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One Florida Player Didn’t Forget Kash Daniel’s Celebration in the Swamp

If you are a sad Kentucky football fan like I am this morning, viewer discretion is advised for this post.

After the Cats toppled the Gators a little over a year ago, Kash Daniel embraced his wrestling moniker with the famous Stone Cold Steve Austin bottle smash celebration.

“That’s the Bottom Line because Kash Money said so!”

 

The Kentuckian’s celebration went national, and it became a rallying cry for Cats fans across the BBN. We saw it everywhere.

The Florida players apparently also saw it everywhere, and this year, when the game’s outcome was different, one Gator made sure to remind Daniel of post-game celebration. Check out No. 66

Ugh. Losing sucks.


LIVE: Mark Stoops on Kentucky’s loss to Florida

Mark Stoops is about to address reporters following Kentucky’s 29-21 loss to Florida. Tune in below courtesy of KyWildcatsTV:


Silent Guard Halftime Report: Kentucky 14, Florida 7

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Through one half in Lexington, your University of Kentucky Wildcats lead the Florida Gators, 14-7. Sawyer Smith has played well in his first start so far, and he and the UK offense will get the ball to start the second half.

Go Cats.


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It’s GAMEDAY!!!  Kentucky fans have had this game circled on their calendars for a long time and the wait is finally over!  Let’s dive right in to 5 Things You Need to Know About the Florida Gators.

 1)  Florida has Injuries too

  • All of #BBN’s focus has been on Terry Wilson’s injury, but Kentucky isn’t the only team entering this evening’s game with major injuries.  The Gators will be without Wide Receiver Kadarius Toney and starting Cornerback C.J. Henderson.  Toney left the last game with a left arm injury while Henderson suffered a left ankle sprain.  Through just 5 quarters of play before sustaining his injury, Kadarius Toney caught 3 balls for 72 yards and a touchdown.  He is a versatile playmaker, a la Lynn Bowden, who was used as a Wildcat QB, rusher, and obviously at receiver.  C.J. Henderson is coming off a very good 2018 season where he collected 38 tackles including 3 sacks and 5 tackles for loss to go along with 2 INTs and 2 forced fumbles.  You hate to see injuries to anybody, but these injuries will lighten the load slightly on UK’s secondary and should free up the receiving corps a little bit as well.

2)  Battle of the Trenches    

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  • The Florida defense lived in the Miami backfield during their Week 0 win over the Hurricanes.  UF totaled 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss and followed it up with 5 more sacks and 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage against UT-Martin.  Todd Grantham’s defense is aggressive and will be looking to force Sawyer Smith into some hurried decisions in his first SEC contest.  Jabari Zuniga and Louisville transfer Jonathan Greenard have led the way off the edge for the Gators.  Luckily, for the ‘Cats, the offensive line is probably our biggest strength and will be up for the challenge.  On the other side of the ball, Florida has had to completely revamp their offensive line.  They have really struggled in the run game so far this year and Kentucky’s pass rush should be able to create some havoc in the pocket for Feleipe Franks.

 3)  Weak Rushing Attack

  • Preseason All-SEC selection Lamical Perine has struggled out of the gate this season gaining only 94 yards on his 20 carries.  Quaterback Feleipe Franks is actually the second leading rusher on the team so far with 45 net yards on the ground.  Dameon Pierce & Malik Davis will likely see some carriers as well, but expect Kentucky’s defense to be able to shut down the Gators rushing attack.  In terms of net rushing yards, the ‘Cats have out gained Florida 415 to 281 on the ground.

 4)  Feleipe Franks

 Feleipe Franks has been a pretty polarizing figure under center since getting the starting job in Gainsville.  After an outstanding high school career, Franks has now started 23 games at Quarterback for the Gators.  A season ago he threw 24 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions, but did struggle in the loss to Kentucky completing just 17 of 38 passing attempts for 232 yards and a pick.  Coming off a 25 for 27 performance against UT-Martin, the Redshirt Junior is completing nearly 80% of his passes on the season with 4 touchdowns to 2 interceptions.  Franks will take some shots deep and has shown that he can keep plays alive with his feet as well.  Florida does have a talented receiving corps, even with the absence of Kadarius Toney so there certainly are weapons available downfield for Franks to try and connect with.

