KSR Trend Watch is your go-to guide on what’s hot and what’s not in UK Sports. Every week, I chart the latest trends in the Big Blue Nation, from football to basketball and every ridiculous thing in between. As Mark Stoops once said, “I’ve got G and I’m sitting on O. Let’s go!”
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Kentucky’s offense in the first scrimmage
According to the coaches, the offense won Saturday’s scrimmage, with Terry Wilson, Lynn Bowden, and AJ Rose all turning in impressive performances. The tight ends also earned high praise, with Justin Rigg and Keaton Upshaw giving the offense a new dimension with the 12 personnel package.
Lynn Bowden’s brand
Bowden is priming himself for a breakout season on the field and off. Yesterday, UK debuted this seven-minute feature detailing Bowden’s journey from hotheaded rebel to mature team leader and devoted father. We’ve shared it a lot, but if you haven’t yet, check it out, if only for Bowden’s “Touchdown Kentucky!” at the six-minute mark.
The pressure on Terry Wilson
Today, former Kentucky quarterback commit Jarren Williams was named the starter at Miami over Ohio State transfer Tate Martell and N’Kosi Perry. Reports continue to suggest Gunnar Hoak is still in the running for the starting job at Ohio State. Terry Wilson won ten games last year and is looking good at camp so far, but the minute he makes a mistake, you know Williams and Hoak’s success will only amplify grumblings in the fan base.
The former Cat was a last-minute addition to Team USA Training Camp, but after one week, is considered a lock to make the 12-man roster for the FIBA World Cup in China. Fox had 12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in just over 15 minutes of play in Friday’s intrasquad scrimmage, and according to analyst Greg Anthony, was the most impressive guard on the floor.
Kentucky’s 2019 NFL Draft Class
Josh Allen’s first play in the NFL was a tackle for loss. Benny Snell had a crucial 20-yard gain on third down in his NFL debut and was tackled by his former teammate Mike Edwards. CJ Conrad continues to impress with the Giants. Kentucky’s 2019 draft class has made this NFL preseason must-see TV for the BBN so far.
Falling faster than Auburn’s credibility
Kentucky’s defense in the first scrimmage
Part of the reason Kentucky’s offense looked so good was because the defense struggled. Stoops called out his front seven for not being strong enough in the run game, and those issues extended to the secondary. An already vulnerable unit drew the ire of a frustrated Stoops, who questioned their football IQ. Let’s hope it serves as a wakeup call and not a sign of things to come.
Health at fall camp
Wide receiver Isaiah Epps will miss at least the first two games after suffering a foot fracture. JuCo cornerback Brandin Echols is still sidelined with a minor hamstring injury. Both Kavosiey Smoke and Chris Rodriguez are banged up at running back. With less than three weeks until the season opener, the bumps and bruises are starting to add up.
The NCAA’s already ravaged reputation
After a week of backlash, the NCAA reversed its rule that agents must have a college degree to work with student-athletes. It was the right move, but yet another PR blunder by an organization that becomes more of a laughing stock by the second.
Louisville fans’ hopes the stripper scandal is going away
First, their new coach said something nice about John Calipari. Now, the former chair of the Board of Trustees is claiming a trustee provided the cash for the stripper parties. Rough week for the #L1C4.
? THE TANDY MAN CAAAANNot trust his family ?
— Megan Calipari (@MeganteCalipari) August 12, 2019
Trend of the week: Calipari Family troll wars
The Calipari summer vacation has given us some gems: Cal pushing his dogs in the stroller, the “Princess” and the “Tan Man,” and today’s treasure, Megan’s picture of her dad sunbathing by the pool. As Cal tweeted, he can’t trust anyone these days, which makes the offseason way more entertaining. Long live the Calipari Family troll wars.