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Alcohol Sales for the General Public at SEC Football Games isn’t Happening Anytime Soon

Alcohol Sales for the General Public at SEC Football Games isn’t Happening Anytime Soon

In the SEC it just means more…unless you’re talking about alcohol.

For the umpteenth year in a row, league officials punted on removing the stadium-wide ban of alcohol sales at SEC schools.  Speaking at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Florida, commissioner Greg Sankey provided a statement with little confidence that a significant change will happen.

“There has been ongoing dialogue,” Sankey said.  “That’s not a topic that exists only when the newspaper articles are written two weeks before Destin every year. But that hasn’t produced change at this point among our membership.”

To remove the (stupid) rule, it would require a majority vote from the league’s 14 presidents/chancellors.  The Knoxville News Sentinel spoke with athletic directors from Florida and Alabama, neither of which believe it’s happening anytime soon.  When Sankey was asked if a vote could potentially happen, he replied:

“It hasn’t happened so far,” Sankey said. “Perhaps every day we’re closer, but that doesn’t mean we are.”

The SEC’s stance on alcohol sales could not be more hypocritical.  According to the SEC, alcohol is not bad if you’re rich.  If you can afford to sit in a suite, drink all you want.  If you’re too poor, sorry Charlie.  Keep those suds in the parking lot.

Officials who want to keep alcohol out of the hands of the general public will argue that booze in stadiums will inflame bad behavior.  They also might believe it goes against the values of a conservative south.  However, if people can’t buy booze from their seats, they’re either going to get too much before the game, or sneak it into the stands.  If you hold a moral opposition against any alcohol inside stadiums, than you’re a hypocrite for allowing those in the suites to consume alcohol.

As Sankey mentioned, this topic is brought up every year at the SEC Spring Meetings, and every year nothing happens.  Meanwhile, the league is losing out on millions in alcohol revenue.  At this point, keeping the alcohol ban makes absolutely no sense.

The Hottest Cat to Ever Play Football at Kentucky is…

The Hottest Cat to Ever Play Football at Kentucky is…

Freddie Maggard of course.  He brought plenty of spice to Commonwealth Stadium with Bull Curry in 1990.

Wait.  Hold up.  That’s not right.

Wikipedia tells me the 1990 Kentucky Wildcats finished just 4-7.  Freddie threw for more than 1,000 yards, but his season and career ended early with a shoulder injury.

Believe it or not, a preseason college football magazine was wrong.  Not to take shots at Athlon, Phil Steele or any of the other find publications, but it’s wise to remember to take each prediction with a grain of salt as the analysts pick apart Kentucky before the 2018 season.  More likely than not, they will be wrong.

Derrick Ramsey named Secretary of Education and Workforce Development

Former Kentucky quarterback Derrick Ramsey has a new job in Frankfort.  This afternoon Governor Matt Bevin announced Ramsey will replace Hal Heiner as the Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

For the last two and a half years, Ramsey has served as the state’s Secretary of Labor.  In his new position, Ramsey will be responsible for educating, training and preparing Kentucky’s future work force.  Ramsey previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce under Governor Ernie Fletcher.

“I am extremely thankful that Gov. Bevin has faith in my ability,” Ramsey said in a statement.  “I am very passionate about education and workforce development and, more importantly, the opportunity to help shape education and workforce development programs for generations to come.  I look forward to this endeavor.”

Ramsey became a Kentucky legend on the football field.  The Wildcats’ first African-American starting quarterback, Ramsey led UK to an SEC Championship and a Peach Bowl victory in 1976.  The following season he was a Third Team All-American for the 10-1 Cats that finished No. 6 in the AP Poll.  Ramsey played tight end for nine years in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders in 1980.

Congratulations to Ramsey, truly one of Kentucky’s best.

Marcus Walker dismissed from the team

Marcus Walker is no longer a member of the Kentucky football team.

Mark Stoops announced Tuesday he has dismissed Walker following the junior defensive back’s arrest on drug trafficking charges. Walker was arrested last Thursday and charged with trafficking over five pounds of marijuana and over four grams of cocaine.

UK Football’s Marcus Walker arrested on drug charges

Stoops did not provide any additional comment regarding the dismissal.

