Sorry, folks. It’s me. El Capitan Jones is out and about, using that “Yes, I am the guy from the radio” line on the unsuspecting women of Louisville, so I’m going to try to get your morning started right. But, I’ve been up watching that baseball game and I need to hit the sack in order to be awake enough to deceive my boss all day tomorrow. So, let’s just run through a couple of things quickly….
First of all, George Wendt is 60 today. He was on Cheers.
Ok, onto a few UK notes….
– The biggest news today on the football front is that running back Tony Dixon will not be available for the Cats against Arkansas on Saturday. Normally, when you get the news that you’re going to be without your starting running back, you get a little different reaction than UK fans gave on Thursday. The collective “oh well, we’re better off” stems from Dixon’s miserable 2.4 yards per carry and his lack of explosiveness coupled with the coaching staff’s insistance on playing him. Derrick Locke and Alfonso Smith are going to be dialed up early and often against an Arkansas rushing defense that ranks dead last in the SEC, so UK fans finally get what they want. I wouldn’t expect Dixon to get that starting job back after Saturday.
– One thing that is interesting to me about this Arkansas team is it’s offense. Bobby Petrino is known as an offensive guru and it’s no secret that he likes to air it out. Unfortunately, he has the worst starting quarterback in SEC history, Casey Dick, running the offense for him. Basically, this is the equivalent of purchasing a NASCAR team and then hiring Stevie Wonder to drive the car. Casey Dick is so bad that Petrino spent the off-season petitioning the NCAA to allow Michigan transfer Ryan Mallett to be immediately eligible – despite Dick being a two-year starter and Mallett coming off of a freshman year where he was a backup. Ouch.
But, despite having the handicap under center, Petrino’s offense is second in the SEC with almost 250 passing yards per game. However, they’re sitting in 10th place in scoring offense with only 18.7 points per game. So, how does that work? Arkansas hates having the ball and they’ll do everything in their power to give it to you. They are the worst in the SEC in terms of turnover margin with 6 takeaways and 14 turnovers. Kentucky, on the flip side, is tied for second at +7 on the season. I say turnovers are huge in this game (aren’t they always?) and I think Kentucky’s defense has the potential to make Casey Dick actually look worse than he has for his entire career. Dick is going to get worked on Saturday.
There, I gave you a “that’s what she said”. I know that’s all you were hoping for.
– As Rob Gidel reported earlier, St. X running back Deuce Finch will be in the house this weekend to watch the Cats and Razorbacks. Finch checks in at 5’10”, 204 pounds and runs a 4.5. The three-star prospect is ranked as the 52nd-best running back in his class and the third-best player in Kentucky. Finch has been rumored all over the internet to be committing to a different school every week, but he’s remained consistent in all interviews that he’s focused on his team’s run toward a state title and not his recruitment. Back in our Wildcat Blitz days, Evan interviewed Deuce and Evan claims he is very well-spoken and intelligent and gives a good interview. I don’t know. What I do know is that if Kentucky wants to keep rising as a program, they must continue to lock down the top in-state guys, as well as getting the out of state talent. It was the recipe for Lousiville’s success and the recipe for Kentucky’s rise. Continuing their strong in-state recruiting will help them to remain strong. They need to land Finch.
– We haven’t spent much time focusing on baseball here and I’ll spare you all of the Tampa Bay Rays propaganda, but with the Phillies earning a spot in the World Series, we could be putting a cherry on a sweet UK alumni sundae. If Joe Blanton and Co. were to win the Series, UK alums will have won in the last twelve months: the World Series, a Super Bowl, an NBA title, a gold medal and the Ryder Cup. This feat hasn’t been done by a single school since….well, probably never. But, you’re on your own for that stat. Plus “Muscox” McCarthy finished 2nd in the Collegiate Nationals Eating Championship. That’s Big Blue domination, my friends.
Well, that’s it for now. Sorry this was so brief. Check back for all kinds of goodness throughout the day including some Fake Strategery, Know Your Enemy, Humble Behavioral Suggestions and a couple of blogger contest entries. It should be a good one. See you in a few…
****Don’t forget to make your picks in the college pick ’em tournament****