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Whose name will we associate with this game?


Over the past four years, it seems one player has stepped up during the Kentucky/Louisville game to push the Cats to victory. You can almost guess which year the game was played by the highlight. In 2007, it was Stevie Johnson, loose downfield with 39 seconds left in the game; in 2008, a brilliant game by the Kentucky defense was topped off by Myron Pryor’s rumbling, bumbling, stumbling “310 lbs. of glory” fumble recovery for a touchdown; in 2009, Derrick Locke ran up 310 all-purpose yards, including a thrilling 100-yard kickoff return TD; last year, Randall Cobb‘s 51-yard TD from the Wildcobb formation stands out as one of the many highlights, as do Derrick Locke’s two touchdowns.

Who will head the highlight reel this year? Here are some contenders:

Josh Clemons
So far, Clemons has rushed for 165 yards on 25 carries, including 2 touchdowns. His speed and power remind many of former Cat Artose Pinner…but even faster. With Raymond Sanders injured, Clemons will get all the time he wants on the field. And more. Let’s see if he can build on an impressive performance last week. If the offensive line can pull it together and give him some holes (having Matt Smith back will help), look for a big game from the talented freshman.

Morgan Newton
Morgan Newton
Morgan finally hit his stride last week, and his receivers even caught some balls. After seeing success running the ball, 14 times for 112 yards to be exact, coaches installed more running plays for him this week. If his receivers man up and decide to catch some passes tomorrow, Newton may finally get that big game he deserves.

Danny Trevathan
Danny Trevathan has been a pure beast so far this season, leading the SEC in tackles. If anyone is going to buck the trend of offensive players being the star of the game, it’s Danny. This is his last Governor’s Cup and don’t think for a second that is lost on him: “We are practicing like it’s our last game. Every year we play Louisville, it’s going to be a swing game. We’re going to need that game every year. We want that Governor’s Cup.” And no, Joker says he will not return kicks even though Sanders will be out. We need him too much on defense.

Ryan Tydlacka
Ryan Tydlacka
Oh, come on. You know you were thinking it, too.

Who will step up tomorrow?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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8 Comments for Whose name will we associate with this game?

  1. D. Stewart
    6:07 pm September 16, 2011 Permalink

    Morgan Newton

  2. 44 Stitches
    6:10 pm September 16, 2011 Permalink

    Clemons reminds me of Moe Williams.

  3. mike
    6:52 pm September 16, 2011 Permalink

    The local Nashville sports dudes are feeling that UL will win this game because of UK’s poor peformance in both games. Hope the team is reading and hearing some of the same stuff because we can’t let that happen….the season will rest on the outcome of this game for both teams.

  4. Moses
    7:00 pm September 16, 2011 Permalink

    To be honest I’m getting a little tires of the UK/ul overload being brought to us. YES I KNOW HOW BIG THE GAME IS and every other year I’d be pumped man. But quit trying to sell us a faulty product. I know and you know whoever wins this game it will be ugly as hell because BOTH these teams are just god awful

  5. Section 133
    7:00 pm September 16, 2011 Permalink

    This will be known as the “escape goat” game. Matter of fact, that might be a good nickname for Clemmons.

  6. Maxwell
    7:06 pm September 16, 2011 Permalink

    Ko’shik Williams

  7. test
    7:35 pm September 16, 2011 Permalink


  8. JDaws
    2:08 am September 17, 2011 Permalink

    #4 really. Who gives a damn. Its football in Ky. Rarely will both teams be really good. Just watch the game, cheer the CATS on and support the team.