Kentucky Boxing champion middleweight division, breaker of wild horses on the Bluegrass plateau, and breaker of women’s hearts everywhere.
Kentucky’s biggest need is the WR position. Robinson brings experience, talent, and speed to the position. He checks both the WR and punt return boxes very nicely.
Stoops has already turned down an interview at Michigan State when Mark Dantonio retires. He also passed on an offer from Florida State, where he formerly served as DC. Barnhart summoned his donors and came up with a package for Stoops and his assistants that was enough to let them know he wanted them to build a program at UK. UK is light years ahead of where they were when Stoops first took over the program. His biggest asset he possesses is his ability to develop players, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Not many teams can boast of having five Senior DBs sign with NFL teams, as did the group in 2018. (Edwards, West, Westry, Johnson, Beatty), as well as having the Nagurski and Bednarik trophy winner playing OLB/DE (Josh Allen). This Kentucky program has not reached his zenith yet. Looking forward to the next few years.
One often overlooked coaching responsibility is player development. Maybe, just maybe, Coach Lea and his staff can through nutrition, weight room dedication, and teaching skills, develop some of these 2 and 3 stars into productive players.
I’m just glad “he kept it real”. Lack of playing time usually is a direct result of lack of talent.
I do like what Coach Lea said. He keyed on the three recruiting elements that he would sell. 1. Nashville 2. A VU education 3. Compete in the SEC. I like that. He obviously didn’t mention National titles, recent success, etc. He emphasized what VU currently has. It will not be easy, but success sometimes takes time. He knows the program, so he may be more committed for the long haul than the other candidates. Sounds like he wants a passing attack balanced with a ground game. Hope he gets the players to make it happen. I wish him the best and maybe with a little success, the upgrade in facilities might follow.
ND is beat before they even get off of the bus. Their “mental preparation” won’t help them. Alabama by three touchdowns.
I don’t see it, but the media is so unpredictable. Join a Power 5 conference permanently and we’ll see how you do.
The Cats had a disappointing season, but not as disappointing as some other teams. With the exception of the Alabama, Missouri, and Florida games, they were however, somewhat competitive. Much to look forward to...the passing game can only get better, Rodriguez is one of the top running backs in the SEC, and the QB situation has to improve. Filling the gaps on the O line will be tough, but if UK has shown depth and the ability to “next man up” at any position, it’s the O line. Look forward to the minor bowl game we will play in.
He certainly needs to prepare. He can’t cover in college. Don’t see how he is going to be a hit in the NFL. And what you said doubledawg...100%. There’s no team loyalty anymore. It’s all about “me”.
I saw her warm up kicking FGs. She CAN kick it. Happy for her.
Pearl is the best “X’s and O’s coach in the SEC. He’s also the best motivator in the conference. He makes players believe they can win. Very similar in that regard to former LSU head coach Dale Brown.
This Vandy team does have some good young talent. Seals is becoming a more consistent player. The TE (his name escapes me) was sure handed and scored two receiving touchdowns. Their RB (Sorry again. Can’t remember his name), who was injured in the final quarter, ran the ball well and showed toughness with his yards after contact. With a few more defensive players, this could be a competitive team.
Instead of complaining to the opposing coach about your disapproval of the fake punt, Mike Houston should be more worried about his defense’s inability to stop Cincinnati all night long. He should save the conversation for his defense.
John Schlarman was a warrior during his playing days at UK. He coached young men into those same type of warriors on the field. He is now a warrior in Heaven. Rest peacefully in the arms of the Lord. #65
Florida by 10.
We can’t move the ball with consistency. This one could get ugly in a hurry.
Maybe we should look to hire Hal Mumme as Offensive Coordinator.
Missouri deserves to bask in victory. They beat us worse than was reflected in the score. Their defense was incredible. Bazelak played like an all conference QB. Roundtree was dominant. Missouri’s played textbook ball control offense and what time UK had the ball, they were unable to move it with any consistency. Kentucky was never a threat to win this game. Congratulations to Missouri.
You would think that due to lack of QB production, Kentucky might look to Sawyer Smith or even Freshman QB Beau Allen. Both are true passers. Smith had a rough campaign last year, but fought through shoulder injuries. Allen was recruited as one of the top QBs in the country. Lack of a passing threat has made us one dimensional and very predictable. This reminds me of the “Morgan Newton days”. 2020 can’t end soon enough. I can’t take many more games like this!
Very good game by the Wildcats, but not great. Defense played excellent; Offense played just okay. I think they have yet to reach their full potential. When they put it together it on both sIdes if the ball, look out!
The way Kentucky’s offense played against MSU, Tennessee should be a 21 point favorite.
All fans remember calls where their team got the shaft. Sadly, this happens all too often. Arkansas should have gotten the ball and won the game. I recall several bad calls over the years, the most egregious being the ejection of Benny Snell by referee Chris Coyte of the PAC 12 in the 2017 Music City Bowl. Coyte go “butt hurt” over Snell not wanting his help up off the field. This occurred after the whistle blew for him stepping out of bounds and seconds later being tackled late by two defenders, with no penalty called for a late hit. Losses are losses, but they sting more when it occurs in the heels of a terrible call. Condolences to the Razorbacks.
The UK-MSU game was very strange, as well as most all of the other SEC games. Welcome to 2020...
Great article. Leach has been successful at every stop.
Haters gonna hate. Kentucky will iron out its issues. This Kentucky team is no pushover. If nothing else we will probably beat Vandy and certainly will beat South Carolina for the 6th time in 7 years.
Mark Stoops runs down refs, looks like he makes contact with one, following UK’s tough loss to Ole Miss
Instead of running down the refs, he should have ran down AJ Rose. A “ look at me” play that cost Kentucky the game. So disgusted...
True. Bone head play by this kid as well as Rose. The only difference is, Rose cost Kentucky the game. The need for individual attention by some athletes amazes me. I have a feeling Rose will get a lot of “individual attention” this week by the coaching staff. Plus, they have a very deep backfield. Playing time, or lack thereof, is usually the best punishment.
Glad to see Vanderbilt play a close game with improved defense.