By Nick Roush on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
Kentucky’s 2018 offense was defined by the ground game. That should change this fall.
Leaning on Benny Snell, 61.5% of Kentucky’s offensive production came on the ground last season. Following the departure of the school’s all-time leading rusher, Eddie Gran must seek alternative options for offense. The most explosive returning playmaker is prepared to create highlights in 2019.
“I’m working hard,” said Lynn Bowden at SEC Media Days. “I was 215 (pounds) in the spring. That was probably the heaviest I’ve ever been and it wasn’t fat, it was muscle. I’m just grinding right now. I’m taking everything that everybody is saying and I’m running with it.”
He’s not the only pass-catcher that’s made improvements throughout the offseason. Bowden mentioned a number of his peers during his stint at SEC Media Days. Akeem Hayes, Allen Dailey and Isaiah Epps’ names were thrown around, but the two constants were Josh Ali and Bryce Oliver.
“Bryce Oliver, he’s from Florida, one of the hardest working kids we have on our team. He’s one person you guys should look forward to seeing play this year. Josh Ali, he’s been there with me in my grade. He’s taken huge steps towards his goals.”
They’ll be catching passes from a new and improved Terry Wilson. Mark Stoops and Gran limited the JUCO transfer’s attempts in his first season. With a luxury like Benny Snell lined up next to Wilson, the offense could afford to take the air out of the ball. That’s no longer the case. Wilson will be asked to do much more in 2019. His teammates and coaches know he’s prepared to handle the additional workload.
“We expect him to make a big jump, and Terry’s worked extremely hard in the offseason just fundamentally getting better, understand the offense, getting better around him with the wide receivers,” said Stoops.
“He’s been working his tail off this offseason, in the weight room, out throwing 7-on-7,” Logan Stenberg said. “I think he’s going to have a huge year this year. He’s going to be ready to make a difference and that’s what we need on this team. He’s going to be a leader vocally and physically. He’s going to show other guys how to do it right and it’s going to be a great thing for us.”
Bowden, one of the players who has worked with Wilson all summer, can’t wait to see what Terry brings to the table in 2019.
“He’s looking like the best quarterback (in the SEC) to me, hands down,” said Bowden.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 1:15pm
Even though Kentucky snapped the losing streak to Florida, the streak of Mark Stoops being asked about it at SEC Media Days continues.
“Oh, come on now, ” Stoops said when Bob Holt reminded him Kentucky hasn’t beaten Florida in back-to-back seasons since 1976-77.
“How big would it be to start a winning streak against the Gators?” Holt tried agian.
“I’m just going to avoid that question,” Stoops joked before going on a lengthy aside about playing in the Barbasol ProAm with John Daly, a huge Arkansas fan (Holt covers the Razorbacks for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette).
“But you’re throwing me off with these streaks and all that about Florida. I thought I didn’t have to answer that anymore. But to answer your question, every game’s important. And, you know, each and every game, a team in the East, we had Florida at home, it’s an important game, but so are the other 11.”
Personally, I think Stoops should have taken a page out of Josh Allen’s book with his response:
By Nick Roush on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 12:45pm
Kash Daniel or King in the North?
Kentucky’s senior inside linebacker was one of the best dressed players attending 2019’s SEC Media Days. The pride of Paintsville slicked his hair back and donned a Stark lapel pin, mirroring the main character from HBO’s Game of Thrones. Kash believes he’s cut from the same cloth as Jon Snow.
“He’s just a bad you know what. There’s a lot of symbolism behind it, but just overall he’s a really cool dude and I like Game of Thrones,” Kash said. “Plus I almost got the hair down, so put two and two together.”
Aside from the outward similarities, Kash can relate to the character who overcame insurmountable odds to succeed.
“They’re the baddest of the houses. Jon Snow had a 1% chance of beating the White Walkers, but he did.”
Even so, he wasn’t the biggest fan of the way the show ended. “It could have been written differently, but they did what they had to do so, whatever.”
When Kash arrived with the Jon Snow look, he was greeted by a few of his biggest fans. Kash happily posed for a picture, and even signed the Stone Cold-inspired sign.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 12:30pm
UK recently announced the addition of a grad transfer quarterback, Sawyer Smith, from the University of Troy. Smith played in all 13 games last season for Troy, was the starter in the final seven games, and went 5-2 in that span. He completed 144 of 229 passes for 1,669 yards and 14 touchdowns, and added another 191 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
At SEC Media Days on Thursday, Mark Stoops was asked about his new QB, who is expected to be a very competitive second-stringer behind Terry Wilson. Stoops said, “It is important to get Sawyer. The fact that he has experience — he’s a really talented player, but he’s also played in big games. I’m a big believer at that position, you don’t know exactly what you have until you get into a game. And so with us having some transfers — we had some departures — it was important to bring some experience in there.
“Sawyer is going to be a big piece. How big? I don’t know. We’ll see when he gets on campus and we get to work with him. But I’m excited to have him, I’m excited to have his experience. He’s been under pressure, he’s been in big games, you’ve seen him deliver under pressure, and that’s really important to have at that position.”
Smith will graduate from Troy later this month and will have two seasons of immediate eligibility at Kentucky.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 12:08pm
After Jared Lorenzen’s passing on July 3, Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson proposed wearing Jared’s No. 22 in the season opener in his honor. Today at SEC Media Days, Mark Stoops told reporters he’s ‘all for’ that idea, and that the program is still working on a way to honor Jared this season.
“That was a tough loss for all of us. Jared was a remarkable man. I didn’t know him as well, personally. I knew him, of course. He was around the program some, but he was beloved throughout our community, the Big Blue Nation. He was a terrific person and father. And that was a big loss to us.
“When Terry called me right away or texted me right away and asked me what I thought about that, my immediate response was that would be a great idea, to honor him, to recognize him, to wear his number in the opener so I’m all for that. And we have talked about it and we will continue to work on what we will do to recognize him as the season gets closer.”
