Football Season Coverage
By Nick Roush on ©January 04th, 2019 @ 12:02pm
Country roads are taking Neal Brown closer to home.
The Danville native has spent the last four years leading the Troy football program to a 35-16 record, three bowl victories and a Sun Belt Championship. Pete Thamel reports Brown is expected to leave Troy to replace Dana Holgorsen as West Virginia’s next head coach. The two parties are currently in the process of finalizing a deal.
Before he was a head coach, Brown was on Kentucky’s sidelines. The Air Raid discipline called UK’s offense during Mark Stoops’ first two years in Lexington. Brown learned the offensive scheme as a receiver for Hal Mumme at the University of Kentucky.
Just like Jeff Brohm, Brown’s close ties to the state of Kentucky will make recruiting in the Commonwealth more competitive than ever before, but I do believe most UK fans are happy to see one of own take a step up in the college football coaching ladder.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©January 04th, 2019 @ 9:00am
Good morning, BBN. Hopefully everyone has had a great week celebrating Kentucky’s Citrus Bowl victory and is ready for the weekend.
Unfortunately, we have to open this Friday with a bit of sad news regarding one of our former Kentucky Wildcats.
Former Kentucky star Bob Burrow passes away
Bob Burrow, a former two-time All-American under Adolph Rupp, passed away at the age of 84 on Thursday.
The No. 1 available transfer in the nation out of Lon Morris Junior College in 1954, Burrow was the first JUCO player to start in Kentucky basketball history. After hearing of the 6-foot-7 forward’s history of leading his team to two consecutive junior college national tournaments, Rupp offered him a scholarship without even watching him play.
In two years at Kentucky, Burrow averaged 19 points and 17.7 rebounds per game, followed by 21.1 points and 14.6 rebounds per game his second and final season as a Wildcat (1954-56). Leading the Wildcats to a 43-9 overall record and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, Burrow’s No. 50 jersey hangs in the rafters of Rupp Arena:
To this day, Burrow shares the school record for most rebounds in a game (34) and he is No. 5 on the single-game scoring list following a 50-point performance against LSU in 1956.
He was also inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.
Rest in peace to a Wildcat legend.
In other news…
Karl Hess went after Scott Padgett
Last night during Samford’s matchup with ETSU, controversial college basketball official Karl Hess approached former Kentucky forward Scott Padgett like he had business to take care of. And it almost ended with the two throwing punches.
You can see it on the upper right-hand side of the video:
Here's Karl Hess going after Scott Padgett pic.twitter.com/hMAM9PgBTL
— Mid-Major Madness (@mid_madness) January 4, 2019
After the game, Padgett called out Hess’ antics, saying the official wouldn’t dare step up to him on the street like that.
"Are you stepping to me right now?" TENSE moment tonight between official and Samford head coach, leading to some great postgame sound pic.twitter.com/kAUNdmxeb8
— Kane O'Neill (@WJHL_Kane) January 4, 2019
We here at Kentucky Sports Radio dot com don’t speak on controversial referee antics, but we’re also big fans of Mr. Padgett…
(Sic’ em, Scott)
Is Kentucky going to win the title? History seems to think so
The SEC Network released a pretty interesting graphic yesterday evening that certainly seems to play in Kentucky’s favor…
Just three times in Kentucky football history have the Wildcats finished with ten or more wins to close out the season: 1950, 1977, and 2018.
In the 1950-51 and 1977-78 seasons, the Kentucky basketball team ended the year with national championship trophies:
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 4, 2019
Will history play in our favor once again?
UK Hoops defeated Vanderbilt 77-55
In their first SEC matchup of the season, the Kentucky women’s basketball team took home a convincing 77-55 victory at home against Vanderbilt.
Freshman guard Rhyne Howard led the way for the Wildcats with 16 points (5-12 shooting), while senior guard Maci Morris added 14 points on 5-10 shooting.
The win also marked the 300th career victory for Kentucky head coach Matthew Mitchell.
