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Looking Back At Kentucky Football’s Best Week Ever

When the book is written on the Mark Stoops era of Kentucky football the chapter on the second week of June 2013 is going to be one for the ages. As if the fanbase wasn’t already fired up from the new ideologies of the coaching staff they go and produce one of the most exciting seven days to ever happen in the “off-season”. It was a fun ride for sure and now it’s time to look back on the week that was:

Saturday, June 8th.

Last Saturday got the ball rolling for an epic week. First up was our man Drew Barker who was up at the Rivals 5-Star Challenge in Chicago. Barker has proven to be a man among boys when it comes to leadership and recruiting and things were no different at the camp. He spoke with YahooSportsRadio about why elite receivers should join him at Kentucky to play in Neal Brown’s offense, “Do you want to be a playmaker or do you want to be a blocker? If you want the ball then this is the place to be.” There he tried to work over his roommate 4-star WR Artavis Scott where according to his diary “I surprised him with a shirt I had made with ‘Kentucky Football’ on the front and his name and number on the back. He thought that was really cool and wore it around a lot”. Pretty cool, indeed.

Meanwhile in the fair city of Lexington Coach Stoops had of 300 juniors and seniors in town to show their skills at the Prime Time Camp. The Camp brought commits and hopefuls from all over to get a look at the new Kentucky football  and seemed to make a good impression. Because on the next day things would really begin rolling.

Sunday, June 9th.

Kentucky would start Sunday with the 21st ranked class in the nation but that would quickly change. Seeing campus was all it took for Denzel Ware to rejoin BBN. The 45th ranked player in America by 24/7 Sports and #80 by ESPN announced once again he would be a Cat and we rocketed up the rankings to number 14. Stoops was only getting started…

Monday, June 10th

Rumors flew all day about a potential commitment and late in the afternoon those rumors proved to be true when both Mike Edwards and Darius West committed to Kentucky. The safety duo had expressed interest in playing together and choose the Cats over Louisville, Wisconsin, Nebraska, West Virginia, Vandy, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. That is one heck of a combined offer sheet. There was a time when guys like that would never even look at UK but Stoops has found a way to get them on campus and commit. Unbelievable.

Also Monday should always be remembered as the day Yhatzee became a thing. Tommy Mainord had been saying the phrase after each and every commit but on Monday the saying really took off. It’s become the battle cry of an energized fanbase that has spread across twitter like wildfire. So much so that by the end of the week everyone from Coach Cal to Mitch Barnhart himself were sending it out. Yhatzee.

Tuesday, June 11th.

Keeping things going on Tuesday was 3-star linebacker Nico Firios. Firios choose the Cats over Louisville and had this to say to the Orlando Sun about picking the Cats.

“Kentucky and Louisville were really the final two for me,” Firios said. “When I was at Louisville last week it was great and I like everything about Coach Charlie Strong and what they are doing there, especially with the defense, but then I went to Lexington and visited UK and I was so impressed. That just made me feel like it was the place I needed to be.”

And how did the Staff take it?

They were screaming and passing the phone around and Coach [Mark] Stoops was saying he was so excited to have someone with my character and ability joining the team,” Firios said. “He said with my commitment that would probably put them in the top five recruiting classes in the nation for 2014.”

They were right. Kentucky would finish Tuesday with the 4th best class in the nation.

Thursday, June 13th

Boom! The number one all purpose back choose the Cats… Let that sink in. 2-10 Kentucky lands the number oneplayer at his position. That has never happened. Today Willaims spoke with the Courier-journal about the fans playing a big part in his commitment:

I’ve never seen a fan base like Kentucky. It’s like no other. The fans are incredible, and they stick with the team through thick and thin. Kentucky has a great fan base, and I can’t wait to play in front of them and make some exciting plays.

I can’t wait either.

 

So it’s been a great week. One that could lay the foundation for incredible success here in the Bluegrass. The times are a-changing and it’s a lot of fun to be fan of Kentucky football. In the words of Mr. Dylan for the loser now will be later to win. After a terrible year in both major sports last year the future has never been brighter for both sports. Buckle up its going to be a wild ride.

 

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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22 Comments for Looking Back At Kentucky Football’s Best Week Ever



  1. ikeeveready
    9:56 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    First.

    With monster senior seasons 3-5 of these kids could earn 5 star status.

    Give credit to Stoops but pat Barker on the backside for keepin it rollin.

    Let’s go get Bone, Berrios & Kief babay!



  2. Matt
    10:06 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    Try to learn to spell yahtzee…didn’t know it was so difficult.



