For many years people have referred to the Dallas Cowboys as America’s team. I think after last night’s game we can all agree that this is not America’s team.
So who fills the void? The University of Kentucky Wildcats, of course. Media outlets across the country have fawned over Mark Stoops’ program since the dominant 34-7 win over Tennessee. Landon Young was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Pro Football Focus dropped off an entire bag of trophies at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility. Four players were selected to PFF’s Team of the Week: LB Jamin Davis, CB Bossman Fat, C Drake Jackson and OG Austin Dotson. Additionally, John Schlarman’s group was named offensive line of the week.
The Wildcats’ offensive line had its best game of the year as a unit against Tennessee and finally looked like one of the best offensive lines in college football. They finished the week as the only offensive line to produce a team grade above 90.0 and played near mistake-free in pass protection while opening up big lanes for the run game.
Unsurprisingly, tackle Darian Kinnard and center Drake Jackson had strong showings, but Austin Dotson was the best performer. He didn’t get the start, but he filled in at right guard for 32 snaps and still managed to tie for the most positively graded run blocks of the entire week, regardless of position.
The good vibes continued well into the night. The SEC Network’s Talking Out Loud invited UK linebacker Jamin Davis onto the show to talk about his 85-yard pick six and the secret to Kentucky’s recent defensive success.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 20, 2020
Did Somebody Say Streak?
I’m sure many Kentucky fans are feeling confident about this week’s trip to CoMo. After all, UK has won five straight against Missouri. Just don’t mention that to Mark Stoops.
“It means absolutely nothing. Right? I mean, truthfully. It means nothing. We have to go win this week. I don’t even know what the streak is.This is a new staff, a new group, and I have no idea what it is because it really means nothing,” Stoops said Monday afternoon.
Quinton Bohanna’s Injury not Severe
Kentucky will be without its star senior nose guard when the team travels west this Saturday. Luckily, Bohanna did not tear any ligaments in his knee when he was rolled up on in the second quarter of the Tennessee game. How long UK will be without Bohanna, Stoops is unsure. What he does know is that he’s proud of the way the senior responded after he sprained his knee.
“He had no idea the severity of his knee injury. It hurt like heck. He definitely hurt some ligaments in his knee, could’ve been blown out, he didn’t know at the time, and all’s he was worried about was icing that thing, getting on the sidelines and coaching his team and motivating his team and worrying about the win. That is the championship mentality that we’re looking for. I love that,” said Stoops.
New KSR Football Podcast
For the first time you can listen to a KSR Football Podcast after a win at Tennessee. A win Freddie Maggard’s been waiting his whole life for, it was the largest margin of victory by an unranked SEC team against a ranked SEC foe in 40 years. Subscribe and listen to hear four of the happiest fools you’ll find in the Commonwealth.
Basketball Practice Continues
It feels like football season just started, yet the basketball/football crossover is upon us. When will we see this team in action for the first time? Excellent question, one that I do not have the answer to. All I can do is share John Calipari’s early evaluation of his team.
The World Series Begins
The Braves fulfilled their destiny by performing the trademark Atlanta Choke, blowing a 3-1 lead in the NLCS. Instead, the National League will be represented by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are seeking their first world championship since Kirk Gibson made baseball magic in 1988.
Playing the Tampa Bay Rays, this will be the first time the World Series pits teams from the cities that won the Stanley Cup (Lightning) and the NBA Finals (Lakers). First pitch is set for 8 pm ET on Fox.
Good, Great, Grand
Finding joy as a Kentucky football fan has been not been easy throughout the years. That’s changed during Mark Stoops’ tenure. While basking in the glow of a victory in Knoxville the BBN will not soon forget, KY Clips shared this wonderful compilation to help us appreciate this wildly successful ride.
— KY Clips (@KY__Clips) October 19, 2020