For more on the big victory, check out KSR’s Zack Geoghegan’s write-up from last night below:
Paul Finebaum put Kentucky in his post-bowl season top-10
SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum released his post-bowl season rankings, and your Kentucky Wildcats came in at No. 10 overall.
The Wildcats were one of five total SEC schools listed, with Alabama (No. 1), LSU (No. 6), Georgia (No. 8), and Florida (No. 9) also representing the conference.
Take a look:
Could the Wildcats slide into the top-ten of all the final polls? We’ll find out here in a couple days.
UConn women’s basketball loses first regular season game since 2014
For the first time in 126 games, the No. 1-ranked UConn women’s basketball team lost a game in the regular season, falling to No. 8 Baylor by a final score of 68-57.
BREAKING: Top-ranked UConn women lose to No. 8 Baylor 68-57, ending regular-season winning streak at 126 games.
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) January 4, 2019
To take it even further, it was UConn’s first road loss in regulation since December 18, 2011, which was also against Baylor.
How ridiculous is that?
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By Jack Pilgrim on ©January 03rd, 2019 @ 9:00pm
Is Kentucky worthy of a top-ten finish in the final college football rankings? At least one big-name analyst seems to think so.
Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network released his post-bowl rankings, and the Kentucky Wildcats came in at No. 10 overall.
The Wildcats were one of five total SEC schools listed, with Alabama (No. 1), LSU (No. 6), Georgia (No. 8), and Florida (No. 9) also representing the conference.
Take a look:
Our show staff put together this post-Bowls Top 10 list… I'm sure everyone will agree on all of them and there will be no debate about any of the choices. pic.twitter.com/55Oq5T9yf7
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 3, 2019
Following UK’s 27-24 victory over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, Finebaum sent out a congratulatory tweet for Mark Stoops, the Kentucky football program, and the entire Big Blue Nation.
Congratulations to Kentucky for an amazing win and extraordinary season. So excited for Mark Stoops and Big Blue Nation. What a story.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 1, 2019
The SEC football extraordinaire is no stranger to the Kentucky football hype train.
Back in September, Paul Finebaum took to his radio show to tell the world the Wildcats were one of the top teams in all of college football.
“I believe Kentucky is a top ten football team,” he said. “I think if you took the name off of the jersey then this team is a top ten team. The national media will take care of itself as long as Kentucky keeps winning.”
Over three months later following a 10-win season and a Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State, Finebaum is standing by his word.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©January 03rd, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Back on January 23, 2018, tragedy struck at Marshall County High School when a student opened fire on his classmates. Preston Ryan Cope and Bailey Nicole Holt, two 15-year old students at the school, died and nineteen other students were injured.
For the VRBO Citrus Bowl on Tuesday, the University of Kentucky honored Preston Cope, a diehard Wildcats fan, and his legacy by inviting his family down to Orlando, FL for the game.
Mitch Barnhart and the UK Athletics department flew Cope’s father, mother, and little brother down to Orlando to watch Kentucky defeat Penn State 27-24. In the process, they stayed with the players and coaching staff, having all the fun the football team was able to have throughout the week.
WPSD Local 6, a station located down in Paducah, KY, highlighted the family’s trip to Orlando in a segment on their newscast. They were able to interview the family members about what this gesture meant to them, saying their son would have absolutely loved to be here to witness it.
“It’s a roller coaster. You are up one day and down the next,” Brian Cope, Preston’s father, told WPSD. “We felt that way yesterday. We were up, and happy, and I would think about ‘I wish Preston was here to experience this,’ because he would’ve loved it.”
At one point in the trip, the family got to meet Kentucky star running back Benny Snell, where they shared an incredible exchange.
While Snell autographed a jersey for Preston’s brother, the family gave the Wildcat running back a blue bracelet with “#playlikePreston” written around the outside.
“The bracelet is not just a bracelet,” Preston’s mother, Teresa Cope, said. “It is a reminder of our son Preston and his faith and love and God, and sports, and UK.”
Snell actually wore the bracelet during the game, which can be seen in numerous pictures of the star running back.
