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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 7:15pm
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By Nick Roush on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 6:30pm
I don’t need to tell you Kentucky has lost to Florida 30 consecutive times, but I do need to tell you a few important numbers that will directly impact today’s game.
61,000 — The amount of people who will be in Feleipe Franks’ ear while he is trying to call plays. The redshirt Florida quarterback has never played a game on the road in his short two-game career.
2 — The Gators have only played two games this year, thanks to Hurricane Irma. The storm forced Florida to cancel their second game of the season against Colorado State.
3 — Players on the field who have at least two interceptions. Kentucky’s Honey Badger, Mike Edwards, has a pair of picks. Florida’s Duke Dawson and C.J. Henderson each have two interceptions; three of those four picks were returned for touchdowns.
62 — Each starting quarterback is completing 62 percent of their passes.
32:32 — Kentucky’s average time of possession through three games is the third-best in the SEC. The longer the Cats can keep the Gators’ defense on the field, the better.
50.18 — Florida punter Johnny Townsend’s punting average is pretty damn good; the best in the conference. He’ll flip the field at will. Kentucky must consistently move the ball, even if drives don’t finish in points, to mitigate Townsend’s impact.
21.5 — The average points per game the Florida offense has scored, ranked at the bottom of the SEC.
57 — Rushing yards Kentucky has allowed per game, the best in the SEC and third in the nation. On the other side of the ball, Florida has surrenders 199 rushing yards per game, 13th in the SEC. Cole Cubelic has your stat of the day:
The Florida defense has given up 200+ yards rushing in 6 of their last 7 loses.
Kentucky rushed for 200+ yards in 9 of their last 11 Wins.
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) September 22, 2017
All of the Numbers in Today’s Tale of the Tape:
By Nick Roush on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 5:45pm
By Nick Roush on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 5:03pm
Kentucky’s uniform combination vs. Florida is a little unexpected.
We knew the Cats would rock the chrome domes. That remains true, but after the athletics department encouraged the crowd to wear blue, many believed they would wear all blue uniforms with the chrome helmets. That is not the case. Instead, it’s all anthracite everything.
So, what do you think, BBN?
By Drew Franklin on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 4:30pm
Believe it or not, there was a time when Kentucky was able to beat Florida in football. It happened in 1986 and four times in six years from 1974 to 1979. You’ll have to go back to 1956 to find a sixth win, but it’s there, according to Google.
This season is the one, though; if not, it may never happen. Kentucky enters the game coming off a confidence-building win at South Carolina in a dominant performance all around. Vegas predicts a close game and many analysts around the country are even picking the Cats to finally take down the Gators for the first time in three decades.
But as history tells us, it won’t be easy.
Let’s revisit that miserable, embarrassing history before we put it behind us forever…
Florida 45, Kentucky 7
September 10, 2016 | Gainesville, FL
The winning streak hit 30 last season with Kentucky’s worst attempt of the Mark Stoops era. Gator QB Luke Del Rio threw for 320 yards, the most against an SEC opponent since 2004; while Kentucky managed only 149 yards of total offense in the entire game.
To make matters worse, it came after UK lost at home to Southern Miss to start the season, so fans were none too pleased with the outcome of the first two games of the season.
Florida 14, Kentucky 9
September 20, 2015 | Lexington, KY
Optimism was high in 2015 as the Cats came into the game with a 2-0 record and the school’s first SEC road win since the Ice Age, with a win at South Carolina one week earlier. Then reality set in as Dorian Baker dropped a pass in the end zone early in the game and the Gators held Kentucky to nine points by forcing five turnovers.
Florida 36, Kentucky 30 (3 OT)
September 13, 2014 | Gainesville, FL
The Gators needed three overtimes on its own field to keep the streak alive in 2014. It also needed a free play on 4th and 7 when down by a touchdown in the first of those three overtimes.
It was the day the streak should’ve ended.
But Florida cheated.
Florida 24, Kentucky 7
September 28, 2013 | Lexington, KY
Florida held the Cats to 172 total yards of offense in 2013’s 27th consecutive victory in the series. Kentucky’s only points came on a 25-yard scamper by kicker Joe Mansour on a fake field goal, which was nice.
Florida 38, Kentucky 0
September 22, 2012 | Gainesville, FL
Morgan Newton threw three interceptions in the second quarter as Kentucky fans pleaded with Joker Phillips through their televisions to save Newton the misery and take him out of the game. Jalen Whitlow was finally given control of the offense in the fourth quarter, but the damage was done and the Cats laid an egg in Gainesville.
