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Bad Lip-Reading, UK Style

Bad Lip-Reading, UK Style

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The viral sensation Bad Lip-Reading made an appearance at this year’s CASPYs, and featured a variety of your favorite personalities in the UK Athletic Department.

Lamar Thomas gets things started, followed by appearances from John Calipari, Kash Daniel, Matthew Mitchell, De’Aaron Fox and many more.  The best is saved for last: a special “performance” from Mitch Barnhart.

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7 Predictions for Tonight’s CATSPY Awards

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Photo by UK Athletics

The 15th annual CATSPY awards are tonight, which means at about 7 p.m., your Instagram timeline will be flooded with pictures of your favorite Cats decked out in their formal wear. This year, UK is opening the show to the public, so if you’d like to go to Memorial Coliseum and see all the fun in person, tickets are $5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. We’ll have a ton of coverage on KSR, but until then, let’s have some fun with predictions, shall we?

Benny Snell will upset De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk in the Male Rookie of the Year category

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Okay, this one’s a little out there, but I couldn’t decide between De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk for Male Rookie of the Year, so I’m going with a player we can all agree will do great things at Kentucky: freshman running back Benny Snell. Snell rushed for a freshman school-record 1,091 yards and 13 touchdowns and had a UK-freshman record five 100-yard rushing games. He ranked ninth overall and second among freshmen in the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards per game and all-purpose yards, while leading the SEC freshmen in scoring overall (78 points) and scoring TDs (13). He led the nation in rushing touchdowns by a freshman and ranked third nationally among freshmen in rushing yards. If all of that’s not enough, he’s dipping his toe into the music business as well:

Also up for Male Rookie of the Year: De’Aaron Fox (men’s basketball), Sean Hjelle (baseball), Malik Monk (men’s basketball), and JJ Williams (men’s soccer).

Malik Monk will win Male Athlete of the Year

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Yes, I realize I just predicted that Monk would lose Male ROY to Benny Snell, but that’s also because he’ll take home a bigger prize of Male Athlete of the Year. Monk’s 47-point game vs. North Carolina in December was the performance of the year in UK Athletics, and his goodbye letter to the BBN after declaring for the draft ensures he will be remembered fondly. In fact, let’s watch the highlight reel one more time:

Also nominated for Male Athlete of the Year: Nick Anderson (track and field), Tim Duckworth (track and field), Napo Matsoso (men’s soccer), Tyler “Chip” McDaniel (men’s golf), Jacob Thomson (track and field/cross country), Jon Toth (football), and Evan White (baseball).

Makayla Epps will win Female Athlete of the Year

Britney Howard | UK Athletics

Britney Howard | UK Athletics

The Female Athlete of the Year category is stacked, but my vote goes to senior women’s basketball star Makayla Epps. Following in her father’s footsteps, Makayla became a home state hero, sticking with the program through highs and lows. Considering Makayla wore a championship belt during her introduction at Big Blue Madness, I’m sure she’ll accept the award in style.

Also up for Female Athlete of the Year:  Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (track and field), Ashley Dusek (volleyball), Isabelle Johansson (women’s golf), Mollie Korth (gymnastics), Katy Kunc (track and field/cross country), Meagan Prince (softball), Sha’Keela Saunders (track and field), Asia Seidt (swimming and diving), and Aldila Sutjiadi (women’s tennis).

Dominique Hawkins will dominate the Supporting Role category

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Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

Few players that have come through the program in recent years have been as beloved as Dominique Hawkins. One of two home state seniors on the roster, Dom infused the team with some much needed energy and hustle, earning a spot on the SEC All-Tournament Team. He should add another trophy to that mantle tonight.

Also up for Best Athlete in a Supporting Roll: Matthew Beach (swimming and diving), Laura Connor (women’s soccer), Stuart Ford (men’s soccer), Ali Galyer (swimming and diving), Cathryn Papasodora (rifle), Hailey Poland (gymnastics), and Shannon Smith (softball).

There will be one adorable moment between Derek and Keely

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Because this is one of their last events as the first second couple of UK Basketball. (They’re behind Cal and Ellen, of course.)

More awesome videos will emerge

One thing you can always count on from the CATSPYs is an awesome video or two from the KyWildcatsTV team. Last year, it was carpool karaoke:

The year before, an “Everything is Awesome” montage:

In 2014, we got to hear Dakari Johnson teach Mitch Barnhart some social media slang:

Man, I miss those guys.