“People have been sending us pictures all day long with Benny and that record-breaking touchdown. you can see the bracelet on, and it is just… it brought tears to our eyes that Preston was right there in that moment,” Brian Cope said.
Cope’s family wrote the following letter for the world to see, highlighting the kind gestures Mitch Barnhart and the entire UK Athletics department showed following the tragedy down in Marshall County:
For the entire story, head on over to WPSD Local 6 here.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 03rd, 2019 @ 6:00pm
In news that won’t surprise anyone who went to Orlando, the Citrus Bowl had the second highest attendance of the non-New Year’s Six and College Football Playoff bowls this season. 59,167 fans attended the event, second only to the Alamo Bowl between Washington State and Iowa State, according to Chris Andringa:
— Chris Andringa (@cjandringa) January 1, 2019
Those there said the crowd was a pretty evenly split between Kentucky and Penn State fans, and in a time when attendance at games is down across the country, an almost full stadium for a bowl was great to see:
The Big Blue Nation never disappoints.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 03rd, 2019 @ 3:00pm
A few of you have asked how the woman who was accidentally knocked down by Lynn Bowden on the sideline during the Citrus Bowl is doing. I have a great update for you.
Melanie Fish, a public relations specialist for VRBO, the Citrus Bowl’s sponsor, tweeted that she’s “sore but alive” after finding herself in the path of a runaway Lynn Bowden in the third quarter on Tuesday; in fact, she and Lynn reunited for a hug after the game.
— Melanie Fish (@MelFish1) January 3, 2019
In case you missed it, here’s the scary moment, after which Bowden helped Fish up and made sure she was okay before reentering the game:
WKYT’s Steve Moss and the Herald-Leader’s Alex Slitz, who also got run over by Bowden, are okay too:
— David Stephenson (@PhotoProfDavid) January 1, 2019
Rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated
— Steve Moss (@smosswkyt) January 2, 2019
I’ve often said being hit by a basketball as it flies out of bounds is my biggest fear on the job; I can’t imagine being hit by an actual player.
The Kentucky football team should be well-represented at this year’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
While the NFL waits to release the final guest list for this 2019 NFL Combine, Vince Marrow was feeling a little froggy. This morning Marrow said he expects 11 Wildcats to participate in the pre-draft combine.
I want to congratulate 8 of our players for being invited to the NFL combine with 3 more invite to come. Go Big Blue.
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) January 3, 2019
For those keeping track at home, Kentucky has eight seniors participating in postseason bowl games — Josh Allen, Darius West, Mike Edwards, Lonnie Johnson, Jordan Jones, C.J. Conrad, Derrick Baity and Bunchy Stallings. Although it’s not official, those eight will likely receive Combine invitations.
That does not include junior running back Benny Snell, a player NFL scouts will surely want to take a closer look at in Indianapolis. For Marrow’s prediction to come true, George Asafo-Adjei and Chris Westry need to make the guest list.
The NFL Combine is Tuesday February 26 through Monday March 4. If this many Wildcats earn invitations, you better believe KSR will be there for all of the festivities.
By Nick Roush on ©January 03rd, 2019 @ 11:30am
Kentucky’s head basketball coach is also a big football fan. The only team that usurps his Pittsburgh Steelers are the Kentucky Wildcats.
Since the season unofficially began at UK basketball media day, he’s gone out of his way to praise Mark Stoops’ team. Following Kentucky’s tenth win of the season at the Citrus Bowl, Coach Cal took the time to single out a few individuals for going the extra mile.
If you know me, you know I follow all of the sports here pretty closely. I’ve got great relationships with all the coaches, but I have to single out some individual players on our UK Football team and what they did in Tuesday’s bowl game.
For Benny Snell, Josh Allen, Mike Edwards, C.J. Conrad and others – all of who are going to get drafted – deciding to play for their TEAM, their coaches, their university, their state and most importantly for each other tells me the tale of why this football team won.
They could have easily sat out the game but they chose not to. What’s great is each player’s stock rose by playing and performing. I’m not saying that’s the right thing in every case, but it did show why this team won. They were truly about each other this entire season.