5)  Looking for Big Plays

 What Florida has lacked in the rushing attack so far this season they have made up for with several huge plays through the air.  Through just 2 games, Feleipe Franks has been able to connect on plays of over 60 yards with 3 different Gator receivers.  He has hit another for 35 yards and still another two targets for gains of over 20 yards.  Kentucky’s young secondary will have to step up to limit explosive plays this evening in order to have a chance to pull the upset.

#ComeSeeAboutIt

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LOOK: Tim Couch, Andre Woodson, Stephen Johnson, and Terry Wilson pose for picture together

LOOK: Tim Couch, Andre Woodson, Stephen Johnson, and Terry Wilson pose for picture together

The big names are pouring into Lexington for Kentucky’s massive matchup against No. 9 Florida this evening, but you’d be hard-pressed to find four individuals with the level of star power in one picture right now than the one shown above.

This morning, former Kentucky stars Tim Couch, Andre Woodson, and Stephen Johnson joined injured Wildcat quarterback Terry Wilson at the set of SEC Nation and posed for a photo together.

For those keeping track at home, that image alone has combined for 24,386 passing yards and 189 touchdowns in a Kentucky uniform.

Not too shabby.

#BeatFlorida


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WATCH: Terrence Clarke announces his commitment to Kentucky

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It’s official: Terrence Clarke will reclassify to the class of 2020 and play for John Calipari in Lexington next fall.

Clarke, a consensus top-five prospect and one of the top scoring guards in the nation, regardless of class, announced his commitment to Kentucky this afternoon over Duke, Memphis, Boston College, UCLA, and Texas Tech.

But how did the announcement unfold this afternoon?

College basketball insider Andrew Slater was live in Boston, MA for the ceremony and recorded the entire announcement.

Take a look below:

Clarke also had a commitment video recorded and ready to go live once the announcement was made,.

“Since day one, I’ve been chasing the smoke,” he said. “I’ve been about the action and I always will be. And I will continue to do so at the next level. Thanks to the support of my mom, Coach Dexter, and Coach Smith. I am ready to make my decision. I will be reclassifying to the class of 2020 and attending the University of Kentucky.”

Here was Clarke sporting a Kentucky shirt after the commitment:

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Mississippi State falls to Kansas State 31-24

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Mississippi State will be coming off of a loss when Kentucky comes to town next weekend.

This afternoon, the MSU Bulldogs fell to Kansas State by a final score of 31-24 at Davis Wade Stadium.

In the loss, Mississippi State actually managed more total yards (352-269), passing yards (151-123), rushing yards (201-146), first downs (21-17), and won the time of possession (33:05-26:55).

So where did the Bulldogs go wrong?

Despite finding success offensively as a whole, MSU threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball once. In fact, Bulldogs starting quarterback Tommy Stevens was benched in the third quarter following his second thrown interception.

From there, Stevens was replaced by quarterback Garrett Shrader with 11:21 remaining in the third and closed out the game. Shrader managed just 51 yards on 4-12 passing, though he did add 82 yards and a touchdown on ten rushing attempts.

Stevens threw for 100 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions on 7-15 passing.

On a positive note for MSU, star running back Kylin Hill did manage 111 yards on 24 carries.

Kentucky will take on Mississippi State at 4:00 p.m. ET in Starkville next Saturday.


Listen to Keenan Burton and Dicky Lyons Jr. on the KSR Pregame Show

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KSR is joining forces with two of the best pass-catchers in school history to prepare you for the Cats and the Gators.

Keenan Burton and Dicky Lyons Jr. will be at KSBar and Grille at 3:00 p.m. to talk about their time at Kentucky and forecast today’s duel with Florida. The Voice of the Wildcats, Tom Leach, will also be making an appearance during the two-hour show.

Turn your radio dial to 630 WLAP or stream online with iHeart Radio. Until then, enjoy Dicky’s best hit.