What would it take for Benny Snell to take home the Heisman?

It’s no secret we’re big Benny Snell fans here in the state of Kentucky, and that love is starting to spread nationwide. After coming out of high school as just a three-star running back prospect, Snell has dominated SEC football over the last two years, breaking several school records along the way.

After an incredibly impressive sophomore season, especially during the Music City Bowl fiasco, whispers of a Heisman campaign begun. He hadn’t reached the historic numbers necessary for consideration quite yet, but the potential was obviously there.

Some are already penciling him in as a darkhorse candidate.

Others realize Snell is a stud back, but aren’t ready to pull the trigger on the #Benny4Heisman campaign.

So what would it take for Kentucky’s superstar back to actually take home the most prestigious individual award in all of college football?

When you go down the list of past Heisman winners and candidates, it’s no surprise it would take a legendary performance to even come close.

Reggie Bush took home the Heisman trophy in 2005, just one of three running backs to win the award in the last two decades. He finished with 1740 yards (8.7 yards per carry) and 16 touchdowns on the ground, to go with 478 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions. His trophy was later vacated for violation of NCAA rules, but there’s no denying Bush was one of the most electric college football players we had seen in quite some time.

Back in 2009, Mark Ingram won the Heisman in the closest margin of victory of all time, finishing the year with 1658 yards (6.1 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns to go with 30 receptions for 322 yards. He beat out Stanford’s Toby Gerhard, who finished with 1871 rushing yards (5.5 yards per carry) and 28 touchdowns.

Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon finished second in voting in 2014, despite a dominant 2587-yard, 29-touchdown junior season. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota came out on top following his ridiculous 42-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio as a junior.

Alabama running back Derrick Henry won the award in 2015 after setting the SEC single-season rushing record with 1,986 rushing yards and tied the record for rushing touchdowns with 23. According to the official Heisman website, Henry was just the third running back in SEC history (Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson being the others) to have four 200-yard games in a single season.

Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, during the same season, finished with 2019 rushing yards and eight touchdowns along with 645 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He also finished with a combined 1,200 yards off kickoff and punt returns.

As I mentioned in a post yesterday, Snell has an opportunity to shatter records next season such as most career touchdowns in SEC history by a running back, most career touchdowns and yards in school history, and the single-season UK rushing record. There’s a chance that by the time his junior year is over there may be no more records to break as a Wildcat.

Five records Benny Snell Jr. can (and will) break this season

But could it be enough to take the next step up from local star to national superstar?

Career-wise, absolutely. Snell became just the third player in SEC history to have at least 2,424 yards and 31 career rushing touchdowns before his junior season, joining only Georgia’s Herschel Walker and LSU’s Leonard Fournette. He had 1,333 yards and 19 touchdowns, both totals that led the SEC last season. On-par with Ingram’s touchdown total in 2009, but still 300 yards fewer than the former Heisman winner.

But Snell isn’t at Alabama, and it’s a near-certainty (begging I’m wrong here) the Cats won’t be competing for a national championship this season. Though it’s entirely possible he could put up comparable numbers as a junior, Snell won’t have the same stage and national attention from the get-go we saw with Ingram. Playing under the bright lights on the big stage sways Heisman voters (see Lamar Jackson losing out to Baker Mayfield this past season).

What Snell does have, however, are marquee SEC games and elite defenses to make an impact in. Kentucky is chosen to play in the 3:30 p.m. primetime games on CBS usually once or twice a year, usually against stud opponents. If Snell can put up monstrous numbers in those with the national analysts and commentators calling the games, it certainly can’t hurt. Help lead Kentucky to victories in those games? Even better.

His ejection in the Music City Bowl turned heads nationally, with Snell actually going viral that night and going into the following day. National analysts realized the significance of Snell’s absence for the Cats and showered him with praise, and it kickstarted a mini Heisman campaign at the time for Kentucky fans. It was lighthearted in nature at the time, but the more praise he received, the more it got people thinking “what if.” It certainly didn’t hurt his status as a darkhorse candidate going into 2018.

