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Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 190: Devin Askew Decision Nears + CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish

We’ve got a great Aaron Torres Sports Podcast to get you into the weekend, as Aaron discusses all the comings and goings in college hoops and football, before welcoming CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish to the show. Here is the entire rundown of today’s show:

College Basketball News and Notes: Aaron opens the show by discussing a few major developments across college basketball, specifically, the Devin Askew commitment watch. Askew is set to commit on Thursday night. Aaron explains why he thinks Askew will choose Kentucky, reclassify to 2020 and what it means for the program. Also, how could it impact Cade Cunningham’s decision? Aaron then discusses the bizarre situation with N’Faly Dante at Oregon, before giving his Week 8 college football picks.

CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish Joins the Show to Discuss Memphis Hoops: There isn’t a more interesting topic in college hoops coming into the season than Memphis basketball, and Aaron welcomes on CBS Sports insider and Memphis native Gary Parrish to talk about the Tigers. Parrish discusses the excitement in the city over the Tigers, Penny Hardaway’s national championship prediction and how it all could go wrong. What is the floor and ceiling of this team? And also, what is both the good and bad impact, if the Tigers don’t have success this season? Finally, Parrish wraps up by talking some of the bigger topics in college hoops heading into the season.

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KSR Show Thread 10/17: Live from Hancock County

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Thursday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from somewhere in Hancock County (Hawesville?) as Matt continues his travels across the state. Tune in to hear the gang break down Devin Askew’s decision, which is coming tonight, Kentucky’s turn at SEC Basketball Media Day, and Saturday’s Georgia game.

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Jordan Jones, Farrington Huguenin selected in XFL Draft

Two more former Wildcats will be joining the latest professional football league. Jordan Jones and Farrington Huguenin have been selected in Wednesday’s round of the XFL Draft.

Jones, who participated in the 2019 NFL Combine but ultimately went undrafted, was selected by the DC Defenders. The Defenders also picked up former Cat Jon Toth.

Huguenin, who played for Kentucky during Mark Stoops’ first three years with the Wildcats, went to the St. Louis BattleHawks. The defensive end originally went undrafted in 2016 before bouncing around through various NFL practice squads. He was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month.

Jones and Huguenin join former UK kicker Austin MacGinnis in the fifth and final round of the inagural XFL Draft, while Toth and Jeff Badet were selected during earlier rounds Tuesday.

The XFL league has announced its season will begin Feb. 8, the weekend after the NFL season ends with the Super Bowl.

Josh Paschal nominated for Orange Bowl FWAA Courage Award

Kentucky’s Josh Paschal is the latest nomination for the 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl FWAA Courage Award. One player from across college football earns a nomination each week, and a committee of writers from the FWAA will vote on the winner at the end of the season.

The requirements for nomination include displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship. The Wildcat linebacker was nominated following last year’s diagnosis with an aggressive form of skin cancer -malignant melanoma – on the bottom of his foot. He underwent three surgeries before beginning immunotherapy and taking medications.

Now, he’s a redshirt sophomore who has started in all six of Kentucky’s games this season. He is currently UK’s co-leader in tackles for loss (five), along with one sack, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and 19 total tackles. Paschal also recorded one stop for a loss in Saturday’s 24-20 win over Arkansas.

We won’t know if Paschal is a winner until the end of the season. The overall winner of the Courage Award will be included in festivities during Capital One Orange Bowl week and will receive his trophy during an on-field presentation. Best of luck to Josh Paschal!

Kirby Smart says Kentucky’s QB situation hinders preparation

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Kirby Smart met with the media down in Athens Tuesday afternoon, and he provided some insight into Georgia’s preparation for their matchup with Kentucky this Saturday. UK’s questionable quarterback situation creates a week of “tough prep” for the Bulldogs, according to their head coach.

“We don’t know what the quarterback situation is really going to be. They could use both of them, and they have a third component – which is the wildcat component – so there’s really three things there.”

Smart went on to describe the Wildcats as a “good, physical football team” with a defense that is “really big up front.”

