAllen Dailey’s Pinson Valley. Both Carolina programs may want him; Kentucky needs Kavosiey Smoke. There’s a huge difference in need and want.

@ChristopherOats

Linebacker Chris Oats

  • Measurables: 6’4, 215-pounds
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • High School: Winton Woods HS

Frequent Xavier Peters and Chris Oats compare and contrast articles have been written by recruiting services and other media outlets. Per 247Sports, Oats is the only one of the two to hold offers from both Ohio State and Michigan. Those two program’s official interest in Ohio prospects is the measuring stick that Ohio players are measured by through the evaluation period. Oats led his team to the Ohio Division II state title game. Winton Woods HS also produced Kentucky’s All SEC safety Mike Edwards.

You can read my thoughts on his projected development here: Prospective Wildcat Compares to NFL Linebacker

Mark Stoops Completes His Coaching Staff

Excerpts from UK’s official release after White’s hiring:

“My wife and I are really excited and grateful to Coach Stoops for the opportunity to join the Kentucky family,” White said. “Kentucky is a program on the rise. I’ve been very impressed with how Coach Stoops is building this team. I’m especially impressed with the linebackers. They are a diverse group with rising seniors and talented young players all showing they can be successful in the SEC. I’m eager to get started.”

Stoops confirmed that White will take over the outside linebackers, freeing up special teams coordinator Dean Hood to help Steve Clinkscale in the secondary.

“When I talked to Brad, he impressed me with his expertise, his NFL experience and what a very, very good technician he is,” said Stoops, who did not know White prior to the hiring search. “Brad came highly recommended from people I know at Indianapolis. In addition to his knowledge of coaching linebackers, he has ‘big picture’ expertise.

“I’m also excited about hiring Brad because it will enable us to move Coach (Dean) Hood to the secondary, where he will assist Coach Clink (Steve Clinkscale). Dean has been a defensive backs coach for most of his career.”

What This Means

— White’s NFL experience coaching outside linebackers will only augment the games of two future professionals-Josh Allen and Denzil Ware. Plus, UK has recruited this position at a high level. White will also greatly help Josh Paschal, Jordan Wright, and other younger players.

— Historically, Kentucky has been a linebacker developmental program. White’s NFL experience and coaching competence only enhances that status.

— He coached at the Air Force Academy. White was instrumental in the development of Falcon linebackers Jordan Waiwaiole and Brady Amack, who were each first-year starters in 2010. Waiwaiole led the team in tackles with 96 in 2010, while Amack led the team with 136 in 2011. The Falcons advanced to post-season play in both 2010 and 2011, defeating Georgia Tech in the 2010 Independence Bowl and falling to Toledo on the 2011 Military Bowl.

— As you could have predicted; I highly approve of coaches that have worked at a military academy.

— This move frees up Coach Dean Hood to move from outside linebackers to the secondary. The manner in which position coaches are measured is the year-to-year improvement of assigned players. UK’s OLB’s were noticeably better under Hood’s tutelage in 2017. The Wildcat secondary struggled a year ago. I expect the same leap from the senior laden group in 2017. Hood’s move alone could impact the W/L column.

Stay tuned for a heavy-football week on Kentucky Sports Radio Dot Com.


Today on KSR: Football is Over

@ParkerMolloy

After being treated to the NFL’s greatest offensive playoff performance, it’s time to face a harsh reality: football season is over.  It’s a sad situation that was only amplified at halftime when Benny Snell took center stage in UK’s annual Super Bowl commercial.

208 days until Benny and the Cats Get Up for the 2018 season.  To help pass the time, here’s a how Philly fans celebrated their surprising victory over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Louisville TV sports guy and Process Truster Dan Koob was in his hometown to celebrate on Broad Street.  Unfortunately, he was too scared to climb a greased poll.

Kevin Hart tried to celebrate on stage when the Eagles were handed the Lombardi Trophy.

