Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead, former UK all-SEC DB Van Hiles know how dangerous Lynn Bowden can beo

Lynn Bowden had seven catches against Florida last week. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead might not remember all the statistical specifics but he knows plenty about Kentucky junior Lynn Bowden because he recruited him out of Warren Harding High School in Ohio for Penn State.

“He is just a multi-facet guy: get him the ball in the pass game, get him the ball on speed sweeps and plays a little bit of wildcat quarterback. Obviously, in the return game, as well, so he is very dangerous in space,” Moorhead said in preparation for Saturday’s game against visiting Kentucky.

Loss to Florida shows experience can be a painful teacher

Kentucky’s defense needs to be ready to stop Mississippi State Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

There seems to be a lot of unnecessary negativity around the UK football program after a heartbreaking loss to Florida on Saturday . I will be the first to admit that squandering a 21-10 lead In the fourth quarter by giving up 19 points to the 9th ranked team in the country is not the way to make fans and media feel good about your program.

Mark Stoops explains fourth-quarter play calling, Wildcat formation

Florida’s defense stops Kavosiey Smoke. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Probably Kentucky coach Mark Stoops had to know that he would get questioned about the play calling toward the end of Saturday’s 29-21 loss to Florida during his weekly pregame press conference.

John Huang of Nolan Media and https://justthecats.com/ — a new website — asked Stoops about his general philosophy and strategy of playing with a lead like UK had going into the fourth quarter Saturday night when it had Florida down 21-10. In the Stoops’ era, a fourth-quarter lead has been money in the bank most of the time. But not Saturday when the Gators outscored UK 19-0 in the fourth quarter.

Mark Stoops to Cats: “No time to feel sorry for yourself.”

Quarterback Sawyer Smith will make his second start Saturday afternoon at Mississippi State. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Mark Stoops has already moved past Florida. The next step is getting his players focused on the first road game of the season.

“That’s a big focus this week,” Stoops said Monday. “I talk about each situation every week and moving on to Mississippi State, we don’t have much time to dwell on (the loss). Next man up, the next battle, the next punch and time to get another opportunity against a quality team on the road.”

UK Hall of Fame Photo Gallery by Vicky Graff

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky inducted a new class of UK Athletics Hall of Famers last weekend — Andre Woodson, Henri Junghänel, Vic Nelson, A’dia Mathies, Don Weber and DeMarcus Cousins, who did not attend.

I’m not sure anyone enjoyed the induction more than Woodson, a former quarterback who helped turned the football program around under coach Rich Brooks. It seemed like he was everywhere Friday and Saturday, including banging  a big drum on the field during the pregame hype.

Enjoy the photos from Vicky Graff of the class being introduced at Kroger Field (the official induction ceremony was Friday night).

Cats insist they can “bounce back” from Florida loss

T.J. Carter  (90) can’t explain how much the Florida loss hurt. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

The worst thing for Kentucky football now would be to let the disappointing 29-21 loss to Florida to turn into losses at Mississippi State this week or South Carolina the following week.

“We’re just going to bounce back and come back prepared,” defensive lineman Kordell Looney said Saturday night. “The game plan moving forward is just whatever Coach wants.

Ahmad Wagner credits “God doing that” on his amazing TD catch against Florida

Ahmad Wagner somehow made this catch despite getting hit in the eye. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

No idea how many more times senior receiver Ahmad Wagner can have a “wow” moment for the Kentucky football team this year but the touchdown catch he had against Florida in Saturday’s 29-21 loss was amazing.

He dove for the pass in the end zone from Sawyer Smith, tipped it, managed to get his right hand on it, kept his right hand under the ball as he hit the ground and did not fumble.

Kentucky-Florida Photo Gallery by Vicky Graff

Sports Illustrated writer has big expectations for Kahlil Whitney

Kahlil Whitney

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sports Illustrated writer Emily Caron has been previewing some of the nation’s top freshmen for the 2019-20 college basketball season and one of her picks is Kentucky’s Kahlil Whitney.

Here’s part of what she wrote about Whitney:

“The New Jersey native should slide into the small forward slot this season. Not as proven of a scorer as Keldon Johnson was, Whitney has some work to do offensively but brings a notable athleticism and more defensive upside to the position. The 6-6, 210-pound freshman comes to Kentucky with an NBA-ready body and the ability to pose a physical threat at the wing and in the paint. His physical tools give him a ton of potential defensively and the versatility to guard multiple positions.

Kentucky-Florida photo gallery by Jeff Houchin