Tomorrow morning, Kentucky takes the stage at SEC Media Days. Nick Roush has already shared the ten questions he believes Mark Stoops will be asked, but what about the players? Lynn Bowden, Kash Daniel, and Logan Stenberg will represent the program this year, making for what could be the most entertaining SEC Media Days ever.
Here are a few predictions:
1. Kash Daniel will be a star
I know Kash Daniel is entertaining. You know Kash Daniel is entertaining. Tomorrow, college football will find out that Kash Daniel is entertaining. In some ways, I know Kash will be on his best behavior — no chaw, water bottle slamming, or cuss words — but you can’t muzzle the mountains. I expect Kash to inject some much needed life into the room on a morning when most reporters just want to go home. From fishing to trash talk to whatever in between, Kash will spin gold from straw for countless cameras and recorders.
Bonus prediction: he’ll fit in a reference to Barstool Sports.
2. Logan Stenberg won’t be far behind
The senior offensive lineman may not cut WWE promos left and right like Kash, but they don’t call him nasty for nothing. Stenberg has earned a reputation as the team’s enforcer, a title that’s even better when you consider he used to rock a ponytail. Like Kash, Stenberg loves wrestling, victory dips, and speaking his mind, so his corner will be far from boring.
Bonus prediction: he’ll be the best dressed Cat.
3. Lynn Bowden will be the statesman
When he first came to Kentucky, it was hard to imagine Lynn Bowden going to Media Days, but the junior wideout has matured into a leader, as best shown during his appearance on KSR earlier this summer. Bowden still sends out random tweets every now and then, but for the most part, he seems locked in on the season, even vowing to go on a social media hiatus once camp starts. With Benny Snell gone, Bowden is now the face of Kentucky’s offense, and like Benny, he won’t shy away from sharing his feelings. Although his public persona has mellowed, Bowden may have the biggest chip on his shoulder of anyone on the squad.
Bonus prediction: he’ll be sporting a fresh haircut. (Okay, I cheated. He posted a video from the barber shop on Instagram earlier today.)
4. “Lack of respect” will be a big topic
Usually, teams bring players they know won’t get them into trouble to Media Days. Last year, Benny Snell brought the sass by declaring himself the best running back in the league. Coming off a ten-win season, Stoops might as well be knocking down the door with this trio. With Alabama going this morning, the attention on Media Days is waning, but Kentucky has a great chance to own day four. The Cats’ rise last season is a way better story than Vanderbilt or Auburn, the other teams up tomorrow, and Lynn, Kash, and Logan will make it clear it wasn’t a fluke.
Bonus prediction: Kash calling those who picked Kentucky to win six or fewer games “jackasses” will come up more than once.
5. The Florida streak will not
Bonus prediction: Stoops will still find a way to make a joke about it (and rightly so).