He then proceeded to drop an F-Bomb on live TV.

Living life without football will not be easy, but it will be a little bit easier after one hell of a send-off.

Two Days Till National Signing Day

Football isn’t completely over.  Mark Stoops’ Kentucky football team will add a handful of elite prospects to their 2018 recruiting class this Wednesday.  The new early signing period has taken away much of the intrigue, but there’s still a few additions that could provide an immediate impact.  Freddie Maggard will have everything you need to know to be prepared for UK’s big day.

Coach Cal will Talk about his Team

After a bad Saturday of basketball, John Calipari must prepare his team for a tough test at home against Tennessee.  To win tomorrow night, Kentucky can’t be the same team that took the court Saturday.  Today Cal will talk about his inconsistent team on a variety of platforms.  There’s an SEC teleconference, a press conference and a call-in show.

College Basketball on TV

The best way to cope with life after football is with a little college basketball.

Time Game Network
7:00 Syracuse at Louisville ESPN
7:00 Indiana at Rutgers BTN
7:00 Bucknell at Lehigh CBSSN
7:00 Hampton at NC Central ESPNU
9:00 #15 West Virginia at #12 Oklahoma ESPN

WATCH: False start, and then Touchdown on Kentucky football’s Super Bowl commercial

WATCH: False start, and then Touchdown on Kentucky football’s Super Bowl commercial

The Kentucky Football Super Bowl commercial officially aired… Well, half of it.

After about ten seconds of black screen, UK’s commercial got started with a bang.

And then we got kicked back to game action.

After some clarification from UK, we learned that it was an error on the station’s side of things, as the commercial wasn’t supposed to air until halftime and the full commercial was still coming.

When halftime came, so did the commercial, and it was glorious.

Take a look:

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the commercial:

It gets better and better every year.

Go Cats!


Top Ten Plays from the 2017 UK Football Season, No. 7: Benny Breaks Records

In 2017 we saw Benny Snell make history.

The Kentucky running back proved he’s one of the best to ever play the position at UK by snapping the school’s career rushing touchdown record.  He surpassed Moe Williams and Sonny Collins by scoring 28 touchdowns in just 20 games.

The record-setting touchdown was the most boring of the day as Snell walked into the end zone untouched, so I’ll start the highlight with the wild fumble from Lynn Bowden that set up the score.

Snell’s record day happened during the most fun game of the 2017 season.  Benny had 3 touchdowns and 117 yards, Sihiem King had a pair of scores, Bowden made big plays and the UK defense picked off Kyle Shurmur four times (his season total entering the game) to win 44-21.

Snell has snapped several UK records in just two years.  After his third year, the UK record book will never be the same.

The Top Ten Plays from the 2017 UK Football Season: No. 10, No. 9 , No. 8


The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast E17: NFL Network’s Cole Wright and Todd Fuhrman’s Super Bowl Prop Bets

It’s a Super Bowl edition of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, as Aaron welcomes on the NFL Network’s Cole Wright to preview the big game + gambling expert Todd Fuhrman gives you advice on betting the big game.

But first, Aaron is joined by Nick Coffey. The two discuss:

— Louisville’s loss to Virginia. Is it ok to admit to liking Virginia? Also, what’s next for Louisville? They go through some potential coaching candidates, before asking the question: Does David Padgett end up with this job full time.

— Plus, Kentucky’s win over Vandy – why Nick is concerned but Aaron isn’t.

— And finally, they bring a new segment to the show: Kevin Ollie trivia!

Next up, with the big game on Saturday, Aaron decided to bring on a pair of NFL experts to preview Pats-Eagles.

— NFL Network’s Cole Wright discusses the season as a whole, the greatness of Brady, and why he believes the Patriots are going to win.

