Good morning, friends, and welcome to a brand new week. It might be a Monday, but at least we’re one step closer to Kentucky football. If twelve days is too many for you to bear, Miami vs. Florida will be on your television screens Saturday night. Still need a fix? Netflix’s QB1 series is pretty good, and features Kentucky freshman quarterback Nik Scalzo.
Speaking of Nik, let’s jump right into the news…
Notes from Week 2 of Fall Camp
- Scalzo goes down: During Saturday’s scrimmage, the true freshman from Florida suffered an injury to his right knee, the same one in which he tore his ACL last year. There’s no word on the severity of the injury, nor was Scalzo expected to make noteworthy contributions this season, but it is just rotten luck. In that sense, last week sucked. Let’s hope this week has only good vibes, or that our current and former players wrap themselves in bubble wrap before leaving the house.
- Terry Wilson’s improvement: According to sources who have watched practice and Saturday’s scrimmage, the starting quarterback has made a significant leap since last season. With another season under his belt, Wilson is more comfortable in the pocket, which has improved his accuracy and given the offense another dimension.
- Stoops was happier with the defense: A defensive coach, Stoops was not pleased with his unit’s outing in the first scrimmage. A week later, Stoops said he was much happier with the defense, with Logan Stenberg going as far to say that side of the ball won the day.
- Smoke was impressive: After missing the early part of camp with a minor injury, Kavosiey Smoke turned some heads by stiff-arming true freshman corner MJ Devonshire for a touchdown.
For more, read Roush’s takeaways from Saturday.
De’Aaron Fox’s time on Team USA is over
On Saturday, De’Aaron Fox became the latest NBA star to pull out of Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup, citing a need to focus on the Sacramento Kings’ playoff push. After an impressive start to camp, Fox was expected to make the final roster; however, he only played six minutes during Team USA’s exhibition vs. Spain on Friday, the lowest of any player to take the court. Sadly, this means I will stop caring about Team USA and the FIBA World Cup.
Meanwhile, Tyler Herro is playing basketball in boxers?
The former Cat’s fashion sense has already made him a fan favorite in Miami, and over the weekend, he was spotted playing in a pair of boxers…or very short flashy shorts:
The defender lost his shoe guarding Heat Rookie @raf_tyler…in boxers!
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) August 19, 2019
Awesome or weird? You decide.
What will happen next with Michael Avenatti?
Stormy Daniels’ former attorney was in the news again Friday night after Yahoo released exhibits and text messages from federal court that he submitted to support his claims that Nike was in on the pay-to-play scandal. One of these text chains included a conversation between EYBL director Carlton DeBose and Kentucky associate head coach Kenny Payne in which DeBose allegedly tells Payne which EYBL coaches he gave money to in order to pay players’ families. It’s easy to panic when you see Kenny Payne’s name attached to all this, but it’s important to remember that the texts don’t show any wrongdoing or involvement on Kentucky’s part; in fact, you could argue that Payne knowing who was being paid helped the staff steer clear of the scandal. For more, check out Jack Pilgrim’s very thorough breakdown.
KSR Dogs (and Cat) of the Day
It’s Monday, so how about three pets wearing Kentucky Blue?
Kenzie, Kali, and Curses the Cat, you are adorable.
Happy belated birthday, Vince Marrow
The Big Dawg celebrated his birthday over the weekend with lots of cake at Jeff Ruby’s. The UK video crew honored him by making him the focus of the latest episode of the “Behind the Grind” series:
On his birthday, we present to you the sixth episode of “Behind the Grind” with tight ends coach, recruiting coordinator, associate head coach, aka the Big Dog, @vincemarrow! Happy Birthday, Coach! ? #BringIt #UKCamp19 pic.twitter.com/x6PdXDgANO
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 17, 2019
KSR is back in studio today
Something tells me they’ll have plenty to talk about.