The 100th NFL season kicks off Thursday night in primetime on NBC. Two of the brightest stars playing on the biggest stage are former Kentucky Wildcats.
Traveling to Soldier Field, Za’Darius Smith will make his debut as a Green Bay Packer. The last time a former Cat made his Green Bay debut in the opening game of the NFL season, Randall Cobb returned a kickoff for a touchdown. People forget that. One of Mark Stoops’ first recruits left the Baltimore Ravens this offseason to sign a 4-year $66 million with the Pack. Big Z will be tasked to pressure Mitch Trubisky, while Aaron Roger runs away from Khalil Mack, arguably the greatest pass rusher in the league. Lining up behind Mack is Danny Trevathan, a former Super Bowl Champion, who holds down the fort in the middle of Chuck Pagano’s defense.
The action all begins at 8:20 ET and the place to watch it is KSBar and Grille.
A Final Word from Mark Stoops
Kentucky’s head coach will give one final update this evening before the Cats host Eastern Michigan Saturday night. If you missed what happened at Wednesday’s practice, Max Duffy is working on his left-footed punt while the defense builds on a solid start to the season.
Are You Ready for some Podcasts?
You want it, we got it. If you’ve already listened to the KSR Football Podcast, a new edition of 11 Personnel will hit the airwaves before lunch. If you need to know how to make some serious cash in week two of the college football season, Free Money will return later tonight not long after a new Aaron Torres Sports Podcast is unveiled. If you prefer basketball recruiting, Jack Pilgrim and the Sources Say crew was joined by one of UK’s top 2021 targets, Paolo Banchero.
UK Set to Visit Isaiah Todd
Kentucky is in great shape with guards in the 2020 class. For the second straight year, finding a big man will be no easy task. That’s why Kentucky is upping the ante by visiting Isaiah Todd on Monday. The second-ranked power forward in his class can do a little bit of everything on the hardwood. If the Cats can cash-in with Todd, it could go down as one of Calipari’s best classes at Kentucky.
In the Film Room with Terry Wilson
Former Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley rolled out the tape to break down Terry Wilson’s first performance of the 2019 season. As Mark Stoops likes to say, “He did some good things. He did some bad things.”
Two More Days
That’s all you have to wait until it’s once again gameday in the Bluegrass. Before you move on with Adam Luckett’s Eastern Michigan scouting report this afternoon, run through a brick wall with Jon Sumrall.