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First Impressions of Kentucky Enrollees: Part II

First Impressions of Kentucky Enrollees: Part II

Mark Stoops signed a quarterback and a punter in the Class of 2018; both positions were of vital need. The following post contains my first impressions of quarterback Terry Wilson and punter Max Duffy as well as abbreviated film analysis from notes taken prior to December’s National Signing Day:

Quarterback Terry Wilson

Overview

Measurables: 6’3, 205
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
High School: Del City
Junior College: Garden City Community College
Chose UK over: Florida, Nebraska, Indiana, Ole Miss, many more

Abbreviated Film Analysis

— Astute RPO execution. Familiar with scheme and comfortable in multi-read options from various personnel groups, formations, motions, and field position. Understands defensive intent to counter from countless repetitions and familiarization.

— Good athlete. Shifty, smooth runner but not a burner. Top-end, on-field speed seems faster than reported 40-time.

— Playmaker. Finds ways out of trouble in and out of the pocket. Creator.

— Quick decision maker in pass game but has a tendency to stare-down intended targets. Will need to improve read/scan to throw mechanics. However, no panic in pocket as he can fall back on his ability to create if progression tree results in no openings. High Football IQ.

— Not hesitant to attempt courage throws between the hashes. This indicates quick 1-2 option read off play action and drop-back. Workable touch over LBs and in front of safeties. Accuracy and completion percentage will increase with system and personnel familiarity. Played two years, each with different/new playbooks and teammates.

— Adequate touch in red-zone, back-shoulder-fade throws, and deep-dig routes.

— Capable in vertical passing game. Arm strength-check.

— Can throw off the run, better to right than left which is natural

— Requires more eye discipline

First Impressions from Press Conference

 Exuded leadership and self-assurance. Always mentioned “team,” not “me,” which must be considered as a positive given his short stay on campus. Fan expectation is for Wilson to be named as the starter immediately; that is not reality. He handled what could be a delicate situation (QB competition) in the correct manner and again worked the word “team” in most comments. When asked what his expectations for during his first game, he gave a simple answer: “win the game.” Another spot-on answer you’d expect from a quarterback.

— On purpose or not, Wilson repeatedly proclaimed his love for the University of Kentucky and at one point referenced the university and Lexington as “Heaven”; this will endear him to the BBN. He seemed sincere with those remarks which leads me to believe that after a stint at Oregon, junior college revealed a reigniting of appreciation for the amenities that come with major college football. In other words, Wilson seemed hungry to prove his worth and is appreciative of the opportunity.

— Working to build trust with teammates in non-football activities. Plays basketball with teammates which is a way to prove competitive nature and willingness to lead. I like that. A team that participates in recreational activities together normally has a stronger locker room. Not all the time, but more than not.

— Excellent posture, poise, eye contact, and calculation when answering questions or making statements. QB is a position in which actions during a press conference can translate to on-field standing. Wilson never wavered or appeared nervous. In my opinion, he was cognizant of presenting a positive, confident, yet humble front to the media, teammates, and fan base. He was superb in this area.

Terry Wilson seemed to have the confidence, personality, intent, and outlook to become the face of a franchise; whether he will he or not will depend on spring practice.


Punter Max Duffy

Overview

Measurables: 6’0, 181
High School: Kent Street Senior High School
Former Team: Freemantle, AFL
Coached by: Nathan Chapman and John Smith, Pro Kick Australia

Ranked number one punter in the Class of 2018 by ProKicker.com

First Impressions from Press Conference

— BBN, you’re going to love Duffy.

— Personable, eager to learn the game of football and Kentucky culture.

— Oldest player on the team. Mature in remarks and approach in front of the cameras and recorders. Seemed extremely comfortable.

 

Five early enrollees. Five different personalities and backgrounds. Diversity is one of the most beautiful aspects of collegiate athletics. All of the Wildcat rookies passed their first test on Tuesday.


First Impressions of Kentucky Early Enrollees: Part I

First Impressions of Kentucky Early Enrollees: Part I

Football signees arriving to campus in January instead of the traditional June time frame has developed into a common trend across college football. An early start allows the student-athletes to get a head start on their track for graduation as well as gaining a competitive advantage over their peers through strength/conditioning training and participating in an additional spring practice.

