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Courtney Love recognized for outstanding dedication to community service

Courtney Love recognized for outstanding dedication to community service

Courtney Love is used to being recognized for helping his teammates on the field. Now, he’s being recognized for helping his community.

Love has just been named to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of the most esteemed off-the-field honors in college football. Only 22 college football players received the honor this year. He was awarded the trophy based on his dedication to community service.

Love thought he was attending just another regularly-scheduled event with his mentees. But when he arrived at the park, he was surprised by the kids he mentors, plus some of his teammates, members of the UK athletics department and a representative from Allstate (plus a few dozen journalists).

The senior has spent countless hours volunteering with various organizations around Lexington, namely, Amachi. The program pairs “caring, positive adults with children and youth in the bluegrass who have one or both parents in state or federal prison or are affected by incarceration in some way.”

The program is especially important for Love, as he was impacted by incarceration as a teenager. At the age of eight, Love ran away from home due to a complicated relationship with his mother, and he wound up living with his grandmother and great-grandmother while his father was serving time in prison.

“In 21 years of being with UK athletics and nominating guys for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, Courtney has probably been one of the most deserving athletes that we’ve had,” UK athletic’s Susan Lax said. “It was a pleasure to nominate him for this award. He’s one of the most selfless student athletes that we’ve ever had.”

Allstate has revamped the neighborhood basketball courts on Love’s behalf, relining the court and adding new goals with nets and new benches.

“It’s amazing because the kids are going to be able to come here and have a brand new court,” Love said. “They’ll be able to play with confidence and just do their thing.”

One thing is obvious: these kids love their mentor.

“Awesome,” is how one of the kids responded when asked to describe Love. “He’s fun and nice. And he has manners.”

Love and his teammates stuck around after the ceremony to play some basketball with the kids. Stephen Johnson, Nick Haynes, Naquez Pringle, Greg Hart and Alex Montgomery were all in attendance.

@MaggieDavisKSR


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The Freshmen 15: Leah Edmond

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Members of the BBN have heard it time and time again: “Kentucky is just a basketball school.” UK football proved the haters wrong when they beat the Heisman Trophy winner and the rest of the Louisville Cardinals 41-38, and the Cats continue to prove them wrong in sport after sport. This year, volleyball was no exception.

Leah Edmond was a major factor for the Wildcats (23-8) all season. The best part? She’s just a freshman.

The 6-foot-2 outside hitter is no stranger to Kentucky athletics, as she came to UK from right here in Lexington and joins her father Corey Edmond, the UK Football head strength and conditioning coach, on campus.

“After my first visit, I knew this is where I wanted to be,” Edmond told KSR. “I believed this was the place I could be the most successful on and off the court, and I think it has worked out pretty well so far.”

Prep Volleyball named Edmond “The best prospect to ever come out of the Lexington area” based on her “incredible jumping ability and quickness,” and she is the program’s first scholarship player to come out of Lexington. When she first joined the team, UK Volleyball Head Coach Craig Skinner called her “one of the most explosive athletes we have recruited here at Kentucky.”

He wasn’t kidding.

Edmond earned the title of SEC Freshman of the Week eight times and SEC Player of the Week twice. The combination of the two made Edmond the obvious choice for SEC Freshman of the Year, as well as AVCA All-Region Freshman of the Year. Edmond finished second in the conference in kills per set at 4.25, which also made her the No. 3 freshman in the nation in that category. At the end of the season, she was named to the AVCA Division I All-America third team. She was one of just five freshmen in the nation to be named to any of the All-America teams and only the 11th player in UK history with such accolades.

When asked about which award means the most to her, Edmond immediately knew it was being named a Third Team All-American.

“After going to the banquet this weekend, it really hit me hard how big of an honor it really was,” Edmond said. “I was surrounded by national champions and some of the most decorated players in their program’s history. To be considered one of the top players in the country is a huge honor.”

But it wasn’t always easy. The transition from high school to college is difficult for any 18-year-old, but it’s especially challenging for student athletes.

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

“The schedule was hard for me,” said Edmond. In terms of the biggest adjustment, Edmond noted that “being able to balance school and everything that comes with volleyball,” was the toughest, and “lots of studying happened on buses and planes. But by the middle of the season, I got the hang of it, and it became a lot easier.”