Someone will sport suit capris and loafers

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At the College Basketball awards earlier this month, Malik Monk sported the popular suit capris and dress loafers that seem to be all the rage among pro athletes these days. Will Monk break out the same outfit for tonight? If not, I bet someone else will. Regardless, we will break down all the fashions in CATSPYs Fashion Police.


Prepare for Kentucky Camp Season

Prepare for Kentucky Camp Season

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Today marks the first Saturday without Kentucky football or basketball since August.  Until things kick back into gear this August, the athletic fields will be buzzing, filled with campers from across the Big Blue Nation.

Basketball and football camps start seven weeks from today on June 10.  If you’re a football player trying to get noticed, playing in front of the coaches is a great way to start.  See the entire schedule and register here.

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John Calipari’s basketball camps tip-off the same weekend.  The overnight and father/son events will create memories that last a lifetime.  Spots are filling fast; register as soon as possible here or here.

Father/Son Camps

  • June 9 – 10
  • June 16 – 17
  • June 30 – July 1

Overnight Camps

  • June 11 – June 14
  • June 18 – June 21

WKU Football Unveils New One-of-a-Kind Tradition

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via @WKUFootball

New Western Kentucky football coach Mike Sanford is bold.  During halftime of the Red/White Game, the first-time head coach announced the creation of a tradition never seen before in the athletic arena.

The Hilltoppers will “Raise the W” each week, something never done before in the history of sports*.  The bold initiative from Coach Sanford is explained in the following press release.

At halftime of Saturday’s Red vs. White Spring Game, WKU Head Football Coach Mike Sanford introduced his ‘Raise the W’ initiative to signify the start of game week in Bowling Green beginning with the 2017 season.

The brainchild of the first-year head coach, the red flag features WKU’s varsity style ‘W’ which has appeared on lettermen jackets dating back to the 1920’s, and it will be raised each Monday by a selected Hilltopper on the basis of commitment to his teammates, the program and level of play from the previous week.

Area business and fans will be encouraged to also raise their own ‘W’ flag to help the Hilltoppers kick off game week in unison across town. Replica versions of the flag, which will fly in the south end zone of Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, will be available this summer.

The first W flag ceremoniously flew at halftime to the tune of WKU’s new football fight song, “Go Tops Go!”

“Hey Bowling Green, what do you say? The Tops are gonna win today!”

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The Elephant in the Room: Boom Williams will (Probably) not get Drafted

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A week from today the NFL Draft will come to a close in Philadelphia.  More likely than not, Stanley “Boom” Williams will not hear his name called.

The Kentucky running back declared for the draft immediately after the TaxSlayer Bowl, forfeiting his final year of eligibility by signing with an agent.  A 1,000-yard rusher in 2016, Williams was still just a borderline draft pick at the time of his decision.  Since then his stock has not improved.

A top performer in the 20-yard and three-cone shuttle at the NFL Combine, his best 40-yard dash time was disqualified.  The “Bottom Line” on his NFL.com Combine Analysis is not flattering.

Scat back with outstanding burst who can create for himself in space, but is not about that life when asked to run between the tackles. Williams doesn’t have the blocking or the hands to be a full-time third-down back and he lacks the decisiveness and vision necessary to handle snaps as a backup. While he does have plus athletic ability, Williams may be too limited in what he can offer a team from a roster flexibility standpoint.

Being an above-average scat back is Boom’s best shot at having an NFL Career, but the scouts don’t see those skills.  In three years at Kentucky Boom only caught 38 passes, which is just an average of about one screen pass per game.  To make matters worse, Williams did not do anything Earth-shattering at his Pro Day and he has limited experience as a special teams player.

As we enter the heart of mock draft season, Boom is nowhere to be found.  Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, the two most well-known draft prognosticators, only predict the first two rounds, but ESPN does have a service that ranks every prospect.  Williams is considered the No. 319 player overall.  There are only 253 players selected in the NFL Draft.

Only a few outlets conduct mock drafts for all seven rounds.  Of the following four, Boom was not featured in any mock drafts.

It’s difficult to foresee a home for Boom in the NFL Draft, but that’s ultimately for the best.  As a free agent, he’ll get to choose the team that provides the best opportunity, rather than going to a team that chooses him.  He’ll get a shot, but it probably won’t be through the NFL Draft.

