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UK Fans At The Yum Center Want “10 From The Weekend”

Matt is on the road so I got called in from the bullpen for the Sunday night post. Let’s go ahead and get rolling with 10 notes from the weekend so I can catch up on Breaking Bad.

 

1.) Excitement is brewing around the football program.

Whether you’re optimistic about the season or prepared for the worst, it’s hard not to be excited for the opening kickoff on September 2nd. Big Blue Nation got its first look at the 2012 Wildcats over the weekend with interviews from Friday’s media day and then Fan Day on Saturday. Roughly 3,000 fans showed up at Commonwealth Stadium to watch the scrimmage and meet the team. And watch fireworks, of course.

Here is a shot of the team and the crowd:


(via @acrphoto)

2.) It’s going to be a long month of questions at the quarterback position.

Max Smith is the presumed starter and the first teamer to start camp, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be the one under center when Kentucky takes the field against Louisville. Morgan Newton looked like the guy at Saturday’s Fan Day while Smith struggled to get it going. Newton was by far the better quarterback (not that he was perfect) in the 11-on-11 scrimmages, highlighted by a 30-yard pass to DeMarco Robinson and 50-yard bomb to Aaron Boyd.

Joker wouldn’t give any hints as to who had the better day on Sunday but we should expect to hear something on Monday once he gets a chance to sit down and watch the tape.

He told the media, “I don’t really like to watch the practice out here live and then (make conclusions). I like to go watch the film because yesterday I thought we had better command of the football, but after watching the tape we didn’t. But we improved today, so we will watch the film and make a decision.”

3.) Sunday’s football practice was much improved.

Joker didn’t like his guys’ execution on the field during the first practice of fall camp on Saturday, but he was a little more pleased when he blew the final whistle on Day 2.

“It was (a much-improved) practice from execution to tempo,” he said after Sunday’s practice. “We were a lot sharper today, but not anywhere near where we need to be to line up and play.”

Part of getting ready to “line up and play” is getting the freshman comfortable at this level. Sunday was only the second time the new batch of players have worked with the staff and their new team.

“There is a day when you see the light come on in the freshmen’s heads, yes, but today was not the day,” Phillips said. “Their heads are still swimming and the tempo of how we are trying to practice gets to them. The tempo of trying to get the play in and out, get in and out of the huddle and get lined up is difficult on the freshmen right now. Today was not the day we saw the light come on. … They don’t always grow up as fast as we want, but some are faster than others.”

4.) Everyone is talking about Dy’Shawn Mobley.

The freshman running back is already turning heads at camp with his size and strength.

Joker said he could be a guy who sets a lot of records at Kentucky.

5.) Nerlens will be in Lexington on August 19th!

Get your cameras ready!!!

6.) Jonathan Givony isn’t impressed by the flat-top feller.

As Matt mentioned in a post earlier, Givony is a Kentucky hater and he’s very open about it.

7.) The rims at the Adidas Nations event were unkind to Kyle Wiltjer.

Wiltjer struggled from the field in the camp counselor games at the adidas Nations event — and that’s putting it nicely. In the two scrimmages against his fellow counselors, Wiltjer scored a combined 12 points on 4-of-26 shooting, including 1-of-12 from downtown.

All three UK players failed to score in double figures in a game.

8.) Tom Crean’s tweet was hilarious.

I’ve been thinking about it a lot since Friday.

A whole lot.

9.) “Lexington Is For The Birds” billboard is back.

Any of you traveling west on I-64 this week should expect to see the “Lexington Is For The Birds” back in action. The infamous billboard to insult Lexington that isn’t in Lexington has been resurrected after “storm damage” took it down last week. The 5-day weather forecast calls for clear skies so expect the billboard to stick around, at least throughout the week, as a continuous reminder that Louisville fans aren’t capable of doing anything right.

Exit now for Cracker Barrel.

10.) The KSR statewide tour hits Columbia on Monday.

At Burger King!

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

25 Comments for UK Fans At The Yum Center Want “10 From The Weekend”



  1. SeaCat
    12:11 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    WHO is this Givony knucklehead?
    Just sayin



  2. DukeSucks
    12:43 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know about any pick up games. I have seen Wiljer in real games and he CAN play. Should be unguardable this year. He will be huge on our run to 9. If he decides to stick around we very well could get to 10 in his time.



