By KSR on ©October 15th, 2018 @ 4:30pm
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By Nick Roush on ©October 15th, 2018 @ 3:30pm
To celebrate the Bye Week, Mark Stoops enjoyed a stress-free Saturday.
“It was good to sit back and watch other people,” said the UK head coach. “It was a wild weekend, that’s for sure. But it was good. It was good to sit there and be stress free for a day.”
He saw plenty of football in-between Dad duties for a son’s birthday party, but he didn’t take the time to see where things stood once the dust settled. He has not yet looked at the SEC East standings and he is telling his players to do the same.
“We’re going to be one week at a time. We know that. I’ve said that all year. We’re going to try to go 1-0. We’re going to try to win this week and put ourselves in a position to win this week. We have six one-week seasons left.”
Stoops may not have his eye on them, but it’s an injustice to look away from these beautiful standings.
It’s fun to look down the road and play out the many possible scenarios. While we try to forecast the future that could put Kentucky in Atlanta, Stoops just wants to make sure his team is ready to play against a hungry Vanderbilt team.
“Vandy is a team that’s really well coached. I have a lot of respect for Derek (Mason) and what he does and how he coaches,” Stoops said.
“They’re just looking for that breakthrough. They had a great opportunity to beat Notre Dame and then had a great opportunity against Florida; two very, very good football teams. You see what they’re capable of. Vandy is a good team. They’re hungry. They play hard. We’re going to have to play very good football.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 15th, 2018 @ 3:00pm
Sydney McLaughlin is taking her talents to New Balance. Now a professional, the former Olympian and UK track star announced today she’s signed a deal with New Balance, a coup for the footwear and apparel brand.
“New Balance has a long-standing history as an excellent running company and they are the perfect partner for me,” McLaughlin said in a press release. “I’m thrilled to join the Team New Balance family, a brand that not only shares the same values and principles that are important to me but also supports its athletes on and off the track.”
— Sydney McLaughlin (@GoSydGo) October 15, 2018
McLaughlin turned pro in July after an incredible year at Kentucky in which she lowered her personal bests in the 200m, 400m and 400m hurdles and ran the world’s fastest 400m hurdles of 2018 by 0.57.
The New Balance ad is cool and all, but nothing will top Sydney’s video with KyWildcatsTV, which now has over six million views:
— UK Track & Field (@KentuckyTrack) June 9, 2018
Go Syd Go.
By Nick Roush on ©October 15th, 2018 @ 1:30pm
Za’Darius Smith is playing the best football of his career at the right time.
Yesterday the former Kentucky defensive end got awfully familiar with Marcus Mariota. The Tennessee Titans’ quarterback was sacked by Big Z three times, including one impressive strip sack by the Baltimore Raven. The only thing more impressive than that play is his post-sack celebration.
I think it’s safe to say Za’Darius was pretty happy after the win.
— RavenSSSSSSSSSSS (@Ravens) October 14, 2018
Za’Darius added five tackles and two quarterback hurries to his lengthy stat sheet. He woke up to a text message from his old coach.
“Shot him a text this morning and congratulated him. He’s having a really good year and had a great game,” Mark Stoops said at today’s press conference.
Smith is up to six total sacks this season through six weeks, surpassing a career-high set in 2015. According to Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun, Smith is getting one sack every seven snaps. He’s playing the best football of his career before in the final year of his contract, setting up a big paycheck in free agency this offseason. Stoops is not surprised one bit.
“He’s a great example of a guy that just comes in and was a real man about things. He came in with a mission. He came in from Junior College on a mission to improve everyday. A lot like Josh Allen and many others,” Stoops said.
“He’s there to get better each and every day. He practiced like that when he was here. He’s gotten better in the NFL. He’s having a great career and I’m just proud of him and the way he handles his business. You can tell he’s a pro the way he’s taking care of his body, the way he’s developing. He looks huge and he’s playing very fast, playing good. I’m just happy for him.”
Smith’s three-sack performance is rare for Kentucky Wildcats. The last former Kentucky player to have at least three sacks in an NFL regular-season game was in 1987 when the Chiefs’ Art Still took Jim McMahon to the ground three times. Smith’s success — along with Bud Dupree, Avery Williamson and others — helps on the recruiting front as well.
“Those guys have been very productive here,” said Stoops. “It helps.”