John Calipari throws around the phrase “servant leadership” a lot when talking about his players. It’s safe to say it applies to this group of Kentucky football players.
By Nick Roush on ©January 03rd, 2019 @ 10:45am
Eddie Gran haters, prepare to enjoy some humble pie, served up by CBS’ Barrett Sallee.
Following Kentucky’s Citrus Bowl victory, the Cats’ ten-win season surprised plenty of college football analysts across the country. Some of the perplexed pundits are proclaiming that it was a flash in the pan. CBS college football writer Barrett Sallee acknowledges it will be difficult to replace, “arguably the most underrated running back in SEC history,” but he believes Kentucky is on solid ground with Eddie Gran running the Wildcats’ offense.
“Replacing Snell’s going to be tough, but I think the unsung hero of the Kentucky football team is Eddie Gran, their offensive coordinator,” said Sallee. “The way he coaches to his offensive talent makes him one of the top five offensive coordinators in the country right now.
“In terms of quarterback play, they’re always going to be searching for that next difference-maker. It’s always going to be a challenge for Kentucky to find that next guy, whether it be next year or the year beyond that, or last year, trying to figure out how to operate it with a duel-threat quarterback. They always have that sort of problem, but they’re really good at identifying talent moving forward.”
Like most college football play-callers, Gran receives plenty of criticism from fans for his decision-making. Some of that criticism is fair, however, you cannot ignore the offense’s progress year-to-year under Gran.
The running backs coach helped transform Benny Snell into the school’s all-time leading rusher. Under his tutelage, Kentucky has won at least seven games in each season. He changed UK’s offense in the middle of his first season to adapt to Stephen Johnson’s style of play following Drew Barker’s back injury. After two successful seasons, his offense scored more points in the 2018 than in 2017 and won ten games with a first-year starting quarterback.
It’s a tough pill to swallow, but face it, Eddie Gran is good at his job.
By Adam Luckett on ©January 02nd, 2019 @ 11:00pm
Beautiful weather. Two passionate fan bases. A couple of top 15 football teams. College football on New Year’s Day in Orlando with ABC on the call.
The stage was set for a great bowl game and that is exactly what Kentucky and Penn State delivered in a big time atmosphere. Luckily for the Big Blue Nation, the Wildcats came out on top.
Behind the best individual quarter of the season and very strong special teams play, Kentucky outlasted Penn State in a thriller at Camping World Stadium. The Wildcats get their first double-digit win since 1977 and ended an historical season the right way.
Kentucky scored three touchdowns, kicked two field goals, and collected 297 total yards (176 rushing, 121 passing) on 57 plays. That’s good for 5.2 yards per play. It was clear entering the game that Kentucky thought they had an advantage with their offensive line creating room for Benny Snell. That is exactly where they attacked.
After a solid first half, Benny Snell came out on fire in the third quarter on his way to setting the all-time rushing record at Kentucky. On his first touch of the quarter, Snell rumbled for 32 yards to get Kentucky rolling. He scored a few plays later with Kentucky well on their way to a dominating 15 minutes of action couple drives later, Snell would break the program’s rushing record on his way to 144 yards on 26 carries. He finished the season with 1,449 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. He finished his career with 3,873 rushing yards. The Westerville, Ohio native is an all-time great. As was much of the case during his three-year career in Lexington, the offense went as Snell went and he answered the bell in his final game.
After two very good performances to close the season, expectations were high for Terry Wilson this postseason. The offense is really going to need him to make a big jump going into next season. Facing a very good Penn State defense, his day was filled with ups and downs. Which is what we should’ve expected after a year filled with peaks and valleys.
In the passing game, Wilson completed 60 percent of his 15 attempts with a robust average of 8.1 yards per pass attempt. However, he took six sacks and looked lost in the pocket with the constant pressure Penn State produced. He chipped in some timely gains on designed quarterback runs, but really didn’t make an impact in the vertical passing game. Most of his production came on short passes with a lot of yardage collected after the catch.