Florida 48, Kentucky 10
September 24, 2011 | Lexington, KY
Florida scored three touchdowns in a 4:31 span of the first quarter to demolish what little hope Kentucky had entering the game. Jeff Demps was unstoppable; he rushed for 157 yards and two scores on 10 touches, followed by 105 yards from Chris Rainey. The Gators totaled over 400 yards on the ground in the game.
Florida 48, Kentucky 14
September 25, 2010 | Gainesville, FL
Freshman Trey Burton scored a school-record six touchdowns in Florida’s rout of Kentucky in 2010. Burton was unstoppable in the redzone, scoring on runs of 11, 10, 9, 3 and 7 yards from the Wildcat formation. He also caught a touchdown and would’ve thrown one had Omarius Hines not tripped over his own feet on a 42-yard completion from Burton.
Florida 41, Kentucky 7
September 26, 2009 | Lexington, KY
Ah, the College Gameday/Taylor Wyndham game. UK’s freshman defensive end knocked Tim Tebow out of the game with a vicious hit from the weak side, but not before Tebow threw a TD and ran for two, moving him to second place on the all-time rushing list in the SEC.
Aaron Hernandez caught a touchdown pass and didn’t murder anyone, as far as we know.
By Eli Mitchell on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 4:00pm
As Ryan Lemond said on yesterday’s radio show “I am tired of losing to Florida.” This sentiment reigns true throughout the entire Big Blue Nation. As a student at UK I can tell you with 100% certainty that this is the most anticipated game of the Mark Stoops era. Students are excited for this game. I cannot wait.
This is what the Cats must do to end the 30-year streak:
1. Establish the Ground Game Early
The Kentucky offense can not afford another slow start like last week. Unlike South Carolina, the Gators will capitalize on offensive mistakes. Florida has already forced 5 turnovers this season with one interception returned for a touchdown. Benny Snell and the Kentucky offensive line finally got it going last week as the sophomore rushed for 102 yards on 32 carries, but they face a tough challenge this week as Florida’s defensive line is the strength of their defense. If the Cats can get it going on the ground on their first few possessions, it will make Eddie Gran’s job much easier as the game goes along.
2. Win the Turnover Battle
The Kentucky defense has forced 7 turnovers in three games, a major key to the Cats’ success in this young season. Florida’s defense made key plays in the team’s last-second win against Tennessee, including an interception in the red zone that would have sealed the game for Tennessee had it been completed. This game will likely come down to whose defense can force the most mistakes.
3. Control the Clock
In last week’s win over South Carolina the Cats held the ball for 36 minutes, compared to just 23 minutes for South Carolina. If the Kentucky offense can convert on 3rd down at the rate in which they did in last week’s game they will be in good shape. Extending drives pays off in a big way as it allows the defense time to rest.
4. Treat the game just like any other
With all the hype surrounding the game, this may be the toughest task for Mark Stoops’ team. As Coach Stoops said earlier this week, the game is not going to be won by a sell out crowd, it will be won in between the white lines. The atmosphere in Kroger Field (*Commonwealth Stadium) will certainly benefit Kentucky, but if the Cats do not play with discipline, the 67,000 fans will leave disappointed. For the first time in a long time, Kentucky has veteran leaders that have experience winning big time games. It will pay off.
Enjoy the day BBN, no matter the outcome tonight Kentucky football is not what it used to be.
By Nick Roush on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 3:00pm
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It was a cold, rainy November day at Commonwealth Stadium in 1986, the last time Kentucky took down Florida.
The Kentucky offense kept the ball out of Florida’s hands. The Cats possessed the ball for more than 41 minutes behind Bill Ransdell’s efficient 20-of-23 passing and Mark Higgs’ 96 rushing yards. Higgs scored the game’s only touchdown.
The Kentucky defense played down-right nasty. On more than one occasion, skirmishes caused the benches to clear. Florida had a chance to even the score late in the fourth quarter, but the tenacious Tony Mayes forced a fumble to solidify a 10-3 victory.
The Kentucky Sports Radio podcast feed is filled with interviews with players who were on the field for this game. Ron Mack joined the crew this week, and in previous podcasts (that are now located just below this week’s football podcast) Bill Ransdell, Chris Chenault and Mark Higgs discussed the game extensively.
There’s one overriding sentiment shared by the 86 team entering today’s game: it’s not about them. Today is about the 2017 Wildcats. At the end of the day, hopefully they share the same good company.
By Nick Roush on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 2:30pm
Former Kentucky Wildcat Enes Kanter will no longer call Oklahoma City home.
