Good morning, and happy Friday to you all! Hopefully everyone was able to get through their long weeks and have the opportunity to have a little bit of fun this weekend, especially since it means we are now just THREE weekends away from kicking off the football season against Toledo.
Let’s jump right into the big news of the day.
Former Cats make NFL Preseason debuts
Josh Allen made his professional debut with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday evening, finishing with one tackle for loss in a 29-0 loss to Baltimore. Bunchy Stallings, who signed with Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent, also participated.
CJ Conrad (New York Giants) finished with two receptions for seven yards in a 31-22 victory over the New York Jets. George Asafo-Adjei was not available for the Giants. Avery Williamson (NYJ) did not participate.
Dorian Baker caught one pass for six yards on two targets in Cleveland’s 30-10 victory over Washington.
Za’Darius Smith did not participate in Green Bay’s 28-26 victory over Houston. Lonnie Johnson and Derrick Baity suited up for the Texans, but failed to record a tackle.
Wesley Woodyard finished with two tackles in Tennessee’s 27-10 victory over Philadelphia.
….with more to come tonight
Tonight, a few more former Wildcats are set to take the field, highlighted by a matchup between Mike Edwards (Tampa Bay), Benny Snell (Pittsburgh), and Bud Dupree (Pittsburgh).
Check out the full slate for former Kentucky stars on Friday night:
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mike Edwards) at Pittsburgh Steelers (Bud Dupree, Benny Snell) (7:30 p.m.), Friday, Aug. 9 (NFL Network)
- Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (Larry Warford) (8 p.m.), Friday, Aug. 9
- Dallas Cowboys (Randall Cobb and Chris Westry) at San Francisco 49ers (9 p.m.), Saturday, Aug. 10 (NFL Network)
Best of luck to everyone this evening.
Keldon Johnson signs with Nike
Former Kentucky forward Keldon Johnson will join PJ Washington and Tyler Herro as Nike athletes.
On Thursday evening, the 6-foot-6 forward announced the news on his Instagram page.
“New chapter, same story!” Johnson wrote. “Excited to announce I am officially a part of the Nike family!
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Congratulations to Keldon on the massive news.
De’Aaron Fox can dunk better than you
During Team USA training camp out in Las Vegas on Thursday, former Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox wanted to prove that he can dunk better than you.
After practice yesterday, Fox took on Kuzma in a dunk contest, where the current Sacramento King absolutely put on a show.
Check out the brief clip below:
— Overtime (@overtime) August 8, 2019
But it wasn’t just his high-flying athleticism that turned heads. He also showed off an impressive jumper, elite speed (duh), and finishing abilities at the rim against some phenomenal competition. And it’s a big reason why there is plenty of speculation right now that Fox – a USA Select Team member – will be brought up to the full Team USA roster during the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup.
De’Aaron Fox is putting in work here at USA Basketball…SWIPA pic.twitter.com/sFdRdpVtIz
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) August 8, 2019
Team USA Scrimmage
Not only will Fox have the opportunity to prove he belongs, but Fox’s former Kentucky teammate, Bam Adebayo, will also get to show onlookers why he was selected to the official Team USA training camp roster.
This evening, both Fox and Adebayo will suit tup in the nationally televised Blue-White game at T-Mobile Arena on August 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBA TV.
After the scrimmage, the team will participate in another training camp from August 13-15, including a scrimmage against Spain on August 16. They will then travel to Australia for camp from August 19-28 before officially heading to Shanghai, China for the World Cup from August 29 through September 15.
As of today, it’s looking like both Fox and Adebayo will have the opportunity to represent both the United States and Kentucky basketball during the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, and Eric Bledsoe team up in the Bahamas
John Calipari’s first elite recruiting class in Lexington may not be playing together anymore as NBA players, but that doesn’t mean their off-court relationships have deteriorated in the slightest.
On Thursday, Cousins, Wall, and Bledsoe were seen together vacationing in the Bahamas. There, the former Wildcats found a random outdoor court, with Cousins actually stepping on the floor to take on a random challenger in Nike slides.
The man who once called himself the “third Splash Brother” put on a shooting clinic against the individual, as Wall and Bledsoe laughed at the pure domination from the sideline.
Take a look:
Boogie, John Wall, and Bledsoe just hoopin with some locals in the Bahamas, this is awesome ??? pic.twitter.com/lMBsTZueq6
— KY Clips (@KY_Clips) August 8, 2019
Pretty cool stuff.
KSR in an hour
This morning, the KSR crew will close out week five of their Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass Tour in Louisville at the Glen Oaks Country Club. As always, Matt Jones and the gang will be live starting at 10:00 a.m. and last through noon.
You won’t want to miss it.
As far as the rest of the tour is concerned, here is the full week-five slate:
8/12 – Elizabethtown @ Kentucky Jeep and Truck
8/13 – Danville @ The Discount House 2.0
8/14 – Fort Wright @ Dickmann’s
8/15 – Lexington @ Kentucky Branded
8/16 – Louisville @ TBA