UK Hall of Famer and former quarterback Jared Lorenzen passed away in early July after battling an infection.
The Big Blue Nation and the entire country responded with nothing but love and support. In addition to the University announcing “Jared Lorenzen Day” on Oct. 12 as the Wildcats take on the Arkansas Razorbacks, quarterback, Terry Wilson is doing his part.
As the Cats took on Toledo on Saturday, Wilson dawned these custom “Jared Lorenzen” cleats created by True Blue Customs.
During the Third Quarter of the Toledo broadcast, the SEC Network confirmed the rumor that Terry Wilson will wear No. 22 on Oct. 12 as the Cats take on Arkansas in Lexington.
October 12th will be a special day in the Bluegrass, don’t miss a “hell of a game” as Touchdown Terry dawns the No. 22.
It has been 242 days since Kentucky’s New Year’s Day victory in the Citrus Bowl, but fear no more, it is Game Day in the Bluegrass!
“They built this thing up to be a program, it was not about just one year. THEY’RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE.“
Keys to Victory
Limit Bryant Koback
The Rocket’s biggest offensive weapon is a former Wildcat. After transferring from Kentucky, Koback became one of the MAC’s best running backs as a redshirt sophomore with 917 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Take Advantage of Toledo’s Offensive Line
Last season the Rockets, gave up 30 sacks and 80 tackles for loss, and while Josh Allen is not lining up to dominate, the UK defensive line is more than capable of having a big day
Toledo’s Weak Secondary
Similar to Kentucky this season, the Toledo secondary is a big uncertainty. Last season, the Rocket’s secondary did not perform well and they lost six of their starters. If Terry Wilson and the Cats want to throw it 40+ times, this is the game to do it.
If you look good, you play good. Take a look at the beautiful blue and white combination the Cats will wear against Toledo.
The Big Blue DrumDebut
The newest feature at UK football games, the Big Blue Drum, will make its regular-season debut and will feature a former Wildcat before every game this season.
2019 Football Captains
On Friday, Coach Stoops picked is 2019 captains and it would be very difficult to pick a better group.
YAHTZEE! While most of the BBN was getting tucked into bed Monday night, reports were coming out fast about former LSU defensive back and transfer, Kelvin Joseph.
Around 9 pm ET on Monday night, it was reported that Joseph was in Lexington taking a visit, and not even two hours later, Joseph announced his commitment to the University to Kentucky.
Joseph’s commitment follows a “Jarren Williams” type journey, as he entered the transfer portal twice before committing to Kentucky over the likes of Florida, Auburn, Mississippi St., and others.
Joseph is undoubtedly one of the most talented gets in the Secondary to ever choose to play at Kentucky.
As a standout player back in high school, Joseph was as the 42nd overall recruit (24/7 Sports), and had his pick of where to attend college receiving offers from practically every college, including Alabama and Clemson.
In his lone season at LSU, Joseph played in nearly every regular game, however, that time was limited in a very loaded LSU secondary. In that limited time, Joseph amassed 12 tackles and one pass deflection for the season.
One thing to note is that during Joseph’s rocky tenure at LSU, the one game that Joesph did miss was the Fiesta Bowl, as he was suspended for a “violation of team rules”. Coach Mark Stoops and Company have shown the ability to develop players off the field and will look to do the same with Joseph.
Joseph will join an already loaded and historic 2020 recruiting class that could help Kentucky Football to take the BIG step.
P.S. It looks like Joseph is already doing his part on the recruiting trail and is recruiting former LSU teammate, defensive back, Mannie Netherly, who announced he entered the transfer portal on Monday night.
One of the most exciting times of the year is back, College Football season!
It has been nearly nine months since Kentucky capped off a historic ten-win season with their Citrus Bowl win over Penn State, and the Wildcats will look to make another run at ten wins as they kick off the season against the Toledo on Saturday.
Let’s take a look at some of Monday’s football headlines.
Coach Stoop’s Press Conference
Swaggy Stoops Anyone?
It’s no secret the Coach Stoops is much more confident now that he has built a program that can back it up with their play. Stoops has and continues to build something special in Lexington.
Take a look at today’s presser.
Still No Decision on Xavier Peters’ Eligibility
With five days left till kickoff, the NCAA has yet to make a decision on the eligibility of linebacker, Xavier Peters, who transferred from Florida State as a redshirt freshman back in the Spring.
The Cincinnati native and former high school All-American made the decision to transfer in an effort to be closer to his family and his one-year-old son.
In his weekly press conference, Stoops’ when on to say, “There’s a lot of things that we had to get in order as well, information we had to get from Florida State. They have to do part, so it takes some time.”
Peters will definitely make an impact whenever he is able to play, however, the Cats are loaded at the linebacker positions with Kash Daniel, “Boogie” Watson, and DeAndre Square among others. I believe this will ultimately benefit Peters, giving him more time to learn the system
The Depth Chart
Can we go ahead put Lynn Bowden in the secondary too? Asking for a friend.
Toledo Had Praises for the Cats and Announce Starting QB
“I think it’s a program that’s built for stability and built for longevity”, said Toledo head coach, Jason Candle, when talking about Kentucky and Saturday’s matchup.
Candle also went on to name Mitch Guadagni, a fifth-year senior, the starting quarterback. Guadagni started only seven games last season after a shoulder injury, but finished with the MAC’s highest passing efficiency with over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Toledo has talent, but they haven’t beaten a Power Five team since beating an 8-5 Arkansas team in 2015, 16-12. If this Kentucky team is who they say they are and are prepared to play, the Cats should win comfortably on Saturday.
It’s no secret that Josh Allen is one of the two best, if not the best, defensive player to ever play football for the University of Kentucky.