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What does Terrence Clarke’s commitment mean for Kentucky?

Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

This afternoon, 2021 top-three guard Terrence Clarke announced his commitment to Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over Duke, Memphis, Boston College, UCLA, and Texas Tech, among numerous other offers.

And in even bigger news, Clarke also announced on Saturday afternoon that he would be officially reclassifying to the class of 2020, suiting up for John Calipari next fall.

Clarke, a 6-foot-7, 185-pound shooting guard out of Boston, MA, is considered the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect according to Rivals.com, behind only five-star forward Jonathan Kuminga (2021). 247Sports also lists him at No. 4 in their updated 2020 rankings, while ESPN has him ranked No. 4 overall.

But what do we need to know about Clarke? And most importantly, what does his commitment mean for Kentucky?

Who is Terrence Clarke?

A freak athlete with a plus-four 6-foot-11 wingspan, Clarke is considered one of the best pure scorers in all of high school basketball. During the Nike EYBL regular season this late spring and early summer, the Boston, MA native averaged 17 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.1 steals per contest, also knocking down 34% of shots beyond the arc. Clarke also averaged 14.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 steals in five games at the 2019 Nike Peach Jam Finale.

Drawing comparisons to the likes of Tracy McGrady and DeMar DeRozan, Clarke is a capable shooter from deep, a crafty mid-range scorer, and a strong and athletic finisher at and around the rim, making him a truly dangerous scoring threat at all three levels of the floor. With impressive size and length, the 6-foot-7 prospect also projects as an elite two-way player at the college level and in the NBA.

247Sports Director of Scouting Jerry Meyer recently listed Clarke as the No. 5 shooting guard he has ever scouted, also comparing him to former Kentucky target and Kansas Jayhawks star Josh Jackson.

“I love his feel for the game and he has kind of a spark or a pop to him. He has an aggressiveness and the skills to make use of it,” Meyer said. “He’ll impose his will on a game and is just an all-around multi-faceted player. Can be a primary ball handler, can play 3-4 positions. He can get his shot whenever he wants, can create for others and has instincts defensively.”

The timeline

Growing to six-feet tall by the time he was in seventh grade and shooting up to 6-foot-5 going into high school, Clarke has been seen as a serious high-major, top-ten prospect dating back to 2016. In fact, the newest Wildcat’s very first highlight reel was released at the conclusion of the 2016 Basketball Spotlight Tip-Off Classic when he was just 15 years old.

Even back then, it was apparent Clarke would develop into a superstar at the high school level and beyond.

Clarke took his first recruiting visit to Indiana in October of 2017, and followed it up by receiving scholarship offers from Syracuse, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Indiana, Rutgers, Iowa, Saint Louis, and NC State in the summer of 2018 alone.

After taking one more unofficial to Indiana in September, Clarke took his very first unofficial to Lexington on October 12, 2018, followed by a personal visit from John Calipari in December and Tony Barbee in April of 2019. Kentucky officially extended a scholarship offer on May 7, 2019.

From there, Clarke received offers from Georgia, LSU, Nebraska, Baylor, Pittsburgh, Illinois, St. John’s, Auburn, UCLA, and Vanderbilt this past summer.

On August 30, the five-star guard announced a final six of Kentucky, Boston College, Duke, Memphis, Texas Tech, and UCLA.

Once the fall recruiting period opened this past Monday, Kentucky was the first school to visit him at Brewster Academy, followed by Boston College later in the day. Penny Hardaway was also scheduled to visit the elite scoring guard later in the week, but ultimately cancelled his visit when it became apparent Memphis would not be the choice.

Clarke made it official this afternoon by announcing his commitment to the University of Kentucky.

The streak is over

Kentucky fans can finally breathe a deep sigh of relief knowing John Calipari’s streak of missing out on top-five talent is officially over.

