August 2019 archive

Kentucky-Toledo Photo Gallery by Vicky Graff

Mark Stoops not “complaining” about Chris Oats’ targeting ejection

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)


One downside to Saturday’s 38-24 win over Toledo for Kentucky was that sophomore Chris Oats was ejected for targeting in the second half on a hit on Toledo quarterback Mitch Guadagni and will now miss the first half of the Central Michigan game.

The Toledo quarterback was scrambling and appeared to start his slide to the ground just a fraction of a second before the contact with Oates.

Cats sluggish, struggle but Mark Stoops says “good to get a victory”

A.J. Rose ran for 64 yards and one score in Kentucky’s win Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — The opener is seemingly the toughest game of the year for most teams and Toledo was no easy task for Kentucky Saturday.

The Wildcats (1-0) scratched and clawed their way to a 38-24 win over the Rockets and it wasn’t pretty. The Wildcats trailed twice in the first half and pieced together a field goal off a Toledo turnover, followed by a touchdown in consecutive fashion to open the second half and overcome one of the better teams in the Mid-American Conference.

Does 14-14 halftime score with Toledo worry you?


Kentucky’s first half of the 2019 season was not exactly what UK fans were hoping for.

Kentucky and Toledo are tied 14-14 in a game the Cats have never led. Toledo went 63 yards in seven plays to start the game to take a 7-0 lead and midway of the first quarter had 104 total yards to 0 for Kentucky.

The Cats countered finally with a 13-play, 96-yard scoring drive but even that score came with tight end Justin Ring recovered Chris Rodriguez’s goal line fumble.

Did that intimidate Toledo? No.

Terrence Clarke will make college choice on Sept. 14 — and decide later on reclassifying


One of the nation’s top basketball players, Terrence Clarke of the Brewster Academy, will make his college choice Sept. 14 and Kentucky is one of six schools on his final list.

The other five are Boston College, Texas Tech, UCLA, Duke and Memphis. It’s interesting to note that he does not have offers from Duke or Memphis among the 23 offers he does have.

Clarke currently is in the 2021 recruiting class— but that could change.

Lot to like when you watch Frederick Douglas fooball

Frederick Douglas offensive linemen Walker Parks, left, and Jager Burton during a sideline break Friday. (Larry Vaught Photo)


From all I had heard I thought watching Frederick Douglas High School play football would be impressive — and it was Friday night when the Broncos easily beat Tates Creek 62-14.

However, I left a lot more impressed for a lot of reasons than I thought I would be.

Here are a few of my observations from a Friday night on a Lexington football sideline.

John Young feels five-star commit Justin Rogers remains true blue


Louisville Christian Academy junior offensive tackle John Young has had a few schools continue to recruit him hard but he insists his recruitment is a “done deal” for Kentucky just as he said when he verbally committed in April.

“I still talk to the UK coaches. They all texted me before our (first) game wishing me luck and then congratulations after we won,” Young said.

He said he talked to head coach Mark Stoops, recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow and offensive line coach John Schlarman weekly.

Special UK Children’s Hospital Guests to Join Cat Walk This Season

UK Athletics Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A unique partnership with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), the Kentucky College of Engineering and the Kentucky Children’s Hospital will bring special guests to the Cat Walk presented by Chevy this season as the Kentucky football team arrives at Kroger Field.

A brand-new and specially built push cart vehicle will provide a Kentucky Children’s Hospital patient the chance to both accompany the Wildcats on the Cat Walk and attend a game at Kroger Field. A new patient will be chosen by the Kentucky Children’s Hospital each week to participate.

Season preview: Vanderbilt has playmakers on offense

Kentucky linebacker Boogie Watson will be hoping for more sacks against Vanderbilt this season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Editor’s note: This is the 10th of a 12-part series on each of Kentucky’s 12 opponents this season. 

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

GAME 10: Kentucky at Vanderbilt, Saturday, Nov. 16, TBA

LAST YEAR: Kentucky 14, Vanderbilt 7.

COACH: Derek Mason, sixth season. Record at school: 24-38. 

No. 7 Kentucky Sweeps No. 23 Cal Poly to Begin 2019 Season

SALT LAKE CITY – The No. 7 Kentucky volleyball team got off to a fast start to the 2019 season on Friday morning with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-9, 25-20) sweep of the No. 23 Cal Poly Mustangs.

Madison Lilley led the charge for the Wildcats, with 33 assists, 16 digs and a .429 hitting percentage. The Wildcats used a balanced attack offensively in the sweep, getting five or more kills from four different players.

“Good start for us,” Craig Skinner said. “We were very efficient on offense and took care of our opportunities when they came our way. We also did a really good job of competing in long rallies.”