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August 23, 2013

A look at Kentucky’s offense from a year ago

Drew Franklin 1:36pm August 23, 2013 8/23/13

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Seeing John Bird’s diagrams of Neal Brown’s offense this morning encouraged me to go back and dissect Kentucky football’s offense from a year ago to draw up a comparison of the contrasting offensive styles. So like any blogger-slash-football guru would do, I rolled out the dusty ol’ chalkboard from the back of the KSR football…

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Za’Darius Smith looked good in practice today

Drew Franklin 12:48pm August 23, 2013 8/23/13

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We can all let out a sigh of relief this afternoon now that we know Za’Darius Smith is back on the football field. Stoops said Big Z practiced today and “looked good” after suffering a high ankle sprain during the first week of fall camp. Stoops doesn’t expect him to be behind the rest of…

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Patrick Graffree transferring to EKU

Drew Franklin 11:44am August 23, 2013 8/23/13

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UK defensive tackle Patrick Graffree is now EKU defensive tackle Patrick Graffree. The redshirt freshman announced today that he is transferring to Eastern Kentucky to play this fall. Graffree was VERY excited to be a Wildcat when he signed in 2012, but Stoops is bringing in a new level of talent on the D-line so…

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A look at the Air Raid

Drew Franklin 10:20am August 23, 2013 8/23/13

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SmartFootball.com’s Chris Brown tweeted a link to a little-known blog by a high school defensive coordinator in New Jersey who attended a football camp led by Neal Brown on the Xs and Os of his offense. The blogger, John Bird, provides diagrams of some of the plays you’ll likely find on Kentucky’s new iPads, if…

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August 22, 2013

Quotes From Camp Without Context

Nick Roush 8:00pm August 22, 2013 8/22/13

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  Yesterday marked the end of pre-season camp for your Kentucky Wildcats, beginning preparation for WKU today. After conducting dozens upon dozens of interviews over the course of the last two and a half weeks, I have quotes on quotes on quotes. I’ve compiled some of the best sound bites below, leaving out context to…

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The football team got iPads today

Drew Franklin 4:55pm August 22, 2013 8/22/13

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Coach Stoops surprised his players with iPads today, according to an Instagram post from his account. You know what that means? Candy Crush time!!!

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Know Your Wildcat: Jordan Aumiller

Drew Franklin 4:00pm August 22, 2013 8/22/13

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During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with…

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Bud Dupree and Avery Williamson named Third Team Preseason All-SEC

Mrs. Tyler Thompson 11:15am August 22, 2013 8/22/13

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Congrats to senior linebacker Avery Williamson and junior defensive end Bud Dupree, who were voted Third-Team Preseason All-SEC by the league’s coaches. Last season, Dupree finished in the top 10 in the SEC in tackles (91), quarterback sacks (6.5) and tackles-for-loss (12.5) and started all 12 games. Williamson had his best season as a Cat…

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Za’Darius told Lisa he will play in Nashville

Drew Franklin 10:53am August 22, 2013 8/22/13

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We have some positive news from Twitter last night regarding Za’Darius Smith, courtesy of Lisa. She tweeted the UK defensive end to say she hopes he’ll be able to play against Western, to which he responded, “Trust me I will be out there going hard… just be there so u can support the team!” It’s…

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August 21, 2013

The Receivers Of The Air Raid

Jonathan Schuette 7:40pm August 21, 2013 8/21/13

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After a whirlwind off-season, Mark Stoops and his staff will lead their Wildcats down to Nashville to take on Bobby Petrino’s Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Excitement, which has been severely lacking in recent seasons, seems to be at all-time high levels as Coach Stoops has given fans much to cheer about in the spring and summer…

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February 16, 2020

College Football News names Mark Stoops No. 10 coach in America (behind Louisville’s Scott Satterfield)

Maggie Davis 9:30pm February 16, 2020 2/16/20

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After another big football season in the Bluegrass, Mark Stoops is earning some recognition, at least from the folks with College Football News. In a recent story (available here), writer Pete Fiutak tabbed Mark Stoops as the No. 10 football coach in America. In 2017, he was No. 75 on that same list; last year,…