Woj dropped a bomb on college football Saturday. After years of speculation, Carmelo Anthony is finally leaving New York City. The Knicks have traded Carmelo to Oklahoma City for Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second round draft pick.
It will be hilarious to see Melo and Westbrook fight over the ball, but it’s sad to see Kanter leave his stache bro, Steven Adams.
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) March 16, 2017
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 1:45pm
Before kickoff, here are five things you need to know about Feleipe Franks, Florida’s 6-foot-5, 227-pount redshirt freshman quarterback…
He was named the starting quarterback in August
Franks will be playing in his third college football game today. The redshirt freshman beat out veteran Luke Del Rio and Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire for the starting quarterback position.
“The whole body of work from spring on,” McElwain said in August. “He deserves it. He’s done a really good job. Not to say the other guys didn’t.”
Against Michigan, Franks finished 5-of-9 for 75 yards and was pulled after his third quarter fumble and replaced by Zaire. Franks looked completely different against Tennessee, finishing 8-of-28 for 212 yards and two touchdowns.
He was given a trophy by his American History professor
On the Monday following the Hail Mary game-winning touchdown pass again Tennessee, Franks walked into his American History class and his professor gave him a trophy. The professor normally awards the trophy to students who ask really good questions.
“He just gave me the trophy out of nowhere to start the class and told me good throw,” Franks said. “That’s kind of how class started.”
I think it’s safe to say that pass is A LOT better than a good question about American History.
And in case you live under a rock, here is the video:
ARE YOU SERIOUS!????!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/CI6OdeYqgI
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 16, 2017
His brother plays tight end at University of Central Florida
Feleipe’s older brother, Jordan Franks, is a senior tight end at UCF. As a junior, Jordan played in 11 games, catching 11 passes for 143 yards and not touchdowns. Jordan did not start out his college career as a tight end, but as a linebacker. During his sophomore season, Jordan went from linebacker to defensive back to wide receiver and then as a junior he switched to tight end. That sounds confusing and like a lot of work.
He played kicker and punter in high school
Not only did Franks have the responsibility of throwing the ball in high school, he had the responsibility of kicking and punting the ball. Normally schools would not want to risk their quarterback getting hurt, but I guess they didn’t care. As a senior, Franks hit his longest field goal of 47 yards and his longest punt was 68 yards. He acted as kicker and punter during his junior and sophomore seasons as well.
He Wears Jorts
Franks clearly does not care that Florida Gator fans are made fun of for wearing jorts because he appears to like them. Thanks for proving our point that “Gators Wear Jean Shorts.”
A post shared by Feleipe Franks (@18franks) on
By Drew Franklin on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 1:08pm
Some breaking news out of Lexington this afternoon as we count down to kickoff. Florida cornerback Duke Dawson has been cleared to play in tonight’s game after sitting out most of the week in concussion protocol.
Dawson already has two interceptions in Florida’s two games this season, so he’s good.
Now back to the pregaming…
By Freddie Maggard on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 1:00pm
The streak. That’s all I have to say about that. The Florida Gators will travel to Lexington but will be accompanied by several questions that could significantly impact the game’s outcome. There are no updates on its nine suspended players at the time that this post was sent to the KSR editorial department. Also, All-SEC cornerback Duke Dawson is listed as a starter but with an “Or” identifier as the elite defensive playmaker sustained a head injury against Tennessee. I fully expect him to play.
Florida kicked off the season with a neutral site loss to Michigan. The Gators were outgained 433 yards to 192. Its only touchdowns were scored by the defense. The Wolverines limited UF to nine first downs and just 11 rush yards. Quarterback Feleipe Franks’ 63-yard Hail Mary pass completion to WR Tyrie Cleveland as time expired beat the questionable play calling Tennessee Volunteers a week ago. UT racked up 23 first downs compared to Florida’s 14. Like Michigan, it outgained the Gators 442-total yards to 380 but lost the game 26-20. Let’s take a look at the Gators personnel and statistics. Please remember this is just a two-game body of work:
Florida mainly operates out of the Pistol formation and utilizes multiple tight ends, unbalanced lines, bunch formations, and motions in order to mask its limited number of proven playmakers. Physical running backs Lamical Perine and Mark Thompson present challenges but true freshman Malik Davis leads the team in rushing. The Gators are listed at 14th or at the bottom of the SEC’s total offense category.
However, talented true freshman quarterback turned receiver Kadarious Toney surfaced against the Vols and could be counted on more against Kentucky. The rookie is dynamic with the football in his hands and could be the playmaker that UF has tried to identify for the past three years. Redshirt freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks is the starter and was solid but not spectacular against Tennessee. Luke Del Rio and Notre Dame grad-transfer Malik Zaire will be available if Franks struggles in his first true road start. Franks is not a true runner but can do so if necessary.