As far as numbers go, one thing that can pay off in a major way would be Eddie Gran putting the ball in Snell’s hands both on the ground and through the air. By upping his YPC average ever-so-slightly, Snell’s rushing numbers can spike in a significant way as a junior. Moe Williams’ school-record 1,600 yards was done by averaging 5.4 yards per carry, just 0.3 yards more than Snell’s sophomore campaign. If he can reach 5.6-5.8 YPC with increased touches, he’ll easily reach those record-shattering numbers and gather a surplus of national attention. Surpass that 6.0 average (we saw that from Snell during the Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt games last season), and those Heisman whispers will grow even louder.

He only caught ten balls for 72 yards last season, but we could see from the Blue-White scrimmage and spring practice Eddie Gran is pushing for Snell to catch more balls out of the backfield, and that’s absolutely necessary if he wants a shot at the national awards. He’s mostly known as a grind-it-out back to keep the clock moving forward and inch the offense down the field. With some dump passes out of the backfield, Snell will have some open field to work with for home run opportunities. He’ll need several hundred receiving yards and a few scores through the air.

He can’t afford dud games like we saw during Mississippi State and Northwestern, or even mediocre games like his outings against Southern Miss, Florida, and Eastern Michigan. He’ll have to have a near-perfect season with a major step up from year two to three to have a legitimate shot.

Likely? When you look at the numbers historically, probably not. Possible? Never say never.

Five records Benny Snell Jr. can (and will) break this season

Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. is no stranger to shattering records. He’s the first back in UK football history with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, holds the school record for most career rushing touchdowns with 32, most rushing touchdowns in a season with 19 in 2017, and most points in a season with 116.

To finish his 2017 campaign, Snell became just the third player in SEC history to have at least 2,424 yards and 31 career rushing touchdowns before his junior season, joining Herschel Walker and Leonard Fournette.

But he’s not done yet.

He’s gotten most of the single-season records down, especially in the scoring column. Now, it’s time to finish the job on some of the other big career milestones.

Here are five records Benny Snell can, and will, break by the end of next season.

Total career touchdowns

Snell is already tied for second with Craig Yeast on the all-time touchdown list at Kentucky, and will need just six scores as a junior to break Randall Cobb’s record of 37.

We could see that broken in the first few weeks of the season.

The Kentucky running back had six games of two-plus touchdowns last year, and his workload will only continue to grow throughout his junior (and likely final) season as a Wildcat.

Rank Player TDs Years
1 Randall Cobb 37 2008 2009 2010
2 Craig Yeast 32 1995 1996 1997 1998
Benny Snell Jr. 32 2016 2017

Passing up two of the most dynamic football players in Kentucky football history? Count on it.

Most career touchdowns in SEC history by a RB

Snell rushed for 19 touchdowns last season, pushing his career total to 32 scores.

If he manages 18 touchdowns as a junior this year, Snell will hold the record for most career rushing touchdowns in SEC history by a running back.

Coming in at No. 1, Georgia’s Herschel Walker rushed for 49 touchdowns from 1980-1982, with LSU’s Kevin Faulk not too far behind with 46 scores from 1995-1998. With another ridiculous season out of Snell, as expected, he very well may take over the top spot in conference history in just three years of action.

Wishful thinking, but if Snell stayed at Kentucky for four years, that record would almost certainly be shattered by the time his career ended.

Career rushing record

Sonny Collins holds the record for most career rushing yards at Kentucky with 3,835, with Moe Williams coming in at No. 2 with nearly 500 fewer yards at 3,333.

Snell is already No. 8 on the list with 2,424 career rushing yards, just behind Boom Williams at 2,511 in three years of action.

If Snell can manage 1,412 yards as a junior, he will take over the top spot as the leading rusher in school history, accomplishing the feat in one less year.

If he stays on his 2017 pace of 102.5 yards per game, the junior back can surpass (No.3) Rafael Little’s four-year total of 2,996 yards by Week Six.

Rank Player Yards Years
1 Sonny Collins 3,835 1972 1973 1974 1975
2 Moe Williams 3,333 1993 1994 1995
3 Rafael Little 2,996 2004 2005 2006 2007
4 Mark Higgs 2,892 1984 1985 1986 1987
5 George Adams 2,648 1981 1982 1983 1984
6 Derrick Locke 2,618 2007 2008 2009 2010
7 Boom Williams 2,511 2014 2015 2016
8 Benny Snell Jr. 2,424 2016 2017

Single-season rushing record

Snell is already on the single-season rushing record list twice, including third overall with 1,333 rushing yards during his sophomore campaign.

