— Makayla Epps is a Finalist for TWO National POY Awards. If you didn’t realize how good of a season Makayla Epps is having, this should be your wakeup call. Epps is a finalist for the Naismith and Dawn Staley Player of the Year Awards. She’s one of 30 finalists for the Naismith POY Award and one of 19 finalists for the Staley Award, given to the nation’s best guard.
Epps is averaging 17.2 points per game, she’s scored more than 20 points in her last four games and she recently moved into fifth-place on the UK scoring list with 1,620 career points. Epps and the Kentucky women’s basketball team return to action tomorrow night in Athens, Georgia at 7:00 p.m.
— Monk and Fox are Wooden Award Finalists. Kentucky is one of three schools with multiple players on the twenty-person list, joined by Kansas and North Carolina. Kentucky’s freshmen guards are two of the six freshmen on the late season list for the player of the year award.
— “Forgive me Lord! I counted my chickens before they hatched!” This announcer’s call at the end of regulation in a game between University of Montevallo (remember them?) and Young Harris College makes the call better than the buzzer beater.
Unfortunately, this announcer couldn’t get his chickens to bring home a win, falling in overtime to Montevallo 89-83.
— No news on two new football coaches. Now that the recruiting season has concluded, Mark Stoops is searching for replacements for D.J. Eliot and Jimmy Brumbaugh. The deadline for the special teams position is today and the deadline for defensive line/outside linebackers assistant is Monday, February 13. In no need to rush, I expect Stoops to announce both hires at the same time just before the start of spring practice. If you know a guy, tell him to click here to apply for a coaching position.
— Two Football Guys you need to Follow. We’ve reach the six week stretch from National Signing Day to Spring Practice where absolutely nothing is happening in the world of Kentucky football, yet it’s arguably the most important time of the year. The players are lifting and conditioning almost everyday, doing the hard work nobody sees. However, you can see glimpses of it by following the strength coaches, Coach Ed (Corey Edmund, @UKCoachEd) and Mark Hill (@UKCoachHill). Here’s a small sample:
These pictures become even more fun to follow when the players start chirping at one another on Twitter, like when the outside linebacker (Denzil Ware) passes the cornerback (Lonnie Johnson). This entire thread is worth a read.
— zel (@ejhs18) February 7, 2017
— 31 Football Players on the Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll. This list is reserved for those who play football, cross country, soccer and volleyball and examines their grades from the entire academic year. Making honor roll is hard enough without having to play a sport. They deserve all the credit they get, and then some more.
- Drew Barker-Integrated Strategic Communication
- C.J. Conrad-Communication
- Greg Hart-Marketing
- Nick Haynes-Business Management/Economics
- Jacob Hyde-Social Work
- Jojo Kemp-Community and Leadership Development
- DeNiro Laster-Community and Leadership Development
- Tate Leavitt-Community and Leadership Development
- Courtney Love-Community and Leadership Development
- Austin MacGinnis-Finance/Marketing
- Naquez Pringle-Community and Leadership Development
- Kynan Smith-Health Promotion
- Ryan Timmons-Community and Leadership Development
- Jon Toth-Mechanical Engineering
- Charles Walker-Finance/Marketing
See the rest of the honorees after the jump.
- David Baumer-Business Management
- Blake Best-Finance
- Logan Blue-Finance
- David Bouvier-Business Management
- Isaiah Brown-Neuroscience
- Alex Brownell-Exercise Science
- Miles Butler-Accounting/Finance
- Davis Mattingly-Civil Engineering
- Ramsey Meyers-Psychology
- Zach Myers-Social Work
- Mason Wolfe-Sociology/Health Promotion
- Tristan Yeomans-Accounting
- Tanner Fink-Political Science
- Nico Firios-Integrated Strategic Communication
- Spencer Foy-Business Management
- Dylan Greenberg-Finance
To see all of the Wildcat student-athletes who made the cut, click here.