In case you’re curious what that will look like, here’s a mockup from a fan on social media:
August 31 can’t come soon enough.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 11:50am
Like all of the league’s coaches down at SEC Media Days, Mark Stoops was asked about alcohol sales coming to the SEC and if he has been in any of the conversations about it at Kentucky. The league decided back in May that it will lift the ban on alcohol sales, leaving it up to the individual schools to decide whether or not they will sell booze at games.
Stoops said, “No, I have not been a part of that. That’s above my pay grade.” He added, “I’m really worried about winning football games. So I’ll leave that. I have great confidence in Dr. Capilouto and Mitch Barnhart, and I’m sure they’ll come to a decision that they’re comfortable with.”
Back when the ban was lifted, Dr. Capilouto released the following statement on UK’s current stance:
“The SEC has taken the right approach to this important issue by deferring to the individual, member institutions to make decisions about what is in the best interests of each university, their programs, and their fans. Led by Director (Mitch) Barnhart, UK will take the next several months to consider this issue. We will, as always, seek to do what is right for the University, our student-athletes, and the experience and safety of our fans.”
If you’re in the pro-alcohol crowd, don’t expect it by this coming football season.
By Nick Roush on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 11:03am
Logan Stenberg became an All-SEC offensive guard by using his hands and his mouth.
A physical presence on the left side of Kentucky’s offensive line, the Madison, Alabama native has taken opponents out of games and tangled with them from time to time. The mean mauler grew up 100 miles north of Hoover, cheering for the Crimson Tide.
“I was an Alabama fan, but I dropped that quick once I realized that I was going to be playing college football.” Stenberg never received ]that coveted call from Nick Saban during his recruiting process. “There was a chip on my shoulder for sure, but no hard feelings.”
That chip on Stenberg’s shoulder is evident when he plays. You can see it on film, but you can’t hear what he’s saying in the trenches. He shared his trash-talking strategy with KSR.
“I try to find their weakness. I’m not trying to trash-talk on the first play of the game. I’m going to see where you’re weak, I’m going to expose that and make you feel embarrassed. I really think that playing offensive line is a double whammy. You gotta really intimidate them and play with their mind, and you got to beat them physically.”
Stenberg’s ability to get under people’s skin gives him a leg up on the defense.
“I believe if you’re focused on me, more than what you’re supposed to be doing, I’ve won that battle,” he said. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think it worked. I’ve definitely seen some type of progress in what it’s doing. I see some benefit in it. I find that it really helps me because it makes me mad. When I’m mad, I play harder and I really wanna get the better of that man.”
Stenberg plays better when he’s mad, but sometimes it gets the best of him. After starting two years without missing a game, he’s drawn a few personal foul penalties in his time on the line. He’s still learning how to balance his rage in the trenches.
“There’s definitely a fine line. We’re working on that this offseason. Coach Schlarman has expressed his — we won’t be getting any personal fouls this year, I promise you that. If I do, I probably won’t be living the next day,” he laughed.
“It’s a fine line, I gotta learn how to walk it. I haven’t learned yet, so hopefully I can learn this year.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 10:08am
Will Xavier Peters be eligible to play this fall? Kentucky’s still waiting to find out.
The former Florida State linebacker transferred to Kentucky this spring to be closer to his young son, and according to Mark Stoops, is still waiting to hear whether or not the NCAA will grant his hardship waiver.
“I don’t have any update on that at all,” Stoops told reporters this morning. “I’m not sure when we’ll get a response back on that.”
What can fans expect to see once Peters takes the field?
“I haven’t had the opportunity to coach him yet,” Stoops said, “I promise you he looks the part. He still looks better even than he did coming out of high school. He’s a physical guy, very athletic. We’re excited to have him. Hopefully we’ll have the ability to play him this year, but we will see.”
In May, Peters pleaded his case on Twitter in response to a story written by Larry Vaught about the situation.
“I hope the @NCAAFootball respect my decision by coming home to take care of my son the right way. I needed to play closer to home so I can show him how much love him & how much I missed him. It’s a dream come true to be playing in front of my son.”
Hopefully, we’ll hear some good news soon.
I’ve been having a great time with my son he had a blast on Father’s Day with me. This was the best decision in my life to come back home. God makes no mistakes most definitely when it comes to your kid. #ThankfulToBeHere? @BBN @NCAA @SEC pic.twitter.com/VJeDfHCHir
— ?Xavier Peters????? (@xavierpeters22) June 19, 2019
By Drew Franklin on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 10:00am
Good morning from the Barbasol Championship!
As KSR’s resident golf fan and pal of some of the golfers who will be competing in this year’s tournament, I promoted myself to Official Correspondent of the PGA TOUR in Kentucky for Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com. (Drew Franklin, OCPTK.)
Your OCPTK is at Keene Trace bright and early today for Round 1 action at the Barbasol and I am Level 10 excited about the TOUR being in Kentucky. But before I get out on the course to do my hard-hitting reporting stuff (and to sit at the Natty Shack), I’d like to share with you some brief notes from the tournament as it kicks off.
— First and foremost, this picture of Mark Stoops and John Daly from yesterday’s Pro-Am is incredible. Kash Daniel tweeted it with the caption, “Two (goats) in one pic.”
Two ?’s in one pic pic.twitter.com/efTOL3Ue9U
— Kash Daniel (@KashDaniel15) July 17, 2019
Stoops and Daly played nine holes together Wednesday morning.
— There are six Wildcats in the field. One is Clay County’s Chip McDaniel, who has been somewhat of a regular on TOUR since qualifying for the US Open. His former UK teammate, Cooper Musselman, is also in the field, along with former UK golfers Lukas Euler, Steve Flesch and Stephen Stallings. Current UK sophomore Cullan Brown is the sixth after receiving an amateur exemption last week. Go Cats.
— If you need another Kentuckian to root for, Josh Teater is back this year. A native of Lexington, Teater attended Morehead State, but he is the biggest UK fan on the planet. Keep an eye on him this weekend. He will have a huge gallery behind him.
— So you know, the PGA TOUR is adamant that we capitalize PGA TOUR. I don’t know why but I do what I am told. It seems dumb though.