The good news is the BBN has someone to cheer for in Philadelphia.  Jon Toth will be selected somewhere in between the third and sixth rounds and nobody will be happier than Freddie Maggard.


How the Rookies Fared in the Spring Game

How the Rookies Fared in the Spring Game

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Before the absurdity surrounding bowl rings took over the Twittersphere, most media outlets have dissected the spring game from every angle imaginable. I stated that the youngsters, or first-year contributors, were the storyline of the scrimmage on our Depth Chart Podcast. Let’s take a deeper look at Mark Stoops’ newcomers.

 

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— WR Clevan Thomas proved to be an efficient target over the middle. The rookie caught 3 passes for 28 yards and 1 touchdown. He also had an opportunity for another TD catch but was unable to hold on to the football in the end zone following contact. Thomas could find his way onto the fall depth chart at the slot receiver position this fall.

— LB Jamin Davis was moved into a starting role on the White team due to Jordan Jones’ spring game suspension. He made the most of the opportunity by leading all tacklers with 8 including a tackle for loss. Fellow linebacker Eli Brown showed growth at the same position. Davis is in need of weight and strength gains. But, he displayed an innate nose for the football and could play this fall if called upon. Jamin Davis is the future of Mark Stoops’ defense.

— CB Cedrick Dort Jr. took on a block from pulling guard Logan Stenberg. 6’6 320-pounds vs. 5’11 170. You do the math and guess the outcome. Dort shook off the results from the collision and broke up a pass on the next play. He wasn’t as heralded as other defensive backs in the 17 class. Pay little mind to those recruiting cycle prognostications. Most likely a redshirt season awaits, but his spring performance catapults him in the conversation to play as a true freshman.

 

— QB Danny Clark’s maiden voyage into college football started off with a bang. That bang was the noise that resonated from the true freshman’s cannon for an arm. Arm strength will never be a liability for Clark as he nearly decapitated Kayaune Ross on a short hitch route. He’ll learn touch and other nuances of the position. 2017 will likely be a redshirt season in which he can study under Stephen Johnson, Gunner Hoak, and Drew Barker. The kid has swagger for sure.


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Defense – DT Ja’Quize Cross, DT Kordell Looney, Nickel/Safety Tobias Gilliam, DE/LB Jaylin Bannerman, DE/LB Jamar “Boogie” Watson, CB Kei Beckham, CB Zy’Aire Hughes, MLB Roland Walder, FS Davonte Robinson 

Offense – QB Gunnar Hoak, C Drake Jackson, G Luke Fortner, TE Justin Rigg, RB AJ Rose, G Tate Leavitt

— We have to start this category with the spring game’s most valuable player, Jamar “Boogie” Watson. A week prior to the spring game the media witnessed his emergence in an open practice as he more than capably filled the starting DE/OLB role vacated by Denzil Ware. Watson was all over the field and was the defense’s leading havoc stat producer. What the BBN saw last Friday was merely more of the same. Watson will be called upon to become a designated pass rusher. The former 2-star from DC’s future is limitless.

 

— QB Gunnar Hoak put on a show: 16-24, 174 yards, 2 TDs. His spring game a year ago provided a glimpse, last Friday solidified impressions of the offense’s future. Just when that future begins is the question. Hoak could step in and play immediately. He does not possess Clark’s arm strength but relies more on anticipation and timing to complete passes. Gunner Hoak will be a starting quarterback for the University of Kentucky.

— TE Justin Rigg is Vince Marrow’s guy. More athletic than originally projected, the redshirt freshman caught 2 passes for 21 yards. Rigg is a solid third TE for Eddie Gran.

— RB AJ Rose is fast. GPS tracker measured a spring practice run at 21 mph which is faster than any RB from 2016. Rose showed enough to excite even though his spring game was cut short due to a neck injury. I’d imagine a Wildcat package will be installed to fit the high school quarterback’s skill.

 

— Guard Luke Fortner and center Drake Jackson were critical pieces on the White team’s offensive line. Both will be a part of a two-deep OL in 2017. OL coach John Schlarman indicated that guard Tate Leavitt showed strides in spring practice. He will need to continue that momentum into the offseason to move into a highly competitive rotation.