Suspended starters WR/KR Antonio Calloway and Jordan Scarlett are said to be missed, but the Gator offense finished 2016 ranked 116th in total offense with that duo in the lineup. It’s scored two touchdowns in two games. This offense is young and consists of two freshmen, five sophomores, three juniors, and one senior. LT Martez Ivey is its best lineman and top NFL prospect.
|Quarterback||Feleipe Franks||6’5, 227 Fr.|
|Running Back||Lamical Perine||5’11, 218 So.|
|Receiver||Josh Hammond||6’1, 187, So.|
|Receiver||Tyrie Cleveland||6’2, 205 So.|
|Receiver||Brandon Powell||5’8, 189 Sr.|
|Tight End||C’yontai Lewis||6’4, 235 Jr.|
|Left Tackle||Martez Ivey||6’5, 315 Jr.|
|Left Guard||Brett Heggie||6’4, 330 Fr.|
|Center||T.J. McCoy||6’1, 308 So.|
|Right Guard||Fred Johnson||6’6, 330 Jr.|
|Right Tackle||Jawaan Taylor||6’5, 334 So.|
|Scoring||21.5 points per game||SEC-14th|
|Rushing||89.5 yards per game||SEC-12th|
|Passing||Feleipe Franks||23/37, 287-yards, 62%, 2 TD, 1 INT|
|Rushing||Malik Davis||5 carries, 105-yards|
|Receiving||Tyrie Cleveland||9 receptions, 199-yds, 1 TD|
Florida is ranked 13th or second to last in the SEC’s total defense category. Much like I thought the South Carolina numbers didn’t paint an accurate picture of the Gamecocks; I feel similarly about the Gators; but in reverse. Randy Shannon’s defense is much better than its listing. It’s young, fast, aggressive, disruptive, and littered with future professionals.
Defensive ends Jabari Zuniga, CeCe Jefferson, Jordan Sherit, and Zachai Polite are disruptive. Linebackers and the secondary are young but also highly talented. LB David Reese is the team’s leading tackler. UF’s secondary has scored three touchdowns; reminder that one more than its offensive counterparts. Led by CB Duke Dawson, the defensive backfield consists of an embarrassing amount of deep, young talent. It also prefers man-to-man coverage especially on the outside.
|Defensive End||Jabari Zuniga||6’3, 246 So.|
|Nose Tackle||Khairi Clark||6’1, 315 Jr.|
|Defensive Tackle||Taven Bryan||6’4, 291 Jr.|
|Defensive End||CeCe Jefferson||6’1, 242 Jr.|
|Linebacker||Jeremiah Moon||6’6, 228 Fr.|
|Linebacker||David Reese||6’1, 239 So.|
|Linebacker||Vosean Joseph||6’1, 227 So.|
|Cornerback||Marco Wilson||6’0, 177 Fr.|
|Cornerback||Duke Dawson||5’10, 202 Sr.|
|Nickel||CJ Henderson||6’1, 186 Fr.|
|Safety||Nick Washington||6’0, 198 Sr.|
|Safety||Chauncey Gardner||6’0, 207 So.|
|Scoring||Allows 26.5 ppg||SEC-12th|
|Tackles for Loss||16||SEC-10th|
|QB Sacks||Jordan Sherit||2|
|Tackles for Loss||Jordan Sherit, CeCe Jefferson||2|
|Interceptions||CJ Henderson, Duke Dawson||2|
|QB Hurries||Jabari Zuniga||4|
Johnny Townsend is considered as one of the best punters in the nation. Kicker Eddie Pineiro is a preseason All-SEC selection. Special teams and field position could decide this game.
|Punter||Johnny Townsend||50.18 per, SEC-1st|
|Kicker||Eddy Pineiro||3/4, SEC-5th|
What does all this mean?
Florida is much better than I expected and definitely more threatening than statistical rankings. Tune into the Depth Chart Podcast for Part II of the Florida scouting report as we dive deeper into scheme, personnel, matchups, and expectation.
By Nick Roush on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 12:04pm
The experts picks are in, and they like Kentucky way too much. The Cats have thrived as underdogs, but they are only underdogs in Vegas today.
On College Gameday, everybody picked Kentucky except for celebrity guest picker Keegan Michael-Key. On SEC Nation, two of the three pickers believe the streak will be snapped.
