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Friday Afternoon Football Notes for the UK Fans of the Day

Ah, it feels like just yesterday the BBN was getting rained on while Lynn Bowden ran all over SEC opponents. Ah, the good ole days. Now we’ve reached the offseason. At least we can watch a couple of Wildcats play in all-star games this weekend.

Pro Bowling

Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. on ESPN and ABC, Larry Warford, Za’Darius Smith and Josh Allen will be suiting up at Camping World Stadium for the 2020 Pro Bowl. Allen ran into some familiar faces leading into Saturday’s game.

Mic’d up during practice activities, he spent most of his time hanging out with Calais Campbell, his ‘big bro’ in Jacksonville. Allen also kicked off the rust and went back to his old wide receiver position to run a few routes.

Stenberg at the Senior Bowl

Just before they take the field in Orlando, Logan Stenberg will be rocking No. 71 for the South squad in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET on the NFL Network. Stenberg has done an exceptional job in individual drills, earning praise for his ability to simply beat up dudes in the trenches. Enjoy some of his best work from a week of practice in front of NFL scouts.

Bowden Snubbed from PFF Top 101

The fine folks at Pro Football Focus aren’t big Lynn Bowden fans. I appreciate the work Cam Mellor puts in crunching film, but I think he’s gotten lost in the tape. The same guy who believed Isaiah Simmons should’ve won the Hornung Award left Bowden off PFF’s Top 101 College Football Players of the 2019 Season.

Bowden’s improvisational skills are what make him great. That’s also why the film graders are harsh critics. Just because Bowden abandons assignments to make big plays, doesn’t mean he’s a bad player. Throughout the year Mellor updated QB ratings for every team in college football. At the end of the regular season he ranked Bowden’s play 122 out of 130, even on the heels of a 284-yard rushing performance against Louisville. Luckily, common sense prevailed in PFF’s final rankings, bumping UK up to No. 73 overall to conclude the season. One interesting takeaway from their grading: Sawyer Smith’s game against Miss. State was one of the worst PFF has ever seen.

Smith had the lowest-graded game we’ve ever given to a quarterback at the college level when he became the first player to have double-digit turnover-worthy plays in a game in Week 4 against Mississippi State. Smith’s 14.3% turnover-worthy play percentage ranked as by far the highest percentage among all quarterbacks who attempted at least 100 passes this season.

Offer SZN

Football recruiting is a fickle matter. Following it ever-so-closely can be difficult, but it’s all a part of the job duties. This week it’s been too much. The University of Kentucky has given out approximately 7,362 football scholarships over the last few days. If I had a dollar for every time I saw “Blessed to receive a(n) offer from the University of Kentucky,” I could retire immediately. Also, why do they use “a(n)?” If it precedes a word that begins with a vowel, it’s always “an offer.” Sorry, I shouldn’t be grammar police. What a narc.

Instead of compiling every single offer for you all for you to scroll past, just know that the coaching staff is busy keeping tabs on underclassmen across the country.

Junior Days

As I mentioned Tuesday night, the lack of home Saturday football games has thrown a hitch in Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow’s giddy-up. This Saturday they will host a Junior Day, but it’s not the typical big event for all the players at the top of their big board. Instead they’re inviting smaller, select groups of individuals to campus at varying times.

For the Georgia basketball game, UK hosted six of the best football players in the Commonwealth. Jager Burton, a top 200 player in the class the No. 1 player in the state, had nothing but nice things to say about the experience. The Frederick Douglass offensive lineman also told me the crew that visited has started a group chat. Marrow has a track record for establishing earlier connections with players. The next step is foraging those bonds between each recruit.

Speaking of Jager Burton, Joey Freshwater a.k.a. Lane Kiffin entered his recruiting sweepstakes Friday afternoon.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

10 Comments for Friday Afternoon Football Notes for the UK Fans of the Day

  1. Irwin R. Fletcher
    5:20 pm January 24, 2020 Permalink

    Foraging? Serioulsy, Officer Grammar.

    • ClutchCargo
      5:22 pm January 24, 2020 Permalink

      This ain’t no speling be.

  2. KentuckyRob
    5:24 pm January 24, 2020 Permalink

    Has anyone heard if they’re going to try to get Joey Gatewood a waiver? I know he used his redshirt year already. However, I have also heard they they may argue Gatewood was given “inaccurate information” while at Auburn.

    • ukkatzfan
      7:42 pm January 24, 2020 Permalink

      KSR has reported that they have tried. And best I know, nothing as been heard yet. But it is still early. And NCAA is slooooow.

    • ukwildcat1991
      10:26 pm January 24, 2020 Permalink

      Why would u? Just let him sit out this year, let terry play his senior season, and gatewood can have two years to play. What’s the rush?

    • satcheluk
      11:19 pm January 24, 2020 Permalink

      Because Gatewood has only 3 years left. If he sits out head two years to play. If he gets a waiver he can be 2nd string next year and get his feet wet.

  3. CatsFanFrankfort
    6:26 pm January 24, 2020 Permalink

    Pro Bowl is on Sunday

  4. JASUN74
    7:21 pm January 24, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe you need to take a break Nick! I’m sure the Hundreds of Football Fans here would love to know some of the offers! But I guess since you assume we’ll just go past them, blah blah, Sounds like you’re either burnt out of just getting lazy and doing the minimum to get by. No shame in needing to recharge the ol batteries man.

  5. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    3:02 am January 25, 2020 Permalink

    Hey Nick any word on Drennan?

  6. notFromhere
    3:49 pm January 26, 2020 Permalink

    If someone is gonna go typo policing, they have to bring their A game.

    If the author thinks we’d just scroll past all of the offers, he’s not the right person for the job. Time to find someone who really wants it and loves UK Football, like the fans that check every site for UK FB Recruiting info. Just putting up a garbage post for clicks is taking this site off of my list for a WHILE.