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Governor’s Cup Luncheon News and Notes

Mark Stoops and Bobby Petrino coexisted in the same room for the annual Governor’s Cup press conference, held at the Frankfort Country Club on Tuesday.

The event surrounds a golf tournament and preceded Monday night’s reception at the Governor’s Mansion.

Each year the Governor’s Cup honors former Wildcats. This year’s honorees were former linebacker Marty Moore, former wide receiver/kick returner Derek Abney, and former running back Doug Kotar.

Several on Twitterville question why the two-day affair continues to exist, given the fact that the Cats and Cards don’t meet on the gridiron until late November. One of the answers is charity. Funds are raised and distributed to the Dare to Care and God’s Pantry Food Banks. Thus, I hope the event continues on indefinitely.

But back to football. A leaner version of Mark Stoops addressed the gathering and provided some insight into the Kentucky Football program.

Some interesting tidbits were:


— Drew Barker has been cleared for full-go workouts.

Barker is back and ready compete for the starting quarterback job after being limited during spring practice. He’s diligently worked to expedite rehabilitation. I’m personally happy for the former starter.

— Open competition exists at all positions including quarterback.

Mark Stoops confirmed his stance that every position is open for competition and that includes his signal callers. “Quarterbacks are no different even though everybody likes to write about it. You have to earn it every day.”

It appears that there will be a three-way competition. “Don’t discount Gunnar Hoak as well.”

— Not all the freshmen have reported.

The Cats reported to the Joe Craft Football Training Center on Monday. Summer school starts this week. When asked if all his newcomers are on campus; Stoops said, “Not all of them were there (team meeting) this morning.” He continued, “We expect all but two or three to be here for this summer.”

“Two or three” is a loaded statement and has the BBN feeling a tad bit anxious. Which two or three? Speculation abounds. This is an ongoing situation.

— Alvonte Bell is no longer on the team.

If you’re a regular listener of the Depth Chart Podcast then you’re familiar with the term “Suspension Season”. This refers to the period of time that starts when players report for summer workouts and continues all the way up until September openers. This is a dangerous stretch for suspensions and dismissals and is common across college football.

Preseason magazines and May-June predictions are fun, but “suspension season” has the tendency to alter rosters throughout the summer months. Stoops announced on Tuesday that senior DE Alvonte Bell has been dismissed for violation of team rules.

Ouch, here we go again. Regie Meant’s unexpected departure a year ago significantly impacted the front seven. Only time will tell how much the Bell situation will influence the DL depth chart and rotation. Kentucky’s lack of an organic, defensive line pass rush is the most pressing deficiency for the 2017 Wildcats. Bell was a projected starter and his absence will only magnify that personnel question mark.

Sophomores TJ Carter and Calvin Taylor will join junior Kengera Daniel in the fight for the starting role. I’d also expect a true freshman or two to compete for the spot. Josh Paschal, Jordan Wright, and Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald will get early, fall camp looks.

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— It’s now or never for Matt Elam.

Mark Stoops, “He and I (Matt Elam) had a sit-down in mid-April about some things he needs to do. And, you know, it’s up to Matt. Matt is a good worker and does good things and everything that’s expected of him when he’s with us. There are sacrifices you have to make when you’re away from college and you’re away from your coaches. That’ll be up to Matt.”

Translation: The team sorely needs Matt Elam. He possesses the tools to be an upper-level, SEC defensive lineman. If he reaches his full potential or not is solely up to the senior from E’town. In other words, it’s now or never.

The Depth Chart Podcast will be taking a week off as we focus on the baseball Cat’s quest for Omaha. Let’s all get behind this team.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

9 Comments for Governor’s Cup Luncheon News and Notes

  1. JamesWorleyIII
    6:26 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

    I get the feeling that Elam thought he’d arrive on campus as a freshman and end up starting right away; therefore he took conditioning for granted and ended up getting surpassed by more in shape athletes. I can’t help but wonder if the same issues would have happened to him had he gone to Bama. Yes, there’d be more talented players in front of him to challenge his position, but would have felt more motivated to get his fitness in order so he could one day start for them? It seems like such a waste. I truly hope he can make a difference this year, but it is hard for me to see him getting his act together for his last year.

    • really
      7:14 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

      Yea, huge disappointment would be an understatement. i guess the answer will come when we play Southern Miss. I’m not real confident he’s gonna change and sometimes talent guru’s are wrong.
      You can’t measure desire.

    • Luether
      7:17 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

      Matt Elam is the most overrated and underachieving Ky football recruit EVER…

    • catsarerunnin
      8:04 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

      My “sources” say you’re wrong Lue Lue…

    • plumloopy
      9:22 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

      I’m thinking those forearm tats you got as a freshman aren’t going to sell alotta Fords at Paul Miller. Time show you belong in the pros.

  2. StuckinLville
    7:30 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

    Blame Matt all you want, but at the end of the day it’s up to the coaches to put the players in the best position and he should have been moved to OL. At his height and his size, he just can’t get under guards and centers so he is a waste in the middle. If he wasn’t as big he could have been a DE, but just not a tackle.

    8:10 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

    Is Petrino “checking out” that girl with the check?

  4. Catlogic15
    8:16 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

    The defensive line has been thin the entire tenure of Stoops.

  5. plumloopy
    9:25 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

    There’s something disingenuous about coaches who probably average (w/ endorsements and all) $5 million a year accepting ridiculously giant checks for $10k which is spread among many student athletes. $5m/year averages to over $13k/day.