The CBS Sports writing staff’s selections against the 3.5 spread are split evenly.
The same could be said about the USA Today sports staff.
The CBS Sports Network analysts are a little more bullish on the Cayts.
Hopefully more people oblige Vince Marrow and pick against the Cats. “Thank y’all for picking against us. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
By Nick Roush on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 11:41am
High school phenom Zion Williamson planned on visiting Lexington this weekend. With a sell out crowd at Kroger Field and John Wall in town for UK Hall of Fame ceremonies, it was the perfect storm to impress Zion. Unfortunately, he can’t make it.
Sources have told KSR that Williamson was unable to make the trip to Kentucky due to a family situation. The decision is not a reflection of where Kentucky stands, he simply is dealing with a personal problem and must reschedule the unofficial visit.
Williamson is missing UK’s grandest stage, but that doesn’t take the Cast out of the picture.
By John Reecer on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 11:00am
The college football season gets another week older, and many eyes will be focused on the SEC. Here is a rundown of the key storylines to watch for around the conference outside of the battle between Kentucky and Florida.
1. How long will Vanderbilt be able to keep up with Alabama?
Under Head Coach Derek Mason, the Commodores are off to a surprisingly impressive start this season.
They are currently one of five teams in the SEC who remain undefeated after their upset victory over 18th ranked Kansas State last weekend.
That big victory happened mostly due to a dominant defensive showing on the part of the Commodores. They held the Wildcats to just 277 total yards and 76 passing yards thanks to creative defensive formations that confused Kansas State.
Look at the formation right before Ryan White intercepted Ertz. He was confused. This is why Coach Mason is a defensive genius. pic.twitter.com/eK8HHUV7sS
— Vandy_62⚓⬇ (@vandy_62) September 18, 2017
However, it seems like their perfect start is about to hit a metaphorical brick wall this week in the form of the top-ranked Crimson Tide. While their chances at the upset are slim, coaches around the conference will be watching to see just how long Mason and company will stay in the contest.
Florida State kept things interesting in their week one matchup with Alabama, but they ran out of steam in the second half and got embarrassed. If Vanderbilt is still in the game with the Crimson Tide deep into the fourth quarter, then these Commodores might be ready to contend for an SEC East title.
2. Nick Fitzgerald and the Heisman Race
After last week’s dismantling of LSU, No. 17 Mississippi State will have an even tougher task this week as they travel to Athens to take on No. 11 Georgia between the hedges.
Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald has been the most impressive quarterback so far in the conference. He has tallied almost 800 total yards, 12 total TD’s, and only one interception in just three games. His impressive start already has some putting him into the Heisman discussion.
Fitzgerald’s abilities both as a runner and a passer decimated the LSU defense in last week’s 37-7 blowout. On one particular play, he ran a play-action pass all by himself and still burnt the defense for a huge touchdown.
180 Pass YDs
88 Rush YDs
4 Total TDs
Nick Fitzgerald out here putting on a SHOW. pic.twitter.com/meZZ9GkGUo
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 17, 2017
If Mississippi State can beat a talented Georgia team on the road behind a stellar performance from Fitzgerald, then he will firmly put himself at the forefront of Heisman voter’s minds as the best player in the SEC.
3. Kevin Sumlin and the Hot Seat
After three straight 8-5 seasons and two straight bowl losses, Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin came into the season already on the hot seat.
Three games into the season and the Aggies have put together one of the biggest collapses in college football history against UCLA, a 10-point win over Nicholls State, and a 24-point win over Louisiana-Lafayette.
It’s safe to say that his seat is on fire right now, especially after a public Facebook post from a member of the Texas A&M Board of Regents called for his firing after that meltdown against UCLA.
If the Aggies don’t get a win this week against one of the weaker SEC West teams in Arkansas, or even worse they get blown out, his “seat” may get too hot for Texas A&M to handle.
4. Will Jarrett Stidham get the Auburn offense back on track?
Before the season started, former Baylor QB Jarret Stidham was being hyped up as a possible darkhorse Heisman candidate and the player who would get the Auburn offense back to national prominence.
As a freshman at Baylor, Stidham passed for an impressive 1,265 yards, 12 TD’s, only two interceptions on just 75 completions.
However, the Tigers are currently ranked 71st in the nation in total offense, and Stidham only has three total touchdowns and two interceptions in Auburn’s 2-1 start. Their embarrassing performance in week two left Stidham getting sacked a painful 11 times by the very talented Clemson defense.
Stidham and the Tiger offense have a great chance to get back on the track against Missouri who has already given up at least 30 points to both South Carolina and Purdue. If Stidham can’t help turn things around this week, then their next matchup against Miss. State could be a rough wakeup call.
