Assistant coach never “felt unsafe” despite shooting scare at Frederick Douglas-Bryan Station football game Friday

Jager Burton

By LARRY VAUGHT

As I was watching the WLEX-TV High School Sports Zone Friday night I saw the highlights where briefly it seemed like there was a shooting incident at the Frederick Douglas-Bryan Station football game at Frederick Douglas. The incident became national news.

Fans can be seen running from the stands and players on both teams were laying on their stomachs on the field.

One of those players was Frederick Douglas junior offensive lineman Jager Burton, one of the state’s top players with scholarship offers from some of the nation’s top programs. Another was offensive lineman Walker Parks, a Clemson commit.

Bell County coach Dudley Hilton believes he has relatively unknown star in London Stephney

London Stephney

By LARRY VAUGHT

Bell County coach Dudley Hilton knows a little something about winning and talent. After all he has 380 career wins after his team’s victory over Collins in the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic in Danville Saturday night.

He’s won three state championship, is second on the all-time winning list in Kentucky and went against his 117th different high school team in the win over Collins.

The game’s MVP was Bell quarterback London Stephney, who Hilton thinks is one of the state’s best high school seniors despite his lack of attention from Division I schools so far (his only offer is from Air Force).

Kenneth Horsey says God taught him “patience” as he came back from open heart surgery

Kenneth Horsey (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He says he was 100 percent healthy last season but also admits he lost strength after having open heart surgery just a few months before he arrived on the University of Kentucky campus.

“I wasn’t able to perform the best I could last year. I am 100 percent healthy now and ready to go and play and show these coaches what I can do,” said redshirt freshman offensive guard Kenneth Horsey of Sanford, Fla.

Season preview: Will Muschamp hopes last year’s “growing pains” help South Carolina

A.J. Rose dives into the end zone against South Carolina in last year’s win. Kentucky has five straight wins over the Gamecocks. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a 12-part series on each of Kentucky 12 opponents this season. 

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

GAME 4: Kentucky at South Carolina, Saturday, Sept. 28, TBA

LAST YEAR: Kentucky 24, South Carolina 10.

COACH: Will Muschamp, fourth season. Record at school: 22-17. Overall, 50-38.

Maci Morris might not know how “beloved” she is by UK fans

Maci Morris has a lot of fans of all ages. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

When her daughter, Maci Morris, was a huge hit with fans at the Ohio UK Convention, it was no surprise to Patti Morris.

“We go places and teenagers and kids just mob her at the malls, so I am kind of used to it,” Patti Morris said. “It’s always nice to see she is appreciated. The fans who have watched her, it’s great. She is a tremendous person and they see that. They love her.”

Dick Vitale’s preseason Sweet 16 has Kentucky No. 3

Dick Vitale  thinks an improved EJ Montgomery will be big for UK this year. (ESPN Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

One reason I’ve always loved Dick Vitale is that he thinks basketball non-stop. No matter what else is going on, Vitale always has college basketball first.

That’s why it is no surprise just as the college football season is getting ready to start, Vitale has announced his preseason Sweet 16 for college basketball.

Here’s what he had to say about his top five choices:

1. Kansas Jayhawks

Jared Casey Named to Freshman All-America Watch List

Jared Casey. (Photo by Eddie Justice | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky linebacker Jared Casey has been named to FWAA 2019 Freshman All-American Team and Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year watch list, the Football Writers Association of America announced Friday. He is one of 74 FBS players on the list of the nation’s top freshmen.

Casey, who hails from Louisville, Kentucky, is one of 24 players from the Southeastern Conference on the initial watch list. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound outside linebacker enrolled at UK in January 2019 and went through spring practice with the Wildcats, where he impressed with his athleticism and instincts.

Big Blue Madness tickets available Sept. 27

LEXINGTON – Tickets for the 2019 edition of Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available Sept. 27, at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2019-20 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are free again this year for the annual spectacle in Rupp Arena, which will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos, and more. Like the previous four years, the ticket distribution will take place Friday night both at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. All patrons require a ticket to Big Blue Madness, regardless of age.

Season preview: Mississippi State has to replace lot of “personality and production”

Linebacker Boogie Watson puts a hit on Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. last season. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a 12-part series on each of Kentucky 12 opponents this season. 

 

LAST YEAR: Kentucky 28, Mississippi State 7.

COACH: Joe Moorhead, second season. Record at school: 8-5. Overall, 46-18.

Kahlil Whitney: “God gave me great athletic ability”

Kahlil Whitney (McDonald’s All-American Game Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Ask anyone who has seen Kentucky freshman basketball player Kahlil Whitney play and they are likely to talk about the high motor he always has when he plays and his incredible athleticism that can turn heads no matter who he’s playing with or against.

“Seeing how the greats were successful at getting to their spots and having that dog mentality impressed me. All the great players do that. I expend all my energy being very aggressive and get the best out of that. That’s what gets my game going,” Whitney, who grew up with former Wildcat Anthony Davis as his favorite player, said.