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Act of Valor wants ’10 From The Weekend’

Many of you have seen, or at least heard of, the 2012 American action film Act of ValorReleased back in February of this year, the film stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a story of contemporary global anti-terrorism, as they embark on a covert mission to recover a CIA agent from captivity in the jungles of Costa Rica. Inspired by true events, Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world.

Fans of Kentucky football can only hope that the teamwork, dedication and selflessness shown by Act of Valor’s “Bandito” Platoon of the SEAL Team Seven will rub off on this year’s Wildcats, after Joker Phillips’ bunch watched the film during camp Saturday night. Every player, coach, manager and staff member were in the team’s film room to watch it after a long day of scrimmaging.

For the 2011-12 UK basketball team, it was Red Tails. For 2012 football, it’s Act of Valor. Let’s hope it has a similar effect on performance.

Matt’s on the road so you’re stuck with me again. Let’s get you ’10 From The Weekend’…


1. Saturday was the first scrimmage; Sunday was an off-day for the Cats.

After eight consecutive days of football, including what Joker called an “old school scrimmage” on Saturday, UK football took Sunday off to rest those legs and watch film. They’ll resume practice on Monday to build on what they learned from the first preseason scrimmage of the season, which Joker said he was pleased with.

As always, the scrimmage began with an emphasis on special teams and he was excited with how that unit performed.

“I think our scrimmage started really well with our special forces units, which is our kicking units, our punt team and our punt return,” he said. “Again, I’ve been saying that guys have been asking to be on those teams. It showed today how fast we played in it. It’s probably as clean as we’ve played in our kicking game.”

Punting will be a big part of Kentucky’s success this season, unfortunately, and the staff is very pleased with what they’ve seen in freshman Landon Foster. Joker said he’s the fastest UK has had at getting it off (cue the Pitino jokes in the comments section) and word on the street is he has quite the leg (you can squeeze out another Pitino joke with that one.) They’ll need him to help with the field position battle when the offense isn’t scoring, which will probably be quite often.

2. Max Smith takes the lead after the first scrimmage.

Morgan Newton started making some noise again when he outshined presumed starter Max Smith in Kentucky football’s Fan Day, but Smith regained control of the No. 1 quarterback spot in Saturday’s first scrimmage of fall camp. According to offensive coordinator Randy Sanders, Newton is still a “work in progress” after that shoulder surgery, while Smith is doing a “good” job.

“Max is doing a good job,” Sanders told reporters after the closed scrimmage. “Morgan is working hard, he’s doing pretty well, but it’s obvious that he’s coming off shoulder surgery. As I mentioned, before we got started practicing, any time you miss six months or seven months of throwing, it’s going to affect you somewhat. There’s no question that he’s still a work in progress coming back from that.”

Even though Smith had a better Saturday than Newton, it’s still a competition for who will take that first snap in the Governor’s Cup. Monday begins a new week of practicing and they’ll scrimmage again next Saturday. Sanders said whoever is the most productive throughout will earn the job, and he thinks the race will separate itself before the season begins.

3. The two freshmen are playing like freshmen.

A lot of you spent the summer singing Patrick Towles’ praises, saying he’s going to come right in and turn this thing around. While his game does deserve some praise, you have to remember, it’s not an easy transition from Kentucky high school football to SEC football. He and Jalen Whitlow, though gifted and hungry, still have a lot of adjusting to do.

Sanders said, “I like what the freshmen are doing, but they’re freshmen. They do some stupid things sometimes, boy. It’s amazing. Sometimes they revert back to things they did as a sophomore in high school. You wonder… What is that?”

Joker agrees that Towles and Whitlow aren’t quite ready for this level, but he did say they handled themselves well in the scrimmage.

“I thought they both did some good,” he said. “But, again, it’s a lot faster. There’s a lot more stuff on those guys.”

4. Running back won’t be a problem.

Well, I guess I should say, “Running back shouldn’t be a problem.”

If what we’re hearing about Dy’Shawn Mobley and Justin Taylor is true, the backfield is deep, talented and… deep. The two rookies already have SEC bodies and they’ve impressed everyone with their physicality thus far. Returning starter Co’shik Williams was one of two offensive players (the other being La’Rod King) Joker said made big plays on Saturday; he’ll likely get the first carry of the season. Raymond Sanders is healthy and ready to pick up where he left off before his injury last season. Josh Clemons looked like the next Herschel Walker (yeah, a bit of an exaggeration) before going down with a season-ending injury last year; he’ll be back to 100% before conference play. Then, of course, there is Jonathan George somewhere towards the top of the mix, probably at No. 3 ahead of Clemons. That’s not a bad group of backs.

Whether or not the line will create holes for them remains to be seen.

5. Switching over to to kickball, it looks like KSR’s newest writer had fun with two UK greats and another Kentucky-born Hollywood star.

You’re looking at Josh Hopkins, Kelenna Azuibuke, actor Josh Hutcherson and Tayshaun Prince, the four Kentucky representatives in Baron Davis’ charity kickball game in L.A.

I’m told Josh didn’t leave his dog in the car this time.

