– It’s hard to call losing your most experienced quarterback a positive, but today the coaching staff took their first step in deciding who will be the starting Quarterback. Whitlow’s decision to leave caught many off guard, especially after Mark Stoops said on KSR last week that Whitlow would be the starter if the Cats were starting the season today.
Even though it’s straight from the horse’s mouth, I never got the feeling from the coaches that it was Whitlow’s race to lose, rather he was their option if they wanted a running quarterback. Neal Brown was adamant that it was not a slight against Jalen’s progress, the other three were just playing exceptionally well. Saturday’s scrimmage wasn’t the only deciding factor, but the three pocket passers proved themselves on the bigger stage.
Whitlow has always been option 1A at quarterback, dating back to high school and throughout his time at UK. I respect Whitlow’s decision; he wants to be THE guy and that did not work at UK. Best of luck young fella.
– There was also some bad news in the recruiting front when 3-star safety Marcus Walker reopened his recruitment. To counter the negative, 4-star Ohio tight end C.J. Conrad paid a visit to campus today. Conrad has been a top priority for the Cats, with Kentucky as one of the first schools to heavily pursue the big tight end. The Cats are competing against Arkansas, Ohio State and other Ohio MAC schools for the tight end’s services.
– The NCAA has started to listen to complaints, announcing yesterday that athletes will now be able to receive unlimited meals with their scholarship. It’s a step that Stoops thought was necessary, especially considering how big of a role nutrition plays in High Performance training. “I don’t have all of the answers, but I support whatever we can do to make their life a little more comfortable.”
Shabazz Napier’s remarks about going hungry did not come to a surprise to coach Stoops.
“I definitely think there’s times when those guys struggle,” Stoops said. “There are defeintely times when kids go through some tough situations. I don’t think a lot of people realize through all of the time we’ve been in this, you could see players that feel such an obligation to send their (food) money home so there little baby brother or sister isn’t starving too.”
– For some news straight from the field, I spoke with Thaddeus Snodgrass about his transition from high school to the SEC. Coming from a triple option school, the change to a no-huddle offense hasn’t been the easiest for Snodgrass, “I think it’s even bigger (a transition) because I didn’t think it was going to be this fast and this physical. Every practice is like playing a game in a high school, so it’s making me more physical.” Even though there’s been a big jump, Snodgrass has greatly benefited from seeing many high quality reps with the first and second groups.