Stoops on the Potential New Redshirt Rule
During Monday’s SEC teleconference with Mark Stoops, the big story was the head coach’s thoughts on the new early signing period. There’s another new rule proposal that could make an even bigger impact.
The rule proposal would permit redshirt players from participating in up to four games without losing their redshirt season of eligibility. Stoops thinks it makes “a lot of sense.”
“It was a situation where it could’ve benefitted us a year ago,” Stoops said. “We were in that situation last year when we had a quarterback hurt early in the year in Drew Barker, and played most of the year with our backup quarterback being a redshirt guy. We decided to keep that redshirt on Gunnar Hoak in game 11.”
Instead of playing Hoak, Stoops started Luke Wright against Austin Peay. The Cats fell behind early, forcing an injured Stephen Johnson back into action. If Stoops could’ve played Hoak, he believes it would have helped him in the long-run.
“It can protect the player and their redshirt year, help gain a little bit of experience for the following year and overall I think it’s a very good rule.”
Make a Stand
During a recruiting trip to Memphis, offensive line coach John Schlarman stopped to see the family of Greg Page and present them with two gifts. One is a replica of the statue now featured just outside of Kroger Field. He also brought a framed painting of the unveiling ceremony from last fall. UK deserves to be applauded for their efforts to praise the pioneers of the past.
A Warm Jacket was all Abule-Abadi Fitzgerald Needed
Late-rising defensive end Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald became a hot name on the recruiting trail just before National Signing Day. During his visit to Kentucky, he loved everything about it, except the weather. The Florida kid wasn’t used to Kentucky’s cold February temperatures.
“It was just welcoming and comfortable. Everybody there just made you feel at home. It was like, ‘Wow,’ I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t be able to come to this place apart from it’s freezing. But they give you like the warmest jacket.”
Benny Snell has a New Song
Benny tha Bandit just dropped a new beat on SoundCloud that will get your head boppin’.
Early Enrollees Off to a Great Start
Lamar Thomas has a saying he shares with the media often that goes along the lines, “If you’re doing things right off the field, you’re going to do things right on the field.” Eddie Gran keeps it simple, “Take care of business.”
The seven early enrollees took care of business in their first semester on campus, combining for a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Excluding JUCO transfer Lonnie Johnson, who had his fair share of struggles in the classroom, all were supposed to spend the spring in high school. Instead, they were getting excellent grades in a college classroom. Well done.
Hear Derrick Baity’s Story
How well do you know Derrick Baity? The Kentucky cornerback (now No. 8) is a playmaker on defense, but he might be the most entertaining player off the field. Never shy, he talks trash and cuts up, but never backs down when his unit falls short of their standards. He talks about where he came from and more in this short from UK Football.
Everyone has a story.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) May 17, 2017
A Legacy Quarterback Recruit
Bill Allen was a Kentucky quarterback when Freddie Maggard arrived on campus in the late 80s. Now his son is an incoming sophomore at Lexington Catholic High School. It’s rare to see Kentucky offer a scholarship to a quarterback from Lexington, especially one that’s only completed one year of high school football, but Alan Cutler explains why Allen is an exception to that rule (the package starts around the :55 mark).