5. LSU looks for a strong rebound
Unfortunately for LSU, the Tigers were on the wrong side of that 37-7 blowout in Starkville last week.
This wasn’t just an off day for Ed Orgeron’s ball club either. They were simply outclassed in every facet of the game and the Bulldogs shockingly looked more talented.
The good news is that they return to Baton Rouge where they will play under the lights against a high-paced Syracuse offense.
While LSU is a heavy favorite against Orange, it will be interesting to see just how strongly the Tigers will respond after facing adversity early in Orgeron’s first season at the helm.
While a young LSU defense continues to figure things out, look for star halfback Derrius Guice to try and dominate a weak Syracuse defense. If Guice can get back to his impressive 2016 production after running for just 76 yards last week, the Tigers might bounce back in a big way.
By Nick Roush on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 10:00am
Kentucky fans have waited thirty years to see the football Cats take down the Gators. Most of the people reading this have never seen it happen. Is today finally the day? All of the signs point to an historic win in front of a sold out crowd at Kroger Field.
The Kentucky rush defense has never been better, Benny Snell’s powered through defenses for more than a hundred yards in consecutive games and Stephen Johnson has the poise of a playmaker prepared to lead his team to the promised land. On the other side of the ball, the struggling Florida offense enters tonight’s game off a Hail Mary victory over rival Tennessee. Their first true road test, Florida is always Florida, but the Gator athletes aren’t as intimidating as they have been in previous years.
The opponents are evenly matched. The Cats have the crowd on their side. Can they use the momentum to carry them to a win and keep the ball rolling through the SEC East? Before the day is done we’ll find out who is in control of the race to Atlanta.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) September 21, 2017
A Great Start to the Weekend
Before gameday arrived, the Big Blue Nation already has multiple reasons to celebrate. Kentucky’s past was honored at the UK Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Randall Cobb, Collin Cowgirl and John Wall were among the honored guests (Watch their acceptance speeches). Fans also got to celebrate the future. Immanuel Quickley announced he will be John Calipari’s next point guard.
Quickley to UK has been a foregone conclusion for quite some time, but it can’t be taken for granted. Unlike point guards that came before him, Quickley already has a summer of practice with Cal under his belt. His experience and consistency will shrink the learning curve when he arrives on campus. His charisma will help lure other elite talent to Kentucky in 2018.
- Noon — 7.5 hours of Pregame Show on 630 WLAP starts with the KSR Football Podcast
- 3:30 — The KSR Pregame show begins at the Bluegrass RV Lot
- 4:30 — LexTran shuttle services start
- 5:15 — The Cat Walk
- 5:30 — Countdown to Kickoff with Freddie Maggard & Christi Thomas
- 5:35 — Aly’An Concert at the Gate 12 plaza
- 7:30 — Kickoff on the SEC Network
How to Watch/Listen
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic are on the call for the SEC Network. If you haven’t memorized where to find America’s favorite television channel…
- Cable: 516, 517
- AT&T UVerse: 607, 1607
- DirecTV: 611
- Dish: 408
If you’re stuck on the road and can’t watch, there are multiple ways to listen to Leach and Piecoro.
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-190 and Sirius-137
- Online: iHeart Radio
Sorry, No Stephen Johnson Masks for You
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Do NOT Forget Your Clear Bags
Prior to Kentucky’s home-opener, I was bleeding from the ears preaching UK’s clear bag policy. Still, one of my friends had to run back to the car to drop off his lady’s purse because somebody was not paying attention. If you won’t listen to me, please pay attention to Daniel Boone.
For the people who forgot their bags week one, UK officials were handing them out near prominent gates. I’m sure they’ll do the same once again, but please try to remember this time.
Eat Gators, Then Beat Gators
Symbolically destroying your opponent is a great way to prepare for the game. There are a few fine local establishments are providing an opportunity to eat gator before the Cats beat the Gators. Starting at 11:00, Bourbon n’ Toulouse in Chevy Chase will be serving delicious alligator étouffée. Red State BBQ will be grilling up gator all weekend long. Magee’s Bakery on Main is providing an alligator breakfast option; deep fried alligator on a biscuit with chorizo gravy.
