Terry Wilson ready to show he’s an even better quarterback

Terry Wilson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky  junior Terry Wilson was not one of the quarterbacks named to the preseason all-Southeastern Conference team. In fact, one sportswriter ranked him as the 14th best quarterback in the 14-team SEC and another preseason publication rated him as only the nation’s 73rd best quarterback — about 30 spots behind Sawyer Smith who transferred from Troy to Kentucky.

Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow just laughs and shakes his head about the lack of respect he sees for Wilson, who led UK to a 10-3 record last year.

Production and wins, not recruiting ranking, is what motivates Keion Brooks Jr.

Keion Brooks (USA Basketball Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Recruiting rankings have never been a huge topic of conversation for Keion Brooks Sr. and his son, Keion Brooks Jr., a Kentucky five-star freshman basketball player.

Brooks Jr. was ranked among the nation’s top 15 players in the 2019 recruiting class but some believe he could be even better playing for coach John Calipari than some suspect.

If this was final Ohio UK Convention, it had record attendance (Photo gallery by Larry Vaught)

Jim Porter with former UK star Maci Morris. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

FRANKLIN, Ohio — If this was the final Ohio UK Convention, it was a great way to end.

Convention director Jim Porter, 81, announced a few months ago this would be his last year as director and he confirmed Saturday that no one yet had indicated he or she was ready to assume the role of director.

“As I stand here today, I don’t have anybody today to take this over. If someone takes over, they can have my mailing list,” Porter said. “I don’t know if it will happen or not. That’s about all I know about the future.”

Nothing amateur about UK sophomore Cullan Brown being 9-under at Barbasol Championship

Cullan Brown, left, with his father, Rodney, after shooting a 5-under 67 at Saturday’s Barbasol Championship. (Barbasol Championship Photo)

By MIKE FIELDS

NICHOLASVILLE –- University of Kentucky sophomore Cullan Brown is the only amateur playing the weekend in the $3.5 Barbasol Championship, but he’s showing the cool of a seasoned pro in the July heat.

Brown, the 2016 state high school champ out of Lyon County, fired a 5-under 67 on Saturday to get to 9-under for the tournament.

Brown wasn’t sure how his game would hold up in a PGA TOUR event, especially since he hadn’t practiced much since the college season ended.

Aaron Boone remembers “big rocket of an arm” that Jared Lorenzen had

Aaron Boone, left, and Jared Lorenzen.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Jared Lorenzen’s legacy was way bigger than I even realized and former Kentucky receiver Aaron Boone said he never played with another quarterback like Lorenzen in college or professional football where he played with the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers in the NFL as well as Berlin Thunder (NFL Europe) and Philadelphia, Kansas City and Utah in the Arena Football League before suffering a career-ending knee injury in 2011.

Twice Jack Givens was “mentally okay” letting older teammates take charge in games

Jack Givens remains popular with UK fans. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Only twice during his four-year career at Kentucky was Jack Givens “mentally okay” just watching instead of needing to make key plays for the Wildcats.

Both games came during his 1974-75 season when UK reached the Final Four — and both came in the NCAA Tournament.

The first one was the Mideast Region final in Dayton, Ohio, against Indiana. The Hoosiers were ranked No. 1 and brought a 34-0 record into the game. Indiana also smacked UK 98-74 on Dec. 7, 1974, in Bloomington in the game where Indiana coach Bobby Knight smacked UK coach Joe Hall on the back of the head.

Perimeter-oriented team might not be so bad for Kentucky

Ashton Hagans (Cole Lambert Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

There’s seems to be a lot of college football news this week. Specifically SEC news due to media days being held in Hoover, Ala. But for those that aren’t inclined towards football or maybe for the folks that like a little variety it seemed like an opportune time to write an article about UK Basketball. After all, I was the one buying up all the 8-track tapes when cassettes first came in. Nothing like going against the grain.

Can Vanderbilt — which has best team Derek Mason has had — beat Vols for a fourth straigh year?

Mark Stoops’ Cats need to be able to beat Vanderbilt. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Vanderbilt has been able to do one thing that the Kentucky football program just can’t seem to do — beat Tennessee three times in a row.

The Cats have finished second in the SEC the last two seasons and finally did beat Florida last year. But the last three seasons, Vanderbilt has beat in-state rival Tennessee every year.

What has that meant to the Commodores?

Disrespect for UK no surprise: Media picks UK to finish sixth in SEC East

Mark Stoops got no respect by SEC media members in the preseason voting as UK was picked sixth in the SEC East. (UK Athletics Photo)

SEC Football Media Days concluded on Thursday with media in attendance predicting Alabama to win the 2019 SEC Championship over Georgia in a rematch of last season’s dramatic SEC Championship Game.

Alabama received 203 votes to be crowned SEC Champion on December 7 in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, while Georgia was second with 49 votes.

Four Cats earn preason All-SEC honors

By UK ATHLETICS

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Four University of Kentucky football players earned a spot on the 2019 Preseason Media Days All-Southeastern Conference teams, it was announced Friday by the league office. Junior center Drake Jackson and senior offensive guard Logan Stenberg were named third-team offense, while senior linebacker Kash Daniel was named second-team defense and junior athlete Lynn Bowden Jr. earned a spot as a third-team specialist.
 
Jackson, a native of Versailles, Kentucky, started at center in all 13 games last season, giving him 20 consecutive starts. He was responsible for only one-half quarterback sack, had 141 blocks at the point of attack, and had 33 knockdown blocks. He was a significant contributor in helping running back Benny Snell Jr. become UK’s all-time leading rusher.