Moe Williams holds the No. 1 spot with 1,600 yards in his 1995 campaign, with the next-closest being Artose Pinner at 1,414 yards in 2002.

Williams’s record will be incredibly difficult to top, but it’s a feat Snell could top this season. Williams averaged 5.4 yards per carry during his record-breaking season, with Snell coming in at 5.1 YPC last year. That jump is absolutely doable, especially when you consider the few outliers Snell had as a sophomore. The Kentucky back only had seven attempts for 18 yards against Mississippi State and six attempts for 15 yards against Northwestern (ugh) this past year, bringing his average and overall total down a bit. He also struggled to start the season against Southern Miss with just 67 yards and then a two-game skid of under 100 yards against Florida and Eastern Michigan in games four and five.

If he can avoid any complete no-shows and continue to take a step up from last season, Snell will grab the record, likely shattering all other scoring and yardage records in the process.

Rank Player Yards Year
1 Moe Williams 1,600 1995
2 Artose Pinner 1,414 2002
3 Benny Snell Jr. 1,333 2017
4 Mark Higgs 1,278 1987
5 Sonny Collins 1,213 1973
6 Boom Williams 1,170 2016
7 Sonny Collins 1,150 1975
8 Benny Snell Jr. 1,091 2016

Single-game touchdown record

Snell is already tied for first with four touchdowns in a game, a feat he accomplished during his freshman season against New Mexico State. It was the game his legacy as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, running back in UK history began.

Like the single-season rushing record, this will be a tough record to top due to such variety of overall workload per game and a little bit of luck. If the Cats can drive down the field and allow Snell to punch it in from just a few yards out with ease like this past year, it’s certainly doable.

He had three games of three touchdowns this past year, with three more games of two scores. He obviously knows how to get in the end zone, but the balls will have to bounce the perfect way – or a superhuman performance, which is certainly possible out of Snell – to break the tie.

Rank Player TDs Year Opponent
1 Don Phelps 4 1946 Michigan State
Al Bruno 4 1950 North Dakota
Calvin Bird 4 1958 Hawaii
Rodger Bird 4 1965 Vanderbilt
Sonny Collins 4 1973 Mississippi State
Moe Williams 4 1995 South Carolina
Craig Yeast 4 1997 Indiana
James Whalen 4 1999 Georgia
Artose Pinner 4 2002 Vanderbilt
Benny Snell Jr. 4 2016 New Mexico State

By the time his Kentucky career is over, there is a chance Benny Snell will hold every single rushing record UK has to offer, becoming one of the most dominant athletes this campus has ever seen.

A New Low for the NCAA

Last October, when the NCAA announced that the University of North Carolina would receive no penalties for an academic scandal that modeled the most morally offensive institutional misconduct in the history of college sports, I penned a tongue-in-cheek obituary for the idea of the “student-athlete.”  I simply couldn’t imagine that the college athletics could sink any lower when it came to protecting student-athletes.

I was wrong.

This week, Auburn University football team cut a recruit for using a substance banned by the NCAA.  C.J. Harris, a promising high school strong safety, had been taking hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) that he had found effective for treating and preventing debilitating seizures caused by epilepsy.

I wrote about CBD a few months ago at this site.  Obviously, NCAA and Auburn officials count themselves among the vast majority of KSR readers who skip over my policy columns to get the scoop on basketball recruiting.  But had they read it, they would have learned some critical points:

  • Hemp is NOT marijuana.  Contrary to most popular coverage of the Harris incident, hemp-derived CBD is NOT medical marijuana.
  • Hemp-derived CBD cannot get you high.  By legal and scientific definition, hemp-derived CBD contains less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the intoxicating chemical compound found in much, much more concentrated dosages in your typical joint or bong.
  • Hemp-derived CBD is safe.  So says an October report issued by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence which opined that CBD is safe, well-tolerated, not addictive and not linked with any negative public health concerns.
  • Hemp-derived CBD is federally legal, as long as it is produced under a congressionally-authorized state pilot program, such as the product used by C.J. Harris.