Two New UK Athletics Apps
Out with the old and in with the new. UK has moved passed the Gameday app to introduce the new UK Athletics app for iPhone and Android. Of all its new features, the best is the prize package. You could win this VIP experience for the Missouri game:
- Two (2) Woodford Reserve Club tickets and one (1) parking pas
- VIP tour for two (2) of Kroger Field with a pregame on-field visit and an opportunity to meet the UK Sports Network Radio team of Tom Leach and Jeff Piecoro
- Two (2) Pregame Big Blue Zone hospitality passes (includes food and drink)
- Standing on the 50-yard line for the coin toss
- Free pizza for a year from Hunt Brothers Pizza
If you’d just like to get on the Kroger Field video board, download 15 Seconds of Fame. The app is making video board moments a little more personal with the Big Blue Nation this season.
Freddie is too Modest
Today you’re getting an extra three and a half hours of pregame show on 630 WLAP. Before they all start at noon, listen to a full slate of KSR Podcasts. Freddie Maggard likes to act like he did nothing during his time at Kentucky, but the school’s sixteenth-ranked passer could sling it.
— Tony Ray (@TDKYRay) September 22, 2017
This scramble and throw was pretty good! pic.twitter.com/WJz6CqKOHn
— Tony Ray (@TDKYRay) September 22, 2017
Today’s College Football Schedule
- Noon: N.C. State at No. 12 Florida State on ABC
- Noon: Texas A&M vs. Arkansas on ESPN
- Noon: Texas Tech at Houston on ESPN2
- 3:30: No. 1 Alabama at Vanderbilt on CBS
- 3:30: No. 5 USC at Cal on ABC
- 3:30: No. 16 TCU at No. 6 Oklahoma State on ESPN
- 3:30: Duke at North Carolina on ESPNU
- 4:00: No. 8 Michigan at Purdue on Fox
- 7:00: No. 17 Miss. State at No. 11 Georgia on ESPN
- 7:00: Syracuse at No. 25 LSU
- 7:30: No. 20 Florida at UK on SEC Network
- 7:30: No. 4 Penn State at Iowa on ABC
- 8:00: Notre Dame at Michigan State on Fox
- 10:00: No. 7 Washington at Colorado on FS1
- 10:30: UCLA at Stanford on ESPN
Kentucky High School Football Scores
- Henry Clay 21, Lafayette 17
- Ballard 20, Eastern 14
- DeSales 38, Lex Cath 26
- LCA 69, KCD 38
- St. X 35, PRP 21
- Bullitt Central 17, North Bullitt 14
- Bardstown 20, Thomas Nelson 14
- Scott 27, Mason County 21 OT
- John Hardin 35, Meade County 28
- Corbin 20, Mayfield 17
- Metcalfe County 29, Clinton County 26
- McCracken 56, Daviess County 40
- Hazard 29, Prestonsburg 7
- Taylor County 26, West Jessamine 20 OT
Behind the Scenes
Before today’s game, relive last week’s win with a new UK football video blog that takes you where few can go.
It’s behind-the-scenes access to our team like you’ve never seen before! Check out the debut of the “Kentucky Football Vlog.” pic.twitter.com/0YXgRU6ben
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) September 22, 2017
By Drew Franklin on ©September 23rd, 2017 @ 9:35am
The University of Kentucky would like to remind fans that today’s game in Commonw Kroger Stadium will be the first under the Southeastern Conference’s new clear bag policy.
The new league-wide bag regulations are:
“Each fan will be permitted to carry one large clear bag – either a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag or a 12” x 6” x 12” clear bag – plus a small clutch that does not exceed 4.5” x 6.5”. The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and is also easily searched.”
Our friends at Kentucky Branded have approved bags for purchase:
I have mine ready to go!
By Drew Franklin on ©September 22nd, 2017 @ 11:00pm
John Calipari has his point guard for the Class of 2018.
Immanuel Quickley, a five-star prospect out of Maryland, announced his commitment to the Wildcats in one of the least surprising recruitments of the Calipari era. Kentucky led from start to finish in the race for Quickley, and that race is now over with Friday evening’s big announcement.
Now it’s time for you to get familiar with Kentucky’s next point guard (if you’re not already) with 10 Immanuel Quickley facts you need to know.
Point Guard (2018) | 6-3 | 175 lbs.
Bel Air, MD | John Carroll School
AAU: Team BBC
|ESPN||No. 12 | 3 PG||Top247||No. 13 | 2 PG|
|Rivals||No. 10 | 2 PG||Scout||No. 8 | 3 PG|
1. He chose Kentucky over Kansas and Miami in the end.
Quickley was considering two other schools — Kansas and Miami — in the final stages of his recruitment, so he says. Kansas brought him in for an official visit prior to his official to UK; his trip to Miami was called off due to Hurricane Irma. There was some late chatter that Kansas had made a move, but it turns out that wasn’t the case and it was Kentucky in the end, as expected.
