Some may remember him as Hal Mumme’s “other” QB, but Dusty Bonner was much more than that. In his lone season as a starter for the University of Kentucky, Bonner completed 65.2% of his passes and threw for 26 TDs. After getting beat out by friend of KSR Jared Lorenzen, Bonner transferred back home to Valdosta State where he won back-to-back Harlon Hill Trophies- the Heisman of Division II. Today it was announced that the current Lexington resident has been selected to join the Division II Hall of Fame. Congrats Dusty, we’re still dropping Bonner Bombs in the tailgate lots outside of Commonwealth Stadium.
Now, on to some video from Stoops (and a few more tidbits because my phone is awesome).
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– Khalid Henderson lost his starting spot despite recording the second highest amount of tackles and forcing a fumble at weakside linebacker. Khalid is still expected to rotate with TreVaughn Paschal, with Stoops looking for a few things specifically, “I think urgency is a big thing- just executing the defense with some urgency and passion.” Hopefully Khlaid’s ankles are still OK after being broke off one too many times Saturday.
– Anthony Kendrick turned some heads after racking in 3 catches Saturday for 56 yards. After sitting out for a year due to academics, the Senior has turned some heads, including Coach Stoops, “He’s another guy that I’m pleased with. I think he’s got a really good, strong attitude and he’s working hard to improve and help us any way he can. I thought he did some good things last week, obviously there was a critical drop in there, but other than that he’s been doing good things.” AK could potentially be one of Max’s biggest targets; keep an eye out for #82 Saturday. (Cue Ice Cube, “I didn’t even have to use my AK, I gotta say it was a good day.”)
– Marcus McWilson was highly touted upon his arrival on campus, one that was later than the coaches would have liked. Starting just before the beginning of camp, McWilson has had to fight to get into competitive playing shape. Coach Stoops also mentioned some ‘red tape’ that we had no prior knowledge of; here’s all of what Stoops had to say about the young back-up Nickelback:
“[He] was taking care of some academics in the summer, so he was a little behind conditioning wise. Then he had some ‘red tape’ that we had to clear up and I think mentally it put him a little behind. I noticed a difference in him this week, and I think he’s going to be another [contributing] guy as we move forward. Whether it’s this week, next week, or down the road he’ll be a good player for us.”
–Almost football time in the bluegrass, see you at CWS Saturday morning. @RoushKSR