During this season, Lynn Bowden became one of the best slot receivers in the SEC. He’ll enter his junior season with very high expectations. You could consider his production against Penn State a national coming out party.
Bowden impacted the game on special teams (we’ll get to that later) but most of his impact was found in the passing game. The Youngstown native is very dangerous in space and Penn State learned that the hard way. In the third quarter, he provided the offense with multiple explosive plays.
For the season, Bowden collected 67 receptions, 745 yards, and five touchdowns. He will be an All-SEC selection at SEC Media Days in July and a cornerstone of UK’s offense in 2019.
The storyline around the game was going to be who could win it in the trenches. After a dominant first half of the season, UK’s offensive line went through some rough patches to close out the season. They found their mojo during the bowl prep.
Inside, UK’s interior trio of Drake Jackson, Bunchy Stallings, and Logan Stenberg were able to create consistent movement against a very good Penn State defensive line. Darrian Kinnard played a tremendous second half at left tackle. Mason Wolfe gave UK solid snaps off the bench. George Asafo-Adjei did his thing at right tackle.
The big guys set the tone and that had a lot to do with UK’s offensive success in a 10-win season.
Kentucky limited Penn State to 24 points on 76 plays. The Nittany Lions collected 407 total yards (161 rushing, 246 passing) with a 5.4 yards per play average. They had 20 first downs and were just 4 of 14 on third down conversions. Penn State threw one interception and really struggled to find a consistent rhythm until the fourth quarter.
Trace McSorley was going to be playing his final game for Penn State in the Citrus Bowl and slowing him down for 60 minutes was going to be a chore. Despite missing a few plays with an injury, McSorley went out swinging in his final game for the Nittany Lions.
The dual-threat quarterback passed for 246 yards to go along with 104 rushing yards when you take out sacks. The Virginia native caught fire in the fourth quarter and nearly pulled off a crazy comeback with scores on three consecutive possessions. Despite being constantly harassed by UK’s pass rush, McSorley consistently made plays and showed many why he was considered to be one of the top quarterbacks in the country entering this season.
Kentucky was mostly successful in containing Penn State’s senior quarterback. The Nittany Lions only completed 48.6 percent of their pass attempts on a 7.0 yards per pass average. Kentucky’s pass rush caused stress on the Penn State offense all afternoon. Due to the pressure, Lonnie Johnson was able to collect his first career interception in his final game in a Kentucky uniform.
Next to McSorley, Miles Sanders entered the postseason with 1,223 rushing yards and a whole lot of potential. The Pittsburgh native was a five-star prospect coming out of high school and has a lot of tools. After being exposed a bit in their run defense in November, UK responded strongly.
Sanders, who ran for over 100 yards five times this season, collected just 51 yards on 13 carries. His backup, another former five-star recruit, had just 27 rushing yards. Whoever established the ground attack was going to have the upper hand and that is exactly what Kentucky did.
In his final game in the blue and white, it would be wrong if we didn’t specifically point out Josh Allen’s performance. The senior edge defender recorded four tackles, three sacks, and even blocked a kick in the first half. For the season, Allen had ridiculous numbers. The senior collected 88 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles. He will be just a half sack shy of the FBS lead and just had the best individual season in program history. That jersey should be retired very soon.
The biggest advantage that UK was able to take advantage of in the Citrus Bowl was in the third phase. Dean Hood’s group made impactful plays in multiple ways that allowed Kentucky pull off a victory.
In the return game, Lynn Bowden made the biggest play in the game. With the offense sputtering, UK desperately needed a spark. The defense had Penn State smothered to start the game, but the Wildcats did not have a lead to go with it. That changed when Bowden took the field with the punt return team.
In the kicking game, Miles Butler was perfect on extra points and knocked in a 28-yard field goal on UK’s first possession. Penn State’s Jake Pinegar was just 1 0f 3 with one being blocked. In the kickoff department, Grant McKinniss was able to hit five touchbacks in six attempts to totally eliminate Penn State’s dangerous return game.
