Good morning, sweet KSR readers, and welcome to Friday, September 4th. Or, for those of us pigskin addicts, welcome to the last day of the Kentucky football offseason. It only seems fitting that on this Rumble Eve, we pay tribute to one of the titans of the local football scene, the always well-dressed Chip Cosby. Cosby turns an age that will not be revealed for no other reason than sparing you from feeling so damn uncool at your young age. Cosby, a graduate of the finest school in the land, is easily, in my opinion, the best beat writer in the state and the thorough and informed football coverage he provides year ’round is fitting of a BCS program. So, happy birthday to you, Mr. Cosby, and as a UK football fan, thanks for all you do.
And, in your honor, let’s hit some quick football notes…
(1) With the season opener approaching, all eyes turn to the two injuries lingering for two UK starters. Coach Brooks announced today that Micah Johnson and John Conner are both questionable to probable for Saturday’s game. I think both guys might see some clock early, but I’d bet the staff hopes for a hot start and quick lead so they don’t have to make a tough playing-time decision.
(2) Over on his blog, the great Tom Leach talks UK football with Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Barnhart, one of college football’s best journalists, talks Trevard Lindley, Rich Brooks and climbing the SEC ladder. Fantastic audio between two of the best in the business.
(3) Alan Cutler caught up with Joker Phillips, who heaped massive praise on Randall Cobb. Joker said Cobb is the leader of the whole team and will be an All-SEC player and “one of the most dynamic players to ever play in this league”. He also added a great line by saying that Cobb won’t be going to dinner with his parents after the game because he’ll be too exhausted. Very high praise from UK’s future head man.
(4) Brooks also said today that Lones Seiber could take over on kickoffs for Ryan Tydlacka for Saturday’s game. Tydlacka hasn’t been up to par lately and the staff might use Seiber in his place. This could be an overlooked area of the game, as the Cats have been spoiled by Tim Masthay the past few seasons.
(5) Eric Lindsey over at UK’s Cat Scratches Blog gives a breakdown of the Rumble at the River. While he might not have any Grease lyrics worked into his post, he gives a very good breakdown of the RedHawk personnel.
(6) College football got kicked into high gear tonight and Stephen Garcia made Mike Hartline look like a clear-cut choice for Third Team All-SEC. The guy from NC State, though, made them both look like Heisman winners. What a crapfest.
(7) And, in breaking Twitter news, Rich Brooks had some great peaches tonight.
(8) A big congratulations to our buddy Jeremy Jarmon, who grabbed his second NFL tackle tonight in the Redskins’ loss to the Jags. The blogger known as DoubleJJ199, who is still getting acclimated with the Skins after a late start, also made some news this week for a heart-to-heart chat with Roger Goodell. Also, former Cat Johnny Williams had a tackle for the Jags.
A few other Cats saw some time tonight….
– Steve Johnson had the best performance of the night, pulling in three catches for 69 yards in the Bills’ loss to the Lions
– Andre Woodson struggled to complete passes (6/19) and could be on the chopping block in a battle with Rhett Bomar for the Giants’ third QB spot. Woodson had a 28.0 rating and Bomar finished with an 11.3.
– Jacob Tamme had a pretty good showing for the Colts, grabbing four balls for 35 yards and making a tackle
– Wideout Keenan Burton had one catch for three yards in limited action for the Rams
– Through three quarters, Wesley Woodyard has two tackles and Braxton Kelley one for the Broncos
(9) Congrats to the Eastern Kentucky Colonels for a valiant fight against Indiana. The I-AA (yes, I still call them that) squad fell 19-13 to a Big Ten team after a hail mary was batted away. I’m not a big believer in moral victories, but that’s one heck of an effort.
(10) Also, as one final non-UK football note, there’s a very cool story on CNN about a Mississippi State commit wrestling away a gun from a girl who was holding students hostage on a bus. While the young man’s accomplishment is extrememly commendable, the end of the story where the sheriff reveals himself to be an MSU fan and offers a scouting report based on the rescue is priceless. Ladies and gentlemen, I present SEC football fans.
That’s it for now. Stay tuned throughout the day as we put the finishing touches on the Miami pre-game hype. In the meantime, wish Chip a happy birthday and make your predictions for the Miami-UK game. I’m sticking with 41-10. See you in a few…