Even With Terry Wilson Out, Positivity is Surrounding Lexington

This weekend the Kentucky football team will take on the No. 9 Florida Gators at Kroger Field.

After last year’s victory over Florida in Gainesville and a 10-win season, Coach Stoops and company confirmed this is no longer the Kentucky Football of the past, and the Cats are ready to compete with Florida and Georgia in the SEC East.

Now without Terry Wilson, beating Florida and starting a streak of our own seems a little more daunting but it can be done and there is a buzz in Lexington and some big news

Xavier Peters Has Been CLEARED To Play

The NCAA has a heart and has made the right decision as they cleared linebacker, Xavier Peters.

Peters, a former high school All-American, transferred from Florida State in the Spring in an effort to be closer to his family and his one-year-old son in Cincinnati.

With so much depth at the linebacker position, Peters is unlikely to start until he is able to get his game feet under him. With that being said, Peters definitely has the talent and potential to make an impact this season.

Two More UK Basketball Commitments this Week?

The fall recruiting period just began on Monday and the Cats are poised to get two more commitments to add to next year’s class, which could be one of Cal’s best at UK.

Lance Ware, a four-star recruit, is described as a “finesse forward”. After being visited on Tuesday, Ware is set to make a decision this Thursday. All signs are pointing towards the Cats.

Terrence Clark, a top-five recruit in the 2021 class, is widely expected to reclassify to the 2020 class barring any academic hurdles. At 6-7, Clark is an elite athlete with elite scoring ability.

Clark is set to announce his college decision on Thursday, and his Crystal Ball is currently 100% Kentucky. If Clark does commit to Kentucky, he will the highest-ranked commit since Skal Labissiere in 2016.

As Lynn Bowden says, lets have a fun weekend and “come see about it”.

John Calipari, the Next UK Quarterback?

Football returned to the bluegrass and it is as good as time as any to bring back this video of Swaggy Cal, and to remind Coach Stoops and Company that they have another quarterback on campus.

With that accuracy, Cal could give Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawerence a run for the Heisman.

In all reality, Coach Cal was a solid athlete once upon a time and played D-1 basketball at UNC Willmington, but it looks like being a college basketball coach has more than worked out for him.

#CAL4HEISMAN

Terry Wilson to Wear No. 22 in Honor of Jared Lorenzen

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.

Football Is Back In the Bluegrass: Beat Toledo

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!

GET HYPE

“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.

Saturday’s Uniforms

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 Drum Debut

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.

Now let’s BEAT TOLEDO, GO CATS!

BBN Wake Up! There is a New Cat Coming to Lexington, Kelvin Joseph

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.

Kentucky Football is Back, IT’S GAME WEEK!

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.

Let’s have a fun season!

NFL Veterans Have High Praise for Josh Allen

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.

Looking Forward to UK Football’s 2020 Schedule

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.

HALLOWEEN

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!

The Pads are On and 25 Days Til Opening Kickoff for UK Football

Football is back in the Bluegrass.

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.

Stay tuned to KY Insider!

CBS Sports says, “Replacing Benny Snell is tough, but do-able”

Kentucky football is coming off their best season in over 40 years, which included 10 wins and Citrus Bowl victory.

Big Blue Nation should not expect the Wildcats to easily repeat such a historic season, but coach Mark Stoops has now created the expectation of winning 7-8 games consistently.

Even with losing so much talent, CBS Sports says it is “do-able”

Replacing Benny Snell is tough, but do-able: Kentucky’s offense was missing in action quite a bit last year despite the presence of Snell. With star linebacker Josh Allen also gone, the 2019 season might be one that relies a little more on the offense. It looks like bridging that gap and becoming more explosive is at least a possibility. A.J. Rose and Kavosiey Smoke each looked strong in the spring game, and could team up to replace Snell’s production. Couple that with Terry Wilson being more comfortable taking the snaps, and there’s at least a shot at a more explosive offense.

Last season, the Wildcats were anchored by their elite defense but there was no shortage of roster turnover including one of the greatest defensive players in program history, Josh Allen, and nearly the entire secondary. This season, the Wildcats will need to produce on the offensive end, rather than relying on the defense to get stops.

Benny Snell has moved on to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Under Armour endorsement contracts but leaves behind a successful blueprint for AJ Rose, Kavosiey Smoke, and Chris Rodriguez. All of which, have shined and shown some promise up to this point.

I hope to see a much more confident offense and more of Eddie Gran’s offensive creativity this fall!

(CBS Sports)