Football Season Coverage
This morning, we shared the news that Kentucky backup safety Marcus Walker was arrested on drug trafficking charges. Details of that arrest continue to trickle out.
According to Tanner Hesterberg of WKYT, police were called to a residence on Unity Drive for reports of disorderly conduct. Through the course of their investigation, they obtained a search warrant which led to Walker’s arrest. Photos from the scene, which include a broken window:
This is the home on Unity Drive where Lexington Police say they arrested UK football player Marcus Walker on drug charges. Broken window, glass on ground. @WKYT https://t.co/nGKmhJM3aw pic.twitter.com/GgmNQPODiR
— Tanner Hesterberg (@TannerWKYT) May 24, 2018
According to Walker’s arrest citation, he was in possession of over five pounds of marijuana, four or more grams of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. Police also found a large amount of cash and a cash counter during their search. He pleaded not guilty in Fayette District Court this afternoon and is being held at the Fayette County Detention Center on a $1,000 surety bond.
Walker’s attorney, Abe Mashni, had this to say to KSR: “Marcus Walker is presumed innocent. What we saw today was the court acknowledging that fact and setting an appropriate bond. Marcus will be home soon and ready to aggressively fight these charges.”
By Drew Franklin on ©May 24th, 2018 @ 10:46am
I’ve never sold drugs before so I don’t know a lot about building a drug-dealing brand to increase a client base while maintaining anonymity and staying out of the watchful eye of law enforcement. I have a marketing degree from the prestigious Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, but the next drug I sell will be the first drug I sell.
With that being said, I am fairly confident this is a tweet one should not send if participating in drug trafficking-related activities. I think it’s an even worse idea if said person is a student-athlete on a student-athlete budget.
Marcus Walker, though: he wanted his 2,500+ Twitter followers to know that he’s two-stepping counting paper; it’s his money dance, he says.
Two-stepping counting paper that's my money dance?? pic.twitter.com/zsreW61vjJ
— Marcus Walker (@prim3tim3jr4) March 13, 2017
In my opinion, the photo was a pretty poor PR move by the young man who likely saw his college football career come to an end with a Thursday morning arrest for trafficking more than five pounds of marijuana and four grams of cocaine.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 24th, 2018 @ 8:51am
Kentucky football’s Marcus Walker was arrested early Thursday morning in Lexington on drug trafficking charges. Those charges include drug paraphernalia, trafficking marijuana (over five pounds) and trafficking a controlled substance (four or more grams of cocaine):
#1 DRUG PARAPHERNALIA – BUY/POSSESS
#2 TRAF IN MARIJUANA ( > 5 LBS.) 1ST OFF
#3 TRAFF IN CONT SUB, 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFF – (> OR = 4 GMS COCAINE)
Walker was set to be a part of UK’s defensive back rotation in 2018 as a junior safety. He signed with Kentucky in 2015 as a four-star recruit out of Florida, and played in 12 of 13 games last year as a sophomore with five total tackles.
He was really expected to provide depth and see even more playing time this fall, but it’s safe to say that has changed with his arrest.
See the report here.
By Nick Roush on ©May 23rd, 2018 @ 7:00pm
As the summer heats up, so do the college football takes.
The latest on the Kentucky football team comes from Tony Barnhart, the self-proclaimed “Mr. College Football.” An SEC Network analyst, he carries the title proudly, but this week he proved that title was not earned.
Now writing for an outlet called “TMG Sports,” Barnhart released his SEC East predictions after touring each school during the spring season. It’s no surprise Barnhart believes Kentucky can only beat Missouri and Vanderbilt in SEC play — Kentucky rarely gets preseason respect, if any — but his reasoning is shocking.
With running back Benny Snell (a two-time 1,000-yard rusher) returning and some potentially good quarterback play from JUCO transfer Terry Miller and redshirt sophomore Gunnar Hoak, the Wildcats might upset Mississippi State or South Carolina at home and improve on this record.