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The Big Dog Stayed Home: Vince Marrow’s Return is the Next Step to Atlanta

Freddie Maggard 12:30pm February 16, 2020 2/16/20

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Kentucky has a new training facility, recruiting room, and an upgraded stadium. The return on investment has been an 18-8, 2-year record, a 10-win season, SEC Coach of the Year honors, multiple national award winning players, back-to-back Governor’s Cup victories, and two consecutive bowl wins. Retaining Vince Marrow is the next step in the Wildcat’s…

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Lynn Bowden is Bench Pressing for Charity at the NFL Combine

Nick Roush 11:00am February 16, 2020 2/16/20

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Lynn Bowden is determined to make money at the NFL Combine by climbing up draft boards and accepting donations to charity. The proving ground for NFL Draft prospects, Bowden’s speed, agility and strength will be put to the test at Lucas Oil Stadium. Typically it’s difficult to quantify exactly how much money one player can…

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Sam Anaele’s Story: How a Nigerian Basketball Player Became a Kentucky Football Linebacker

Nick Roush 10:30am February 16, 2020 2/16/20

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Five years ago Sam Anaele was half a world away, dreaming that one day he might join the same elite company as his fellow countryman, Festus Ezeli, as an NBA Champion.  The dream that started in Nigeria has slightly deviated, but Anaele is right where he belongs in Lexington. “It feels like home.” Hoop Dreams…

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February 15, 2020

Vince Marrow: “Deep down in my heart I knew I wasn’t leaving [Kentucky]”

Jack Pilgrim 11:00pm February 15, 2020 2/15/20

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From Wednesday morning through Friday evening, the Kentucky fanbase patiently impatiently awaited UK associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow’s decision on his future. On one hand, Marrow was being heavily recruited by newly-hired Michigan State head coach and longtime friend Mel Tucker to become one of his top assistants in East Lansing, potentially earning…

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Joel Williams Brings Versatility and Confidence to UK’s Secondary

Adam Luckett 8:30pm February 15, 2020 2/15/20

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Back during the early signing period, Kentucky had a great first day but got some even better news the very next day. After some early mixups, Joel Williams sent in his National Letter of Intent into Lexington to become the newest member of Kentucky’s secondary. The blue-chip prospect who was ranked No. 357 by the…

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Q&A: Vince Marrow on why he stayed at Kentucky

Mrs. Tyler Thompson 6:00pm February 15, 2020 2/15/20

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At halftime of today’s game, Vince Marrow spoke with the media about his decision to turn down Michigan State’s offer and stay at Kentucky. We’ll have more coverage of this press conference as the evening goes on, but there’s a video and transcript of his comments. Opening statement… “Just want to say thank you for…

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February 14, 2020

BREAKING: Vince Marrow is staying at Kentucky

Mrs. Tyler Thompson 6:00pm February 14, 2020 2/14/20

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Vince Marrow has decided to stay at Kentucky! The Big Dog shared the news on Twitter minutes ago, confirming that he is turning down Michigan State’s lucrative offer to be its lead recruiter. #BBN, I’m staying home! Thank you for all of the love and support. Wow! You people are crazy. ? A big thanks…

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Mark Stoops was a Top Ten College Football Coach in 2019

Nick Roush 4:00pm February 14, 2020 2/14/20

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In 2018 Mark Stoops received one accolade after another. A unanimous SEC Coach of the Year selection and National Coach of the Year according to College Football News, some would argue it wasn’t even his best coaching job. Last fall Stoops had to replace a defensive coordinator, an entire secondary, record-breakers on each side of…

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An Update on Vince Marrow and Michigan State

Nick Roush 11:45am February 14, 2020 2/14/20

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The back and forth game continues. Thursday morning Matt Jones reported that Kentucky submitted a counter-offer to Vince Marrow that essentially matched Michigan State’s first offer. The Spartans responded Friday morning with a second offer. Source tells KSR that Michigan State has come with a second higher offer to Vince Marrow Decision expected today, one…

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