In four consecutive recruiting classes, Kentucky failed to secure a commitment from a top-five talent, with the last one coming back in 2015 when Skal Labissiere – No. 1 overall in Rivals’ rankings – became a Wildcat. UK has come close, most notably from De’Aaron Fox (No. 6 overall in 2016) and several other top-ten prospects in Bam Adebayo, Malik Monk, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, EJ Montgomery, Tyrese Maxey, and BJ Boston, but unfortunately, none have been able to break that top-five barrier.

Insert Clarke, who is ranked as high as No. 2 (Rivals) and as low as No. 4 overall (247Sports, ESPN).

While his recruitment hasn’t been as publicized and built with suspense due to the overwhelming Kentucky buzz over the last three weeks, the 6-foot-7 guard is considered an instant-impact superstar player at the college level with No. 1 overall draft potential, as well.

The reclassification

The commitment was the easy part. The next step was determining whether or not Clarke would be able to officially reclassify to the class of 2020.

And this afternoon, the 6-foot-7 star announced the move was possible and that he would officially be a member of the class of 2020 moving forward.

When he announced his commitment date a few weeks back, Clarke confirmed the widespread rumors that he would strongly consider a reclassification, saying on Twitter at the time that it would come down to his academics when spring rolls around.

“I am a member of the class of ’21,” he said. “I will explore the possibility of reclassifying in the spring after taking the SAT and ACT and evaluating my academic performance during the upcoming school year. Stay tuned.”

Back at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottsville, VA in June, Clarke told KSR that he was strongly considering the jump, though a source close to Brewster Academy quickly reached out afterward to say a reclassification would be extremely difficult for the five-star guard and the school expected him to stay in the class of 2021. As of three weeks ago, those close to the program remained relatively pessimistic that the possibility of a jump was on the table, but did acknowledge that Clarke was actively pursuing this avenue.

Since then, though, sources told KSR that Clarke believed he had found an avenue that would make a reclassification possible and planned on moving forward with the process as if he will be on Kentucky’s campus next fall.

Now, Clarke joins top-ten guard BJ Boston, along with four-star forwards Cam’Ron Fletcher and Lance Ware, in Kentucky’s class of 2020.

What does this mean for Kentucky’s other guard targets?

With Clarke making the move to 2020, what will Kentucky do with elite guard targets Jalen Green and Josh Christopher moving forward?

Green’s father, Marcus Green, told KSR on Thursday evening that even with Clarke’s commitment to Kentucky, his side would still be interested in the Wildcats and planned on moving forward with their official visit to the school on October 16-19, though it would definitely be a bit more complicated moving forward.

Green’s father acknowledged that UK’s contact had dropped off significantly since it became apparent that Clarke would be committing to Kentucky and reclassifying to 2020, with the coaching staff not visiting the five-star guard out in California when they were out West this week visiting the likes of Boston, 2021 five-star forward Paolo Banchero, and 2021 five-star guard Devin Askew.

As for Josh Christopher, his two upcoming visits (unofficial from October 11-13, official when Kentucky hosts Georgia during the regular season) to Lexington are still scheduled, for now. That being said, Arizona State is still looming as a major threat, with UCLA also growing as a darkhorse.

The Kentucky coaching staff paid a visit to 2020 No. 2 prospect Cade Cunningham immediately after the fall recruiting period opened last week, with rumblings growing louder that he is no longer a lock to Oklahoma State and is considering signing elsewhere. North Carolina is seen as the new favorite, though Cunningham has long been John Calipari’s favorite guard in the senior class. If that door cracks even slightly, expect the UK coaching staff to prioritize the 6-foot-6 combo guard moving forward.

The buzz is also growing stronger that Askew, the No. 1 point guard prospect in the class of 2021, could also reclassify to 2020 and potentially decide between Kentucky and Louisville. If things fall through with all three of Cunningham, Green, and Christopher, I’d expect Kentucky to push for a reclassification from Askew.

Nonetheless, the Wildcats have locked up one of the top prospects in all of high school basketball, and moving forward, they have the opportunity to be quite selective with who they prioritize and how they recruit. With Clarke and Boston, Kentucky now has two of the top scoring guards in the nation, and they likely need just one more guard piece to round out their backcourt in the 2020 class.

Highlights

Welcome home, Mr. Clarke.