  3. Bradley
    1:04 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously, no one is concerned that Wiltjer isn’t hitting shots, WCS isn’t impressing anyone at Adidas Nations and Noel isn’t as far along as we thought he was? If they were playing well, you’d all be boasting about their accomplishments… about the same scrimmages that you are downplaying right now. Hypocrites.



  4. UKBlue
    2:17 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    The Cardinal Bird at the Yum Center is going to look really funny with a Foreclosed sign on it.



  5. blueruuster
    5:29 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    Matt I’m still awake I can’t sleep since I’ve heard martinis nelllums is starting…..again … He gets picked on every game every play..the targeted him last year the year before….we are in big trouble if he’s not better.. I believe it was south Carolina that scorched him last year. I may be wrong but it seems like against Fla and usc all I would see is the back of his jersey chasing wide receivers up the field in vain already being beaten…and it was over and over… I’m worried



  6. blueballs
    6:16 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    this team is going to be like the 2011 team. about 6 or 7 losses and losing in the sweet 16



  7. KYCat04
    6:25 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    I was at the even Nerlens played in. He did look pretty bad. I’m sure it was just a fluke though and Cal will get him ready.



  8. KYCat04
    6:25 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    *event



  9. Shocking
    6:30 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    Hey look, another picture of a huge geek doing the 3 goggles. Those guys couldn’t get laid in a morgue.



  10. Dtr
    7:17 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    6.we were a final four team that year. We haven’t lost in the sweet sixteen since cals been here.



  11. Rick
    7:28 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/06/22/sports/22nbaB_nrml.jpg — dude is clearly just pissed and jealous that Nerlens has a superior haircut to his.



  12. Huck
    8:03 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    we got spoons



  13. tyson
    8:11 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    who is this Aaron Boyd that caught a pass?



  14. UL2UK8
    8:23 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    Noel has been working all summer in class so he can play this year, it is not a surprise he is rusty on the court. He will be fine by the start of the season.



  15. JayCee
    8:31 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    UL fan/student Terry J Davis made Failblog for stealing an Ethics text book and trying to return it to the book store.

    Be proud, UL.



  16. Marcus L. Owens
    8:31 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    This is Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress’ team. They will be the go to scorers and finishers, Kyle is option 3 maybe option four behind Harrow. These events dont offer much coaching or time to prepare. Jonathan Givony is a respected scout and runs a profitable website with solid analysis, he has a right to his opinion. College basketball is a guards game and all the guys mentioned here are big men, when the team is all together and roles are assigned and style of play is established thats when these players can show their strengths while the coaching staff helps them hide their weaknesses.



  17. Bowdie
    8:43 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    If Nerlens is a flop, the crying from the football fans will pale in comparison to that of the basketball dweebs.



  18. BigJohnLex
    8:54 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    Who is this Givony clown, does anyone have his info email,ph# where he resides,whats his wifes and kids names what schools they go too, were is he based out of.I am sure Matt will muster BBN today too attack this idiot. What is Cal’s response to this nonsense. Matt, you need to do something about this nut.



  19. Makers Marksman
    9:00 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    We took this picture RIGHT after we beat Loserville’s A$$ in the Final Four. Good times! And Shocker you are right, we couldn’t get laid that night, not even in a morgue, way too drunk from celebrating the W!



  20. Will S
    9:20 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    Been saying for a while, Noel will be a defensive force but not nearly the offensive presence AD was. Missing 2/3rd of the summer is not going to help him either. I’ve watched him in 2 or 3 AAU/All-Star games and he looks lost on offense. Glad we play you guys early in the season.



  21. Head Bussa
    9:28 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    As I posted last week, Mobley is a MONSTER! This kid could go down as the best running back in UK history. He has that type of unique combination of size, skill, and speed. Check him out here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgEB-n73Dzs



  22. BigJohnLex
    9:30 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    #20, good eval so do you think we will repeat.While you were watching him in the games does he seem like the number one player in the country. Will he be a lottery pick.



  23. BigJohnLex
    9:32 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    Mobley is the kid that offers from running back u Alabama, so im sure he will be the difference maker.



  24. Head Bussa
    10:13 am August 6, 2012 Permalink

    23 — No he’s not. You are talking about Taylor.



  25. hahah
    1:19 pm August 6, 2012 Permalink

    That is actually a Future Picture at Kickoff as every UK football game this year.
    LMFAO