It’s been awhile since we ran through some football quick hitters and, well, there still isn’t a whole lot going on. Recruiting is kicking into high gear and the SEC meetings are taking place, but who’s really interested in that? Anyway, here are a few brief notes from the past week:
– Track and football go together like peanut butter and jelly these days. Running back Derrick Locke made the All-SEC Freshman Team by finishing fifth in the men’s long jump with a leap of 24-11. Locke set the UK record earlier in the season with a jump of 25-3.25. Also, incoming freshman wideout E.J. Fields is looking to win the 100 meters at this weekend’s state track meet. The speedster from Frankfort High won the Central Kentucky Conference Meet already with a time of 11.2. Fields plans to run track at UK, as well.
– Garry Williams has already been named to the Outland Trophy watch list and Jeremy Jarmon is listed as a candidate for the Ronnie Lott Award. Now, cornerback Trevard Lindley is listed as a candidate for the Bronco Nagurski Award, which is given to the top defensive player in the country. As a a sophomore last year, Lindley had 3 interceptions and 11 pass breakups. He now is only four breakups away from the Kentucky career record.
– Senior wideout Sean Murphy was awarded the Trent DiGiuro Memorial Scholarship, given to walk-ons who exemplify the athletic and academic prowess shown by DiGiuro (pictured above), a starting offensive lineman who died prior to his senior season. This is the 14th time that the scholarship has been awarded in honor of the late walk-on. Quarterback Rocco Maragas won it last year.
– This might be one of the happiest days of my life. According to reports out of the SEC meetings, Raycom will finally broadcast their football and basketball games in HD this season. Now, the most powerful conference in the history of the planet will no longer be broadcasting in lower quality than Univision2.
Here is an intersting story about former UK wideout Kio Sanford and his battle with cancer. This was published over the weekend in the Herald-Leader, but I guess it’s never too late to do a good deed. A scholarship fund has been set up for his daughter by some posters over on TCP. Donations can be sent here:
Cami Chapman College Fund
C/O METRO EMPLOYEES CREDIT UNION
101 East Vine St. Suite 180
Lexington, KY 40505