The media had the opportunity to speak to the Wildcat rookies on Tuesday. The following are my first impressions of the Kentucky rookies and abbreviated film evaluation notes from December’s National Signing Day:

Cornerback Stanley Garner

Overview

Measurables: 6’3, 180
Position: Defensive Back
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
High School: Dillard
Chose UK over: Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisville

Abbreviated Film Evaluation

— Could play either WR or CB in college. Elite athlete. Appears to love the game which shows thru confidence, effort, and willingness to play multiple positions.

— Aggressive vs. run; physical tackler. Atypical for a CB with high-level coverage skills.

— Locates football in press/man coverage vs. back-shoulder fade routes. Quick arm reaction to WRs eyes/arm-movements to initiate catch. Intelligent decisions while in zone coverage (Indications of a High Football IQ).

— Quick feet, fluid hips. Can turn and burn. Athletic enough to self-correct coverage errors.

— Can play all four secondary positions. Closer to 6’4 than 6’3.

— High ceiling but needs weight and strength gains to go along with detailed position coaching.

First Impression from Press Conference

— Highly confident defender. Actually mentioned (paraphrasing) that veterans better be bring their game because he will bring his; this is a positive. Cornerbacks require blind confidence and a short memory.

— Feels as if he can earn early playing time. See above. Also, watching film with Mike Edwards, Derrick Baity, and Chris Westry.


LB Deandre Square

Overview

Measurables: 6’1, 205
Position: OLB
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
High School: Cass Tech
Chose UK over: Arizona, Iowa, LSU, Michigan State, Missouri, Minnesota, Pitt, Wisconsin

Abbreviated Film Analysis

— Played linebacker and strong safety. Exceled at both which projects to a college Will Linebacker. Extremely well coached. Cass Tech one of the nation’s top high school football programs. Projects at Will LB. Could play run-Nickel now.

— Sideline to sideline defender. Can cover horizontal stretch/RPO scheme.

— Linebacker with defensive back cover skills. Strong safety with linebacker tackling ability. Fast, fluid, twitchy athlete. Physical.

— Quick closer, covers ground to make tackles. Squares up in gap to take on blockers. Directs traffic to teammates from LB and SS positions. Leader. Excels in space. Appears to love the game and be a team-guy. Plays with high effort and passion.

— Needs weight/strength gains and settle in on one specific position. Requires development at Will LB, a difficult position to play. Potential future All-SEC performer.

First Impressions from Press Conference

— Quiet, somewhat shy young man. Presented a vibe of sincerity and commitment. Soft spoken off the field, but on-field game spoke volumes at Cass Tech. Sincerely appreciative of Coach Clinkscale and spoke highly of their relationship.

— Spoke about learning from Denzil Ware and Josh Allen. Square appears to be a student of the game. Serious-natured, takes preparation seriously.


DB Dom Williams

Overview

Measurables: 5’11, 186
Position: Defensive Back
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee
High School: Fulton
Junior College: Highland Community College, Kansas
Chose UK over: Colorado State, Iowa State

Abbreviated Film Analysis

— Returned blocked FG for TD. Active.

— Can cover slot or outside which translate to Nickel. Quick break on football. May initially struggle vs. taller receivers.

— Flexible hips, can turn-burn to make up for coverage errors

— Will need to identify a position and acclimate to strength and conditioning program. Projects to Nickel.

First Impressions from Press Conference

— Hilarious. Open, comical, and brutally honest. BBN will enjoy future Dom Williams’ press conferences.

— Joked about Kansas junior college, said he’d never return to Kansas again for the rest of his life.

 

QB Terry Wilson and punter Max Duffy will be featured in a later post.


NCAA proposal would only lift transfer restrictions after coaching change

When word spread a few weeks ago that the NCAA might change their rules to allow transfers immediate eligibility, everyone feared college sports was about to turn into free agency. A new report out today should calm those fears.

According to CBS Sports, the proposal the NCAA is considering would only lift transfer restrictions following a coaching change or in the event a postseason ban is handed down by the NCAA. That means players in those scenarios would not have to sit out a year, which is the current rule. Coaches would no longer be allowed to block student-athletes from transferring to a particular school as well.

That makes a heck of a lot more sense.

