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November 16th, 2018

Friday Afternoon Football Recruiting Notes for the UK Fans of the Day

Before Kentucky closes Kroger Field for the season against Middle Tennessee State, enjoy a few Friday afternoon football recruiting nuggets.

Wandale — At the top of UK’s recruiting guest list is the Cats’ top recruit in the 2019 class.  Derrick Terry reports that Wandale Robinson will make the short drive from Frankfort to watch Kentucky take on Middle Tennessee State.  It will be the last time Robinson isn’t wearing a uniform at Kroger Field.

An Offer to a Commit?  Nine times out of ten, you offer a person before they commit.  That’s not the case with Micah White.  Last month the 6’5″ Milton, Georgia wide receiver committed to UK as a preferred walk-on.  The Cats are keeping him in the fold by offering him a scholarship, a wise move to make at a position of need.

Underclassmen in Town — Unlike a few previous weekends, it’s a little bit harder to find recruits that will be on campus this weekend.  The noon kickoff makes it difficult, but a few are still making the trip.

Terian Williams II is only a freshman, but the Georgia quarterback/athlete already has offers from Tennessee and Howard.  Junior defensive end Tilor Harris plans on making the trip from Missouri.  Alex Parades, a senior offensive guard from Illinois, is expected to take an unofficial as well.

UK Offers LSU Commit — Looking to shore up the secondary with the final spots in Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class, the Cats offered a high profile cornerback from Alabama.  One-time Auburn commit and current LSU commit, Cordale Flott, picked up the offer earlier this week.

Signing Day is Almost Here — We are only 33 days away from the beginning of the early football signing period.  Once the regular season ends, we’ll be dropping plenty of knowledge on the Cats’ upcoming recruiting class.  Prepare accordingly.  It’ll be here before you know it.


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WATCH: The Kentucky football seniors have a special message for the Big Blue Nation

Tomorrow afternoon, the Big Blue Nation will have to say goodbye to some pretty special Kentucky Wildcats.

16 players will play their final home game in a Kentucky uniform against Middle Tennessee State, featuring Josh Allen, George Asafo-Adjei, Derrick Baity, Dorian Baker, David Bouvier, Miles Butler, CJ Conrad, Tymere Dubose, Mike Edwards, Lonnie Johnson, Jordan Jones, Adrian Middleton, Bunchy Stallings, Darius West, Chris Westry, and Tristan Yeomans. There’s also a great chance Benny Snell puts his name in the NFL Draft at the conclusion of this season.

A few of those Wildcats wanted to give a special shoutout to the BBN about their time in Lexington and just how much they want the stands full tomorrow.

Check out what Baker, Johnson, Allen, and Conrad said about their final game at Kroger Field:

In case you missed it earlier, the official Kentucky football account also released a tribute video to their seniors, thanking them for their time in Lexington:

Get out there tomorrow and show your support, BBN. These guys deserve it.


Defensive intensity helping Kentucky prepare for three games in six days

After an up and down start to the Kentucky basketball season, we’re about to find out just how hard the Wildcats are able to grind throughout the next week or so.

They’ll start with an evening matchup on Sunday against VMI, followed by Winthrop on Wednesday and Tennessee State next Friday. Three games in six days is tough, no matter the level of competition.

To prepare for that grind, the Kentucky players and coaches have ramped things up in practice to build the endurance necessary to get the job done each outing.

“It all starts in practice, trying to go at each other,” freshman guard Immanuel Quickley said this afternoon. “Going hard each and every day. Not taking any team for granted, because any team can come out (on any given night) and beat you.”

There was a noticeable uptick in intensity on both ends of the floor from the first two games of the season to Kentucky’s matchup on Wednesday night with North Dakota. Quickley said the coaches preached execution on the little things over the last week in practice, and that led to things clicking for the team.

“We had a lot more energy, a lot more effort,” he said. “Credit to the coaches for getting us prepared, practice was harder this last week or so. It all started with practice. … People were diving on the floor, taking charges, stuff like that. Little stuff that I think will help us get wins throughout the year.”

There has been an emphasis on fighting from start to finish each possession, not loosening up regardless of the situation.

“Most of the practices have been focused on defense,” said freshman center EJ Montgomery. “We’re really trying to get better on defense every day. We’re going at it very hard. The intensity, fighting through the whole shot clock, never giving up, and competing.”

Quickley understands the team is talented offensively, but when the defense is there, they’re tough to beat. The 6-foot-3 point guard said individually, he has become a polished defender since he first arrived in Lexington.

“The offense is going to come, but I think my defense is really coming along since I got here. You know, pressing the ball full court, talking on defense, being alert, active, trying to get deflections.”

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been a huge part of that development, and it has helped Quickley become a more complete player.

“He’s just trying to help me be an overall better point guard. Getting the ball out of my hands early, all the coaches are trying to get me to talk a lot, something I’m still working on. Defense. Really just everything to become an overall better player.”

Montgomery said the intensity in the frontcourt against the other star Wildcat big men has been crucial to his development, as well.

“I learned a lot, those guys really compete. There are a lot of physical guys, they show that physicality on the court. I’m just trying to grow and learn every day from them. … I just want to do anything on the court to help my team win. Whatever coach needs me to do, I’m going to go out there and do that.”

