Mark Stoops and three of his best players are down in Atlanta for SEC Media Days 2018 today. Team Kentucky is scheduled to begin its media conversations around 1 p.m. and we will have everything you need to know from it right here at Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com.
But before the Cats kick off the talking season, a brief preview of what I would like to hear out of today’s discussions.
1. More about the quarterback competition.
The biggest question mark entering Stoops’ sixth season is all about his starting quarterback position. New JUCO transfer Terry Wilson and redshirt sophomore Gunnar Hoak are the two frontrunners for Stephen Johnson’s old gig, and both will have their fair shot to win the job. It’s very unlikely Stoops tips us off as to which candidate he expects will eventually become QB1, but it sure would be nice to get some sort of glimpse into the how the race stands today. Odds are we hear it’s an open competition going into fall camp and not much more.
2. Stoops’ thoughts on legal boozing and legal gambling.
You can expect the SEC’s no alcohol policy and legalized sports gambling to be two major topics at this year’s SEC Media Days. We know Mitch Barnhart is strongly against booze at Kroger Field, but what does Stoops have to say about the matter? And what does he think gambling will do to the sport?
3. Why no depth chart?
Kentucky reporters down in Atlanta were surprised to see Kentucky did not distribute its current preseason depth chart this year, therefore we will have to wait until the fall to get a look at the projected roster. But why?
4. Who we should get excited about.
We know the key veterans who are expected to shine — Benny Snell, Josh Allen, Mike Edwards, CJ Conrad, and Jordan Jones, to name a few — but who are the sleepers to make a major impact this fall. Who are the surprises? Who is going to steal some playing time? Give us some unexpected names to look out for going into the fall camp.
5. Benny Snell uncensored.
Above all else, I’m excited to hear what Benny Snell says. Snell and his teammates received some media training before making the trip, but we all know Snell doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind. I hope his interviews go completely off the rails and he speaks out against Kentucky being overlooked again and how he was wrongfully ejected from the Music City Bowl. I wouldn’t mind seeing him light the preseason poll on fire, too. Turn that place upside down, Benny.