Big Z has been a grown man in 2018. It will not be long before Josh Allen is replicating that success on Sundays.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 15th, 2018 @ 1:00pm
Could Josh Paschal return to the football field this season? Mark Stoops told reporters today the sophomore defensive end is making tremendous progress following surgery to remove a malignant melanoma from the bottom of his right foot.
“Josh is doing good. He’s doing very, very good. We’re very encouraged by Josh and his recovery and what he’s doing. Maybe I’ll have a nice smile on my face and a good update here in a couple of weeks. We’ll see. He’s getting better.”
After the surgery, Paschal underwent treatment and had to get around using a scooter before upgrading to a walking boot. Two weeks ago, he was able to get rid of the boot and walk around without aid. Now, Stoops says Paschal is running and doing bodyweight exercises.
“The procedure that was done to his foot is healing and that’s what he’s dealing with right now. But he’s doing some light running. He is progressing with some bodyweight stuff right now.”
When Stoops first announced Paschal’s diagnosis back in August, it was hard to imagine he’d be back on a football field this year; if he is healthy enough to go, he could play in four games without losing a year of eligibility. Even if he doesn’t see meaningful minutes, can you imagine the roar if he ran on the field during a bowl game or the SEC Championship?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 15th, 2018 @ 12:49pm
The game times are out for October 27 and Kentucky’s game at Missouri will kickoff at 4 p.m. on the SEC Network.
As predicted, the World’s Largest Cocktail Party drew the CBS 3:30 p.m. slot. Here are the rest of the SEC game times for October 27:
- Vanderbilt at Arkansas, Noon ET/11 am CT on SEC Network
- Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville), 3:30 pm ET/2:30 pm CT on CBS
- Kentucky at Missouri, 4 pm ET/3 pm CT on SEC Network
- Texas A&M at Mississippi State, 7 pm ET/6 pm CT on ESPN
- Tennessee at South Carolina, 7:30 pm ET/6:30 pm CT on SEC Network
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 15th, 2018 @ 12:14pm
Kentucky’s offensive line took a beating during the first half of the season, but Mark Stoops said today that he believes there’s a “good chance” left tackle Naasir Watkins will be able to go vs. Vanderbilt after suffering a knee injury during the South Carolina game.
“Naasir is getting better, that’s good. We have a chance. I said last week I didn’t think we’d have him this week and I think there’s a good chance we’ll have him available this Saturday so that will be good for him as well.”
On this week’s depth chart, Watkins is listed as a backup to EJ Price at the left tackle position. Drake Jackson is listed as the starter at center after straining his groin during the Texas A&M game. Stoops said the bye week was huge for guys like Drake to rest up and heal.
“Obviously Drake, Drake Jackson is a guy, he needed it after the A&M game. It would have been hard for him to play if we played this Saturday. He’s one that jumps out immediately. But there are quite a few guys that are banged up, as you can imagine, halfway through the season.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 15th, 2018 @ 11:55am
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 15th, 2018 @ 11:38am
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 15th, 2018 @ 11:00am
ESPN’s Chris Low released his midseason All-American team this morning and two Kentucky Wildcats made the list: offensive guard Bunchy Stallings and linebacker Josh Allen.
“One of the keys to Kentucky’s hot start this season has been its experience,” Low writes. “The Wildcats are laden with players who’ve been in the program for at least three years, and the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Stallings is a redshirt senior who’s paved the way for a big chunk of Benny Snell’s 699 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Stallings played some center earlier in his career and is in the best shape of his career. He’s been a road-grader for the Wildcats. Go see for yourself and turn on tape from the Florida game.”
Roll that beautiful pancake footage:
Bunchy Stallings lives on a healthy diet of pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner pic.twitter.com/4jkOkPZENl
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) September 9, 2018
Allen has won the SEC Defensive Player of the Week award three times this season and is consistently ranked amongst the top pass rushers in the country. As Low says, he’s unstoppable (which is why offensive lines have resorted to holding).
“As pass-rushers go, the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Allen has been right there at the top from his outside linebacker position. He’s having a sensational senior season and has been a blur off the edge. Allen has 10.5 tackles for loss, including six sacks. Five of those sacks have come against SEC opponents, and he also has five quarterback hurries, three pass break-ups and two forced fumbles. Offenses simply haven’t been able to block him one-on-one.”
Benny Snell did not make the list, with Clemson’s Travis Etienne and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor getting the nod at running back. Can someone make sure Benny knows? Thanks.