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Wednesday Practice Wasn’t All Bad News


–  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.  

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

17 Comments for Wednesday Practice Wasn’t All Bad News

  1. amirite
    2:12 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    *their little baby brother.

    • Elmer from Paintsville
      2:16 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

      you are rite.

  2. 2mites
    2:27 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    Whitlow was never for UK only himself. Anyone could see he was never qualified to play quarterback not here and not anywhere in division 1 football. I say good riddance to bad blood and poor play. He had a real chance here and the coaching staff gave him more than he deserved and he only wanted it his way so good bye and good luck playing in the bushes.

    • inside info
      2:42 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

      Um, you’re not serious are you? Jalen was promised a chance to compete for the QB spot when he was recruited. He always wanted to play QB. Now he was told he cannot. I can’t blame the guy for transferring.

    • tom
      2:51 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

      Understand your point. The caveat is that there was a regime change. When a new coach and staff come in, all bets are off. It happened to me in college. Same circumstance…coaching change etc. I did switch positions and ended up enjoying the new spot but then I had no pro aspirations which Jalen might have. I wish him well. He has quite a bit of talent and ability

    • 2mites
      2:53 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

      He was promised by Joker the Ass and this staff gave him a chance and he failed miserably. You are obviously blind or have not watched his pathetic performance the last two years. I suppose you liked Curry as head coach too.

    • Laker Cat 18
      2:58 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

      tom – Jalen will not play the QB spot in the NFL. However, he may have had a shot at WR had he given it the chance. It’s like Cobb. Made the transition from QB to WR and it panned out. Jalen seems to take the similar path as Tebow. Refuse to make your team better by being versatile and your ultimately committing career suicide. I wish the kid the best. He may or may not have the goal to get to the NFL. His decision says he does not have that goal.

    • Realitycheck
      3:00 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

      What is wrong w/ you? Could you please give an example of “Whitlow was never for UK only himself”. While I agree he is a horrid QB, he always tried to do what was asked of him(except playing a position in which he was not recruited). Just last week he was our starter, now you have no use for him. Please go away.

    • theWilkman
      5:11 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

      realitycheck – the example is that he transferred instead of switching positions. He wants to play QB or nothing, that’s caring about yourself and not the team. The kid is clearly not going to play in the NFL, yet he might have had a chance had he switched. People keep comparing him to Cobb, and I think that is a very favorable comparison for him. He’s not quite the athlete, but if he had produced similarly, he may have been drafted or made a spot on a roster somewhere. Now he’ll go play QB for a year in some junk conference or D-II school and have zero chance at making football a career.

  3. Fan Perspective
    2:57 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    After watching last years Spring Game I was really excited about Jalen and what his potential would be. Then came the season and we all know he did not fair so well when being in the rotation of 2 QBs. He really lost all my respect as a fan when we were driving in the red zone against either Missouri or Tennessee (cant remember which) and had a chance to go up on the scoreboard but ultimately had to settle for 3 pts. Why did we settle for 3pts? It was because Jalen scrambled on a 3rd down play and instead of giving extra effort and showing a little heart to fight for a first down and keep the drive alive he decided to simply take the easy route and jog out of bounds 5 yds short of the first down. There was enough room for him to get the 5yds and possibly more but he saw a defender coming and sneaked out of bounds like a scared puppy. I remember my whole section screaming “what in the hell” and it was at that point where I said he can’t play here. Every D-1 QB would’ve pushed for that first down. I do hope he lands some place he can play immediately and wish him nothing but the best because he could be something special just not SEC special. Bring on Drew Barker and let him take the reign. Excited to see what he has to offer.

  4. gossie21
    3:38 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    Stoops has to be wrong about the NCAA doing to right thing in allowing freedom to feed players. After all Eric Crawford went on a trip with Bellarmine once and said they had plenty of food to eat.

    So, nice try Stoops but once again journalists know all the right answers.

  5. T White
    3:48 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    Jalen was a great football player. One of the best all around players we have had in the past 10 years. His style of play at QB just doesn’t fit the air raid system. That’s why our offense has been so stagnant. Max Smith had more passing yards in less starts and games played two years in a row and the offense was much more productive when his shoulder was healthy. I think when the coaches sit back and looked at that aspect they probably realized for the Air Raid offense to work they need a pocket passing QB. At the same time they realized Jalen is too good to keep off the field, so probably ran the idea of playing some slot/wildcat, but he wants to play QB. Can’t fault the coaching staff or Jalen. Just wanted different things. But to say that Jalen wasn’t about UK is ridiculous. He almost limped us to a win last year when he could barely walk. So don’t question the kid, just wish him the best, and hope that we don’t have to play against him in an Auburn or Ole Miss type offense.

  6. pseudonym
    5:59 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    Somebody tell me why I read the comments section? About 80% are obviously written by the mentally challenged who believe they are sports experts. A kid decided to transfer because he wants to be a QB. Because of this, we have neanderthals on this site that start name calling and questioning his character. No wonder we are made fun of by the national press!!!

  7. clancyhat
    6:17 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    QUIT PICKIN ON JALEN. He played here 2 years and did the best he could – including starting as a true freshman when he wasn’t ready but – WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYONE ELSE.
    ( Buncha idiots )

  8. Down and Dusty
    10:36 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    Stoops and Brown said they were disappointed.

    They treat kids like dirt, they are out of their league coaching, What kid leaves a team 10 days before a Spring game. There is a lot gong on with this program, KSR fails to report it. UK football is in a mess. There are a lot of players who simply do not like what is going on.

  9. $1.75 Tacos?
    10:41 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    Whitlow did not start for his high school team, but at UK, and in the SEC, he will only play QB or transfer to a smaller school?