These buses and planes took the Cats all the way to Seattle, Washington, where they defeated Colorado State 3-1 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. In the next round, however, UK fell to No. 8 Washington 3-0. Edmond led the team with 11 kills and added three blocks.

So what’s next for this freshman Wildcat?

“An SEC championship and making it farther in the NCAA tournament. Those have been my goals since day one, and I plan on accomplishing them.”

Looks like Kentucky isn’t just a basketball school after all.


Here are the other freshmen who have been highlighted so far:

Kash Daniel 

Benny Snell Jr.

Wenyen Gabriel 


Twitter: @MaggieDavisKSR


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The Freshmen 15: Wenyen Gabriel

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Kentucky basketball is no stranger to talented freshmen, so it only makes sense to include one of this year’s new players in my series “The Freshmen 15.” But who do I pick? With such a talented class, it was not an easy task to choose just one. Do I go with De’Aaron Fox, who was last week’s SEC Freshman of the Week? What about Malik Monk, who scored 23 points against Michigan State?

Ultimately, I chose Wenyen Gabriel. Here’s why:

Gabriel was born in Khartoum, Sudan, a country riddled with conflict. When he was just two weeks old, the Gabriel family relocated to Cairo, Egypt. A few years later, they moved again. This time, the transition was even tougher: Egypt to the United States. After appealing to the United Nations, the family was able to come to America, where they began their new life in Manchester, New Hampshire.

This history has clearly played a role in shaping Gabriel into the player – and person – that he is today.

“Coming over here with nothing is kind of like – I feel like I’m earning everything that I’m working for,” Gabriel said. “I feel like that’s how I get it, by how I play so hard.”

Gabriel entered high school as a 6-foot-one freshman who wasn’t close to breaking into ESPN’s Top 100. As a senior, he committed to Kentucky over Duke and UConn as the No. 14 player in the nation. He credits this remarkable transition to his years of hard work and dedication.

“Every time I step on the court, I’m trying to win,” Gabriel said. “I kind of feel like I play like my life’s on the line every game that I’m in.”

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via UKathletics.com

As the unanimous winner of his high school’s Phil Shaw Award, Gabriel exhibits extreme athletic and academic success while displaying high moral character. This well-rounded attitude is something he has already started showing at UK, especially on the basketball court.

“I can shoot the ball well, I can defend all positions, I’m comfortable playing any position,” Gabriel said. “It’s kind of putting all the pieces together now, trying to incorporate it into my game.”

On the roster, Gabriel is listed as a 6-foot-9 forward, but his versatility and ability to be wherever the team needs him is what will continue to get him minutes this season. Although he’s averaging just under six points per game, defense is where he’s showed his talents.

“I definitely take pride in [my defense],” said Gabriel in an interview with CoachCal.com. “That’s how I earn my way onto the court.”

This success is not going unnoticed, especially by opponent coaches. After the Cats defeated Clarion 108-51, head coach Marcess Williams praised Gabriel during the post-game press conference.

“My favorite is Gabriel,” Williams said. “I love that kid. That kid, he might be the best one of them all.”

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had similar feelings: “the kid I like is Gabriel.”

So what about Coach Cal?

“I see him as a 6-10 guard in the sense that, if we’re playing three guards, he’s one of them,” Calipari said. “He can really shoot it, and he’s a shot blocker defensively. He’s an energy guy who can guard multiple positions and is getting better by the day.”

Tune into ESPNU tonight at 9:00 to watch Wenyen Gabriel and the rest of the Wildcats take on the Duquesne Dukes.


Here are the other freshmen who have been highlighted so far:

Kash Daniel 

Benny Snell Jr.


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Know Your Wildcats: Hometown Heroes

 

Davonte Robinson and Landon Young, both out of Lexington, pose with their families. Via CourierJournal.com

Davonte Robinson and Landon Young, both out of Lexington, pose with their families. Via CourierJournal.com

As the fall season approaches, athletes from all over the country flock to the Bluegrass for early move-in days and to begin summer training. However, a select few don’t have quite as far to travel. These freshmen will be representing the University of Kentucky next season and come to us from right here in Lexington.