— Gambling expert Todd Fuhrman discusses all the wacky prop bets you can make Super Bowl Sunday. He explains how to bet the national anthem, coin toss and why he’s certain he knows what color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach. Also, Aaron gives his favorite Super Bowl prop bet as well

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Five Things we Learned from Kentucky’s Five Early Enrollees

1. Who Terry Wilson Models his Game After

Terry Touchdown wants to be a modern-day RGIII.  Not the injury-proned one that played for the Redskins, the one who won a Heisman Trophy at Baylor.

“That was my favorite quarterback at the time,” he said. “I just feel like I have the same assets, so that’s who I model my game after.”

2. Stanley Garner has Never Seen Snow

When we spoke to the Ft. Lauderdale cornerback for the first time, snow flurries were flying in the Lexington air.  Bundled up in a heavy winter coat, you could see that Garner was not excited to walk out into the elements.

“In Florida, I’ve never seen snow. This is my first time really seeing snow.  It’s pretty tough.  This is the my first time really owning a jacket like this.  I guess I’m going to wear the color off it.”

3. Dom Williams Arrived with an Injury

The cornerback broke his hand during his final JUCO season.  He had offseason surgery and wore a cast around his left hand during the interviews.  The issue should not linger into the season and he’s still able to work out.  Williams was worried about their first run of the spring season.

“My first workout here, I thought I was going to die,” Williams said.  “It was just real hard, but I think I got adjusted to everything now. It’s pretty smooth.  We start running today, and that’s going to be my first time running with the team, so we’re going to see how that goes.”

Views from Spring workouts:

4. DeAndre Square will Play Will

The athlete from Detroit did a little bit of everything for football powerhouse Cass Tech.  Instead of safety or corner, Square will play the Will at Kentucky.  The weak-side outside linebacker position is currently occupied by two seniors, Jordan Jones and Eli Brown.  Square will put on more muscle, but he already looks the part to fill a position of need.

5. Garner is Gunning for the Upperclassmen

Kentucky’s secondary is one of the most-experienced in the SEC.  The top three cornerbacks and both safeties are seniors.  That will not deter Garner from competing for playing time.

“I just hope the veterans bring their game, cause I’m bringing my game.  I’m trying to get on the field anyway, anyhow.”


UK makes Brad White’s hiring official

UK makes Brad White’s hiring official

As KSR reported earlier today, Mark Stoops is hiring former Indianapolis Colts linebackers coach Brad White as his tenth assistant. UK just confirmed the news in an official release that includes quotes from White and Stoops.

“My wife and I are really excited and grateful to Coach Stoops for the opportunity to join the Kentucky family,” White said. “Kentucky is a program on the rise. I’ve been very impressed with how Coach Stoops is building this team. I’m especially impressed with the linebackers. They are a diverse group with rising seniors and talented young players all showing they can be successful in the SEC. I’m eager to get started.”

Stoops confirmed that White will take over the outside linebackers, freeing up special teams coordinator Dean Hood to help Steve Clinkscale in the secondary.

“When I talked to Brad, he impressed me with his expertise, his NFL experience and what a very, very good technician he is,” said Stoops, who did not know White prior to the hiring search. “Brad came highly recommended from people I know at Indianapolis. In addition to his knowledge of coaching linebackers, he has ‘big picture’ expertise.

“I’m also excited about hiring Brad because it will enable us to move Coach (Dean) Hood to the secondary, where he will assist Coach Clink (Steve Clinkscale). Dean has been a defensive backs coach for most of his career.”

To read more on White, check out UK’s complete release at the link below:

[Brad White Named Tenth Assistant Coach]


Top Ten Plays from the 2017 UK Football Season, No. 8: Third Down, Tongue Out

Todd Bennett | Getty Images

The No. 8 play on our Top Play countdown wasn’t the flashiest play.  It was a winning play that defined Stephen Johnson’s time at Kentucky.

Searching for a fourth consecutive win over South Carolina, Kentucky turned a slow start into a dominant performance.  The Cats controlled the line of scrimmage and contained the Cocks’ offense to take a commanding 20-6 lead with nine minutes to play.