2. Calipari’s track record is the reason he picked UK.
Quickley wanted to go to the program that will best prepare him for the NBA, and nowhere does it better than Kentucky.
3. He was the first point guard in his class to receive a UK offer.
Calipari had his eyes on a couple of points guards in the Class of 2018, but Quickley was the top priority of the bunch for the Wildcats. He received his scholarship offer back in October of last year, making him the first point guard on the board with the option to attend UK.
Another 2018 point guard with an offer, Quentin Grimes, is still considering Kentucky, too.
4. Joel Justus was the lead recruiter.
UK assistant coach Joel Justus spearheaded Quickley’s recruitment for the Cats. He made several trips to see the five-star point guard and Quickley once said in an interview that he talks to Justus on a daily basis.
You can see some of Quickley’s in-home visit with Justus and Coach Cal here via a video from the Quickley family.
5. He attended Big Blue Madness 2016.
Quickley made the drive from Baltimore to Lexington last fall to see the welcoming party for the 2016-17 Kentucky Wildcats in Rupp Arena. He and several other UK targets — including Quade Green, P.J. Washington, Nick Richards and Kevin Knox — were in attendance for Big Blue Madness on an unofficial visit to Kentucky in mid-October.
6. He grew closer to Calipari over the summer with Team USA.
Quickley got an early taste of what it is like to play for Calipari while playing for the U19 team in Egypt. Their time together gave UK an advantage in the recruitment, Quickley admitted after returning to the States with a silver medal.
“Everyone wants to know if him coaching me was an advantage because he’s one of the coaches that’s recruiting me,” he wrote in his USA Today blog. “And I’d have to say it was.”
7. He plays the drums in his church.
8. He’s into pottery.
I’m loving my Ceramics class. It’s just cool to build things like cups and boxes and things like that.
UK’s College of Fine Arts offers several ceramics courses, ranging from intermediate to advanced.
9. He can really play.
See for yourself:
10. He is very good friends with Zion Williamson.
And he knows what to do.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 22nd, 2017 @ 10:45pm
Over the years, we’ve heard some epic pep talks from Ryan Lemond, but today’s at Country Boy Brewery takes the cake. To pump up the crowd for the Florida game, Ryan delivered his most intense pep talk ever, getting in fans’ faces, ripping his shirt off and finally, diving into the crowd. Thankfully, it was well-documented:
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) September 22, 2017
— Eric J Redmon #BBN (@eredmon19) September 22, 2017
— Big Blue Roofing (@bigblueroofing) September 22, 2017
Ryan, whose lip was already bleeding, actually scraped/cut his forehead during the dive:
Is there anything Ryan won’t do for KSR and the Cats? The answer is no.
Here are some more shots of what we believe is a record crowd:
Whatever the record was, we broke it. 😳 pic.twitter.com/VYXeTtsXgP
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) September 22, 2017
You people are crazy. Especially Ryan.
By Savannah Patton on ©September 22nd, 2017 @ 10:30pm
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NCAA has been after you since March Madness in Indy.
— Jean Jones (@CHIAPET100) September 22, 2017
It’s all Greg’s wife’s fault.
#9 BP CAT 02
— BP CAT 02 (@BPCAT02) September 22, 2017
I AM SO HYPE
#8 Colby Brown
He wasn’t joking about deciding right at 6:30.
— Colby Brown (@SirColbyBrown) September 22, 2017
He decided very….quickley.
#7 Eddie Tussey
The Only times we welcome @ryanlemond notification. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— Eddie Tussey (@ai4uk) September 22, 2017
The creepy laugh wasn’t so creepy today.
#6 Simba Kagoro
— Simba Kagoro (@SimbaKagoro) September 22, 2017
How could it not? I mean, he took off his shirt.
#5 Chris Handy
Would be a shame if you accidentally lost them in the green lot…🔍
— Chris Handy (@chrischandy) September 22, 2017
Key word: “accidentally”
#4 Craig Skinner
— Craig Skinner (@UKCoachSkinner) September 22, 2017
But ex-players only care about getting into the NBA right?
#3 Adam Kidwell
— Adam Kidwell (@ky_kid) September 22, 2017
Now that’s just wrong.
#2 Katelyn Cooper
— Katelyn Cooper (@katelynecooper) September 22, 2017
If you can’t be in Lex this weekend, that’s the next best thing.
#1 Carson C. Pfingston
— Carson C. Pfingston (@montuckan) September 22, 2017
We’ll never get rid of those things.