Welcome, everyone. You are now entering the football zone here at Kentucky Sports Radio as all eyes are moving forward to what will be a crazy 2021 season. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have decided to back out this fall, but the SEC is moving forward and that means we will have Kentucky football in 2021.
Things are changing fast and we’re not sure when this all could end, but for now we’re moving forward and it’s time to start getting ready for the season. Camps across the SEC will be beginning this week with all 14 programs preparing to play a grueling 10-game schedule. This could be all kinds of fun.
Every Monday morning, the goal is to make the Monday Huddle your one stop shop for everything ahead for UK during the football season. Think of this as a weekly newsletter that will give you everything you need to know about football to begin the weeks in the fall. Weekly, we’ll take one final look at last week’s result, preview Mark Stoops’ weekly press conference, and provide you some tidbits for the week’s upcoming slate. It’s going to be fun, just trust me.
To start us off, it’s time to get ready for camp that will start today and we will get to hear from Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran for the first time in a long time tomorrow.
First Down: State of the Program Address
Within a typical college football offseason, an SEC head coach will speak to the media multiple times. You have SEC Media Days every year in July while each program holds their own media day a few weeks later where the head coach talks at length again. That has not happened this summer and Tuesday will be the first time we’ll get to hear Stoops talk ad nauseam about his 2021 football team.
The eighth year head football coach will take questions in a virtual setting and that is when will find out if the Wildcats will have any opt outs for the year and what he thinks about the All-SEC schedule. We’ll get an injury update and possibly news of any suspensions or departures. Our very own Nick Roush has the Zoom invitation code and will be there for the head coach’s comments at noon on Tuesday and when Gran is available for questions.
As always, we will have practice reports and takeaways from each coach’s comments here on KSR.
Second Down: SEC Schedule
The league office finally threw all of us a bone yesterday on Twitter by announcing that the 2021 schedule will be fully released with Paul Finebaum announcing week one live in the first hour of his show at 3:00pm with the rest of the games coming in a television program that will feature Kirk Herbstriet along with a handful of other SEC Network analysts at 7:00pm.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) August 16, 2020
Greg Sankey is finally answering our pleas for a schedule and we’ll be breaking it down on 11 Personnel tomorrow as soon as the show is over. We may be even doing it live on KSR’s facebook page so you can see our beautiful faces for the breakdown of how Kentucky’s slate lines up and what needs to happen for the Wildcats to make a run at an SEC East title.
If you miss the live version, make sure you’re subscribed to the 11 Personnel feed on Apple or Spotify so the sultry sounds of football talk slide into your preferred podcast feed as soon as possible.
Third Down: Camp Breakthroughs
During last year’s camp, we heard about the staff and players gush about T.J. Carter claiming that the senior was set to have a breakthrough season. The year before that the talk of camp was former walk-on David Bouvier and how he was becoming a legit option for the offense to use out of the slot.
Both ended up having very good senior seasons after a somewhat quiet first three years. That will happen again this season even though UK is holding a training camp in a very unique circumstance. The question is just who that player will be?
Keaton Upshaw will be a player a lot of people will talk about as the redshirt sophomore has NFL prospect written all over him at tight end. When looking at seniors, sixth-year defensive lineman Phil Hoskins was a big recruiting win for Vince Marrow out of junior college and the Toledo native could be due for a breakout season even though UK’s historic recruiting haul on the defensive line will take up a lot of the oxygen in this new offseason.
Can someone such as redshirt senior Kordell Looney or Quandre Mosely emerge as an unexpected surprise?
The Week Ahead at KSR
UK target Maxwell Hairston is set to announce his college decision later today and KSR we’ll have all the coverage you need. The low three-star prospect could be the program’s seventh commitment from Michigan since 2018. We’ll have plenty of reaction and Recruiting Roundup we’ll get us caught up to speed on everything you need to know on the trail later in the week.
We’re still very much on Coronavirus watch and things are changing daily. It’s day-by-day operations in the college football world and we’ll be treating it like that as we move forward. Fingers crossed that everything can flow smoothly with actual football practice now up and running. Maybe we’ll get a positive update on the newly approved saliva test that could help us pull off this season.
In the meantime, here’s to hoping we can see more plays like this from Boogie Watson this fall.