  3. Matt
    10:08 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    1- there is no way we’re getting Kief.



  4. bcat
    10:08 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    I would just add one thing, when referring to the past, choose becomes chose. Just take a quick read through next time before posting, there’s a few other things. Read it out loud. Good luck!



  5. Stoooooooops
    10:10 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    Count me in as one of the ones who wanted Patrino! So far it’s clear that Barnhart made the right choice in Stoops. For once it feels good to be proven wrong, just hope every one will be patent next year because we are going to suck, but in 2 or 3 years we could have something here! It’s becoming clear we DO have the right man in place to get us to where we all want to be!



  6. Shut up #4
    10:13 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    #4 it’s a sports blog not ENG 101 get over yourself! I guess your perfect though and never make mistakes.



  7. bcat
    10:14 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    Haha, you’re so heated! College is so hard isn’t it?



  8. Question mark
    10:26 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    1 You do realize that most years there are more 5 star basketball players in a class vs football. 5 star players are a rarity. The only commit we have who even has a shot at being a 5 star is Barker, but I still doubt it



  9. Stoooooooops
    10:34 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    Wished these guys had already signed. Big difference in football between committed and sighned.



  10. Stoooooooops
    10:36 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    3) why are you so sure he won’t be at UK? You might be right just wondering why your so certain?



  11. cracka
    10:50 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    8 – dude, you’re wrong … there are usually more 5* football players, sometimes it’s not even close



  12. Jen
    10:51 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    6. You’re intimidated by the notion of proof reading. Grow up.



  13. explorer
    11:19 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    #11 – do you realize that rivals currently only has 18 five star players. Think about how few that is. There is 22 positions on a football team and that’s not counting special teams. Five star players mean nothing in football. Its all about four star and high three stars.



  14. Chaz
    11:34 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    To all of the grammar/spelling police out there, why not play at the following site and leave the sports fans alone? It ain’t no spellin be, ya no?

    https://www.spellingconnectionsonline.com/game3



  15. Dude
    11:45 pm June 14, 2013 Permalink

    #3 Dude I used to have kief all the time back in the day



  16. Stoooooops
    12:02 am June 15, 2013 Permalink

    This has been a big week I agree, but the week we beat LSU was the best. It just a shame we let Joker take all the wind out of our sail. Oh, we’ll it looks like we starting to climb that ladder again!



  17. SexnNursinHomes
    6:27 am June 15, 2013 Permalink

    I’m gay



  18. YSR2KSR
    8:07 am June 15, 2013 Permalink

    BOOM goes the dynamite!!!



  19. dustblues77
    8:53 am June 15, 2013 Permalink

    I m looking forward to hearing the BOOM sounds when Williams carries the ball at Commonwealth.



  20. NL
    9:22 am June 15, 2013 Permalink

    Do you think these kids will stay with us after a brutal year? I hope so



  21. dshwildcats
    11:48 am June 15, 2013 Permalink

    NL,

    I think all of us have probably thought the same thing, brother. I think most Kentucky fans realize what a hard year we have coming up. Four to five wins with the schedule that we have would be awesome! For these kids that have verbally committed, I think more importantly than the wins and losses, is that we play an exciting brand of football. And, that we are competitive in most games. If Alabama beats us by 4 TDs, that’s one thing. But, teams like Mizzou, Vandy, Tennessee and Louisville should not be mopping up the field with us!

    Another thing that I think is very important is the fan support. Several of these kids mentioned the enthusiasm they witnessed from the fans at the spring game. We need to keep that up no matter what happens this fall. It is entirely possible that by the time we have played Alabama on October 12th(midway point of the season), we could be looking at a 2-4, or a 1-5 record if we lose to Western. If that’s the case, we can’t start having 25-30,000 empty seats for the last 3 home games of the season. In no way can it be a repeat of last season, although I definitely understand why so many fans were discouraged last season. It was like being on the deck of the Titanic as it was going down!



  22. GeoCat
    2:57 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, I’m sweating this year too, but the SC 1st half we competed, and GA was as exciting a game as we’ve had for a while. So there are some players. We didn’t have a great record during the Mumme years, but the offensive game kept people in the stands, and Stoopie’s defensive talent would have made a big diff in those teams. Look what just one guy, Mr. Cobb, made for our team, and I remember Yeast’s effort catching a 4Q TD pass in a 40-0 game vs FL as a freshman, and that attitude was why he became the top guy for Couch to throw to. KY has always supported FB better than the team results, but something changed this year, extra, I rode up w/Dave Shelton from Atl for the SG, neither of us could believe what we did and saw. Lived in Lex 24 years, went to maybe 3 SGs. Go Stoopsie, Neal, et al