Uncertainty at the quarterback position strikes fear in the hearts of preseason prognosticators, and understandably so. The position will make or break a team, even though UK has had consecutive seven-win seasons with quarterback play that’s average at best. To doubt UK because of quarterback play makes, but you can’t condemn the quarterback when you don’t even know the person’s name.
Tony Barnhart is supposed to be Mr. College Football. Shouldn’t Mr. College Football of the SEC Network know Terry Wilson’s name? Barnhart watched Wilson throw passes on UK’s campus, but he couldn’t even take the time to double-check UK’s roster before writing this prediction?
People make mistakes. It happens every single day in this business. However, you can’t proclaim yourself Mr. College Football, then crush a team based on a quarterback that doesn’t exist. Mr. College Football should consider changing his name to Mr. Miller.
We haven’t made it to Memorial Day, but there’s already one preseason college football magazine on newsstands.
This week Athlon Sports released their college football preview, along with magazines for each major conference. In the SEC edition, six Kentucky Wildcats are all-conference selections.
- Benny Snell, First Team Running Back
- Mike Edwards, First Team Safety
- C.J. Conrad, Second Team Tight End
- Lynn Bowden, Third Team All-Purpose Back
- Bunchy Stallings, Third Team Offensive Guard
- Josh Allen, Third Team Linebacker
Usually Kentucky gets no respect. That’s not the case in Athlon, but there are a few people who might have a bone to pick.
Josh Allen is a third team selection, but he’s projected by ESPN as the No. 1 outside linebacker in next year’s NFL Draft. The SEC produced plenty of elite edge rushers, but I find it hard to believe there are six guys better than Allen. Another linebacker who could have made the cut was omitted, Jordan Jones. Injuries sidelined him for much of the 2017 season, but he was an All-SEC selection in 2016 as the conference’s third-leading tackler.
By Nick Roush on ©May 21st, 2018 @ 1:30pm
There are just a little more than 14 weeks until the college football season begins. That may sound a long way away, but it’s close enough for Las Vegas to produce some opening week lines.
To no surprise, your Kentucky Football Wildcats are favored in the first game of the season. The Cats are 20-point favorites over Central Michigan at Kroger Field, according to OddShark. They don’t have the lines from every game, but they’ve got ’em for the most intriguing match-ups.
- Alabama – 28.5 vs. Louisville
- West Virginia -7 vs. Tennessee
- Auburn -3 vs. Washington
- Ole Miss -1.5 vs. Texas Tech
- Vanderbilt -7.5 vs. Middle Tennessee
- Miami -3 vs. LSU
Only 101 more football days until the college football season officially begins when Northwestern travels to Purdue (4.5-point favorites) on Thursday August 31.
By Eli Mitchell on ©May 20th, 2018 @ 10:45pm
Christopher Oats, the third highest ranked commit in Kentucky’s 2018 class, had an impressive offer sheet including big schools like Georgia, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Ole Miss, and Ohio State.
Ohio State was seen as the favorite to land Oats services as the school is just 106 miles away from his hometown. Vince Marrow believed otherwise.
“Everybody thought Chris was going to Ohio State,” Marrow said at the time. “But I kind of knew where he was going. I just kept it to myself. But until he signed the papers, I was nervous all the way until last night.”
Joe Mussatto of SEC Country recently visited with Oats at Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati to discuss his decision to play at Kentucky over Ohio State.
Persistence played a big role in Kentucky’s success, “They came to see me almost every week, stayed in touch, texted me every day and every night,” Oats said. “It got annoying, but that’s how I knew they really wanted me. Other colleges weren’t really doing that.”
At the end of the day Oats relationship with Marrow sealed the deal, “He keeps it real with you, he just wants the best out of us. You can tell that his loyalty is real. He’s never gonna give up on you.”
Oats, an outside linebacker in high school, is expected to play middle linebacker at the next level. The 6’5 230 pound athlete will certainly have a chance to earn playing time on special teams this year while competing with Jamin Davis for the backup middle linebacker spot.