Landon Young – Football, Lafayette High School

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via UKathletics.com

The 5 star Offensive Tackle received offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State and Louisville, but ultimately decided to stay close to home and play for the Wildcats. During a game of “play, redshirt, or Westry,” hosts Nick Roush, Freddie Maggard and Justin Rowland predicted the fate of each player in the 2016-17 football class. Their guess for Young? A mixture of play and Westry. Listen to the full discussion here.

When asked about the freshman, Coach Mark Stoops mentioned his “unbelievable athleticism and agility,” which is especially rare for a 6’7, 305 pound offensive lineman.

“When you look up ‘left tackle’ in the dictionary, there is a picture of him,” said Coach Stoops. “He is your prototypical left tackle that every program would love to build their offensive line around.”

Young has already started making an impact off the football field when he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity alongside fellow freshmen Luke Fortner and Woodford County native Drake Jackson.

 

Madison Winstead – Swimming, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School 

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via UKathletics.com

Winstead committed to the Cats during her junior season and has displayed unwavering support for the university since then. She had offers from over a dozen schools, but chose Kentucky for a variety of reasons: the coaching staff, the facilities, the entire athletic department, the team dynamic and, most importantly, it’s proximity to her number one fan.

In January of 2015, Winstead’s mom, Shane Winstead, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. In order to ensure her mom could watch her swim on the collegiate level, Winstead was allowed to compete in the team’s Blue-White spring meet in April, where she placed first in the 200 meter Breaststroke, an event where she is already just .18 seconds away from breaking the University of Kentucky record.  

Winstead is a two-time Scholastic All-American, and she medaled at the 2014 summer Junior Nationals. Her other major accomplishments include placing first in the 100 meter Breaststroke at the KHSAA High School State Championship Meet, an event for which she also has the Olympic Trials cut. She competed in the Olympic Trials on Monday, June 27 in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

Aime Mabika – Soccer, Henry Clay High School

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via UKathletics.com

The 6’6 defensive player led his high school to a state championship finals appearance during his senior season, a season where he scored 12 goals and passed 4 assists. In addition to being an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the Kentucky Soccer Coaches Association’s Defensive Player of the Year, Mabika was also the Gatorade Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year for the state of Kentucky, based on his “athletic production while demonstrating “high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership,” according to this post.

Projected to play as a center back, Head Coach Johan Cedergren says Mabika “has the ability to be a good player for us over his career” who will “add depth to [UK’s] CB position or possibly play in midfield.”

 

Davonte Robinson – Football, Henry Clay High School

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Throughout his high school career, Robinson was regarded as one of the best cornerbacks in the state, but also competed as a running back. By combining speed with size (6’2, 180 lbs), Robinson carried Henry Clay during the 2015 season as the leading tackler, while also recording 7 touchdowns. According to Coach Stoops, “Davonte may be the most underrated prospect in this entire class. He has the ability to play many positions, but we will play him at corner.”

Robinson was one of Kentucky’s first signees when he committed in October 2014, and has remained fiercely loyal despite offers from Notre Dame and Louisville.

“Oh, I’m all in,” said Robinson. “I bleed blue.”

 

Leah Edmond – Volleyball, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

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The 6’2 outside hitter will join the Wildcats after an impressive senior season, where she averaged 5.0 kills per set and was named the 2015 Region Player of the Year, in addition to serving as an Under-Armour Second-Team All American and AAU All-American. Prep Volleyball named Edmond “The best prospect to ever come out of the Lexington area” based on her “incredible jumping ability and quickness.”

“Leah is one of the most explosive athletes we have recruited here at Kentucky. She has earned a lot of respect around the country over the last year in this sport and will continue to do so at the next level. Leah’s potential in the game combined with how hard she plays and competes for each point will no doubt make an impact here at Kentucky” 

-UK Volleyball Head Coach Craig Skinner 

Edmond, who is the daughter of Kentucky football head strength and conditioning coach Corey Edmond, said she just “couldn’t picture [herself] anywhere else.”

“I love the coaches, I love Lexington and I love the school,” said Edmond. “I just feel in love with the whole package.”