— Aaron Flener, former KSR writer Aaron Flener, will pay tribute to Jared Lorenzen. He had the #22 embroidered on the side of the hats he will be wearing all weekend.
— Tom Lovelady’s 50-degree wedge pays homage to “Wedding Crashers.” He had his Titleist Vokey wedge stamped with the great line, “The painting was a gift, Todd.”
Lovelady has a Kentucky connection too. He played with Justin Thomas at Alabama and even lived with him after they turned pro.
— John Daly is warming up with a large McDonald’s cup at his feet #athlete
— If you want to come on out here, and you should, tickets are still available. Click here to get yours now. It’s a very walkable course with a lot of good people volunteering their time to make it a great experience. Join in on the fun and let’s show the PGA Tour (I mean the PGA TOUR) that Kentucky can put on a great event.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 9:55am
The KSR Summer Tour is in Ashland today at Blazer’s Restaurant and Bakery, conveniently located at 1624 Carter Avenue. Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond are there to talk about all the latest happenings in BBN and in life.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (772) 774-5254.
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 9:23am
Kentucky’s contingent for SEC Media Days has arrived in Hoover, Alabama. Check out Mark Stoops, Kash Daniel, Logan Stenberg, and Lynn Bowden posing in front of their private jet. Looking good, fellas.
On Instagram, Kash Daniel gave us a closer look at his outfit, which includes a House of Stark pin:
If Roush doesn’t come through with some Game of Thrones questions, I’ll be very disappointed.
By Nick Roush on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 9:00am
SEC Media Days saved the best for last. The penultimate act at the kickoff event will be Mark Stoops, who takes center stage in the Grand Ballroom at the Wynfrey Hotel this morning at 11:20 ET. You can stream Stoops’ entire press conference on Watch ESPN or catch the action on the SEC Network.
Stoops will be accompanied by wide receiver Lynn Bowden, offensive guard Logan Stenberg and linebacker Kash Daniel. A year after Benny Snell told the rest of the SEC he was the best running back in the conference, UK brought a triumvirate that has never shied away from making bold statements.
The SEC media will wonder how Kentucky can maintain its success after a ten-win season, while the players and their head coach will ask why they haven’t earned more respect. The rubber will soon meet the road here at Hoover.
When and Where You Can Catch the Cats
I will join the local media contingency that gets the first crack at the Cats. Once that has wrapped up around 10:00 am, the four will be pulled in a hundred different directions. Aside from the coverage on KSR, SiriusXM features live interviews on Channel 84, beginning with Lynn Bowden at 11:10, Stenberg at 11:35, Kash at 11:50 and Stoops at 12:10. If you prefer SEC Radio, they’ll be exchanging places throughout that time too. The SEC Network will also be recording interviews you can find on TV and online.
UK-Florida is almost Sold Out
Two weeks after going on sale, the single-ticket allotment for the highly-anticipated matchup with Florida at Kroger Field is sold out. Purchasing season tickets, 4-Game Flex Packs, scattered single seats, or resale tickets through Kentucky’s official resale marketplace is the only way to guarantee seats. Well done, Big Blue Nation. Well done.
Discounted Tickets for Military and First Responders
Each year at Heroes’ Day, military and first responders receive a complimentary ticket to Kroger Field. This year it will be held September 7 vs. Eastern Michigan. UK is extending their hospitality to military and first responders, offering discounted tickets to every single home game, thanks to a partnership with Govx. Register here to take advantage of the opportunity.
Is Water Wet?
The thought experiment was tested out last night at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) July 18, 2019
Landon Young does Good Works
The Kentucky offensive tackle is one of 137 athletes nominated for the 2019 Allstate Good Works Team. The most coveted community service award in college sports, Kentucky’s most recent recipient was Courtney Love in 2017.
KSR is in Ashland
Get on over to Blazer’s restaurant to see what Matt Jones and the KSR crew have in store for Thursday’s show.
By Nick Roush on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 8:30am
Thursday morning Mark Stoops will take the stage of the Grand Ballroom at SEC Media Days for the seventh time.
The longest-tenured coach in the SEC East has always had to answer questions about taking Kentucky to the next level. This year the media will question if he can keep the Cats can stay near the top of the East after a ten-win season. He’ll face some form of the following ten questions throughout his long day in Hoover.
1. How do you replace all of the production from 2018?
“You all didn’t know about the seven, eight guys last year who got us to ten wins. I’m confident we have seven or eight more guys ready to do the same this year.”
That’s a choppy version of the sentiment Stoops will be pitching throughout the week. He’s confident the players that built the program up to new heights left a solid foundation for others to follow in their footsteps.
2. The entire secondary departed after starting for at least two years? Where do you turn to?
First and foremost, Stoops went to the JUCO ranks, recruiting Quandre Mosely and Brandin Echols to play cornerback at Kentucky. The latter will likely start from day one.
Aside from the additions, Stoops’ secondary rebuild is much different than how he’s operated in the past. At the start of his tenure, defensive backs were forced to play right away. Instead of starting true freshmen, Stoops has the luxury of playing upperclassmen who have some experience on the field. Davonte Robinson, Jordan Griffin, Tyrell Ajian and Yusuf Corker had enough talent to play right away, but had to wait their turn behind future NFL Draft picks. They are the players “nobody knows about” that Stoops believes will make an impact this fall. The dynamic is different, but even though they’re older, they still lack experience.
3. Are you confident Terry Wilson will make a leap as a starter in year two?
Stoops will gladly point to to Stephen Johnson’s second year improvements as an example as to how quarterbacks mature after one year as the starter. Many outsiders believe Kentucky did not throw it last year because they did not trust Terry’s arm talent and decision-making. Those closer to the program will say they simply couldn’t get the ball out of Benny Snell’s hands. The truth lies somewhere in-between.