The Bulldogs’ coach certainly has a point about Kentucky’s quarterback situation. Although Eddie Gran, who also met with reporters Tuesday, said both UK quarterbacks are available and practicing at “full speed,” Georgia still has to spend time preparing for both Sawyer Smith and Lynn Bowden. That means extra time is required of their coaches in the film room, as well as extra time spent by the team’s defense preparing for two different styles of play.

Bowden’s particular style of play has impressed Smart, who compared the Wildcat quarterback/wide receiver/punt returner to a great NFL player and, conveniently, a former Bulldog: Hines Ward. The Steelers selected Ward in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and he went on to become the team’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdown receptions. Ward was voted MVP of Super Bowl XL. At the time of his retirement, he was one of 11 NFL players to have at least 1,000 career receptions.

As for Smart, he sees streaks of Ward in Bowden’s athleticism and ability to create plays.

“It reminds me of Hines Ward… You forget the guy back there is always open,” Smart said. “Probably the most dangerous plays [Bowden] has as a football player are when he has the ball in space. Every play at quarterback is that. He’s sitting there with seven lanes in front of him where he can take off and run.”

Bowden’s ability to make such a play in critical moments for the Wildcats also stands out, according to Coach Smart.

“Some of [Bowden’s] most explosive plays the other night [against Arkansas] were third downs [or] were drop back passes. It makes you just play the game so different – it’s unusual. In college football you are not used to playing that kind of game, so it makes you call the game differently.”

Maybe – just maybe – forcing Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs to call Saturday’s game differently is exactly what Kentucky needs.

KSBar Trivia TONIGHT: Drew Franklin edition!

Trivia is back in action inside Lexington’s finest establishment, KSBar and Grille, tonight. The fun is set to begin at 7:00, so begin making your way to South Broadway now!

Wednesday night trivia is in for a special treat tonight, as it will be hosted by our own Drew Franklin! He’s making his trivia debut, so come out and show your support for one of KSR’s own.

Start studying Forrest Gump now, and we’ll see you there.

2021 five-star guard Devin Askew will announce his college decision tomorrow

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2021 five-star guard Devin Askew will be making his college decision on Thursday evening.

According to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi, the the No. 1 point guard in the junior class will decide between Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona, and Memphis live on ESPN.

According to Evan Daniels of 247Sports, who put in a Crystal Ball pick for Kentucky earlier today, Askew will make his reclassification decision in the spring.

Askew’s father, Brian Askew, told Daniels that he will “commit as a 2021 [prospect]” tomorrow and then “re-evaluate” down the road.

“He’s going to commit as a 2021 and then we’ll re-evaluate after the season,” Askew added.

Daniels is reporting that the commitment ceremony will take place at Stance Headquarters on Thursday evening at 11:00 PM ET.

The 6-foot-3 guard out of Santa Ana, CA took an official visit to Kentucky on October 4 and raved about it to reporters at the Team USA Minicamp this past weekend.

“Coach Calipari doesn’t care who you are or where you’re ranked,” Askew told Jason Jordan of USA Today this weekend. “I had a vision of him being like that, but to see it was different. I love that. If you don’t want a coach like that then you’re not playing the right sport. I don’t want someone telling me how great I am all the time. I want to be pushed.”

“I liked the practices the most, just how hard they go, how hard they’re pushed, nothing’s easy,” he told Evan Daniels of 247Sports. “I like to be pushed, I like everything not to be easy because when it’s easy it’s not fun and when it’s hard it makes you want get in there and work harder. … [My favorite part other than practice was] definitely just sitting down with Coach [Calipari] and picking his brain, seeing where he’s at with his recruitment of me and if it’s more than just a want. He’s definitely an honest man. I liked it a lot.”

Kentucky leads in Askew’s Crystal Ball with 90% of all predictions, including nine consecutive picks over the last month.

While we wait for his official decision, check out some of his most recent highlights from Peach Jam below:

Come on down, Mr. Askew.