Max Duffy was solid on punts with five being downed inside the 20. Penn State’s fake field goal attempt in the first quarter was blown up by UK and gave the Wildcats great field position that would lead to points.
UK was dominant on special teams and that was the biggest reason why they picked up their first bowl win since 2008.
After collecting consecutive bowl appearances, it was going to be vital for UK to make a step forward in 2018 with a very experienced roster. There were huge quarterback, wide receiver and defensive line questions entering the season but UK had answers everywhere else. In year six, Mark Stoops needed to prove he could break some glass ceilings.
Behind star performances from Benny Snell and Josh Allen, Kentucky used a ball control offense teamed with a swarming defense with multiple pros to have their best season in four decades. The Wildcats ended that dreaded streak to Florida, hosted a de facto SEC East title game against Georgia, and played in their first New Year’s Day bowl game in 20 years. It was a storybook season with a storybook ending.
In the Citrus Bowl victory, Benny Snell became the program’s top rusher and Josh Allen had his second three-sack game of the season. The Wildcats stuck to their identity to defeat a very good Penn State team to collect 10 wins in a season for the first time since 1977.
Moving forward, UK is in a very good spot and the future appears to be very bright. This group proved that you can win big at UK and spend most of the season in the top 25. There is some very good young talent on the roster and this staff has shown an ability to develop that talent. Recruiting has remained solid and Mark Stoops has found a winning recipe that he is very comfortable with.
This was a special, special season.
By Maggie Davis on ©January 02nd, 2019 @ 10:30pm
Lost in the excitement surrounding the bowl victory was, surprisingly, CJ Conrad. The senior tight end has been in the spotlight all season, as the BBN continued to call for more touches for Conrad. But he was quietly successful and incredibly efficient. Even in games where he only had a few catches, Conrad found other ways to contribute to Kentucky’s victories (for example, his blocking and leadership experience). Plus, who could forget that win-clinching catch against Missouri?
But against Penn State, while playing alongside two players whose names will be listed in the UK record books for years to come, Conrad hit a memorable number of his own: 1,000 career receiving yards.
He made just one reception on New Years Day: a 21-yard catch. The grab made Conrad the 28th player in school history to record 1,000 receiving yards. He’ll end his career with a total of 1,015 yards.
The Citrus Bowl may have been the last time fans will get to see Conrad suit up for Kentucky, but there’s still football in his future. He’s already accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine game on January 19. Plus, hopefully there will be some Sundays in his future…
But, he’s a realist. After missing last year’s bowl game due to injury, Conrad soaked in every moment of Tuesday’s victory against Penn State. Heading into the matchup, he admitted he would be emotional.
“I love this place,” the Ohio native said of the Bluegrass. “I love playing for Kentucky, and you never know when your last play of football will be.”
For a player – and a person – like CJ Conrad, hopefully not for a while.
By Maggie Davis on ©January 02nd, 2019 @ 9:30pm
You’ve seen the post-game reactions from the field. You’ve seen the craziness that was KSBar. Now, see how the players’ reacted to Kentucky’s 10th win of the season.
Terry Wilson said it best:
WHAT. A . YEAR.
— Terry Wilson (@TerryTouchdown3) January 1, 2019
Benny Snell, of course, had his own graphic to tweet:
— Mr SNELL YA LATER?? (@benny_snell) January 1, 2019
AJ Rose is ready to pick up where Snell left off:
Love ya slime thanks fa passing that torch down meet you in a minute @benny_snell 100.
— Aj Rose Jr. ? (@ajrose_10) January 2, 2019
In case you missed it the first time…
If I’m not #1 than I don’t know who is????? #GoCats
— Joshua Allen (@JoshAllen41_) January 1, 2019
Lynn Bowden was honest, as usual. But hey, can you blame him?
Say tho y’all gone respect us a little bit or what ? ??
— Lynn Bowden (@H_Huncho) January 2, 2019
And so much for locked win of the year ? where dude at ?
