Spring practice is over and there isn’t much going on with the Kentucky football program, so these Quick Hitter segments are going to be a lot quicker and less fulfilling (that’s what she said) in the coming weeks, but bear with us. We’re working toward a very pivotal and exciting season for the Kentucky program and it’s a great time to be a Kentucky football fan.
Most of the news of the day concerns the NFL Draft over the weekend and the final farewell for a great class of young men. It was one of the most successful drafts ever for the Cats, with four players getting drafted and three signing free agent deals. I’m not going to rehash the draft for you, but here is what the local papers are saying this morning about their Wildcat pick-ups, and a few other football related notes:
– Indianapolis Star’s analysis of Jacob Tamme (Colts)
“They needed another tight end, specifically a blocking tight end, and they brought in Tamme of Kentucky and Tom Santi of Virginia. Tamme is thought to be more of a pass catcher while Santi is expected to be a better blocker. Somewhere, offensive coordinator Tom Moore and quarterback Peyton Manning were smiling; their beloved two-tight end formation is back….Which is another thing to appreciate about the Colts’ draft: They continued grabbing young men with college degrees and high character. Good students. Guys who give back to their communities.”
– St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s analysis of Keenan Burton (Rams)
“Keenan Burton has an odd sense of humor. When asked to name a funny incident while playing football, he said he once “broke his foot on the 5-yard line and didn’t score….Will get a shot to break into corps of wideouts. Also will get a look as a return man.”
– New York Daily News on Andre Woodson (Giants)
“Like Lorenzen, Woodson has a very powerful arm, which means it could be a fun and interesting competition between them this summer. It’s hard to tell exactly how the quarterback situation will work out, but it appears that veterans Anthony Wright and David Carr will battle for one spot, with Woodson and Lorenzen battling for the other.” ***The NY Times also said the Giants plan on developing Woodson into a long-term backup to Manning.
– Buffalo News on Stevie Johnson (Bills)
“Although Kentucky receiver Steve Johnson was the last of the Bills’ 10 selections, he has the talent to compete for a job….A good possession receiver with the size and receiving skills to challenge for a backup role”
Three undrafted Kentucky players signed free agent contracts. They were:
– Wesley Woodyard (Broncos)
– Eric Scott (Titans)
– Rafael Little (Titans)
– Chip Crosby reported over the weekend that Kentucky will be sporting new football uniforms when they take the field this season. According to Crosby, the uniform will mostly be the same, but the biggest change will be removing the large strip down the side of the jersey’s and pants and replacing it with diagonal stripes. This will allow them to mix and match their colors. They will also be adding more black.
I wish they would just sport these every game.
– Offensive tackle Garry Williams was named to the preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy. Williams, a member of the All-SEC Second Team last year, is one of the 70 players named and looks to become Kentucky’s second Outland Trophy winner. Bob Gain won it in 1950. Here is the full list.
– 125 days until the Louisville game.