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Kenny Football’s Thursday News and Views

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

All eyes tonight were on Kenny Hill, Johnny Manziel’s replacement under center at Texas A&M. Under the bright lights of college football’s first big game of the season, Kenny Hill stepped into Johnny Football’s shoes by breaking Manziel’s Texas A&M single-game records for completions and passing yards. Hill went 44-60 for 511 yards and three TDs in his debut as a starting QB, snapping No. 9 South Carolina’s 18-game home winning streak, which was the longest in the nation. The Aggies’ 680 total yards was the most South Carolina has ever allowed in its history. Hill joins Kentucky’s Tim Couch in the SEC record books by becoming the third QB, along with Eli Manning, to complete 40 passes in a game. Let’s consider ourselves lucky that the Cats won’t face the Aggies this year.

Now, on to the UK news and views of the day …

— Before we head into another academic year, take a look back at the year that was in UK sports (and Rifle) courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV:

(At about the 3:24 mark, Ryan Lemond makes an appearance)

Kentucky announced the addition of two new basketball staff members. Joel Justus was added to the staff as the team’s director of analytics.

According to UK, Justus’ main responsibilities will include analyzing player and team performance by utilizing various stats and data to help develop efficient strategies through video. Justus comes to UK after serving as the head coach at Davidson Day High School in Davidson, N.C., since 2012. In both years at the helm, he guided the Patriots to the Elite Eight in the state tournament.

The other addition to the staff is Robert Harris, the Cats’ new assistant strength and conditioning coach. Harris previously held the same role at Arkansas and worked with the Bengals for three years.

— At the time of this posting, kickoff at Commonwealth Stadium against UT Martin is less than 37 hours away. Click here for the highlights from Mark Stoops’ Thursday press conference:

If you’re going to the game Saturday, get there early. Mitch Barnhart, Eli Capilouto, and Lexington mayor Jim Gray held a press conference to discuss the gameday changes at Commonwealth Stadium for this season. Click here for more details from TT.

Bruce Pearl pulled in another big recruit. Trayvon Reed, a former Maryland signee, committed to Auburn. Reed is considered the ninth best center in the 2014 class by 247 Sports Composite. It’s the fourth commitment Pearl has received since his recruiting ban ended Sunday at midnight. His 2015 class is shaping up very well.

— Bobby Petrino was named to a top-10 national list today.

— Last but certainly not least, Happy Birthday to Matt, who was serenaded by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Kentucky Joe and Fake Barney on the air today.

A variety of special guests also called in to give their predictions for the football season. If you haven’t listened yet, you’ll definitely want to check out the podcast. And of course, tune in tomorrow at 10 a.m. for the last regular KSR radio show before the season kicks off Saturday. Go Cats.

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

15 Comments for Kenny Football’s Thursday News and Views

  1. TDog
    11:41 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

    Vandy losing to Temple right now. For anyone who had any belief in the chance that UK could pull off maybe a win against them this game is making those chances look a lot better.

  2. Jeffrey
    12:13 am August 29, 2014 Permalink

    Yes, with Vandy losing to Temple, and SCAR showing that they’re overrated as always. Call me crazy, but I think we have our two upsets this season.

    Both schools are nowhere as good as they were last season, UK should be better. Plus, UK almost beat SCAR last season, in SCAR.So UK may just have that 5 win season, and hell, they could probably pull another upset in their last two games, if they’re hungry enough for a bowl.

    My prediction is at 4 wins, but I am not counting out a possibility of two more wins.

    • Jeffrey
      12:14 am August 29, 2014 Permalink

      Welp, Vandy just tied, but still.

    • Jeffrey
      12:29 am August 29, 2014 Permalink

      Hold up, Temple busted the lead wide open LMFAOOOO

    • Brayden
      12:58 am August 29, 2014 Permalink

      I’ve seen a lot of people say this because we run similar offenses. What they don’t realize is that A&M’s skill position players have more talent in one finger than all of our skill guys have in their entire body. Example: Speedy Noil. 5-star recruit who was barely used tonight because of their depth at WR. If Noil were at UK he’d lead the them in receptions and there wouldn’t be a close 2nd.

    • Jeffrey
      1:21 am August 29, 2014 Permalink

      Obviously A&M is a very VERY good ball club, but SCAR is overrated.

    • NL
      5:37 am August 29, 2014 Permalink

      I wouldn’t say Noil was barely used. He had 2 or 3 drops that kept his stats down a little. One drop was in the endzone.

      A&M’s offense was smooth because the quarterback put the ball where he needed to more so than the receivers doing anything special. However, I will say that their receivers block for one another better than any other team I’ve seen. Those screens were run to perfection.

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  4. ICBMcat
    4:37 am August 29, 2014 Permalink

    Jalen Whitlow had a good night… a punt for three yards included:

  5. btowncatfan
    6:52 am August 29, 2014 Permalink

    In other former Cats news, Dyshawn Mobley had 142 rushing yards for EKU. Good luck to the ex cat!

  6. Mark
    7:29 am August 29, 2014 Permalink

    Does this mean Johnny FF wasn’t really THAT good?

    • It's the System
      11:37 am August 29, 2014 Permalink

      It means Kevin Sumlin is.

  7. Han
    9:57 am August 29, 2014 Permalink

    Can’t help but like Pearl. He may be a cheater, but his screwups are stuff like barbecues and ratting on other cheaters. Guy knows how to get attention for his program and can keep his teams relevant nationally when overshadowed by football or the woman’s team. Also always acknowledged UK as elite and a team to aspire to beat. Gonna be fun having him around.

    Just don’t pick them to make a deep March run when he gets them back. Everyone but Florida is fool’s gold and even Florida can’t be trusted a lot of years.