According to press reports, the NCAA has banned CBD because they argue any amount of THC is too much. That’s absurd.  That’s like banning cough syrup because there may be a trace amount of alcohol.  Or banning poppy seed bagels because of the remote connection to heroin.

There’s much anecdotal evidence that many patients suffering from debilitating diseases such as intractable epilepsy have found relief taking CBD.  Until CBD medicines secure the appropriate federal approvals, marketing them for disease remediation is inappropriate. But these products which are sold in health food stores across the country — experts predict a multi-billion dollar industry within a few years — must be made available for families like the Harrises.  And no athlete should be punished for taking a natural food supplement that does not intoxicate nor provide any performance-enhancing advantage. (Note that the World Anti-Doping Agency recently dropped CBD from its list of prohibited substances.)

Unfortunately, CBD has been caught up unfairly in the high-profile debate over legalizing medical marijuana.  Confusion between the two has led to misguided law enforcement actions and public statements.  But just in the past few months, thanks to hemp industry education efforts, officials in Tennessee, Indiana and Wisconsin have overturned prohibitory actions and declared hemp-derived CBD legal for retail sale.  (Kentucky’s law is clear — hemp-derived CBD is legal — thanks to a 2017 statute championed by Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles.)

Best yet, there’s a very promising effort in Washington, D.C. to resolve the confusion once and for all.  The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would permanently remove hemp and hemp-derived products such as CBD from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act — moving beyond the current pilot program regime.  The effort’s top champion is Congress’ most influential and effective legislative strategist: Kentucky’s own Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  McConnell is seeking to attach the Hemp Farming Act to the 2018 Farm Bill, a critical agriculture act which must pass before the previous version expires on September 30.  (Not coincidentally — given the Commonwealth’s enduring hemp history — the companion bill in the U.S. House is sponsored by another Kentuckian, Congressman James Comer, who led the state’s efforts to legalize hemp when he served as our Agriculture Commissioner.)

Too often, when we read news of NCAA fails like this, the most we can do is fire off an angry tweet.

Not this time.  If you care about athletes like C.J. Harris — or are among the millions of Americans who value access to hemp-derived CBD for its various health and wellness benefits — you too can help secure passage of the Hemp Farming Act.

The hemp industry’s trade association — the U.S. Hemp Roundtable — has developed an online portal to empower citizens to lobby their Members of Congress.  It really just takes a few minutes — click here — and even if you don’t know who represents you in Washington, the portal will help you prepare a personalized message and send it directly to your U.S. Senators and Representative.

We might never be able to convince the NCAA to act in the best interests of student-athletes.  But by permanently legalizing hemp, we can take this arrow out of their quiver, and allow the C.J. Harrises of the world to live healthy lives…and not be punished for it.


Kavosiey Smoke hopes to unleash inner Leonard Fournette at Kentucky

Kavosiey Smoke hopes to unleash inner Leonard Fournette at Kentucky

When 2018 three-star running back Kavosiey Smoke committed and signed with Kentucky, he became a fan favorite almost immediately based on name alone.

At 5-foot-11, 225-pounds, the Wetumpka HS (AL) product had a unique combination of size and speed to attack opposing defenders in the trenches and in the open field. It allowed him to rush for 1,287 yards and 24 touchdowns en route to the Class 6A state championship game as a senior.

In an interview with the Montgomery Advertiser, Smoke said he actually models his game after current Jacksonville Jaguar and LSU great Leonard Fournette, a player who certainly packs a punch with the ball in his hands.

“He just fits me,” he said. “How his body is built up is just like mine is. How he runs, I run like that. He’s the same speed. I run the same speed.”

And he plans to bring those qualities to Lexington in the form of touchdowns and victories.

“I’ve (already) been working out,” Smoke said when asked about how he’s preparing for life as a Kentucky Wildcat. “Mostly just running and conditioning. I run like two miles in the daytime, and I run two miles at night.”

He arrives in Lexington on June 3rd, where he hopes his work in the offseason will lead to making an impact on the field right away, regardless of where.