 

Collin Rose – Soccer, Henry Clay High School

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via UKathletics.com

Rose played alongside Aime Mabika on Henry Clay’s 2015-16 state championship runner-up team, in addition to multiple state and regional teams. In 2015, he was named to the Kentucky Boys’ Soccer Association All-State Team. During Henry Clay’s state championship run, Rose scored the Blue Devil’s only goal against the Bowling Green Purples – a shot from well outside the penalty box during the game’s first half – which sent them to the championship game. He is expected to play any of the five midfield positions at UK next season.

“Collin is a gifted and technical player,” said Coach Cedergren. “There are few players who have the quick feet that Collin possesses.”


Be sure to watch out for these standout athletes in the coming season.


Know Your Wildcat: Ashely Lowery

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#5 ASHELY LOWERY

Vitals

– Height: 6’1”

– Weight: 220 lbs.

– Class: Senior

– Experience: 3L

– Position: Safety

– Hometown: Cleveland, Ga

– High School: White County

Class of 2011 High School Ranking

Scout.com: 

– Rivals.com: #59 S 

– 247Sports.com: 

How He Got Here

Kentucky had seven recruits come out of Georgia in the 2011 class, including Ashely Lowery, Demarco Robinson, and Josh Clemons. Lowery was considered the 50th best defensive back in the country.

Junior Season

Lowery started all 12 games for the Cats for a total of 46 tackles. He added an interception, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery. His interception came against Tennessee and he returned it for 26 yards. The fumble recovery came against Alabama State. He had a career-best 10 tackles in the game against Georgia.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

Being from the country, he loves to hunt and ride four wheelers.

Something We Made Up About Him

While eating at a Cracker Barrel in Georgia, Ashely challenged the whole staff to checkers. He beat all the employees working that day and came back the next day to do the same. Lowery’s picture is hanging in all Cracker Barrels in Georgia as “Georgia’s Checkers King.”

Unfair NFL Comparison

Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks

Outlook for 2014 Season

After sitting out in the spring due to a shoulder injury, Lowery hopes to make a huge impact in his return. Sitting out could have hurt his chance to keep his starting job as a lot of young competition showcased their skills over the summer. Lowery’s experience as a two-year starter will be key to a young and inexperienced Kentucky backfield.

@kbernhardKSR


Know Your Wildcat: Braylon Heard

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#5 Braylon Heard

Vitals

– Height: 5’11”

– Weight: 189 lbs.

– Class: Redshirt Junior

– Experience: Transfer

– Position: Running Back

– Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio

– High School: Cardinal Mooney

Class of 2011 High School Ranking

– Rivals.com: #5 RB, 

– 247Sports.com: #5 RB, 

– ESPN Recruiting: #25 RB, 

How He Got Here

After playing two seasons at Nebraska, Heard transferred to Kentucky because he found himself behind two other running backs on the depth chart. Braylon decided then it was time for a fresh start somewhere new. Heard wanted to come to Kentucky because it was closer to his hometown. Heard says that his mom will now be able to drive to his games instead of fly which was another key factor.

Nebraska Career

During his first two season, Heard rushed for a total of 452 yards and scored four touchdowns. During his sophomore season, he played in all 12 games averaging 5.9 yards per carry. His career-high game came against Idaho State, where he rushed for 74 yards with a career best 27-yard run and a touchdown.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

Braylon took an service/educational trip to Ethiopia this past May.

Something We Made Up About Him

After constantly breaking out in hives and weird rashes for two years at Nebraska, Braylon finally went to the doctors to figure out the problem. After multiple tests, the doctors finally diagnosed Braylon with a corn allergy. Knowing that his corn allergy meant he couldn’t stay in Nebraska, Heard knew it was time to leave. With much thought, Braylon decided to come to Kentucky because if football does not work out, his other dream job is to be bourbon distiller and open his own distillery.

Unfair NFL Comparison

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Outlook for 2014 Season

Coming to Kentucky as a transfer, Heard has a lot to prove in his first season here. After impressing the coaches and making great strives while sitting out, Braylon is ready to show the #BBN what he has to offer. His quickness and agility will give Kentucky the backfield they need after losing veteran Raymond Sanders. Expect Heard to be the guy we need to get our running game back where it needs to be.