Watch both videos with Quickley and Montgomery below:


KSR Exclusive: I’ve learned the six finalists for Drew Franklin’s NBA fandom

 

If you’ve been following Drew Franklin on Twitter (and if you’re not, why?) then you know he’s contemplating a lifelong and serious decision: which NBA team should receive his allegiance?

No, this isn’t just a “be a fan of this team for the season.” The Madisonville native (now residing in Lexington) is looking for his “forever” NBA team and has been mulling over this decision over for weeks.

Yesterday Franklin gave us an update, and the update was that he was having a tough time finalizing his final list of five NBA teams.

But Woj and Shams can sit this one out, because Franklin’s coworkers have the scoop.

A source close to Drew Franklin has told KSR that the 6-foot-2, 210-pound (just spitballing on the height and size) blogger is down to these six teams:

Phoenix Suns

Minnesota Timberwolves

Indiana Pacers

Boston Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers

New York Knicks

I reached out to those close to Drew to get more insight on his decision.

“I want to say he hates the Celtics but I’m not positive,” KSR Editor-in-Chief Tyler Thompson said. “Gotta do the Warriors for Boogie.”

Thompson was unaware that the Warriors had already been cut by the 33-year-old former Tennis Channel employee. DeMarcus Cousins, one of Franklin’s favorite players, signed a one-year, $5.3 million dollar contract with the Warriors in July.

Coworker Jack Pilgrim is a lifelong fan of Boston sports teams, so he’s hoping Franklin shocks the world and picks the Celtics.

“Stability, stars, up-and-coming talent,” Pilgrim said to KSR. “Coaching, history, everything you could possibly look for in a franchise is there. When the Golden State Warriors breakup this offseason, Boston’s 10-year dynasty will begin. Jump on the bandwagon while you can, applications are accepted for a limited time only.”

Pilgrim never sent KSR actual Celtics’ applications because we’re pretty sure they don’t really exist.

Football beat writer Nick Roush is proud of his fellow football podcaster on narrowing down his list to six.

“It’s been a long process filled with plenty of ups and downs,” Roush said. “But throughout it all I remained confident that Drew could reach this point. As he cuts his list I couldn’t be more proud. Regardless of where he chooses the KSR Football Podcast will always be his No. 1 fans.”

Roush then went into a long rant about how UK football fans’ frustrations are shortsighted, but I had to hang up on him because my goodness that kid is long-winded.

My source on the matter didn’t mention Franklin’s favorite, as he’s supposedly torn between the teams listed above, but a final decision is expected in the coming weeks.

The Crystal Ball currently has the Timberwolves as the favorite and Franklin’s sentimental birthday post to Karl-Anthony Towns had picks flooding in last night. But watch out for the Knicks as a sleeper team. Franklin loves New York City, pizza and Kevin Knox.

Drew, sorry your own cut was scooped. Maybe you’ll be able to make your final decision on your own time. Jokes really on me because this ended up taking about an hour.

 


LIVE: Tony Barbee previews VMI

UK assistant coach Tony Barbee is about to preview Sunday’s game vs. VMI. Follow along courtesy of KyWildcatsTV, or check the site afterwards for a recap:


How Middle Tennessee State fared against other SEC opponents

Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images North America

Kentucky plays Middle Tennessee State tomorrow, and believe it or not, the Cats are the third SEC team on the Blue Raiders’ schedule this year. MTSU lost to Vanderbilt 35-7 to start the season and to Georgia 49-7 two weeks later. Kentucky also played both of those teams, so let’s compare how the Cats and the Blue Raiders fared vs. their familiar foes.

Against Vanderbilt

Points Passing Yards Rushing Yards Vandy Points Vandy Passing Yards Vandy Rushing Yards
MTSU (loss) 7 178 116 35 170 176
Kentucky (win) 14 18 280 7 216 68

Obviously, Kentucky’s lack of a passing game sticks out here, as does the rush defense, which held the Commodores to only 68 yards. The MTSU vs. Vandy game was a weird one, delayed almost half an hour by lightning, but the Blue Raiders fought hard in the first half, holding Vandy to 89 yards after giving up 58 on the opening drive. MTSU quarterback Brent Stockstill had 178 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.

Against Georgia

Points Passing Yards Rushing Yards Georgia Points Georgia Passing Yards Georgia Rushing Yards
MTSU (loss) 7 130 158 49 223 261
Kentucky (loss) 17 226 84 34 113 331

Georgia handled both teams easily, and most of MTSU’s rushing yards came after the Bulldogs were up big. Make of it what you will that the Blue Raiders were able to hold the Bulldogs to fewer rushing yards than the Cats were, but Georgia wanted to make a statement vs. Kentucky. And they did.

MTSU’s lone score came on a 41-yard pass from Stockstill to Patrick Smith, who finished the day with nine catches for 77 yards:

Moral of the story: while Stockstill can burn you on some big plays, MTSU’s rush defense is weak, meaning Benny Snell and AJ Rose should have a field day. Time for the Kentucky offense to get back on track.