Could 2021 point guard Devin Askew be next UK commit?

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just when it seems like the Kentucky basketball recruiting news can’t get any better, it might actually get better.

Now it is 2021 California five-star point guard Devin Askew who says he’s getting close to making his college choice and 247 Sports guru Evan Daniels has indicated he is leaning toward Kentucky even though Askew has yet to make a visit to Kentucky.

However, the big competition could be Louisville. Another 247 sports recruiting analyst, Andrew Slater, has made a pick for the Cardinals. So has well known national sports columnist Adam Zagoria. Askew has already visited Louisville and has a trip planned to Memphis Oct. 3 before going to Villanova the next day.

What has happened to running back Chris Rodriguez?

Chris Rodriguez (24) has not had a carry the last two games partially due to his opening game fumbles and partially due to the play of A.J. Rose and Kavosiey Smoke. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

In Kentucky’s first game, redshirt freshman running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. ran five times for 34 yards and showed the speed and strength that successful SEC backs must have.

However, he also fumbled twice, including once at the goal line. That obviously brought back memories to coach Mark Stoops of him also fumbling in the Blue-White Game to end spring practice because Rodriguez has not had a rushing attempt the last two games.

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

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