 

@kbernhardKSR


Know Your Wildcat: JD Harmon

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#11 JD HARMON

Vitals

– Height: 6’2”

– Weight: 201 lbs.

– Class: Redshirt Sophomore

– Experience: 1L

– Position: Cornerback

– Hometown: Paducah, Ky

– High School: Tilghman

How He Got Here

An in-state kid, he made his dream of playing for Kentucky a reality by walking on.  Harmon earned a spot on the team as a true freshman.  His hard work paid off, earning the starting job for the last three games of his freshman season.

2012 Freshman Season

Played in all 12 games as a freshman before being academics forced him to redshirt his sophomore year.  Harmon totaled for 24 tackles, highlighted by an excellent game at Missour where he recorded seven tackles and picked off two passes — the only UK interceptions that season.  He tied for second in pass breakups with four, two of them coming in the game against Kent State.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He doesn’t let many people know, but JD’s hidden talent is his lovely singing voice.  Karaoke challenge accepted.

Something We Made Up About Him

Harmon has sang in every talent show his school as put on. Starting in kindergarten at his grade school through his senior year in high school. Harmon is a big fan of old school jazz and has only sang songs by Nat King Cole. His favorite song by Cole is L.O.V.E. because of his favorite movie, The Parent Trap. L is for the way you look at me…

Unfair NFL Comparison

Antonio Cromartie, Arizona Cardinals

Outlook for 2014 Season

After redshirting his sophomore season, Harmon is looking to get back to where he ended his freshman season. Expect Harmon to have a greater impact on the defensive side after sitting out a year and improving his game. Harmon will be playing behind junior cornerback, Fred Tiller but expect Harmon to put up some good numbers as Coach Derrick Ansley’s “big back” option. Harmon’s ability to start as a true freshman walk-on shows how high his ceiling is for improvement. His size and athleticism allows him to be have a great anticipation of the play and ability to breakup the pass.


Know Your Wildcat: Josh Forrest

#45 Josh Forrest

Vitals

– Height: 6’3”

– Weight: 236 lbs.

– Class: Junior

– Experience: 2L

– Position: Linebacker

– Hometown: Paducah, KY

– High School: Tilghman

Class of 2011 Ranking 

Rivals.com: 

247Sports.com: 

– ESPN Recruiting: 

How He Got Here

Forrest was a recruit under Joker Phillips and came to Kentucky as a wide receiver/defensive back. Forrest’s high school coach, Randy Wyatt, played football for Kentucky in the 90s. The Paducah Tilghman star was named to the Lexington Herald-Leader’s all-state team after his Senior season.

Previous Seasons, 2011-13

Forrest redshirtted his freshman year, when Phillips’ staff realized his skill set was better utilized as a linebacker instead of a wide receiver. Primarily a special teams player until last season, he played in all 12 games as a reserve linebacker. He completed the season with 16 tackles and an interception against Florida, an interception that broke a streak of 34958734598374598 games without one. Forrest had a season best three tackles against South Carolina, Alabama and Vanderbilt. His quickness helped him block a field goal against Louisville and a punt against Alabama State. The blocked punt was a game changer, setting up a scoring drive against Alabama State.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

Other than being a professional football player, his dream job would be an airline pilot.

Something We Made Up About Him

The night before every game, Josh goes into the woods to mediate. Forrest sits on the ground Indian-style, eyes closed, and hands in prayer position at the heart. Forrest says he feels a real connection with nature and it improves his game mentality.

Unfair NFL Comparison

Danny Trevathan, Denver Broncos

Outlook for 2014

As a former receiver, Forrest hopes his speed, athleticism, and length (he’s got arms like Tayshaun) will make him more of an threat on the defensive side of the ball. Still in the process of developing as a linebacker, Josh has proved to DJ Eliot that he has what it takes to replace Avery Williamson as the starting middle linebacker.

 


Know Your Wildcat: Stanley “Boom” Williams

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#18 Stanley “Boom” Williams

Vitals

– Height: 5’9”

– Weight: 200 lbs.