4. Without Benny Snell, will A.J. Rose need to carry a heavy workload or will the touches go elsewhere?
Last year Benny Snell touched the ball on 35% of UK’s offensive plays from scrimmage. Stoops will not lump all of that responsibility on AJ Rose. Chris Rodriguez and Kavosiey Smoke will happily split some carries with Rose. The most significant difference in the offense will be the prominence of Terry Wilson. Stoops will never reveal exactly how they will divvy out the touches, but expect to see Wilson carry a much heavier load on the ground and through the air in 2019.
5. Josh Paschal’s comeback story is amazing, but can he still perform at an elite level after undergoing such a traumatic event?
In the spring Stoops did not hesitate to say that Paschal had a lengthy climb uphill to overcome the setbacks from last fall. After all, Paschal did have a chunk of his foot removed.
“He’s still a little bit frustrated because, if you know anything about him, he wants to come back out and be a dominant player he knows he can be. He’s just not there yet,” Stoops said in April. “There’s still just getting used to that foot and where they reconstructed it and did a lot of surgeries on the poor kid. It’s frustrating for him.”
Stoops preached patience in the spring. With four more months to recover, Paschal should be much closer to returning to form. Even so, Stoops will point out the development of talent around Paschal that should mitigate any potential problems.
6. This year you don’t have to answer a question about Florida, but there’s another streak you have against South Carolina; how do you approach the game in Columbia?
I cannot wait to hear the tongue-in-cheek remark Stoops has prepared for the person who brings up Florida. As for South Carolina, no question fired him up more last year than when the Gamecocks were mentioned.
“I don’t need South Carolina to motivate me. I am not worried about what they’re doing,” he said. Hopefully the question sparks familiar fiery emotions.
7. Last season you had the No. 2 scoring defense in the conference. You lost Matt House to the NFL, but your new defensive coordinator, Brad White, has plenty of NFL experience. How will the defense look with White in charge?
Hopefully it’s an open-ended question, because if not, Stoops will say the defense will largely look the same. “The concepts haven’t changed, but he’s installed his own style.”
The differences in the defense will primarily be from a personnel standpoint. They can’t trust Josh Allen to be a one-man wrecking crew, so White will have to take some chances. The greater question that we will never get an answer to, is how long of a leash will Stoops give White?
Stoops went through the leap from position coach to coordinator 15 years ago. That experience should shrink the learning curve for White.
8. Josh Allen was the best defender in college football football last year. Is there another pass rusher prepared to carry the torch?
Rare to single out players before they’ve taken the practice field, Stoops will take a similar approach to the Benny Snell question. He’ll note Boogie Watson’s exceptional development in his redshirt sophomore season (5 sacks, 5 TFLs) before turning his attention to the rest of the defensive line. Kentucky can’t replace Allen’s production with one single player. The entire defensive line must step up to fill the void left by College Football’s 2018 Defensive Player of the Year.
9. Aside from Lynn Bowden, who can you count on to consistently catch passes?
The first name that will likely come out of his mouth is Josh Ali. Every time this questions has been asked in a summer interview, Ali is mentioned. After that, it’s anyone’s guess. Isaiah Epps has transformed his body, Ahmad Wagner can play a niche role and the tight end room is deep. With all that being said, there are still many unknowns. It may not be at SEC Media Days, but before the season begins Stoops and Eddie Gran will challenge the wide receivers’ room to take their game to new heights, or get left behind.
10. The SEC has lifted the ban on stadium-wide alcohol sales. A few schools have already announced they will not be serving alcoholic beverages this fall. Where do you stand?
This question will put Mark Stoops in a pickle. When asked about big picture topics in the past, he prefers to punt, sometimes clumsily. A big fan of his boss, Mitch Barnhart, he’ll defer to the AD and president without taking one side or the other (even though in his heart of hearts, Stoops is willing to do whatever it takes to fill up Kroger Field every Saturday).
By Hayden Hooper on ©July 17th, 2019 @ 10:30pm
KSBar and Grille is the place in Lexington to catch University of Kentucky games (pre and postgame too) as well as other events such as the NBA Playoffs, UFC fights, the World Cup, MLB games, PGA tour events, and more.
KSBar might be known for their smoked wings but don’t miss out on the brisket platter, fried katfish, chicken and waffles, and the great assortment of burgers. Start off with the house chips loaded to the ceiling smothered with pulled pork or chicken straight off the smoker topped with the house BBQ sauce.
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#10 Ben Baxter
— Ben Baxter (@bcbaxter10) July 17, 2019
The perfect way to tweet this on World Emoji Day.
— Sean (@KentuckyKroge) July 17, 2019
The Colts fan inside me does not like this, but the Cats fan is all excited what Josh can do this season with Jacksonville! Just not too many big hits on Andrew Luck, please!
— Trey (@tr3yuk) July 17, 2019
I guess it’ll be Old Wonder in 2069.
#7 Josh Ragan
— ?Josh Ragan? (@JoshRagann) July 17, 2019
That is a perfect photo.
#6 Perd Hapley
— Perd Hapley (@notthefakeBTJ) July 17, 2019
SGA in a Thunder uniform looks amazing!
#5 Kevin Ray Noel
@ThrowboyTees @KySportsRadio @ryanlemond @DrewFranklinKSR @ShannonTheDude @UKFootball So this arrived in my mailbox today! Bittersweet moment. I’m not sure if I want to wear it every game day, or frame it & put it on our Living Room Wall? OUR HEOES DON’T ALWAYS WEAR CAPES!! #BBN pic.twitter.com/lFdRpNgMgz
— Kevin Ray Noel (@KevinRayNoel515) July 17, 2019
Wow, the shirts came out really nice!
#4 Allyson L. Palmer
— Allyson L. Palmer (@allysonlpalmer) July 17, 2019
Start ’em young!
— Jay (@jay_mcknight365) July 17, 2019
Not too much longer! Was thinking the same thing though!
#2 Danny Palmer
Been super busy lately but should have plenty of time to work more on this over the weekend. It's the biggest canvas I've worked on so far. 30"x40" Large canvas for a larger than life human being! #BBN #WeAreUK pic.twitter.com/O5B4uPTbQe
— Danny Palmer (@palmer102) July 17, 2019
That is going to look SO GOOD!
#1 Andrew Bishop
— Andrew Bishop (@andrewbishup) July 18, 2019
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By Taylor Combs on ©July 17th, 2019 @ 10:30pm
Lexington native Hunter Stewart may feel nervous taking the first tee at the Barbasol Championship Thursday, but it won’t be for any lack of experience. “It’s got to be in the four-digits,” Stewart said when asked how many rounds of golf he’s played at Keene Trace’s Champion Trace Course.
Stewart grew up in Lexington—in Nicholasville, to be precise. His parents still own the house where he lived through middle and high school, only 1.8 miles away from that first tee, Hunter’s home course. “It’s probably the first time I’ll sleep at home before a tournament since high school,” he said. Though he now lives in Atlanta, this house is home, and it’s a house he expects to be full of friends and family through the course of the week. Hunter’s wife Katherine, sister Annie, and parents, Jon and Melissa will all be around, but he expects his parents, ever the hosts, to have an open door to many others who will be cheering him on in his first PGA Tour start since 2016.
Stewart is a bit of a local legend in the Lexington golf world. He made the Lexington Christian Academy varsity golf team as early as seventh grade, and his high school highlights include back-to-back state championship runner-up finishes as an individual, being dubbed KHSAA’s “Mr. Golf,” and leading the school to its first ever team state championship in 2010 over Justin Thomas (currently ranked 9th in the Official World Golf Rankings) and Louisville’s St. Xavier.
Speaking of Thomas, Hunter’s runner-up finish in the 2009 state championship was an instant classic—if high school golf could ever produce one. Lightning on day one cut play short, leading to a full twelve hours of golf on day two. By dusk, the team champion was crowned—St. X beat LCA by a single stroke. But Stewart and Thomas were still tied. They would go to a playoff the following morning—a playoff ultimately won by Thomas after pitching in from the fairway on the second playoff hole.
But Stewart spent the offseason improving, competing in tournaments nationally, and began the 2010 high school season by stringing together four consecutive victories. The streak came to an end when he finished in second place by shooting a 74 in Prestonsburg—not a bad round considering he made a 13 on the Par-5 seventh hole. “That honestly may be one of my proudest moments in golf,” he said, reflecting on the mental toughness required to finish a good round after hitting four consecutive shots out of bounds.
The season would end with sweet revenge. LCA beat Thomas and St. X by 14 shots in the state championship, giving coach Eric Geldhof his first of three state titles. While Stewart was the best player on that team, he wasn’t the only good player—LCA won another state championship the following season, and his teammates went on to play golf at Ole Miss, Kentucky, Lipscomb University, and Belmont University. And though Stewart grew up a UK fan, his college decision took him down the road to Nashville to play college golf for the Vanderbilt Commodores.
It was nothing against Kentucky, he says. He simply wanted to “be his own man.” But he retained his UK fandom—even if it meant sitting outside of the Vandy student section in 2012 to watch Anthony Davis and the Cats because his coach told him he couldn’t wear blue and sit with his fellow students. It doesn’t take him long to prove his UK fan bona fides—just ask who his all-time favorite Kentucky athlete is and ten minutes later you’ll have heard about the Ron Mercer jersey he wore every day to kindergarten, his sadness about the recent death of Jared Lorenzen, Wayne Turner’s armband, the time he watched Tayshaun Prince knock down five consecutive threes to open up a game against North Carolina, and camping out the night before College Gameday at Commonwealth Stadium in 2007.
Was it weird competing against Kentucky as a Kentucky fan? A little, but, in Stewart’s words, “when you grow up a Kentucky fan, you don’t really grow up a Kentucky golf fan.”
College golf would bring more success for Hunter. Just as he was crowned “Mr. Golf” in Kentucky in 2010, he won SEC Player of the Year honors in 2015. Hunter won five tournaments as a college golfer, and his stellar play landed him a spot on the US Walker Cup team in 2015. But despite his individual success, Stewart’s most fond memories and achievements have come in team golf and in life off the course. “Wining the high school state championship, some of our early wins at Vandy. Something about humans makes us want to accomplish things together.” A devout Christian, Stewart adds that some of his favorite “golf” memories were watching college teammates come into a faith of their own during their time together at Vandy.
Now, four years after college golf, Stewart spends most of his weeks this time of year north of the border, playing on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. For those who aren’t big golfers, the Mackenzie Tour is effectively the equivalent of AA baseball. “You take a step up to get to (the Web.com Tour), step up to PGA.” It’s not as glamorous as it looks, he says. “Early mornings and nights away,” are the price you pay as a professional golfer. He’s jealous of the players at the top who can brings their families along with them throughout the season. But the reward? “I get to play golf for a living.”
Hunter’s early professional career saw some starts in PGA events, including a top-10 at the 2015 Mayakoba Classic, but he still hasn’t had his break thru—making this week at home all the more significant. What could a good showing this week do for Hunter? “A win gets you the rest of the year and the next two years” on the PGA Tour. “Top two or three probably gets you on the Web. Top 10 gets you a start next week and enough money to keep going.” And that’s ultimately the goal—keep grinding, making enough money to keep going, until you wind up, eventually, on the PGA Tour.
Hunter was eleven years old the first time he played Champion’s Trace in early 2005. Is it weird going back? “Undoubtedly,” he says, as he reflects on the days when he and teammate Blanton Farmer pranked call the pro shop. “It’s a little odd . . . it’s just kind of where golf began for me.” He quotes Phil Mickelson, who has noted how difficult it is to win at home with all the distractions that come as part of the package. “I’d be kidding myself if I said I could just put the blinders on, so I just want to embrace it.”
Will he be nervous? Absolutely. “If you’re not nervous, that’s when you really should be nervous,” he quips. “But I’ve played some of my best rounds when I’ve been really nervous.”
How else will Hunter be feeling Thursday, as he steps to the tee alongside golf legends like John Daly and Kentucky legends like Steve Flesch? “Thankful. I just want to embrace it and be really thankful and have a great attitude. I’m thankful for those who have made it possible.” Best of luck to the Kentucky native this week.
Want to keep up with Hunter this week and the future of his career? You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@hunterstewart5), or track his play on the PGA Tour App or pgatour.com.
By Alex Holder on ©July 17th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
With no Kentucky Basketball or Football going on at the moment and Major League Baseball in full swing, why not talk about it? But since this is a Kentucky sports website, I have decided to write about MLB teams people from the Bluegrass State would be most interested in; including their records, trades, injuries, and playoff potential. Each Wednesday I will be giving my weekly update until we reach the end of the season – or until any of these teams are eliminated from the playoffs or otherwise terminated at the end of the season. I have also included the three Minor League affiliate teams that reside in the state with a weekly update of how each of those teams is doing in their respective leagues. So let’s get to it!
Major League Baseball Teams:
Atlanta Braves (58-39/ 1st Place Division):
Despite the Braves dropping two of its last three at the Milwaukee Brewers, they have won four of six, including a series sweep against the Padres in San Diego since the break. The Braves still have a six-game lead for first place in the NL East ahead of the Washington Nationals, and also claim the second-best record in the National League behind only the Dodgers. If I am a Braves fan, the one thing I am worried about is the pitching performance, but with the trade deadline approaching, we could see Atlanta make a push for some relief. Other than that, I’m feeling pretty good going into the second half of the season, especially with how hot the bats have been in Hotlanta since the beginning of June.
Chicago Cubs (52-44/ 1st Place Division):
As for the Cubs, they have also come out swinging here after the break. The Cubbies completed a three-game sweep over an inter-division opponent in the Pittsburgh Pirates this past weekend, dropped one to the Reds on Monday 6-3, but have beaten the Reds the last two games, including Wednesday, to top off the series. Early this week the Cubs acquired Martin Maldonado from the Kansas City Royals for their World Series champion pitcher Mike Montgomery. The Cubs have a two and a half-game lead over the second-place Brewers, and after that move has won five of its last six games. I’d say the Cubs are in a good position already after the All-Star break.
Cincinnati Reds (43-50/ 5th Place Division):
The Reds going into the All-Star break looked to be right there with all of the other teams in the NL Central, only 4.5 games back of last place. The Redlegs looked to have gained some series momentum going into the break, putting up an absolute fight in each and every series. Since the beginning of the second half, Cincinnati has already fallen to 7.5 back from first place in only winning two of their last six, with series losses to the Rockies and inter-division Cubs. With Castillo on the mound and Sony Gray giving good pitches, you could only come to the conclusion that it has to be the bats, which doesn’t make much sense with some of the power they have in their lineup. Either way, you can only hope that the Reds can somehow climb their way into a Wild Card spot at the end of the season, only because winning the division would be tough. If you want to be optimistic as a Reds fan, keep your fingers crossed for a Wild Card spot.
Cleveland Indians (53-40/ 2nd Place Division):
As of today, the Indians are slotted into the Wild Card spot behind the Rays. After hosting the All-Star Game at The Jake, the Tribe has dropped two games to the Twins and have so far split with the Tigers, with the series finale against Detriot on Wednesday night. If the Indians can beat Detroit they would be 3-3 since the second half has started. Cleveland is right around the corner from being in first place with the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. As of right now, they are 4.5 back from doing just that.
St. Louis Cardinals (48-46/ 3rd Place Division):
So far this season the Cards have been pretty banged up, but are still right there with all of the other teams in the NL Central Division. Since the second-half start, the Cardinals are 4-6 with series wins over the Arizona Diamondbacks and inter-division Pirates. If the Cardinals pitching can heat up and Paul Goldschmidt can do Paul Goldschmidt-like things, I believe the Cardinals could be right there with the Cubs and Brewers for a shot at first place in the NL Central. If all else fails, the Cards are only a half-game back from the Wild Card spot.
Minor League Teams in the Bluegrass and their Second Half Stats:
Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays Class – A) –
The Hot Rods are 17-7 since the break and are the first-place team in the Midwest League Eastern Division at 3.0 games ahead of the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians Affiliate).
Lexington Legends (Kansas City Royals Class – AA)-
After winning the first half of the season, the Legends have fallen to last place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division with a record of 11-15 at 3.5 games back from first place. Even though the Legends have started the second half off on a bad note, they have already guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs by managing a 37-32 record through their first 69 games of the season.
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds Class – AAA)-
The Louisville Bats are 35-60 on the season and are in dead last place of their division, the International League West.
(If there are any other team ideas I should add, leave them in the comments section or on my Twitter.)
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 17th, 2019 @ 9:30pm
The sports-obsessed Marrow family extends its reach well beyond the gridiron. The daughter of Kentucky football Associate Head Coach Vince Marrow, Aryanna, is set to compete for a national title on the diamond.
Aryanna currently plays softball for the 16U Beverly Bandits DeMarini coached by Chad Moran out of Kentucky. The Bandits will travel to Huntington Beach, CA where they will go up against nearly 70 other opponents from their age group in the Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championship. This will be the 10th anniversary of the event.
Aryanna is an upcoming senior at Lexington Catholic who will graduate in the spring of 2020.
If you follow Vince on Twitter, you’ve probably already seen the constant support he displays for his daughter and her fantastic softball abilities.
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) June 10, 2019
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) July 7, 2019
The tournament kicks off this Saturday with pool play, where the Bandits will play its first game early in the morning with more following throughout the weekend. The bracket will be decided by the following Monday, christened with opening ceremonies and the actual tournament running through the week. The entire event culminates with the National Championship on Saturday, July 27th.
You can stay updated with Aryanna and her team’s quest for a national title through the PFG website located here.
By Nick Roush on ©July 17th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
Kentucky’s permanent SEC West opponent stumbled in Joe Moorhead’s first season. Projected to be Alabama’s top contender in the division, the Bulldogs finished fourth after posting a .500 record in the SEC and 8-4 overall. Even though their defense ranked near the top in almost every national statistical category, the former Penn State offensive coordinator could not create explosive plays with Nick Fitzgerald at quarterback.
Moorhead’s offense will move forward with a former Nittany Lion at quarterback, Tommy Stevens. After losing a ton of talent, if Stevens doesn’t get Moorhead’s offense rolling, it could be a long year in Starkville.
The Best Thing Joe Moorhead Said — In hindsight, State’s head coach believed things would have gone differently if he did not set the bar so high as soon as he stepped on campus.
“In a year’s worth of time, you learn things. And you got to be really introspective, I think, as a leader and you got to look in the mirror, not out the window,” he said.
“I am not saying I’m changing what our goals are, but the approach of coming off the plane gun’s blazing, talking about ring sizes and Heisman Trophies — and the expectation level of the team entering the season, prior to me even getting there… I wouldn’t have changed the goals, but I probably would have kept it a little bit more in house.”
The Best Thing Joe Moorhead Said (Out of Context) — “Part of the reason for the diet and losing some weight, I was tired of all the recruits on the trail asking me if I played right or left tackle.”
Coach Speak 101 — How does Moorhead make improvements in year two? “It’s not about the whats but the hows and the whys.” Whatever that means.
Paging Mr. Marino — Moorhead opened his remarks by calling back to his past as a quarterback. He was a signal-caller at the same high school as Dan Marino and Marc Bulger, Pittsburgh Central Catholic. Moorhead wore Marino’s No. 13, until the jersey was retired by his school just before his senior season. Moorhead used the stage to ask Marino for a follow on Twitter.
“Since Dan, he forced me out of my number in my senior year in high school, and I am one of his biggest fans,” Moorhead said. “I figured that the least Dan could do was hit me with a follow back.”
Moorhead also invited Marino to attend a game in Starkville. “And as Pittsburgh people will know, I’ll have a cold case of Iron City on ice waiting for him.”
Same Face, New Place — Former UofL defensive lineman Allen Love will play for the Bulldogs this fall, but he won’t make as big of an impact as Isaiah Zuber. Last year the wide receiver led Kansas State with 52 receptions for 619 yards. The dynamic playmaker will get a chance to take on his former team in Starkville in week three.
Miss. State’s Scariest Player — Running back Kylin Hill is a brute, coming off a 749-yard sophomore season, but he will not carry as heavy of a load as Errol Thompson. One of the few key contributors returning from State’s dominant defense, last season the middle linebacker was second on the team in tackles with 87. He also had nine tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two interceptions. Not only is he an elite run stuffer, he’s great in coverage, limiting targets to a 56.2 passer rating.
Biggest Question Mark — Can Bob Shoop still dominate opponents without the elite pass rushers? Jeffrey Simmons and Montez Sweat were two of the best of the best in the nation last year. The JUCO factory has kept the coffers full on the defensive line, but those two cannot easily be replaced.
Good News for UK — The Bulldogs lost seven starters on defense and have to find a new quarterback. That’s easier said than done.
Bad News for UK — Kentucky has not won in Starkville since 2008 and most of the games since then have not been close. Kentucky has surrendered more than 40 points on each of the last two trips. 2010 and 2013 were the only meetings decided by fewer than ten points.
Fear Factor — 6.8
Kentucky doesn’t play well against the cowbell. It took an incredible performance to upend the Bulldogs last year by three scores. Even though this Miss. State isn’t nearly as talented as last year’s team, the Cats will need another spectacular performance to silence the crowd and escape with a win on the road.
By Aaron Torres on ©July 17th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Over the past couple weeks, John Calipari’s social media accounts have been ablaze with all of the typical, mid-summer Calipari content. You know what I’m talking about. Calipari is always putting out all sorts of good stuff – updates on old friends (no one catches up with more middle and high school friends than Calipari does), old players he’s run into on the recruiting trail, things like that.
But quite a bit of Calipari’s content lately has also been about what next year’s team could look like. And once again Calipari is throwing out one of his favorite words – “position-less” – to describe next year’s roster.
Yet while too many coaches throw around the phrase “position-less” haphazardly nowadays (heck, Calipari may have done it once or twice himself in the past) I think it accurately describes what the 2019-2020 Kentucky basketball roster will look like. I also think that the Wildcats positionless-ness (pretty sure I just made up that word) should actually be a strength heading into next season.
It’s funny really, because when I interact with Kentucky fans (be it on social media, or when they e-mail into my podcast) it seems as though every UK fan’s biggest fear is that next year’s team simply isn’t big enough. That a roster with only Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery and Nate Sestina isn’t enough, and that they’re one big man short. That they “need” N’Faly Dante to reclassify and become a member of the 2020 Kentucky Wildcats.
A couple thoughts on that. One, based on everything I’ve heard, I’m not sure that Dante will be able to reclassify in time to get to campus for next season. After all, making up a year of high school is harder than most folks realize – especially when the player involved (Dante) doesn’t speak English as his first language. Not to mention that after having KSR’s Jack Pilgrim on my podcast this week, Jack seems convinced that even if Dante were to reclassify, Kentucky might not be his first choice in colleges.
(To listen to all of Jack’s comments on Kentucky recruiting, click here and download Monday’s show).
Therefore, while any school would be willing to take a kid as talented as Dante, I’m not sure that Kentucky will get him for next season. More importantly, I’m not sure Kentucky necessarily “needs” him either.
My mentor and friend, Coach Hall, likes our new team. He loves that we made a bunch of jump shots. He said this could be our best shooting team. Said we made our first nine shots when we scrimmaged. pic.twitter.com/VF7z0CZ67r
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 15, 2019
It sounds preposterous, but just hear me out on this. Because in looking at Kentucky’s personnel for next season, they really do have the guys to play small ball and position-less. As a matter of fact, playing small ball and position-less might put their best players in the best position to succeed. Which might, in the process, help the Wildcats reach their potential as a team next season.