With that being said, it should take no one by surprise that the tenacious pass rusher and No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, is already making his name known in the NFL in only three preseason games.
Allen’s first play in the NFL preseason was a tackle for loss and he tossed a 326-pound tackle off his feet in Week 2.
In Allen’s most recent performance, Thursday against the Miami Dolphins, he had least four quarterback pressures with two tackles for losses, and seemingly was in on every early defensive play. Allen was a large part in only allowing one Dolphin first down against the Jaguar starting defense.
Allen’s impressive performance has put the league on notice and two NFL veterans are giving him high praise.
Fourteen-year veteran and starting Miami Dolphin Quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, lined up against Allen on Thursday and had this to say.
Furthermore, fellow linebacker and teammate of Allen, Myles Jack, even compares Josh Allen to “LeBron James”.
Thus far, Josh Allen is looking like he could be the next quarterback nightmare of the NFL. I bet there are at least six NFL teams that wish they could have a redraft.
In recent years, NBA.com has sat down with the rookie class before the start of the NBA season and conducted a survey amongst rookies at the annual Rookie Photo Shoot (42 this season).
Since John Calipari arrived at Kentucky and created the “BBNBA Factory”, Wildcats have dominated these surveys, and this upcoming season is no different.
Last season, the BBN experienced the Bucket that is Tyler Herro, including this “BIG Balls” shot.
Herro continues to show what is to come in his career in the NBA Summer League, averaging 19.3 ppg and 32 3P%. With his performances in College and the Summer League, Herro’s fellow Rookies voted Herro as the best shooter in the 2019 Rookie Class.
Tyler Herro, Miami – 33%
Kyle Guy, Sacramento – 29%
Cam Johnson, Phoenix – 13%
Ty Jerome, Phoenix – 8%
Jordan Poole, Golden State – 4%
Herro will be making fashion statements off the court and will be getting buckets in a Heat uniform as it was always intended.
Chris Brickley, is a former Louisville basketball player, and is known as the NBA’s top workout guru. His gym’s All-Star open runs — including LeBron James and James Harden — have made him a viral sensation.
Brickley has had several Cats in his open runs including Enes Kanter, Hamidou Diallo, Nick Richards, and Demarcus Cousins among others.
Today, Brickley posted a video of former Wildcat, Isaiah Briscoe, and former Card, Russ Smith, battling 1-on-1.
It’s safe to say that this Battle of the Bluegrass 1-on-1 features two of the toughest players from each school in recent memory.
After the NCAA vacated Louisville’s 2011-2015 seasons following “strippergate”, Smith’s college career has become largely irrelevant, but one thing will always be remembered.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 Americans lives with a mental illness, ranging from children to adults. Even more worrisome, only 41 percent of those people received professional health care or other services.
The stigma around mental illness is no secret, and it is emphasized when you throw in sports and “toughness”.
Mental Illness has affected some of the worlds greatest athletes including Michael Phelps, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Serena Williams. However, the harsh reality is there a large number of athletes that are afraid to receive treatment due to fear of being called weak.
The NBA has always been one of the most innovative professional sports leagues, and they are setting another example for the sports world to follow as they have introduced an expanded set of mental health policies for this upcoming season.
Reportedly, all 30 teams received a memo with the following requirements.
All teams must have at least one mental health professional on retainer. Each professional must have “experience in assessing and treating clinical mental health issues.”
Each organization must “identify a licensed psychiatrist” available to help manage any mental health concerns.
All teams must, “enact a written action plan for mental health emergencies.”
All 30 teams need to attend a “health and wellness meeting” in Chicago in September.
This doesn’t directly affect Kentucky, but the effects of this movement will be felt in all levels of sports and will benefit future athletes in Kentucky blue and beyond.
Earlier today, the SEC announced the 2020 football schedule for each team, and once again it is filled with opportunity for the UK Football team. Let’s take a closer look and breakdown the 2020 schedule.
Away Rivalry Games
Kentucky’s three biggest football rivals are Florida, Tennessee, and Louisville and the Cats will take on all three of them on the road.
The Gators are coming off a ten-win season in 2018 and are expected to take a bigger step in 2019, making for a difficult game in the Swamp in 2020. If the Cats are able to come in on two-game streak, all of the pressure could be on the Gators.
As for the other two teams, Tennessee and Louisville, the Cats could be favored to win both. I don’t expect Scott’s Tots and the Cardinals to be capable of putting up much of a fight but Tennessee should be improved and have beaten us with lesser talented teams in Knoxville (that 2018 loss 🤦♂️).
Games Against Ohio and Michigan Teams
It’s no secret that Vince Marrow and company have been dominating recruiting in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Once again, there are two teams from the area on UK’s schedule.
The Wildcats should win these two games, growing the UK brand even larger in Ohio, Michigan, and surrounding states.
For the first time in forever, Big Blue Nation can enjoy Halloween without the stress of Kentucky football. Plan accordingly and bring your best costume game!
Overall, seven or eight wins is a realistic goal and the opportunity for more is there as talent continues to improve in Lexington. I expect Mark Stoops to continue to push the Wildcats in the right direction and closer to an SEC East title.
But… let’s not look too far ahead
The 2019 season is just around the corner and the schedule looks to be pretty favorable, which is fortunate after losing so much talent. Let’s have another fun season in the Bluegrass. GO CATS!
Coming off a historic ten-win season, Kentucky Football started Fall Camp last week and today, the Cats are in full pads and going full contact for the first time this fall.
A big part of the sport is physicality and the injuries that come with it. In the last two weeks, the Cats have lost two very important pieces to the team: safety, Davonte Robinson (season) and Wide Receiver, Isaiah Epps (six weeks).
I expect the Kentucky coaches to be a little more cautious as we approach the Toledo game on August 31st, a game that can’t be overlooked.