– Class: Freshman

– Experience: HS

– Position: Running Back

– Hometown: Monroe, GA.

– High School: George Walton Academy

Class of 2014 High School Ranking

– Rivals.com: #4 APB, starstarstarstar

– Scout.com: #71 RB, starstarstar

– 247Sports.com: #7 APB, starstarstar

– ESPN Recruiting: #16 RB, starstarstarstar

How He Got Here

Boom Williams, one of the best talents in Stoops’ second year recruiting class, originally committed to play for the Georgia Bulldogs in 2011 when he was a sophomore in high school. He backed off his commitment to the Bulldogs in April 2013, just one month after UK offered the talented back. Williams came on an unofficial visit to UK last June and fell in love with the program, he committed to play for the Wildcats on the same visit.

Williams chose the Cats over other offers from many big-name schools, including Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Previous Accolades, 2010-2014

Boom was an animal on the football field in high school. He rushed for 1,416 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior at George Walton Academy, as well as nearly 2,000 yards and 24 TD’s as a junior. He was a 4-year starter in high school. Boom was also a member of the track team and competed in the 100-meter dash for his school. By the end of his senior season he was ranked the #118 player in the country by Rivals.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

Boom’s Father, Stanley Sr., wears UK apparel everywhere he goes.  After Boom decommitted from Georgia, the Williams’ had a yard sale to get rid of thousands of dollars worth of Bulldawg paraphernalia.

Something We Made Up About Him

Boom is a great football player, but he is also incredibly musically inclined. At a young age, he and surrounding neighborhood kids were successfully able to start a band in their Monroe, Georgia community named “Sound Drop”. With Stanley on the drums, he quickly earned the name “Boom” from his ability to bang out some serious tunes on the drums. (He actually does play the drums, that part we did not make up.)

Unfair NFL Comparison

Chris Johnson, New York Jets

Outlook for 2014

Both he and Mikel Horton came into the program just this season and are expected to see some minutes for the Cats. I would say he will see some good minutes because we know he is talented enough, but the running back position is the deepest and most talented position on the roster. Boom is however probably the fastest running back, and he has been impressive during fall camp thus far. Neal Brown said he knows how to pick his spots and his field vision is one of the best on the team, he’s a very smart player. He’ll see some minutes this season at RB, specifically in shotgun packages as a safety valve, if he can improve in pass protection. Boom is so fast and he can make things happen in the open field. Don’t be surprised to see him fielding kickoffs/punts at some point this season, with his speed anything can happen.

@kaansoloKSR


Know Your Wildcat: Steve Borden

Vitals

– Height: 6’3”

– Weight: 246 lbs.

– Class: Senior

– Experience: 1L (JUCO)

– Position: Tight End/Wide Receiver

– Hometown: Waxahachie, Texas

– High School: Waxahachie

2013 JUCO Ranking 

– Rivals.com: 

– Scout.com: 

– 247Sports.com: NR

– ESPN Recruiting: 

How He Got Here

Borden was recruited by offensive coordinator, Neal Brown.  Brown recruited Borden while at Texas Tech and convinced him to follow him to Lexington.

Junior Season, 2013

Borden played in all 12 games during his junior season. Borden caught three passes for a combined 63 yards, highlighted by a 38-yard touchdown in Kentucky’s win over Alabama State.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

Steve started surfing at a very young age while living in California. Other than football, his dream job is a becoming a professional surfer.

Something We Made Up About Him

Steve became a nationally ranked underwater basket weaver in 2011.  Steve started weaving when he saw a flyer for a class at the local YMCA.  Borden’s large hands allows him to weave with such ease that he got sponsored only a year after he started.

Unfair NFL Comparison

Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

Outlook for 2014 

Borden is one of the most improved players on the offense.  Last year Neal Brown couldn’t quite find the perfect spot for Borden, but Borden has gone to work during the offseason to improve on his blocking in the backfield and his pass-catching ability. When Patrick Towles spent extra time with QB coach Donny Walker, Borden was with Towles every step of the way to become a better split-end receiver.  The extra work already revealed itself during the Spring Game, catching a couple passes and a touchdown that Borden hopes to build off of this season.