Read the full story from Mussatto here.
A few weeks back a story that is worth your attention occurred during the University of Kentucky’s graduation ceremony as former Kentucky tight end Oliver White (1981-84) received his degree in community leadership and development.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) May 4, 2018
Drafted in the 10th round of the 1985 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, White only lasted a year in the NFL. After working for years in manufacturing as a supervisor and plant manager White knew he could do more.
“It was something I always wanted to finish,” he said last week. “It was always in the back of my mind.”
White is one of more than 150 Ex-Cats who have returned to UK to finish their degrees in what UK calls “The Post-Eligibility Program”. The program allows any former athlete to return to school to finish their degree with their tuition and books paid for.
The program was originally implemented by Athletic Director C.M. Newton in 1989, Mitch Barnhart has continued the practice as well.
Congrats to Mr. White!
By Nick Roush on ©May 19th, 2018 @ 8:45pm
The Kentucky football team’s annual mission trip to Ethiopia continues to produce heart-warming moments.
Three offensive linemen are representing Mark Stoops’ team in Ethiopia — offensive tackle “Big” George Asafo-Adjei, offensive guard Jervontius “Bunchy” Stallings and long-snapper Tristan Yeomans. They’ve accomplished quite a lot in the last week.
The trio started the week by delivering blankets to more than 40 widowed women to warm them during the rainy season. I wonder how many blankets Big George, arguably the strongest guy on the football team, can benchpress?
There were quite a few cute Kodak moments when they visited a local school.
Today they built wooden shoe-shine boxes that will provide a means of income for 35 men.
The trio of Wildcats will return from the life-changing experience on Monday with plenty of stories to share.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©May 18th, 2018 @ 11:00pm
2019 three-star DE Shawnkel Knight-Goff is going to have to switch out that red prom suit for Kentucky blue…
This afternoon, the No. 5 prospect in the state of Kentucky (Louisville Doss High School) announced his commitment to KENTUCKY!
Knight-Goff, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound DE/OLB, received an offer from the Cats back in July of 2016.
— Shawnkel Knight-Goff (@itskeltime1) July 27, 2016
Almost two years later, he made it official.
Kentucky assistant coach Vince Marrow called the Yahtzee, and Rivals’ Justin Rowland later confirmed it was indeed Knight-Goff.
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) May 18, 2018
Knight-Goff becomes the fifth commitment to Kentucky over the last two weeks, joining West Jessamine OL Eli Cox, South Carolina DB Jalen Geiger, Florida quarterback Nik Scalzo, and Florida OL Jake Pope.
According to Justin Rowland, Knight-Goff, who was on an unofficial visit to Kentucky today, is expected to play outside linebacker for the Cats in 2019.
I watched Doss play safety at a 7v7 passing tournament at Commonwealth last summer. He's listed as a defensive end. THAT kind of versatility. I'm told he's most likely an OLB at Kentucky.
— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) May 18, 2018
The newest commitment chose the Cats over offers from Louisville, Purdue, Cincinnati, and Indiana.
Speaking of Louisville, the Cards held 57% of Knight-Goff’s Crystal Ball predictions, including two submissions over the last three days:
What a beautiful sight.
Watch our newest Cat go to work:
By Nick Roush on ©May 18th, 2018 @ 12:00pm
Former Kentucky wide receiver Kayaune Ross has signed his first NFL contract. Ross earned the roster spot with an impressive performance at the Colts’ rookie mini-camp.
A junior college transfer, Ross came into his own in 2017 after an injury-plagued first season in Lexington. The 6’6″ wide receiver caught 16 passes for 219 yards last year. The Kentucky coaching staff expected him to use that momentum for an outstanding 2018 season, but his college eligibility ended prematurely.
Instead of preparing to play for UK next season, he’s making money with the Colts and hanging out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a bucket-hat. Not too shabby.