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A Chance Poore Appearance is Possible vs. Missouri

While most focus on controversy surrounding UK’s starting quarterback, another is swirling at placekicker.

Miles Butler missed a 39-yarder on Saturday.  The senior and former walk-on is now just 3-of-7 on the season.  If the Cats had another field goal opportunity on Saturday, Mark Stoops was prepared to play the freshman, Chance Poore.

“I told you after the game, he was going in on the next kick,” Stoops said.  “Miles was the starter.  I believed in him, I still do, but he was going in to kick.”

The initial plan was to play Poore in only four games.  By limiting Poore to long field goals, UK could give the former four-star recruit an extra year of eligibility.  After seeing Butler struggle, the plan might be scrapped, although Stoops did not say who will kick Kentucky’s next field goal.

“We’ll see how the week goes. We’ll see.”

Stoops also was hesitant to provide an update on Josh Paschal.  The defensive end who was diagnosed with malignant melanoma over the summer was seen working out on the sideline before Saturday night’s game against Vanderbilt.

“He’s been working with Coach Ed and he’s been strength training for a long time,” said Stoops.  “Now he’s getting on his feet.  The wound is healing.  Then there’s the matter of just getting into shape, getting into football shape and controlling the other factors that go into it, not just the wound itself.”

Reading between the lines, unless the game is already well in-hand, I’m confident you’ll see Poore trot out for the Cats’ first field goal against Missouri.  As for Paschal, I believe he’ll be ready to play in a limited pass-rushing capacity near the end of the season.  The four-game redshirt rule might have set Poore back, but it could benefit Paschal.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

28 Comments for A Chance Poore Appearance is Possible vs. Missouri

  1. davis2319
    3:12 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    This is the best team we have had in a long long time. So the best players at every position need to be playing. That includes kicker. It does not matter what his age is or if you wanted to redshirt him.

    • Ben27
      3:48 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      You play him in the A&M game and three other games. There is no excuse to not make that field goal in overtime. Give our defense a reason to stop them! I know this coaching staff is still learning, but some things need to be determined in advance.

    • jhnny
      5:00 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      I cannot believe we are red shirting a kicker. But putting that aside- the purpose of red shirting is to allow someone to develop- not so your better player is sitting on the sidelines for a year. If he’s the better kicker- by all means play him, start him, now.

  2. kjd
    3:22 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Who redshirts supposedly your best kicker?

    • BigolBlue
      8:12 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly!!! He must not be good either bc he would be kicking already. It makes zero sense. Wasnt mcginnis kicking as freshman?

  3. Gocats30
    3:28 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Only got 6 games left now might as well hold poore out of 2 of them now thats hes went over half the season on the bench

    • CATandMONKEY
      3:36 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Why redshirt a kicker?

    • Alex90
      4:06 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      So that you still bg have him for 4 years? We’re 6-1 without him so just stick to the plan and play him in 4 games

    • Blue Bill
      4:36 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Gee. Suppose the same reason you’d redshirt a QB or any other position. Huh.

    • Cokely53
      5:16 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Well we likely won’t need him for MTSU and I’m sure there’s one more game we won’t need him. If he’s that good then 4.5 years is better than 4. Just pick his spots better and if we really need him in every game then prepare to burn the year

  4. UKFootballYall
    3:49 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Not to rip on Stoops but, heck, welcome to football in the SEC. The best players need to play in order to win. There’s no place for participation ribbons and worrying about hurting a players feelings or confidence if they get benched for poor performance. Glad he finally had the epiphany because this season can still be Stoopendous.

  5. Le Docteur
    4:29 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    But wait, we’re 6 – 1 with our current starting kicker…

    • TheAssman
      5:41 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      We are 6-1 DESPITE our current kicker.

    • JASUN74
      10:24 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      I see you there Le Docteur! Haha. Nice one.

  6. justgettingstartedbro
    4:40 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    They need to stick with Butler. He’s 6-1 as a starter. Shouldn’t be a controversy over this one

    • Cokely53
      5:16 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Could be 7-0 if not for him

    • mm40
      6:58 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      No way that you can support that statement. You have no idea what would have happened if we make that field goal. A&M could have still scored a TD, kicked a FG or UK could have stopped them from scoring. It’s not like that kick would have won the game.

    • JASUN74
      10:32 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe not mm40 but it sure would have give the Defense a boost and a reasonable chance at a tie and another shot. Should have never been in that situation in the first place if Wilson didn’t give up on second down or if they would’ve gave Benny the ball on 3rd. I love this team though and they have made me awfully proud to be a Kentucky Wildcat Football fan this year. Proud and maybe even a little cocky for the first time ever. Lol.

  7. JPGott2
    4:59 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Reading people say ‘Well, we r 6-1 w him starting…’ makes me cringe.

    Yep we are, but not because of him. Snell and our defense are why UK is 6-1. Get that through your head.

    Butler is not a D-1 kicker. Shorting 39 and 40 yard FG’s is laughably terrible.

    Chance poor can play in our 3 SEC games and bowl, while letting Butler kick against Mid Ten and UL.


    Go Cats!

    • JASUN74
      10:35 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      I think it’s called sarcasm man. Instead of talking about the quarterback. I’m sure most are anyway. I hope at least. lol

    • CombatMedic_98
      10:51 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Finally someone with sense

  8. CoachCat
    6:17 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Same thing they say about Wilson. We’re 6-1 despite Wilson

    • cats646
      6:39 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      No it couldn’t. Wilson has the game on his shoulders everytime the offense is on the field. Our kicker did once. And he failed.

    • CombatMedic_98
      10:54 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      LOL u make your ignorance almost perceived as stupidity now

  9. cats646
    6:39 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Thank. God.

  10. CoachCat
    6:53 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    On his shoulders lol. We must be watching two different teams. Benny Snell and the O Line run that offense bud

    • CombatMedic_98
      10:51 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Oh don’t tell Cats 646…we are keeping that a secret…we have him believing TERRIFIED TERRY is the “gem” on Offense!!!

  11. katmandue2you
    11:25 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    I’m all for seeing what another quarterback can do but one area that Wilson not being in there has a definite negative impact is defenses having to respect and account for Wilson keeping the ball in the run option. He did after all run for roughly 100 yards Saturday and that’s no small contribution but yes we have to find a passing game and our QB has to stop turning the ball over. And that’s about all I’ve got to say about that.