Halloween is just a couple days away and KSR wants to see your costumes this week. Send your photos to any of the e-mail addresses at the top of the site, tweet us, or post them on the Kentucky Sports Radio Facebook page for everyone to see. Our favorites, like this Ryan Harrow/Nerlens Noel look, will be used on the website.
— There is an old football saying that goes, “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have one.” If that’s true, Kentucky will have zero quarterbacks against Vanderbilt. Joker Phillips announced at his Monday press conference that Jalen Whitlow will start the first two series against Vandy and then they will rotate Patrick Towles in as they did against Missouri and Mississippi State.
Tracy Morgan, your thoughts?
— Joker was able to joke with reporters about his future as head coach when he said, “I was coming over here today and I got in the car and my seat was hot. I’d hit the seat warmer.” He said he has talked to Mitch but only small talk, like friends do. The two haven’t talked about the future; that conversation will wait until after the season, according to Joker.
— Good news for walk-on cornerback J.D. Harmon: He will receive a scholarship next season. Harmon is the first player to intercept two passes in one game for Kentucky since Winston Guy did it in the 2011 season opener. Harmon, who isn’t even listed in the UK football media guide, picked off back-to-back throws from Corbin Berkstresser to start the second half against Missouri.
— The AP released its preseason college basketball All-American team this afternoon. Nerlens Noel was listed among the players who received votes, but the Cats were snubbed from receiving First Team honors.
AP Preseason All-American Team
Cody Zeller, Indiana, 7-0, sophomore, 64 votes (15.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 62.3 fg pct)
Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6-8, 62 (22.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 60.1 fg pct, 48.6 3-pt fg pct)
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State, 6-1, senior, 43 (19.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.6 apg, 45.6 3-pt fg pct)
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State, 6-7, junior, 26 (15.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 52.0 fg pct)
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh, 6-3, senior, 16 (21.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 81.1 ft pct, 2.6 steals)
Trey Burke, Michigan, 6-0, sophomore, 16 (14.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.6 apg)
That’s three Big Ten players and representatives from the Ohio Valley, Missouri Valley, and Patriot League, if you’re keeping score at home.
— It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t give Wesley Woodyard a shoutout for his big game last night on Sunday Night Football. Woodyard picked off Drew Brees in the second quarter of Denver’s 34-14 win against the Saints, his interceptions of the season, and added 14 tackles with one sack. The fans in Denver are really falling in love with their undrafted linebacker, just as Kentucky fans did when he came to Kentucky as an underrated high schooler from Georgia. Woodyard continues to silence everyone who said he’s too small to play linebacker in the NFL
— On this morning’s radio show, Matt and Ryan discussed why they believe Mitch should announce a coaching change now to save Joker Phillips’ relationship with the fans. The gang also asked listeners what they would wear to a costume party at Whole Foods. Have a listen…