6. Anthony Davis is the youngest American to win Olympic basketball gold.

Yeah, Kevin Durant became Team USA’s all-time leading scorer in Sunday’s gold medal win over Spain. Sure, LeBron James put it away down the stretch with a big dunk and the three-pointer that sealed the deal. But who had the ball in his hands when the final buzzer sounded? Huh? Who grabbed the final rebound of the XXX Olympiad and casually dribbled the ball to end the game???

Anthony Davis did.

No one is having a better 2012.

7. Look out, Los Angeles.

The Goonies are in town.

8. The Harrison Twins must have an unlimited text messaging plan.

After leading Team USA to victory in the Big Strick Classic in New York, Andrew Harrison told reporters that his recruitment is getting hectic because of text messaging. The higher ranked twin of the Harrison package wouldn’t elaborate on the swarm of text messages, but he did reiterate that only five schools are in consideration: Kentucky, Baylor, Maryland, Villanova and SMU. He and his brother still do not have any visits planned as of yet.

Tom Crean, please stop texting Kentucky’s recruits. It’s weird. Thanks. 

9. Trey Lyles’ father said “a whole lot” of schools have reached out to talk to his son.

You can’t even make that up. A lot of schools are interested in talking to Trey Lyles. “A whole lot.”

Although, Tom Lyles said his son has only talked to IU and the Hoosiers are still his favorite.

10. KSR is “Thinkin’ Arby’s” as the tour continues for one more week.

Matt will be at the Arby’s in Paintsville to kick off the final week of KSR’s affiliate tour across the state. I was supposed to be joining him for curly fries and apple turnovers but Monday’s website duties took priority. I think Ryan Lemond will be taking my place. The gang will move on to Somerset on Tuesday, followed by Lexington, the Middlesboro Cracker Barrel, and then West Liberty, the final stop on the tour.

Go Cats.


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

22 Comments for Act of Valor wants ’10 From The Weekend’

  1. jpgott2
    11:11 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Is it me, or is the Goonies Trailer frighteningly good??!!!

  2. BPsycho
    11:17 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Best, Breaking, Bad, ever.

  3. Sandy
    11:17 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    So, is Josh Hopkins like 6’7″?

  4. qpwoeiruty
    11:38 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Who doesn’t have an unlimited text messaging plan?

  5. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    11:44 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    2) yea, pretty much

  6. JBR
    11:48 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Well, I guess we can try movies for inspiration…there sure isn’t going to be any fire from Joker and his monotone, deer-in-headlights demeanor. It may confuse them, though…all jacked up after the movie…and then seeing Joker like he just took a bottle of lexapro.

  7. BBN
    11:53 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    If Kyles the one making these videos he’s pretty talented at it. Impressive

  8. Smart Guy
    12:04 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    If I’m not mistaken, Teague had the ball at the end of the KU game, Davis had it after the UL beatdown.

  9. ColoradoCat
    12:28 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

  10. Bulldawg
    1:27 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    I am exited about this years UK FOOTBALL TEAM!!!!! The team has not played a game yet and quite (Drew) Frankly, I can’t wait until they do. After UK beats U of L (19 – 17)and makes a bowl game it is going to be fun to look back at some of the pre-season comments “fans” are making about the football team.

    I BELIEVE!!!!!!! WE BELIEVE!!!!!! BBN stands for BIG BLUE NATION, not BIG BASKETBALL NATION. We need to back these kids no matter what. The coaching situation will work itself out. I really hope Joker is successful so that when success is reached, it will be long term success.

  11. SeaCat
    2:22 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    I just had an idea! An epiphany!
    Let’s start a count down to when
    football season is over!!!!
    Let’s count down the days!

    3:27 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

  13. Beatle Bum
    6:51 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    Landon Frost? Punters get no respect.

  14. what
    6:58 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    There is no strike zone in kickball – so why did the UK ‘team’ need the novelty of a “short person?”

  15. James K
    7:07 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    I guess it could be argued that LeBron has had an equally good 2012.

  16. tyson
    7:22 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    “Matt will be at the Arby’s in Paintsville…” is maybe one of the funniest lines on this site ever.

  17. SexnNursinHomes
    7:27 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    At first looking at Hopkins, Prince and Kaz, I thought this is awesome. They are doing a charity event for UK special needs kids. Then I read that the kid with the UK hat was the actor in Hunger Games. Whoa. Sorry lil’ guy, thought you were a Corky. Apologies.

  18. Puddy
    8:38 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    “Thinkin arbys”..Would that by chance be a Seinfeld reference?

  19. Champ
    8:39 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    No, he’s probably 6’1″, that other guy is probably 5’6″ at best

  20. my cuz
    9:40 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    is married to the star in that movie (one who dies)…
    no biggy

  21. Tall Guy
    9:47 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    I thought Hopkins, Tay, and Kelenna were visting the set of “The Hobbit”

  22. ukforever
    1:04 pm August 13, 2012 Permalink

    whitlow is what i am hearing! best passer, best runner, and picking up the offense fast! 4.4 fourty time and a legit 4.3. he is a still like the scouting services has stated! he will save the football program if played.