   

— Defensive backs Tobias Gilliam, Davonte Robinson, Zy’Aire Hughes, and Kei Beckham will provide depth and push starters in fall camp. Safeties Gilliam and Robinson fill a position of need following the departure of Marcus McWilson and Blake McClain. Beckham intercepted a Stephen Johnson pass in the scrimmage and joins a talented group of cornerbacks. Zy’Aire Hughes was moved from receiver to cornerback. That transition payed dividends in the form of a forced fumble. Hughes is an upper-level athlete and too talented to keep off the field in some capacity.

— Another position of need is defensive tackle. Kordell Looney’s 4 tackle, 1 QB sack, 1 QB hurry, and 2 tackles for loss performance was an indication of what’s to come. The best defensive lineman in the game was Adrian Middleton. Second best was his backup Kordell Looney.

— Linebacker Roland Walder quietly registered 4 tackles. OLB Jaylin Bannerman joins Boogie Watson at DE/OLB.


What does all this mean?

Not a great deal in all actuality because the spring game was well, just a scrimmage. Both true and redshirt freshman currently on the roster have a long way to go. But last Friday provided an obvious sign that young talent is present on Kentucky’s roster; significant contributions will be made from some that are listed above. However, the future is now for the Wildcats. A critical offseason preparing for an urgent season starts now.


Stoops on criticism over bowl rings: “I really don’t give a crap what anybody else says”

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Earlier this week, Kentucky football players received bowl rings even though they didn’t win the TaxSlayer Bowl, a move which has drawn some heat online. I’ve already gone over why the players getting rings is completely normal, but Mark Stoops put it best in an interview on “Full Ride,” a show on Sirius XM College Sports this morning.

“Our players — we have bowl games and we have money allotted to bowl games so they can get what they want,” Stoops said. “I could care less what they get. They want a ring? We’ll get a ring. They want a t-shirt, we’ll get a t-shirt. They want a sweatsuit? We’ll get that. That’s for those guys to decide. So, I really don’t give a crap what anybody else says.

YEAH. SASSY STOOPS. Hear the clip for yourself below:


Kentucky’s Spring Practice was Uncharacteristically Quiet, and That’s a Good Thing

The 2017 edition of Kentucky spring football was unlike any I’ve covered in five years for Kentucky Sports Radio.  It was quiet, almost too quiet.

Spring practice has been quiet in the past, mostly due to apathy.  Since Mark Stoops arrived four years ago, spring football personified the season.  Optimism filled the air like pollen, creating unsubstantiated expectations that created plenty of noise, but would slowly turn into a nuisance.

In his first year, more than 50,000 fans showed Stoops they cared about the football program.  Just hearing Stoops’ rhetoric brought fans in droves.  They knew there wasn’t much to see, but it was enlightening to hear hope from the head football coach.

The following year, fans received their favorite spring football storyline: two Kentucky kids battling to be the starting quarterback.  A former Mr. Football spent a redshirt year learning from an Air Raid alum.  A four-star Elite 11 quarterback turned down Steve Spurrier to help bring in the highest-ranked recruiting class in school history.  Adding to the hype was a $110 million stadium renovation, announced just a few months earlier.  There was plenty of hope, even though it only produced three more wins.

The third year of spring ball for Mark Stoops was unlike any other spring in Kentucky.  A stadium under construction eliminated the game, yet fans prepared for a breakthrough.  It was the second year for a lot of things: the starting quarterback, the explosive freshmen playmakers and more star-studded recruits.

The season started with a Boom in a new stadium, but the Cats could not break through, or as Stoops would later describe it, “knock down doors.”  They were close many times, but fell flat when it mattered most to fans, at home, under the spotlight.

The close calls filled the spring air with tension last year.  More questions were being asked about Stoops’ ability to develop, the theme for every college coach during spring ball.  His greatest achievements at Kentucky were all in the realm of recruiting, and even that was under a microscope after a rash of decommitments leading into 2016’s spring practice.

The 2016 team contrasted heavily with the one we heard about in the spring.  They “knocked down doors.”  They won on the road.  They took the Governor’s Cup from a Heisman Trophy winner.  They went bowling.

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Stoops’ success in his fourth season as head coach took away what normally defined spring practice: expectations.  There isn’t an ultimatum at Stoops’ feet.  There isn’t even a marquee position battle for people to point to.