— Lynn Bowden (@H_Huncho) January 2, 2019
Some of the seniors got sentimental:
I’m gonna miss it all man… love my brothers, coaches, staff, and definitely #BBN
— Mike Edwards (@M__Edwards7) January 2, 2019
Forever grateful for this man! Coach Smith, thank you for giving me a chance and always having my back! This season wouldn’t be possible without you. pic.twitter.com/6NxeuQpfiQ
— David Bouvier (@davebouv1) January 2, 2019
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Amazing end to a special season! Thank you to everyone that supported me and this team along the way! I’m beyond blessed to have played on the team that I grew up watching and idolizing. I’ll forever bleed blue! Signing off as a champion! #BBN
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Even hard-nosed Kash Daniel got a bit emotion online:
To my seniors, and Benny, i couldn’t have asked for better teammates. Every one of you are forever my brothers. Love all y’all to death. We’ll keep it locked down???? pic.twitter.com/U8FGb4w5gL
— Kash Daniel (@KashDaniel15) January 2, 2019
Terry Wilson even earned a shoutout from an account named “Last Chance U Alum.” Yes, I’d say Terry is one of their success stories:
— Last Chance U (@LastChanceUAlum) January 1, 2019
Coach Stoops tweeted out one of the best team photos of the year:
Thank you to this team! Love you guys!! pic.twitter.com/vjoOEryaEt
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) January 2, 2019
And Vince Marrow… Well, that’s why he’s the Big Dog.
Man I’m sure glad we don’t listen to the experts lol. BBN
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) January 1, 2019
**UPDATE: Yep, still the big dog
I just heard what these so called experts said on college football live that we won’t have good players to compete for next couple years. Lol I guess we will go 4and 8 like this year. Go Big Blue.
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) January 3, 2019
By Maggie Davis on ©January 02nd, 2019 @ 9:00pm
Kentucky’s 2018-19 football season was defined, for the most part, by seniors playing on the defensive side of the ball. In addition to Josh Allen, guys like Mike Edwards, Darius West, Lonnie Johnson, Derrick Baity and Jordan Jones (even with his last-minute eligibility issue) all made massive contributions for the Wildcats.
But, among the talented, experienced lineup, one true freshman began to make a name for himself: DeAndre Square.
The 6-foot-1 linebacker is from Detroit, Michigan; he joined the Wildcats as a four-star player and No. 20 outside linebacker in the nation. He was a big get for the staff, choosing Kentucky over LSU, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Cincinnati.
After enrolling at UK last January, Square impressed the coaching staff throughout spring training. Once fall came around, he was used early and often. He recorded a tackle in each game this season, often filling in for Kash Daniel or Jordan Jones. During the Texas A&M game, Square recorded a career-high six tackles at Kyle Field. He finished his regular season with 29 tackles, 2.5 for loss, 3 quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a pass deflection.
After an impressive regular season, Square was named to the SEC All-Freshman team – he was Kentucky’s only selection.
Then came the bowl game. The linebacker was credited with six tackles (three solos; three assists) and one sack against Penn State, a team that’s also led by experience and a graduate-student quarterback.
Even with the majority of Kentucky’s defense graduating, Mark Stoops is confident in the team’s young guys, including DeAndre Square, thanks to the precedent that’s already been set.
“These [older] guys set a great example and that’s the big thing. Just to set the tone for the program and what it takes and the hard work and these guys did a great example,” Stoops said after the Citrus Bowl. “We have very good, young kids and we’re excited to get to work with them.”
As a true freshman, DeAndre Square has plenty of time to do exactly what the coaching staff has been advertising: recruit and develop.
He already holds the title as UK’s all-time leading rusher. In addition to his 144-yard performance, Snell also added two more rushing touchdowns to his already-impressive resume against Penn State.
His grand total? Snell finished with 48 career rushing touchdowns in just three years at Kentucky. That number puts him up there with some pretty impressive company. Check out this graphic by the SEC Network:
Not bad. Tim Tebow finished his time at Florida with 57 rushing touchdowns; Herschel Walker finished with 49 TDs.
Take a look at the complete top-10 list: