KSR’s preseason position previews series continues with John Schlarman’s offensive line. Don’t miss earlier previews →
By T.Walters on ©August 18th, 2017 @ 1:30pm
WKYT should have known that allowing viewers to upload their own photos to its website was a bad idea.
Scott Jones of FTVLive.com discovered that someone has been uploading pictures of tiny penises to the station’s “Artistic Photos” photo gallery (thankfully, he blacked out the actual pictures because nobody wants to see that):
UPDATE: More pictures of tiny Dicks have been found at WKYT!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 18th, 2017 @ 12:59pm
Today in “Saw That Coming”: South Carolina just announced plans to hold a blackout for its game vs. Kentucky on September 16.
Under the lights … yet dark as night pic.twitter.com/jDfZQIo2tL
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) August 18, 2017
SEC teams calling for blackouts/whiteouts/etc. vs. Kentucky is a tradition usually reserved for basketball, but after losing to the Cats three years straight, the Gamecocks are pulling out all of the stops. Add in the fact that the game is taking place under the lights, the growing buzz around South Carolina, and freaking “Sandstorm” and Kentucky’s got one heck of a trip to Columbia in front of them.
Guess we’re just gonna have to go down there and win.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 18th, 2017 @ 12:45pm
There are some ridiculous bowl sponsors/names out there, but this one may take the cake. According to Brett McMurphy, the St. Petersburg Bowl has been renamed the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.
The game, which typically features teams from the American Conference and Conference USA, will take place on December 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Bad Boy Mowers is obviously a company that sells mowers — zero turn mowers, at that! — and “Gasparilla” will honor the annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa. The St. Petersburg Bowl has struggled to stick with a sponsor in recent years; in the past nine years, they’ve been the magicJack Bowl, the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl, the BitCoin Bowl, and now, the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.
Since it’s an American/Conference USA Bowl, the chances of Kentucky making it are pretty slim, but it would be pretty awesome. Bad Boy Mowers is also the sponsor of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, so if Calipari ever decides to do an in-season tournament (he won’t), maybe my dreams of a Bad Boy Mowers UK shirt will come true.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 18th, 2017 @ 11:51am
Already looking ahead to the 2022 season? You’ll be happy to know Kentucky will host the Miami RedHawks in the season opener at Kroger Field on September 3, 2022.
According to FBSchedules.com, Miami will receive a $1.4 million guarantee for the game. Kentucky and Miami (Ohio) have played each other 13 times, most recently in 2013 when the Cats beat the RedHawks 41-7. Kentucky has a 8-4-1 lead in the series.
Earlier in the week, it leaked out that Kentucky will host Chattanooga in 2021. Here are all the future non-conference opponents that we know of:
|at Southern Miss||vs. Central Michigan||vs. Toledo||Eastern Michigan||Chattanooga||Miami (OH)|
|Eastern Kentucky||vs. Murray State||at Eastern Michigan|
|Eastern Michigan||vs. Middle Tennessee||UT Martin|
|vs. Louisville||at Louisville||vs. Louisville|
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 18th, 2017 @ 11:33am
With all of the talk about taking down Confederate statues and a white nationalist group potentially planning a rally in Lexington the same weekend as the UK Alumni Game, it was only a matter of time before a former Kentucky player was asked about it. TMZ caught up with DeMarcus Cousins this morning, and he made it clear — in language I can’t repeat on this site — that he believes the statues should come down:
“Hell yeah,” Boogie said. “Take all those ************* down. Take them all down.”
He also shares some thoughts on Trump. (LANGUAGE NSFW)
Well, there you go.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 18th, 2017 @ 11:00am
There are over 40 lakes in the state of Kentucky; which is the best?
After spending last weekend on Center Hill Lake, my dream of one day owning a lake house is back in full force. After scrolling through lake houses on Zillow yesterday, I put out a Twitter poll asking you guys what the best lake in Kentucky is. Not surprisingly, it sparked a very lively debate. Lake Cumberland won by a lot, but Twitter only let me list four options, so let’s carry that fun over to today with an expanded version.
Vote for what you believe is the best lake in Kentucky below:
My criteria: clean water, pretty scenery, and nice marinas. Boat drivers that aren’t assholes are a plus. Be ready to defend your pick in the comments.
Let the debate begin…
By Bryan the Intern on ©August 18th, 2017 @ 10:00am
We’ve said this before when it comes to the losing streak that Kentucky has against Florida, now standing at 30 games, that this is the year that we get payback. But I truly feel like never before has it seemed more likely and almost destined than it is this year. If UK can’t pull it off now, there is really no reason to ever have hope of doing it. If UK can pull off a win over Tennessee after 20-whatever years playing a WR at quarterback with a inept coach, then I sure as hell believe they can win at home against a team in some bit of turmoil and with a slew of returning skill players. But if you needed a little extra motivation, here are 9 good reasons and a couple videos that should make you believe why 2017 will be the year:
1988: Florida 24, Kentucky 19
1989: Florida 38, Kentucky 28
1991: Florida 35, Kentucky 26
1993: Florida 24, Kentucky 20
2002: Florida 41, Kentucky 34
2003: Florida 24, Kentucky 21
2007: Florida 45, Kentucky 37
2014: Florida 36, Kentucky 30 (3ot)
2015: Florida 14, Kentucky 9
Nine times UK has been within 10 points of the Gators, 6 of those times within a touchdown. The 1994 and 2014 losing are especially brutal considering how those games finished. But to be honest, I LIKE IT. There really shouldn’t need to be any extra motivation from Stoops or the coaches to get these players fired up.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 18th, 2017 @ 9:00am
It’s Friday, and just the mere mention of that probably made some of you throw up your hands in joy like that fan up there. Here’s what you can expect from the world of UK Sports before you take off for the weekend.
We’ll hear from the football team
The football team got a well-deserved break from the media yesterday, but select players will be back in front of the mics today. TE Greg Hart, CB Zy’Aire Hughes, LB Courtney Love, CB Kendall Randolph, WR Tavin Richardson and OG Logan Stenberg are all scheduled to speak to reporters around lunchtime, so check back this afternoon for a full rundown. I’m most excited to hear from Stenberg, whom Denzil Ware called that “Big Dude with a Ponytail” on Wednesday:
Denzil Ware making a push for best UK football interview. Great stuff here about OG Logan Stenberg pic.twitter.com/1l7isMNbfz
— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) August 16, 2017
The radio crew will draft the Legends Game teams (for real)
Yesterday, Drew and I did a mock draft of the players participating in the Legends Game and UK liked it so much that they’re letting us do it for real on the radio. Yet another reason to tune into today’s show, right? Here’s the list of players the guys will choose from:
Honestly, I think my Blue Team from yesterday will be hard to top. I was happy to see that over 60% of you agreed, picking my squad to beat Drew’s:
Drew was so bitter over the poll results that he wrote a whole post about it last night, so let’s hope he drafts a better team today.
Council votes unanimously to relocate Confederate statues in Lexington
Mayor Jim Gray’s quest to relocate two Confederate statues in Cheapside Park took another step forward last night when the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council unanimously approved the resolution. Now, it will be presented to the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission, who must approve it before any action is taken.
Earlier this week, reports came out that a white nationalist group was planning a rally in Lexington to protest the removal of the statues, but yesterday, Lexington Police said, thus far, there has been no indication that such a protest will take place:
Statement regarding potential protests in Lexington. There is currently NO SPECIFIC EVENT planned. pic.twitter.com/yeVQRC9trc
— Lexington Police (@lexkypolice) August 17, 2017
Freakishly Tan Calipari is back
August means two things: endless first day of school pictures on Facebook and Calipari getting his tan on. Fresh off a family vacation, Calipari showed up at a corporate event in Vegas yesterday looking like Magda from There’s Something About Mary. Usually Tan Calipari is also Swaggy Calipari, so you won’t hear me complaining.
“They’re all grown up” Moment of the Day
A post shared by Malik Monk (@ahmad_monk) on
Last night, Malik Monk shared this picture from the Panini NBA Rookie photo shoot, and I’ll be honest, it made me a little nostalgic for last year’s squad. I know we’ve got a great new group to look forward to, but the run Monk, Bam, Fox, and the Cats made in March was such a sweet surprise. And now they’re millionaires…
Happy birthday, Ryan Lemond!
Our favorite KSR sidekick/real estate agent turns the ripe age of 51 today, but after partying in Madisonville last night, he may feel a whole lot older. Tune into the show to check on his condition.
Summer Tour Stop of the Day: Madisonville
The gang is at Watermark Toyota in Drew Franklin’s hometown to draft the Legends Game and get you ready for the weekend.
By Nick Roush on ©August 17th, 2017 @ 11:00pm
After five years of writing on KSR, I think it’s about time my Dad received the spotlight. While I was busy working around the practice facility, he was doing his best to become KSR’s fan of the day at Arches National Park. Next step: teaching him how to properly throw up three goggles.
Even though we’ve reached the doldrums of talking season in the middle of preseason training camp, a ton of stuff has happened this week. You’ve heard about the injury to Cole Mosier and Stephen Johnson’s boot, but that’s just the tip of the news iceberg. Without media availability today, now is the perfect time to catch up.
1. Changing Things Up
Yesterday’s practice was different for two reasons. Instead of starting in the early morning on the grassy fields adjacent to the Nutter FTF, the team practiced in the afternoon on the hot Kroger Field turf. I initially thought it was to get reps to prepare for the heat the team will certainly feel at 3:00 p.m. in Hattiesburg on September 2, but Matt House said the purpose was to simply break the monotony of camp.
“When you get in the dog days of two a days it’s just trying to change the schedule and keep the players fresh and keep it from being too monotonous.”
The team did extensive situational work ahead of Saturday’s second live scrimmage.
2. How to Fight Through the “Camp Crazies”
Mark Stoops is changing up the schedule to break the monotony. The wide receivers are staying entertained the old fashioned way with “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”
Charles Walker discusses breaking up the “camp crazies” with rock, paper, scissors. Find out who is the best in the WR room. pic.twitter.com/JaEbIcgrsY
— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) August 15, 2017
3. Two Guys who have a lot of Room to Improve
Two defensive players have the talent to be impact players, but are not currently where they need to be to get on the field. Junior college transfer Lonnie Johnson has an excuse; he’s coming off a year layoff from football and is still getting acclimated to the daily grind. Matt Elam is running out of excuses. Here’s what House had to see about each of them on Wednesday:
Johnson: ““Yeah but he’s got a ways to go yet. He’s gotta keep getting himself into football position and finishing plays.”
Elam: “He’s improved. He’s got to continue to improve. I do think his pad level has improved from last year. He’s being a little bit more disruptive. But he still needs to be more consistent.”
It’s difficult to discern House’s intentions just by reading them, but those responses to questions from the media can best be described as “dismissive.”
4. Quarterbacks Split in Accuracy, Decision-making
For people sitting in the stands, the best way to measure a QB’s accuracy is their completion percentage. Unfortunately, that number doesn’t take into account dropped passes, times they’re forced to throw it away, etc. Darin Hinshaw measures his QB’s differently in the film room.
First, Hinshaw discerns if the QB made the correct decision (a.k.a. did he throw it to the open man?). Then, Hinshaw grades there throw to see if it was on target, not if the receiver caught it or the defender made a great play on the ball. Right now Barker and Johnson are almost even in both categories. They’re on target about 80 percent of the time and make the correct decision 84-86 percent of the time.
5. No Separation at Running Back
“Who will be Benny’s backup?” was a questioned asked by many entering fall camp. Through three weeks, we are not closer to an answer.
“I don’t see a separation there yet,” Eddie Gran said Tuesday. He might have been more enthused after a good scrimmage, but that was not the case.
“I wasn’t excited about our running back play in this last scrimmage. They know that. They came out Monday and ran like grown men. We can’t dance. We can’t play.”
Gran was pleased to report improvement on Monday and Tuesday, but he was still salty about the scrimmage. They have a chance to redeem themselves in two days.
6. Views from the Field
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 14, 2017
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 15, 2017
7. Freshmen Receivers Continue to Impress
Gran said that in 2016 Benny Snell “made me play him” by the way he performed in practice. There are five freshmen — Clevan Thomas, Lynn Bowden, Isaiah Epps, Josh Ali and JaVonte Richardson — showing similar signs this fall.
“They’re pushing the older guys,” Gran said. “I think we’ve got three or four guys right now that have a chance to get on the plane. This next scrimmage will be huge for them, to see how they react.”
All of the offense is installed. If they show they’re capable, Gran foresees them playing this fall. It might have to wait until game five for a few, but some could see action when the season starts in Hattiesburg.
8. T.J. Carter’s Improvements in Run Defense
Carter burst on the scene as a true freshman in the TaxSlayer Bowl, graded as UK’s top performer by Pro Football Focus. Matt House said he’s taken giant steps forward as a sophomore.
“He’s getting firmer in the run game. You can tell he’s not a freshman anymore. That year in the weight room, spring ball, that summer. The experience of playing last year. He’s definitely improved.”
9. Who came up with “The Blitz Bros”?
Last year Josh Allen and Denzil Ware accounted for 12.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss. Looking to build off their success, the dynamic duo came up with a nickname, “The Blitz Bros.” A great branding strategy, it was something that came to Allen during this year’s poster reveal. “It sounds good, so we just kept it.”
Allen and Ware are great, but I still am unsure how they would fare against The Bash Bros.
10. Football Talk with Stingray Steve
Many think the mouth of the south is Paul Finebaum. That’s an incorrect assumption. The prestigious title belongs to Mississippi State superman Steven “Stingray” Ray. Stingray Steve has a weekly show on Periscope that’s quite entertaining, and I’m not saying that just because I spent 10-15 minutes on it yesterday talking UK football.
Even if it’s not your cup of tea, do me a favor and just watch the first minute. It’s reminiscent of the early days of KSR, except without cowbells.
Talking Kentucky now!! https://t.co/LPg2M04TIP
— Steven Stingray Ray (@Stevenray28) August 16, 2017
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#10 Dustin Harper
— Dustin Harper (@drdusto) August 17, 2017
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#9 ginger ale
— ginger ale (@gingysweg) August 17, 2017
#8 Doug B
— DougB (@DougB_KY) August 17, 2017
God bless your soul.
#7 Tyler Bacon
— Tyler Bacon (@T_Bacon44) August 17, 2017
#6 Bucky Small Hooves
— Bucky Small Hooves (@BuckyHooves) August 17, 2017
No offense Mitch, but that would be frightening.
#5 Evan Crane
Lexington Traffic update. pic.twitter.com/Rq4xczovo2
— Evan Crane (@EvanCraneKy) August 17, 2017
#4 Alex McGarr
Yo homie wrong school pic.twitter.com/ohihYn5VfY
— Alex McGarr (@AMcGarr26) August 17, 2017
At least they’re shooting their shot?
#3 Heather Bartley
— Heather Bartley (@KYgal_Heather) August 18, 2017
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#2 Will Mauck
Did Doran Lamb take over your account?
— Will Mauck (@WMauck35) August 18, 2017
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#1 Paul in Louisville
— Paul in Louisville (@PaulnLouisville) August 17, 2017
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By Drew Franklin on ©August 17th, 2017 @ 9:00pm
I’m appalled by the response to our UK Legends Game mock draft that went up on the site earlier today. As pretend general manager of the White team, I drafted what I believe is a solid squad for the upcoming game in Rupp Arena next week, but the results of the poll suggest otherwise as many of you sided with Tyler’s team in a head-to-head.
And it upsets me. I thought you all knew basketball.
My White team would run the Blue team out of Rupp. Not only do I think we’d win, I think we’d win by double digits.
|Cliff Hawkins||Jarrod Polson|
|Jeff Sheppard||Julius Mays|
|Heshimu Evans||Ravi Moss|
|Perry Stevenson||Bobby Perry|
|Shagari Alleyne||Andre Riddick|
|Marquis Estill||Jon Hood|
|Lukasz Obrzut||Jared Prickett|
|Goose Givens||Jared Carter|
|Kyle Macy||Kenny Walker|
|Dale Brown||Kevin Grevey|
I think too many people are focusing on past achievements and not taking into consideration the youth I have on my team. Take a look at the starting backcourts. With all due respect to Cliff Hawkins and Jeff Sheppard, two of my favorites to ever suit up for the Cats, Jarrod Polson and Julius Mays will destroy them at this stage of their lives. Hawkins and Sheppard are 35 and 42 years old, while Polson and Mays are only 26 and 27 and not too far removed from their playing careers. If we’re comparing these guys in their primes, yeah, the Blue backcourt is the better of the two. But not today.
Moving on to the frontcourt, I think the Ravi Moss/Bobby Perry combo is a great set of forwards because they’re both still in good shape and their games age well. They are pickup game nightmares. No. 1 overall pick Heshimu Evans is a tough matchup, but I like my guys to lock in on him and slow him down, forcing someone else to do the work. As for Perry Stevenson and Shagari Alleyne, I have no idea what they bring to the table. I do know Andre Riddick was still playing professionally up until a couple of years ago (unbelievable, right?), so we’ll call that a wash.
Then there’s the bench, where I have a 26-year-old national champion as my sixth man. Again, the youth I’m rolling out there is almost unfair. We can sub him for Riddick and go small ball, and this game is over immediately. Tyler bragged about her multiple seven-footers, but they won’t make five trips up the court at their age. If they play more than two minutes at a time, they’ll foul out because whatever quickness they once had is long gone.
So to all of you saying the Blue team will win this game, let’s get it set up and I’ll put money down against all of you. I’ll give you however many points you want too. I’m a huge fan of every single player on the Blue team, but it’s 2017. Polson might go for 40 against those guys.
WHITE TEAM LETS GO.
By Hey Kentucky! on ©August 17th, 2017 @ 8:45pm
Drew Franklin was on location at the Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland in Calvert City, Ky. for a field report for Thursday night’s show.
It was one of the most bizarre locations the show has ever gone, but Drew had a lot of fun touring the garden and hearing all of the owner’s best puns for each display.
Check it out:
See the full episode:
By Drew Franklin on ©August 17th, 2017 @ 7:30pm
By KSR on ©August 17th, 2017 @ 7:00pm
There are just two more Saturdays without Kentucky football. Freddie Maggard and the Depth Chart crew are here to help you reach the finish line. They discuss all of the training camp storylines, do a little Southern Miss preview and…
— Back-to-school advice.
— Freddie drops a KNOWLEDGE BOMB on Lynn Bowden.
— The controversy that’s tearing the locker room apart.
— Question marks at QB and running back for Shannon Dawson and Southern Miss.
— The Depth Chart Podcast’s High School Games of the Week.
You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
By Freddie Maggard on ©August 17th, 2017 @ 6:00pm
Dorian Baker is my surprise pick to finish 2017 as an All-SEC performer. I can distinctly remember watching film of a young Baker shredding offenses while playing for Cleveland Heights High School four years ago. Much like now, he was a physical freak projected to re-write Kentucky receiving records. Both time and the gifted pass catcher’s career have flown by. I caught up with Dorian for our third installment of “Behind the Facemask.”
The Baker File
- Has played in 32 games, starting 24.
- Collected 88 receptions for 1,015-yards and 6 touchdowns.
- Had a career high 8 catches including 2 touchdowns vs EKU in 2015.
- 98 receiving yards from 3 catches vs. Louisville in 2015 are a career high. His 53-yard reception vs. the Cardinals is also a career high.
- Baker is 41 receptions shy of Derek Homer’s 129 which is good enough for 10th best for career receptions.
- Ranks 27th in UK history for most career yardage with 1,105.
By the Seasons
- Freshman: 19 receptions, 199-yards, 1 TD.
- Sophomore: 55 catches, 608-yards, 3 TD’s.
- Junior: 14 receptions, 208-yards, 2 TD’s.
Dorian Baker the Senior
As I wrote earlier, I feel that Baker will have an All-SEC type season. Call it a hunch or gut feeling that he starts and plays 13 games in 2017 as he did during 2016’s season ending contests vs. Louisville and Georgia Tech.
Today’s Dorian Baker is mature, focused, and has welcomed a leader role by taking many freshmen under his wing. 2017 is a contract year; it’s now or never for the senior to impress NFL scouts. However, based off our conversations during fall camp; I can sense that TEAM is taking precedent over his future of Sunday football. In other words, it’s taken time but Baker has finally “figured it out.” I’m excited to watch his career finale play out.