On offense, a 1,000 yard-rusher and Freshman All-American gets to run behind one of the nation’s best offensive lines that lost just one player.  A quarterback that outplayed the Heisman Trophy winner got to spend six weeks creating better chemistry with wide receivers that have collectively played more snaps than any group in recent memory.  On the other side of the ball, the focus wasn’t on, “Who will make all the tackles?”  The storyline was, “Who will back up the best safety and linebacker in the SEC?”  The young secondary is no longer young.  The young pass rushers that surpassed Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith are no longer young.  The defensive line that struggled a year ago has new, aggressive leadership.

All of it culminated Friday night by showcasing competitiveness at every position.  The stars — Johnson, Snell, Jordan Jones, Denzil Ware, Juice — did not need to play a ton of reps to prove their worth.  Instead, Stoops got to show off his young troops.  Early enrollees Jamin Davis and Clevan Thomas impressed.  Redshirts that spent the season on the scout team — Gunnar Hoak, Boogie Watson, A.J. Rose and Zy’Aire Hughes — provided even more optimism for the future.

Stoops spent his first four years finishing spring ball by discussing important position battles.  This year he simply sang the team’s praise for improving as a whole, the purpose of spring practice.

“I was very proud of our players,” Stoops said after the game.  “We talked last summer about their capacity to handle more. Well they took a lot of coaching for a long time.”

That quote bores the casual observer and does not create headlines for journalists.  It’s how programs quietly develop into major players in the college football landscape.  The quiet is exactly what Mark Stoops needed before a season that could take Kentucky football to new heights.


You Can’t Mock Kentucky’s Bowl Rings After Seeing Oklahoma State’s

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Eric Gay | AP

When the Kentucky football team received rings celebrating their TaxSlayer Bowl appearance and Governor’s Cup victory, plenty of people picked up their torches and pitchforks.  Criticism came from all directions, including Kentucky fans, but it’s not the most ridiculous college football ring from the 2016 season.

Mullet man Mike Gundy guided the Oklahoma State Cowboys to an Alama Bowl victory.  We can all agree, they deserve a ring for their bowl win.  It’s what’s on the side of the rings that makes them abnormal.

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Oklahoma State had a 10-3 record, not 11-2.  Gundy isn’t counting the Cowboys last-second loss to Central Michigan.  The game ended on an untimed down, an untimed down Central Michigan should not have been awarded.  The Cowboys lost on a miracle play thanks to an official’s error.

Even though they were wrongfully handed a loss by the officials, Oklahoma State still got embarrassed by an unbelievable Hail Mary.  If I was wearing the ring, the edited record would only remind me of that painful loss every time I wore it.  It’s silly to change the ring, but I can’t hate on anybody’s athletic ring because I wish I had one.

“They hate us, cause they ain’t us.” – Mike Gundy, probably.  


WATCH: Vanderbilt Football Mocks Sorority Recruitment Videos in the Best Way Possible

WATCH: Vanderbilt Football Mocks Sorority Recruitment Videos in the Best Way Possible

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I don’t often praise Vanderbilt football, but even Freddie Maggard would say, “Anchor Down” after seeing this fantastic piece of parody.

Before you see the team’s creation, you must see what they’re mocking.  This Alabama recruitment video caused quite the stir in 2015 and features all of the stereotypical shots.

Tight end Sam Dobbs and a few other Commodores put together this hilarious masterpiece for their annual sports awards banquet.  There are many wonderful moments, but the glitter in the wind takes the cake.

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Why UK getting bowl rings that celebrate their win over Louisville is completely normal

Why UK getting bowl rings that celebrate their win over Louisville is completely normal

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@UKFootball

Earlier today, UK handed out bowl rings to the team to celebrate the 2016 season, which caused quite the stir in the comments section because not only did Kentucky lose the TaxSlayer Bowl, one side of the ring celebrates the win over Louisville. Critics complained that the rings were like participation trophies and that Kentucky should be “above” such things. “Why stoop to Indiana’s level,” I’ve read more than twice.