Cats beat Ole Miss again, 84-70

Cats beat Ole Miss again, 84-70

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Now that, my friends, was a fun basketball game to watch… until the final five minutes. The Cats jumped out on Ole Miss early and fought off a late Rebel surge to hold on to a 84-70 victory. The first half was full of dunks and SportsCenter worthy plays, plus a double-double performance from Julius Randle. Kentucky’s star forward had 10 and 10 at the break, and finished with 25 and 13. The second half wasn’t as fun, but they got out alive.

Tyler will have more throughout the night from Oxford, so stick around. Use the comments section below to discuss the game and what it means going forward.

Talk to you soon. Cats.


Know Your Wildcat: Bud Dupree

Know Your Wildcat: Bud Dupree

Alvin Bud Dupree

During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

 

#2 BUD DUPREE

Vitals

— Height: 6’4″

— Weight: 252 lbs.

— Class: Junior

— Experience: 2L

— Position: Defensive End

— Hometown: Irwinton, Ga.

— High School: Wilkinson County

Class of 2011 High School Ranking

— Rivals.com: NR TE, starstarstar

— Scout.com: #45 TE, starstarstar

— 247Sports.com: NR TE

— ESPN Recruiting: NR TE

How He Got Here

Dupree knew very little about the University of Kentucky until the Cats starting recruiting him in high school. He expected to play tight end when he committed to UK, picking Joker Phillips and Co. over Auburn, Georgia Tech and Jacksonville St.

Freshman Season, 2011

Dupree played in all 12 games his freshman season at linebacker, starting the final three, and made 21 total tackles on the year. He added 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Sophomore Season, 2012

He ranked 10th in the SEC with 91 tackles. His 12.5 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks were the seventh best totals in the conference.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He loves kids and dogs. Needless to say, he isn’t hosting Matt Jones’ birthday party tonight.

Something You We Made Up About Him

Bud Dupree moved from linebacker to defensive end because he couldn’t take another year of crouching down behind Mister Cobble and Donte Rumph. “They have uncontrollable farts and the smell can be lethal,” he told BlueWildcatChatCat.com

Unfair NFL Comparison

Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins

Outlook for 2013

Kentucky’s defensive line is its strength heading into the 2013 season and Bud Dupree is a big reason behind the hype. He and Za’Darius Smith make a ferocious duo coming off the ends and they both should expect to see a lot of opportunities to eat a sack lunch.


Know Your Wildcat: Jordan Aumiller

UK Football Media Day

During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

 

#86 JORDAN AUMILLER

Vitals

— Height: 6’4″

— Weight: 232 lbs.

— Class: Senior

— Experience: 3L

— Position: Tight End

— Hometown: Danville, Ky.

— High School: Boyle County

Class of 2009 High School Ranking

— Rivals.com: NR, starstar

— Scout.com: #66 TE, starstar

— 247Sports.com: NR

— ESPN Recruiting: #113 TE

How He Got Here

Aumiller committed to Kentucky early in the summer prior to his senior season of high school at Boyle County. He only held offers from UK and Marshall at the time but believed a Louisville offer was coming soon.

Freshman Season, 2009

Redshirted as a linebacker and earned Scout Team Player of the Week honors twice throughout the season.

Redshirt Freshman Season, 2010

Now at tight end, Aumiller played in all 13 games, starting in eight, and caught 18 passes for 193 yard and one touchdown. He was named First Team Freshman All-SEC and Fourth Team Freshman All-American.

Sophomore Season, 2011

Saw his playing time diminish behind senior tight end Nick Melillo; Aumiller started in one game but did not catch a pass on the year.

Junior Season, 2012

Played in three games but failed to record a reception for the second season in a row.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

His nickname is “Lank.”

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Unfair NFL Comparison

Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers

Outlook for 2013

After going two full seasons without a catch, Jordan Aumiller is ready to take over the starting tight end duties for the Wildcats again. Vince Marrow said last week that Aumiller has a slight edge over Anthony Kendrick at the position, but both can expect to get a lot of opportunities in the new Air Raid offense.


Know Your Wildcat: Ashely Lowery

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During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

 

#5 ASHELY LOWERY

Vitals

— Height: 6’1″

— Weight: 211 lbs.

