Do you remember when you got your first Kentucky Wildcats t-shirt? If you do, were you as excited as this little guy? I don’t know the boy in the photo but I’m a big fan after seeing his reaction when someone handed him a UK t-shirt in the Bahamas. He gets to break KSR’s “No-Kids” rule on the site tonight because his excitement can’t be topped.
Let’s give him some football updates tonight since he’s seen plenty of good basketball…
Your new starting quarterback speaks.
One day after being named the starting quarterback at the University of Kentucky, Patrick Towles was available to the media for questions following Tuesday’s practice. Towles, speaking about his new job, told reporters, “I’m super excited. It’s a great opportunity. It’s something that I’ve wanted for my entire life. To have this kind of opportunity is awesome. I’m super excited.”
“I felt like I gave everything I had,” he added. “I gave 110 percent of what I got. I found peace in that and whatever the outcome was is what it was going to be.”
Towles said Stoops first sat him down and told him he still has work to do before he’ll be a starter, but quickly said “just kidding” and handed him the reins to Kentucky’s offense. “The color dropped out my face,” said Towles.
Towles admits he would not be in this position if not for all of the work he put in over the summer.
Monday and Tuesday’s practices were “pretty solid” offensively.
Neal Brown said things were good through most of Tuesday’s practice until some dropped balls and slacking off in the two-minute drill to wrap up the day. He is excited to have his starter and he’s looking forward to Towles getting the majority of the reps with the first team from here on out. The main focus this week has been the passing game and that will be the focal point of Wednesday’s practice as well.
Mike Edwards will enroll at UK this fall.
It turns out Mike Edwards, a class of 2014 signee, won’t need shoulder surgery after all. The four-star defensive back from Ohio tweeted he will no longer undergo surgery on his torn shoulder labrum and he will be in Lexington for school on Wednesday. Edwards originally planned to have the surgery and enroll in January, as of last month, but that’s no longer the case.
Edwards will likely redshirt, considering he missed an entire summer and two weeks of fall camp, unless he makes a surprising impact right away in the secondary. Still, great to have him on campus and working with the team. Loads of potential.
Eli Brown and Jordan Jones plan to redshirt in 2015.
Brown and Jones, two linebackers on the current commit list, already have plans to redshirt in 2015. Both players suffered injuries last year, their junior seasons, and plan to take advantage of an extra year in the UK weight room when they arrive on campus next spring. That’s a position in need, so let’s hope UK is in a position to let them take their time in the system.
A four-star running back from Youngstown picked Pitt over UK.
So it turns out Vince Marrow isn’t invincible in his hometown like we originally believed. UK lost the race for Darrin Hall, a four-star running back from Fitch in Youngstown, to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Hall was also considering Michigan State.
Then again, UK has its eyes on a bigger prize at running back, so maybe it’s not a loss at all.
Damien Harris, come on down? Please?
Joker Phillips spotted hanging out in Arkansas.
According to Danny West, a Razorbacks football reporter, Greg Schiano and Joker Phillips were “hanging out with Arkansas’ staff as observers.” I don’t know what that means, if it means anything at all.
Steve Jones has a nice interview with Damien Harris.
Harris told him, “Kentucky obviously is close to home and close to family and friends and all that, and the program is on the rise. It’s kind of one of those things where I’ve been there before. A program that hasn’t necessarily been good in the past, but is getting in the process of turning it around. It’s almost something I’m kind of familiar with being like I was in high school.”
Read more here.
Again, please come on down?
Rich Brooks accepted Randall Cobb’s #IceBucketChallenge.
Alan Cutler’s #IceBucketChallenge with Jared Lorenzen and Shane Boyd is hilarious.
Cutler took it like a champ. Love it.