“I would like to play, but if things don’t work out, then I just got to play my role,” he said. “I’d like to win academic achievements and stuff like that. I’d like to do that. I’d like to play special teams.”

Smoke held offers from Florida, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Mississippi State, among others, out of high school. On National Signing Day, Mark Stoops talked about how much competition there was for Smoke late in the process and how relieved he was the talented back decided to suit up in blue and white.

“Kavosiey was a big get for us,” Stoops said. “There was a lot of competition for him late as well.”

Matt Jones caught up with him after he committed to talk about his recruitment, the Wildcat backfield, his relationship with Benny Snell, and how he got his incredible name.

Watch him dominate the competition below:

If Smoke can bring anything near what Fournette brought to LSU, I think the Big Blue Nation will be pretty darn happy.

Is it football season yet?

CJ Conrad on track for “100-percent” recovery following foot injury

Back in November, the University of Kentucky announced junior tight end CJ Conrad would miss the rest of the 2017 season with a foot injury. The 6-foot-5 pass-catcher out of Lagrange, OH had solid NFL Draft stock at the time, and many thought there was a chance it would be the last we’d see Conrad suit up in a Kentucky jersey.

Almost immediately after Kentucky’s loss to Northwestern in the Music City Bowl, though, Conrad released the following message for the Big Blue Nation, saying he would be returning for a senior campaign:

Six months later, the elite tight end’s father, Mike, tells Shawn Smith of Go Big Blue Country his son is “doing great” and he is on track for a “100-percent recovery.”

“Of course, he hasn’t gone through a practice or anything, but he’s working out full go, he’s running routes, and doing everything business as usual at this point. I don’t know if you would call him 100 percent, probably not, but he certainly is in a great spot right now. He’s on track easily for one hundred percent recovery,” he said.

Mike Conrad told GBBC that the team understands how special this team can be, and they are all focused on converting that to victories.

“We’re loaded with juniors and seniors rather than freshmen and sophomores,” he said. “Guys have collectively all came back this year for a special year. Those guys are really focused on having this be a great year and inside that room they just kind of use that as a little fuel.”

Conrad has 50 receptions, 697 yards, and nine touchdowns through three seasons with the Cats, and is expected to be the perfect one-two punch with running back Benny Snell on offense. In fact, NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. listed Conrad as the No. 1 overall tight end prospect for the 2019 draft next spring.

Mel Kiper lists two Wildcats as No. 1 overall prospects at their position for 2019 NFL Draft

You can read the entire Go Big Blue Country article and interview below:

C.J. Conrad is “on track for one hundred percent recovery”

Here are some of his impressive highlights from the Ole Miss game last year:

Gronk 2.0 coming at you live this fall.

Former OSU transfer and Kentucky target Eric Glover-Williams headed to… Slippery Rock?

Back in November, it looked like Kentucky was a lock to receive a commitment from former UA All-American four-star defensive back and Ohio State Buckeye Eric Glover-Williams.

247 Sports’ Bill Green’s sources told him Glover-Williams and his family had “been in contact with the Kentucky admissions department,” and following a visit back in November for the UK vs. UofL game, he was likely to make it official.

After speaking to a source close to the Kentucky program, and also to the father of former four-star recruit Eric Glover-Williams, it appears the former Ohio State player could be on his way to Lexington, Kentucky.

Glover-Williams, now at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, has been in contact with the Kentucky admissions department per his father, Jerry Williams, and he was assured he will meet their academic standards by obtaining his associates degree and securing a 2.5 GPA.

And then things went silent.

Now, six months later, Glover-Williams has reportedly committed to… Slippery Rock?

Vince Marrow and the Kentucky Wildcats were the first to offer Glover-Williams out of high school, but he opted for Ohio State over the Cats, Michigan State, and Tennessee, among others.

After playing 20 games with the Buckeyes, he was dismissed from the program and enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. When he was looking to get back into D1 football, Marrow reached out to Glover-Williams about playing SEC football for the Cats, and there was heavy mutual interest. There were even rumors that the star defensive-back had already begun taking classes at the University of Kentucky.

Now, he’ll be playing for Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, a Division II school with an enrollment of just over 7,000 students.