— Class: Junior

— Experience: 2L

— Position: Safety

— Hometown: Cleveland, Ga.

— High School: White County

Class of 2011 High School Ranking

— Rivals.com: #59 S, starstarstar

— Scout.com: #89 S, starstarstar

— 247Sports.com: NR, starstarstar

— ESPN Recruiting: #136 S, starstarstar

How He Got Here

He chose Kentucky over Eastern Kentucky, Air Force, Illinois, UAB and Western Carolina.

Freshman Season, 2011

Lowery played all 12 games as a true freshman in 2011, finishing the year with 16 tackles and one start at strong safety in his home state against Georgia. He recorded a season-high five tackles that game.

Sophomore Season, 2012

Now a full-time starter in the secondary, Lowery played in eight games but missed four due to injury. He totaled 43 tackles, good enough for fifth on the team, plus one interception, the only pick of his career.

Something You Might’ve Forgotten About Him

He can jump.

Unfair NFL Comparison

Ryan Clark, Pittsburgh Steelers

Outlook for 2013

Lowery has a pretty firm grasp on that starting spot at free safety and will be the leader of Kentucky’s very young and unproven secondary. Mark Stoops recently called him the “one constant” from the group during fall practice.


Know Your Wildcat: Ryan Timmons

UK Football Media Day
Photo by Regina Rickert for KSR

During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

Previous profiles: Javess Blue, Fred Tiller, A.J. Legree, Landon Foster, Patrick Towles, Kory Brown, Tyler Robinson, Donte Rumph, Demarco Robinson, Raymond Sanders, Mister Cobble, Maxwell Smith, Avery Williamson, Steven Borden, Daryl Collins, Cody Quinn, Za’Darius Smith and Alex Montgomery.

 

#1 RYAN TIMMONS

Vitals

— Height: 5’10”

— Weight: 185 lbs.

— Class: Freshman

— Experience: HS

— Position: Athlete

— Hometown: Frankfort, Kentucky

— High School:  Franklin County

Class of 2013 Rankings

— Rivals.com: #68 WR, #5 player in Kentucky starstarstar

— Scout.com: #46 WR, starstarstar

— 247Sports.com: #23 RB, #4 player in Kentucky, starstarstarstar

— ESPN Recruiting: #28 Athlete, #4 player in Kentucky, starstarstarstar

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How He Got Here

Timmons and fellow in-state talent Jason Hatcher were Mark Stoops’ top priorities when he took over at UK, and DJ Eliot spent his first day on the staff recruiting the speedy Franklin County star. When Neal Brown came on board, he took over Timmons’ recruitment and Timmons says one the reasons he chose Kentucky was Brown’s offense, which is similar to what he played in high school. On February 5th in front of his friends and family, Timmons committed to Kentucky, choosing the Cats over Illinois, Florida, Ohio State, and others.

High School Senior Year, 2012

During his senior year, Timmons rushed for 1,306 yards for 25 touchdowns and caught 33 balls for 1,004 yards and 16 touchdowns at Division 5A Franklin County. How ridiculous are those stats? He averaged almost 16 yards per carry and over 30 yards per reception. According to ElevenWarriors.com, Timmons led the nation in yards per touch (23.8 yards) two years in a row and also scored a touchdown every 2.3 times he touched the ball in 2012. He played running back, wide receiver, and returned kicks, and was named First Team All-State by the Courier Journal the Associated Press. He was also a five-time state champion in track, specializing in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He likes to do the Cousin Terio dance in Wal-Mart. Maybe he learned it from John Wall?

Something We Made Up About Him

He learned it from John Wall, who taught him the moves during a trip to Lexington this summer.

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Unfair NFL Comparison

Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

Outlook for 2013

The sky’s the limit for Timmons, who is exactly the type of playmaker Neal Brown needs. Because Franklin County’s offense is so similar to the Air Raid, he already has a leg up on his teammates in learning the system. He’s super fast and explosive in the open field, and is turning heads in camp. The staff has mentioned him as one of the standout wide receivers so far, and he’s also taking reps at running back. Neal Brown loves dual threat players, so get used to seeing Timmons and Raymond Sanders in that role often this season.