At guard, it’s hard not to love the blend of talent and experience that Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley and Tyrese Maxey provide. I’ve already written at length about Hagans this summer, where I explained why I truly believe he will evolve into an All-SEC type point guard. I also think that folks are completely sleeping on Immanuel Quickley and his ability to potentially serve as “instant offense” for this team. Quickley showed flashes last season and should be even better in 2019-2020 whether he comes off the bench or is in the starting lineup. As for Tyrese Maxey, well, his talent speaks for itself. He’s a McDonald’s All-American and was a guy that coaches told me was the best shooter all week at the Nike Hoops Summit back in April. This guy is just a straight up baller. There’s a reason that he’s projected by virtually everyone as Kentucky’s best long-term NBA prospect.
Then there’s the wing and in the front-court, which is where things get really interesting for the Wildcats. We all know that Johnny Juzang will get buckets from deep, but it’s at the forward spots where Kentucky can really create mismatches and give opposing teams headaches. Kahlil Whitney (and to a smaller degree Keion Brooks) can play as a “traditional” three-man when Calipari wants to go big, with Montgomery at the four and Nick Richards at the five. Or, Whitney can play a new-age “small ball” four with Montgomery sliding over to the five.
Can you imagine, the speed, versatility and athleticism that a Hagans-Maxey-Juzang-Whitney-Montgomery lineup would have, and the mismatches it would create? Same if you sub Quickley in at one of the guard spots. Or Brooks or Nate Sestina at the four spot.
Remember, the Golden State Warriors just made three straight NBA Finals with what they called their “death lineup” of four perimeter players (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant) on the floor, with Draymond Green serving as the team’s “big.” While I’d never, ever compare the talent of college kids to the best team in the NBA over the last few years, Kentucky’s own version of the “death lineup” could give opponents all sorts of fits. Put simply, no matter what you think of this collection of players, it promises to be one of Calipari’s most versatile rosters yet.
So no, don’t believe the narrative that Kentucky is “a big man” short, or that they “need” N’Faly Dante.
Dante would certainly be nice.
But this roster has the talent and versatility to not only win games – but give opponents nightmares in the process.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 17th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Defending champ Troy Merritt is the favorite to win this weekend’s Barbasol Championship out at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. If you bet through the offshore site Bovada, Merritt is +2000 ($100 to win $2,000) to repeat as the tournament’s champion in its second year in Kentucky.
Friend of the program JT Poston, whose caddy is former KSR writer Aaron Flener, is next at +2500, along with Jason Dufner, Jhonattan Vegas and Martin Laird.
Odds for the entire field:
Troy Merritt +2000
J.T. Poston +2500
Jason Dufner +2500
Jhonattan Vegas +2500
Martin Laird +2500
Beau Hossler +2800
Sepp Straka +2800
Adam Schenk +3300
Bill Haas +3300
Brian Stuard +3300
Danny Lee +3300
Denny McCarthy +3300
Peter Malnati +3300
Shawn Stefani +3300
Wes Roach +3300
Austin Cook +4000
Brice Garnett +4000
Nick Taylor +4000
Sam Saunders +4000
Adam Svensson +5000
Hank Lebioda +5000
Joey Garber +5000
Johnson Wagner +5000
Patrick Rodgers +5000
Roberto Castro +5000
Seamus Power +5000
Sebastian Munoz +5000
Stephan Jaeger +5000
Zack Sucher +5000
Andres Romero +6600
Harris English +6600
Josh Teater +6600
Matt Jones +6600
Ollie Schniederjans +6600
Peter Uihlein +6600
Richy Werenski +6600
Robert Streb +6600
Roberto Diaz +6600
Ryan Armour +6600
Brian Gay +8000
Jonathan Byrd +8000
Kramer Hickok +8000
Ted Potter Jr +8000
Trey Mullinax +8000
Tyler Duncan +8000
Alex Prugh +10000
Brandon Harkins +10000
Brendon Todd +10000
Chase Wright +10000
Chip McDaniel +10000
David Hearn +10000
Fabian Gomez +10000
Jim Knous +10000
Sang Moon Bae +10000
Tom Hoge +10000
Ben Silverman +12500
Cameron Davis +12500
Chad Campbell +12500
Cody Gribble +12500
D.J. Trahan +12500
David Lingmerth +12500
David Toms +12500
Dominic Bozzelli +12500
J.J. Henry +12500
Kelly Kraft +12500
Ryan Blaum +12500
Tom Lovelady +12500
Y.E. Yang +12500
Billy Hurley III +15000
Freddie Jacobson +15000
Martin Piller +15000
Robert Garrigus +15000
Satoshi Kodaira +15000
Scott Langley +15000
Tyrone Van Aswegen +15000
Whee Kim +15000
Arjun Atwal +20000
Brady Schnell +20000
Chris Thompson +20000
Derek Fathauer +20000
Hunter Mahan +20000
John Senden +20000
Jose De Jesus Rodriguez +20000
Julian Etulain +20000
Nicholas Lindheim +20000
Ricky Barnes +20000
Seth Reeves +20000
Boo Weekley +25000
Jason Bohn +25000
Kyle Jones +25000
Rod Pampling +25000
Anders Albertson +30000
Brendon De Jonge +30000
Callum Bruce +30000
Chad Collins +30000
Charlie Wi +30000
George McNeill +30000
Hunter Stewart +30000
John Rollins +30000
Steve Flesch +30000
Chris Couch +40000
Cooper Musselman +40000
Jim Herman +40000
John Merrick +40000
Parker McLachlin +40000
Cullan Brown +50000
Daniel Chopra +50000
Derek Ernst +50000
John Chin +50000
Jonathan Kaye +50000
Mike Weir +50000
Omar Uresti +50000
Smylie Kaufman +50000
Tim Herron +50000
Will Claxton +50000
Brian Davis +75000
Charlie Beljan +75000
John Daly +75000
Robert Allenby +75000
Stephen Stallings Jr +75000
Case Cochran +100000
Grover Justice +100000
Jay McLuen +100000
Lukas Euler +100000
Marcos Montenegro +100000
Good luck, gamblers.