Well, I’m here to tell you that actually, it’s completely normal. Before the TaxSlayer Bowl, it had been a while since Kentucky played in a bowl, so maybe we all forgot, but pretty much every team that participates in a bowl gets rings, regardless of whether or not they win. Teams give them to players as a way to reward them for a season of hard work and it’s been happening that way for a long, long time. If a team wins the bowl, their rings will read “Bowl Champs.” If not, the team will come up with something else, like, just the name of the bowl, as Ole Miss did after losing the Peach Bowl to TCU 42-3 in 2015:

Florida State even made up a fictional state championship to put on their 2015 rings:

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And for those of you complaining about having the Louisville score on the side? TONS of schools do this, including Louisville! Here’s their 2015 Music City Bowl ring, which celebrates their five-year winning streak over Kentucky:

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Louisville also got rings for the 2011 season, even though it ended with a loss in the Belk Bowl and a 7-6 record. But hey, that Big East Championship!

And lest we forget Rick Pitino honoring his 2016 seniors with championship rings even though they couldn’t compete in the postseason because of a self-imposed ban for the sex scandal:

Is it a little cheesy? Sure. But it’s also normal. And for the players that have helped turn the program around, it’s a pretty nice gesture:

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Even though Jeff Badet’s at Oklahoma now, he appreciated the gesture:

He especially liked the part about beating Louisville, arguably the most important win Kentucky football has had since the 2007 season:

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So, the next time a Louisville fan tries to make fun of Kentucky for doing this, just send them this post. Even if it’s just to remind them that Lamar fumbled.


The Depth Chart Podcast’s Spring Game Review

The Depth Chart Podcast’s Spring Game Review

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Six long weeks of spring practice in the Bluegrass culminated in Friday night’s Blue/White Game, and the Depth Chart Podcast is here to discuss it all.  From the exceptional turnout to the exciting action on the field, Freddie, Nick, Andrew and Jack talk about…

—  How spring game schematics took away the best part of Stephen Johnson’s game.

—  Danny Clark is Jared Lorenzen’s spirit animal.

—  Players and details that stood out.

—  How the setting was ideal for recruiting and hosting a ton of elite talent.

—  The real winners of the Spring Game: Young Talent.

—  What’s next for the team leading into the “offseason.”

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 “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Louisville Cornerback Announces Transfer in Twitter Tirade

Louisville Cornerback Announces Transfer in Twitter Tirade

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The curious case of Alphonso Carter has come to a close at the University of Louisville.  The junior college transfer arrived on campus as wide receiver Paul Harris.  The former Tennessee and JUCO wide receiver changed his name to Alphonso Carter and his position to cornerback.  Now, he’s changing his school, again.

He announced his decision in this bizarre series of Tweets.

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He then released his measurables, along with a few highlight videos from his two years at Louisville.  Then, he threw his middle fingers up at Petrino on his way out the door.

 

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The Tweets can be viewed many ways.  I see it as a great PR move by Harris/Carter.  After being pulled over with a loaded gun in December, he was suspended by Petrino in February.  Shortly after the suspension, Carter plead guilty to carrying a concealed deadly weapon without a permit.

Carter could’ve been asked by Petrino to leave because of his legal troubles, or you can believe Carter’s version of the story.  Either way, we can all agree this is strange.


Patrick Towles took reps at tight end at a Bengals workout today

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Today is local prospects workout day for the Cincinnati Bengals and a familiar name participated, albeit in an unfamiliar role. According to WCPO’s Keenan Singleton, former Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles participated in tight end drills today at the Bengals workout and said he’s willing to switch positions to make it in the NFL.

Of course, Towles played quarterback at Kentucky for four years before graduating and transferring to Boston College for his fifth year of eligibility. Last season, he started for the Eagles, putting up 1,730 yards and 12 touchdowns. Right now, he’s ranked as the 25th best QB in the NFL Draft in CBS’ prospect rankings. With the draft coming up next weekend, Patrick’s back in the Bluegrass to train, and returned to his old stomping grounds on Friday night to check out the Spring Game:

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According to the Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale, Towles visited his former teammates after the game at the football training facility and it was a happy reunion. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat.

We’ll be cheering for you next week, Patrick.


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Kentucky’s new bowl rings celebrate the win over Louisville

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UK may have lost the Tax Slayer Bowl, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to celebrate what a huge season it was for the program. Check out the team’s new bowl rings, which honor their Tax Slayer Bowl berth and their 41-38 win over Louisville in Governor’s Cup. The players received them this morning, and judging by these photos from @UKFootball, approve:

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