[CBS Sports]


Terry Wilson’s First Impressions of UK: “It’s Heaven Here”

Quarterback Terry Wilson has only been on Kentucky’s campus for a few weeks, but UK already feels like home.

“It’s heaven here,” Terry Touchdown said in his first interview as a Kentucky Wildcat.  “I’m settling in great.  Everybody’s showing me the routes.  There’s such great people here.  I love it here already.  I’ve been here for two weeks and I’m just loving it.”

Wilson’s affair with Kentucky could best be described as love at first sight.  Many other schools tried to get the quarterback to visit, but after he stepped foot in the Bluegrass State, he knew he was home.

“I was so set on coming in; I loved this place.  As soon as I touched down here, I just fell in love with it.  Seeing that I have the opportunity to come in here and do big things, that’s important to me.”

Since arriving on campus, Wilson has taken a deep dive into the UK playbook.  His third playbook in three years, installing an offense is nothing new to Terry Touchdown.  All he has to do is learn new terminology.

Wilson’s most difficult task as a transfer quarterback is learning more about his teammates.  A position that not only requires advanced knowledge of the receivers’ nuances, but quarterbacks are also inherently leaders.  The play-callers must be on the same page with the rest of the offense, and earning their respect doesn’t happen overnight.

“Getting that camaraderie with the team is like the biggest thing on my end.”

Wilson’s building that by working with his wide receivers at Kroger Field.  When it isn’t all business, he’s hanging out with his new teammates at the movies or playing pick-up basketball games.  All the blissful fun at the beginning of Wilson’s first semester on campus is setting the foundation to achieve his ultimate goal.

“You have to be mentally prepared, mentally strong for things like this. I feel like, just keeping my head strong and keeping my vision — tight tunnel vision — just keeping my focus on what I need to do, what the goal is for me, for this team and the guys out there so we can get the job done.”  He added, “I’m very excited.”

 

Stay tuned for more from interviews with UK’s early enrollees.  Until then, enjoy everything Terry Touchdown had to say.  


Mike Edwards’ new haircut is really something to see

Mike Edwards’ new haircut is really something to see

Kentucky safety Mike Edwards made a surprise decision to return to school for his senior season and he will do so with a brand new haircut.

UK strength and conditioning coach Corey Edmond shared a photo of Edwards’ new look, calling him the “Blue Badger.”

What do you think of it, BBN?

@UKCoachEd


Tom Izzo blasted by ESPN OTL reporter for handling of reported sexual assault

Last week, Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexual assault and molestation of over 150 women. On Friday afternoon, Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis announced his resignation. Just a few hours later, ESPN released a bombshell report saying basketball coach Tom Izzo and football coach Mark Dantonio knew of more sexual assaults involving their players on and off campus and mishandled reporting the incidents to the proper authorities.

Former MSU point guard Travis Walton became a student assistant coach for Izzo during the 2009-10 season, where he reportedly punched a woman in the face at a bar. In another incident, Walton and two other members of the basketball team were alleged to have sexually assaulted another woman.

When asked about his handling of the incidents this weekend, Izzo didn’t help his case by any means.

As for the football program under Dantonio, 16 different players were reportedly involved in sexual assault incidents.

The NCAA is currently investigating the entire school, and as of now, things aren’t looking too promising for either head coach.

Oh, and as for the NCAA, President Mark Emmert reportedly knew about 37 (THIRTY-SEVEN) sexual assault cases back in 2010 and did absolutely nothing about any of them.

Once again, when there are countless issues of substance that need to be addressed, the leader of the NCAA proves to be incompetent again.

I’d say I’m shocked, but at this point, is it really even a surprise anymore?


Want to know why Alabama is so successful? Look no further than this video of Nick Saban

(John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

We have officially found Alabama’s secret to success.

While on an in-home visit with an elite recruit, things got wild with head coach Nick Saban when the music got cranked.

When everyone in the room was doing the Cupid Shuffle, Saban got right in the middle of it to show off his moves.

And they’re not bad.

If that recruit doesn’t commit on the spot, I don’t know what more he’s looking for.

I hope Mark Stoops is taking notes.


REPORT: Xavier Peters flips commitment to Florida State

Bad news, BBN…

According to 247 Sports’ Josh Newberg, four-star linebacker Xavier Peters has flipped his commitment to Florida State.

Peters is currently on an official visit to Florida State, and tweeted last night that things were “going great.”

When Peters didn’t sign on the dotted line back in December, we knew it’d be tough to hold onto the talented pass rusher. After setting up three official visits to schools in the sunshine state, it was only a matter of time.

Getting four-star linebacker Chris Oats to Lexington just became that much more important.


Drew Barker is Finished with Football

Drew Barker is hanging up his helmet.

The former four-star quarterback from Northern Kentucky has ended his football career.  Barker initially announced on January 2 his intentions to become a graduate transfer.  After further consideration, Barker’s father Terry told the Courier-Journal he will remain at UK one more semester to finish his master’s degree in public financial management.

UK’s starting quarterback at the beginning of the 2016 season, a back injury ended Barker’s season after just three games.  He returned in 2017 as the No. 2 quarterback behind Stephen Johnson.  Instead of competing for the starting job in 2018, he will finish his time at UK as a student.

[Courier-Journal]


The Many Faces of Brian VanGorder, UofL’s New Defensive Coordinator

Matt Cashore | USA Today

Bobby Petrino’s next defensive coordinator will provide plenty of material through what will surely be a short stint at the University of Louisville.

Football Scoop reports Brian VanGorder will be the Cards’ next defensive coordinator.  He has more than 30 years of experience in college coaching.  You probably remember him as the guy that got fired four games into his stint as Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator after Brian Kelly chewed him out on the sideline.  Now you’ll know him as Johnny Drama and Uncle Rico’s illegitimate son (h/t @ThatBoysGood).

247

Click below for more, or just Google search “Brian VanGorder” for unending entertainment.

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Top Ten Plays from the 2017 UK Football Season, No. 9: So Close to a Kick Return TD

Kentucky’s search for a kickoff return touchdown continues into the 2018 season.

The last time the Cats had a kickoff returned for a touchdown, Derrick Locke went 100 yards vs. Louisville in 2009.  Lynn Bowden was six yards away from ending that eight-year skid against Vanderbilt.  The dynamic freshman playmaker was one tackle away from snapping the streak multiple times, but none were closer than this:

Surprisingly, Bowden did not enter the end zone one time in 2017.  He did return six kicks for more than 30 yards, ranked second in the SEC, and accounted for 1,149 all-purpose yards to earn a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team.

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


Wetumpka Herald

Cats Could Finish Class of 2018 with Three Instant Impact Signees

 

Mark Stoops inked 20 Wildcats during the inaugural December Signing Period. He later received pledges from WR LiAllen Dailey and OT Nick Lewis. But, the Cats are far from completing the Class of 2018. February 7th marks the traditional National Signing Day. Football recruiting followers (Me included) have made the first Wednesday in February an unofficial holiday for decades.

Kentucky could complete the class with three players that would provide an instant, on-field impact. Let’s take a look:

The Wetumpka Herald

 Running Back Kavosiey Smoke

Measurables: 6’0, 215-pounds

-Hometown: Wetumpka, Alabama

-High School: Wetumpka High

-Rivals #29 RB in the nation

-Offers: Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Florida, Virginia Tech, more.

-Summary: Tough, tough, football player that is well versed/coached in the intricacies of playing the position. Led Wetumpka High School to state championship game. Visiting Kentucky on January 26th which is a good sign for Vince Marrow. Plus, running back is a critical position of need for offensive coordinator and RB coach Eddie Gran. Gran’s track record of developing running backs for the NFL is stellar and lengthy.

Benny Snell Jr. could possibly be entering his final year in Lexington if he decides to depart Lexington for the NFL following his junior season. The Music City Bowl exhibited UK’s paramount need for a RB that can not only spell Snell; but present troubles for opposing defenses.

Smoke’s running style is similar to Benny Snell and incoming freshman Chris Rodriguez. His game film highlights a power RB with deceptive, pull-away speed and excellent cut-back vision. He excels in a 1-cut offense which is what Eddie Gran operates at Kentucky. Smoke is also familiar with the Wildcat formation as he executed the scheme in high school in the Red-Zone as well as other circumstances. Smoke is a perfect fit for Kentucky. Kentucky would be a perfect stylistic fit for Smoke.

Cincinnati Enquirer

Outside Linebacker Chris Oats

-Measurables: 6’4, 215-pounds

-Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

-High School: Winton Woods (Mike Edwards alma mater)

-Ranking: 247Sports 4-star

-Offers: Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia, Miami, Nebraska, West Virginia, Pitt, many more.

-Summary: Instant impact player. Never left the field for Winton Woods High School including special teams. Like all Winton Wood products, Oats is technically sound and well coached. Team-guy; multi-sport athlete. Was the best athlete on the field in games I watched. Quick recognition from Will/Sam/Mike linebacker positions. Compares to and project tosame position as Josh Allen. Sideline to sideline defender with quick recall of run/pass. Can rush the passer, strong vs. the run as well as he appears comfortable dropping into pass coverage.

@XavierPeters22

 Outside Linebacker Xavier Peters 

-Measurables: 6’4, 225-pounds

-Hometown: West Chester, Ohio

-High School: Lakota West (Same high school as George Asafo-Adjei, Kayaune Ross, Kyle Meadows)

-Ranking: 247Sports 4-star

-Offers: Committed to Kentucky on July 4th, 2017. Other suiters: Florida State, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC, UCLA, Wisconsin, more…

-Summary: Excelled in All American Game. Big time football player from a big time high school football program that readies players for college football on an annual basis. Extremely well coached, technically sound. Played Mike LB, but can play all four LB positions in college. Preferred size to play immediately. Quick closing speed to tackle; takes accurate pursuit angles. Takes on blockers with proper shoulder prior to shedding to tackle. Can run. Sideline to sideline tackler and effective vs. the pass or pass.

What does all this mean?  

Smoke, Peters, and Oats are elite prospects that could help Kentucky in 2018. All three are college ready and will push for immediate clock. I’ve stayed true to my word by declaring the Class of 2015 as the Cat’s best haul over the past five years.

However, the Class of 2018 will be Mark Stoops’ best IF Vince Marrow and staff can close on these three. 


UK Officially Names Michael Smith Wide Receivers Coach

@UKFootball

Just a few days after the news broke, the University of Kentucky has made it official: Michael Smith will be the Wildcats next wide receivers coach.  Mark Stoops had this to say about his new coach.

“I’m very excited to have Michael join our staff,” Stoops said. “I’ve known him since his outstanding playing career at Kansas State. What a super competitor he was in college and he brings that same competitive nature to coaching and recruiting. I’m excited to have him continue to develop our wide receivers and take them to another level.”

After his playing days at K-State, the New Orleans native stayed in Manhattan, Kansas for more than a decade before joining Bret Bielema’s staff at Arkansas.  After five years in Fayetteville, he’s on his way to Lexington.

“We are truly excited about the opportunity to be a part of Big Blue Nation and Kentucky Football,” Smith said. “Coach Stoops and his staff have done and continue to do great things here. My goal is to continue developing this group of wide receivers, helping them accomplish all of their individual goals and the goals of the team. My family and I are so appreciative of Mark and Chantel and we look forward to a great career in Lexington.”

Learn more about the new assistant by reading this introductory statement from UK Athletics.


2017 Wildcat Postseason Honors; What About Next Season?

Seven Wildcats earned postseason honors. Six of the seven are returning for the 2018 season and will be considered for national and conference honors. Which Cats could join them?

Outside Linebacker Josh Allen

2017 Honors

  • Associated Press All-SEC 2nd Team
  • Phil Steele All-SEC 3rd Team
  • PFF First Team All-SEC
  • AP and Sports Illustrated Midseason All-American 2nd Team

2018 Potential Honors

Josh Allen could also push for All-American and All-SEC honors as well as being on preseason watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik, Bronko Nagurski, and Butkus Awards.

Receiver/Returner Lynn Bowden

2017 Honors

  • Coaches’ SEC All Freshman Team
  • SEC Freshman of the Week, October 9th

2018 Potential Honors

Lynn Bowden’s diversified talents will garner Paul Hornung Award attention as well as all-conference kick/punt returner.

Tight End C.J. Conrad

2017 Honors

  • Phil Steele All SEC 3rd Team

2018 Potential Honors

C.J. Conrad will again be All-SEC as well as contend for the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end.

Safety Mike Edwards

2017 Honors

  • Phil Steele All-SEC 1st Team

2018 Potential Honors

Mike Edwards could join Allen and Snell for consideration for preseason All-American and All-SEC lists as well as being a part of the Jim Thorpe Award watch list.

Linebacker Courtney Love

 

@UKFootball

2017 Honors

  • Danny Wuerffel Trophy winner
  • 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

Kicker Austin MacGinnis

2017 Honors

  • Phil Steele All-SEC 3rd Team
  • Lou Groza Star of the Week vs. Missouri

Running Back Benny Snell

2017 Honors

  • AP All-SEC 1st Team
  • Coaches’ All-SEC 2nd Team
  • Phil Steele All-SEC 2nd Team

2018 Potential Honors

Benny Snell Jr. should be considered for preseason All-American, All-SEC teams and named to the Heisman, Walter Camp, and Doak Walker Trophy watch lists.

Linebacker/Defensive End Denzil Ware

2017 Honors

  • Phil Steele All-SEC 3rd Team
  • Two Time SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week vs. Vanderbilt and Southern Miss

2018 Potential Honors

Denzil Ware will appear on preseason All-SEC teams and could be on the Ted Hendricks watch list.

2018 Potential Newcomers to the Trophy Circuit

Please note the word POTENTIAL.  These Wildcats would have to enjoy their best season in Lexington to be considered:

— All-SEC Offense: Guard Logan Stenberg, Guard Bunchy Stallings, and WR Dorian Baker.

— All-SEC Defense: Linebacker Jordan Jones (All SEC in 2016, missed time due to injury in 2017), Cornerback Derrick Baity, Nose Tackle Quinton Bohanna.

— All-SEC Special Teams: Returner Lynn Bowden.

— Freshman All-SEC: Kicker Chance Poore, Nose Tackle/Guard Marquan McCall.

2018 could present an extraordinarily high number of Wildcats being in consideration for national and conference honors.

Football Never Ends.


Evening Football Recruiting Notes for the UK Fan of the Day

Evening Football Recruiting Notes for the UK Fan of the Day

Hear from DeAndre Square

Arguably Kentucky’s most versatile defender in the 2018 recruiting class is now on campus.  DeAndre Square had 84 tackles and forced four fumbles while playing linebacker, safety and cornerback for Detroit’s Cass Tech.  He also played receiver and put on 25 pounds throughout his senior season.  In a profile in The Detroit News, he explained why he made the move down I-75.

“Kentucky is a program that’s on the rise, trying to get guys to come in and play early and just change the program around and I’m just excited to be a part of that,” Square said.

“Marquan McCall and Tyler Markray (Walled Lake Central), a lineman and a running back, are also guys from the area that will be going to Kentucky.”

KSR will speak with Square and Kentucky’s four other mid-year additions next week.

[The Detroit News]

Trevon Flowers is Down to Two

During last weekend’s official visit to Lexington, the two-sport star posed for arguably the greatest recruiting picture ever taken.

@tresmoove1

Flowers has not revealed much about his recruitment.  We know he plans on playing football and baseball and he told Justin Rowland it’s down to UK and Tennessee.  He plans on being in Knoxville for an official this weekend.

Why Nick Lewis likes Duke Basketball

Denzil Ware riled up some Kentucky fans for showing his love for Duke basketball on Twitter.  When new UK commit Nick Lewis gets to campus, you can’t be mad at him for liking Duke, and here’s why.

“Kentucky always has one of the best basketball teams in the country. I know that,” Lewis said. “But I am a Duke fan. I do love Duke because I played with Grayson Allen. He’s my man. I got to be for him.”

I’m sure Allen was wise enough to not trip the 6’9″ 350-pounder.  Lewis also talked about his connection to former UK commit Mac Jones.  The Alabama quarterback told his former offensive tackle to go to Kentucky.  Odd.

[Larry Vaught]

Three UK Signees Played in the International Bowl

@BatesBrenden

Tight end Brenden Bates, offensive tackle Darian Kinnard and offensive guard Quintin Wilson spent their Friday night playing in AT&T Stadium, a.k.a. Jerry World.  The UK trio from The Buckeye State represented the USA in the ninth annual International Bowl.

Bates had the honor to hold the American flag during the National Anthem.