South Carolina had one rally left in them, but Johnson would not let the game slip out of the Cats’ grasp. Up only seven with three minutes to play, Johnson tucked a third down pass and turned it into a 54-yard run to effectively end the game.

It was Johnson’s second big run of the night.  The other out of a read option went 22 yards and ended with the iconic image that heads this post.  Kentucky converted 9-of-16 third downs to grind out a hard-fought win in Columbia.

Just like these plays, Stephen Johnson’s Kentucky football teams did not always bring flare to the football field, but they worked well enough to win.

The Top Ten Plays from the 2017 UK Football Season: No. 10, No. 9


Colts.com

Mark Stoops will Hire Brad White as Tenth Assistant Coach

Colts.com

Mark Stoops has hired a new defensive assistant.  Sources tell KSR former Indianapolis Colts linebackers coach Brad White will be the tenth Kentucky football assistant coach.

White spent the last six seasons coaching outside linebackers for Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis.  Prior to his professional coaching career, White coached linebackers at the Air Force Academy for two seasons and at Murray State for one season.  White played the position in college for Dean Hood at Wake Forest.  He joins Hood and Matt House as the third UK defensive assistant with extensive history coaching linebackers.

In the first year collegiate coaches are permitted to have ten full-time assistants, Stoops has found an excellent combination of youth and professional experience to help his defense.

UPDATE

After much deliberating between KSR’s Football crew, Jen Smith has confirmed our belief: Dean Hood will hand over the linebacking duties to White.  Hood will keep his special teams coordinating duties and join Steve Clinkscale in the secondary.


How Max Duffy is Adjusting from Australia to Kentucky

UK Athletics

The latest Australian sensation to punt for the Kentucky football team landed in Lexington about a month ago.  A former professional in Australian Rules Football, Max Duffy has a lot to learn before Kentucky kicks off the 2018 season against Central Michigan.

The biggest adjustment is on the field.  He has to learn the game of football.  If you’ve ever tried to teach somebody the nuances of the game, it isn’t easy.  On a more simplistic level, Duffy simply has to learn how to kick a ball while wearing a helmet and shoulder pads.

“Coming from Australia, [I’m] still learning the rules,” Duffy said.  “I’m still learning the positions and all that kind of thing.  It’s really important for me to get here early and have six to eight months before I hopefully play a game, to get used to everything and to get used to wearing pads and helmets and things like that.”

Off the field, he’s had some practice studying at the university level.  His psychology classes aren’t much different.  However the cultural differences are remarkable.

“The food’s a lot different.  I’m getting used to the food.  There’s a lot of takeaway joints here.”

The biggest difference is the language.  No, he doesn’t have to learn a new one, but he does have to learn the slang.

“The way people talk; there’s a lot of slang.  I know we have a lot of slang coming form Australia, but there’s a lot of slang I’m having to ask my housemates, ‘What is he on about?’

The differences in food and language collided for an awkward interaction at Subway.

“I had trouble at Subway because I was trying to order capsicum and no one knows what capsicum is.” So what is a capsicum?  “Apparently, it’s green peppers.  I’m still sticking to capsicum,” he laughed.

That story is much funnier if you listen to him tell it in this video from Curtis Burch.


The KSR Football Podcast’s Super Bowl Spectacular

The KSR Football Podcast has returned from its offseason hiatus to talk about Super Bowl LII.  Don’t worry Big Blue Nation, most of the time the crew talks about UK Football stuff, like…

—  An Early Enrollee that will finish his career as an All-SEC performer.

—  What Australians call green peppers.

—  How Terry Touchdown passed his first test Kentucky test with flying colors.

—  EXECUTION MATRIX!

—  Kentucky’s Spring Game is on Friday the 13th; why you shouldn’t be superstitious.

—  Jared’s intimate experience with Super Bowl prop bets.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to KSR Football Podcast on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.