Today, we salute Kentucky football legend Tim Couch on his 36th birthday. Despite Kentucky’s struggles on the football field, Lexington has been home to a handful of very good quarterbacks since the late 1990’s when Couch was directing Hal Mumme’s Air-Raid offense. Couch, named a 1998 Heisman Trophy finalist and drafted as the No. 1 overall pick of the 1999 NFL Draft, paved the way for Dusty Bonner, Jared Lorenzen and Andre Woodson to have successful careers as quarterbacks at Kentucky. Mike Hartline wasn’t too shabby, either. Lets hope that the success under center continues for the Cats in the near future as the Air-Raid offense returns.
To this day, Couch maintains a bond with other Kentucky quarterbacks from the past, present and future, as you can see from his tweets today:
In Couch’s three years at Kentucky, he totaled 8,435 yards, 74 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. He racked up 4,275 yards and 36 touchdowns in his 1998 campaign alone, leading Kentucky to an Outback Bowl
loss game vs. Penn State on New Year’s Day. Perhaps the most memorable game in Tim Couch’s UK career was a win over Louisville in the first ever game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Couch completed 29 of 39 passes for 498 yards and seven touchdowns to defeat the Cardinals, 68-34, on September 5th, 1998. Today, Couch serves as a college football broadcaster, but keeps his ties strong with his Alma Matter. Not only can we thank Couch for a fantastic career on the field, but we can be grateful for his part in helping bring Mark Stoops to Kentucky last November. Thank you for everything you’ve done, and Happy Birthday to No. 2!
And now on to the News and Views…
— Wednesday started out with the exciting news that Anthony Davis, Darius Miller and the Pelicans will be playing an exhibition game against John Wall and the Wizards on Saturday, October 19th in Rupp Arena. The game will tip off at 7 pm and will be the second night of a UK basketball doubleheader, with Big Blue Madness taking place on Friday night.
— Then we heard the unfortunate news about Terrence Jones’ arrest in Portland. The news is very disappointing to hear.
— A handful of Wildcats spoke to the media today at John Calipari’s Pro Camp. Below is a conversation at the press conference between the group of former players in town about who will the Alumni Game:
Cousins: We will.
MKG: Everybody knows who’s going to win the game, really.
Davis: 2010. I say 2010 will win it.
Cousins: Thank you, Anthony.
Bledsoe: Did you say 2010 will win? Glad you’re honest.
Davis: Nah, 2012. We’re proven winners.
Cousins: Got nothing to say to that.
— John Calipari sat down with the media today as well, talking to WKYT’s Rob Bromley about a number of topics today, including his former players returning to campus to help with the Pro Camps and the upcoming Alumni Game.
Highlights of the interview:
— Calipari said that at the rate UK is putting players in the league, in two years, former UK players could account for 10% of the NBA, which makes fielding an annual alumni game pretty easy.
— What did Cal make of Jeff Sheppard’s comments about the one-and-done culture at UK and how he feels closer to Rick Pitino? “It’s not on my radar right now. …I’m disappointed he feels that way, but it’s understandable. He didn’t play for me.”
— Cal says he called four coaches on Kyle Wiltjer’s behalf and made it clear to Kyle that he was welcome to come back to UK, “but in the end, you’ve gotta roll with it.”
— This year was the last year UK will hold the satellite camps across the state. “I’ve been in enough cities and counties in the state to run for Governor,” Cal joked. Instead, he plans to expand the pro camp circuit, taking them on the road to Northern Kentucky and Louisville.
More News and Views…
— A Kentucky 7th-grader set a record for the highest one-day total in Jeopardy! Kids Week history. Skyler Hornback, 12, of Sonora, near Elizabethtown, won $66,600 on Wednesday’s episode. Congrats to Skyler!
— The Pirates won again tonight to stay atop the NL Central. There’s a lot of games left, but it is looking more and more likely that we could see a Reds-Cardinals one-game playoff…which I know will divide a lot of you KSR readers.
That’s it for tonight. Tune in tomorrow when Matthew Mitchell hosts KSR Radio at 10 am!