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SEC Network analyst Peter Burns believes there can be football — but is he right?

Quinton Bohanna hopes he has a chance to make plays during a 2020 season. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

The world of big-time college sports is an interesting place to be right now. The Covid-19 pandemic has put conference administrators and school athletic directors in a quandary. They are caught between the proverbial “rock and a hard place.”

Take college football. Peter Burns, the SEC Network Studio Anchor, recently said on Twitter that he believed “there are 10,000+ FBS college football players. As of August 8th, 45 of those 10,000+ have opted out (Stat via @AthlonSports). That’s less than 0.5% of players. (Which should be 10000% respected and have been supported by all their coaches). 99.5% are still planning on playing.”

Drake Jackson changed as a person and that made him a better player

Drake jackson, center, along with teammates Landon Young, right, and Kash Daniel. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Drake Jackson was part of huge in-state recruiting trifecta for Kentucky coach mark Stoops when he signed along with Lafayette offensive lineman Landon Young and Paintsville linebacker Kash Daniel. Signing that trio solidified Stoops’ stature with many UK fans.

Jackson had to redshirt the 2016 season when both Daniel and Young were playing. However, he certainly has no regrets about that because it allowed him more time to change as person which led to changes in how he played.

Rachel Lawson calm coaching her softball team, but changes when watching other sports

Rachel Lawson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson doesn’t really get nervous coaching her team.

“I think we have prepared so much and I have a job to do that keeps me focused on the game,” Lawson said.

Now when it comes to other UK sports, that changes.

“Watching football and getting ready for kickoff, I have no idea what might happen and that’s the beauty of being a Kentucky fan. You have no idea what’s coming,” she said. “I can feel myself getting amped up and nervous for the quarterback way more than I do for my own team playing.”

Based on latest transfer waiver, how could Olivier Sarr and Joey Gatewood not get waivers?

Olivier Sarr (Wake Forest Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If Olivier Sarr and Joey Gatewood are not given waivers so they can compete if there are college basketball and college football seasons, then University of Kentucky fans certainly will have a really, really valid claim that the NCAA is biased against Kentucky after what happened with Taulia Tagovailoa.

You remember Tagovailoa. Or maybe you don’t. He’s the younger brother of former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and barely played at Alabama as a true freshman. So rather than sit in Alabama, he transferred to Maryland to get more playing time.

Light seems to have got lot dimmer for college football season

DeAndre Square and his UK teammates could have their season in jeopardy. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

The light that seemed to be burning bright for the start of college football season just a week ago certainly seems to have dimmed and has started to flicker.

The Big Ten announced Saturday it was delaying full-contact football practices due to COVID-19. Teams will continue with helmets only in practice.

Pay close attention to this statement in the Big Ten’s released about its decision: “We understand there are many questions regarding how this impacts schedules, as well as the feasibility of proceeding forward with the season at all.”

Preseason recognition nice but Drake Jackson more interested in postseason success

Center Drake Jackson (52) lifted Lynn Bowden into the air after his touchdown catch. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He’s been piling up preseason honors the same way he has piled up successful blocks but Kentucky senior center Drake Jackson won’t let the accolades go to his head.

SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic ranks him as the Southeastern Conference’s best returning center. Pro Football Focus ups the ante by ranking him as the most valuable center returning to college football. He’s been named to every preseason all-SEC team, is on the watch list for the Outland Award given to the nation’s best offensive lineman and been on All-American preseason teams.

Skyy Clark as expected has UK on his final eight list, says UK “fits my style”

Skyy Clark

By LARRY VAUGHT

As expected Kentucky is on the final list of colleges for talented five-star junior guard Skyy Clark of Nashville.

However, it was a bit of a surprise that one of the teams on his list of eight was Tennessee State.

The 6-3 195-pound Clark is a combination guard who could easily play either guard spot in college even if he reclassifies to the 2021 class as many expect. He moved from California to Tennessee a few months ago and will play this season for Brentwood Academy.

Nathan McPeek on UK commit Dekel Crowdus: “Just give it to him and he can score.”

Dekel Crowdus

By LARRY VAUGHT

Some athletes are fast on a track but not nearly as fast on a football field. Dekel Crowdus is fast no matter where he’s running.

The Frederick Douglass senior receiver, who verbally committed to Kentucky in May, has been timed in 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

“He just plays fast on the field. He’s the kind of kid who can touch the ball five times and score five touchdowns,” Frederick Douglass coach Nathan McPeek said. “You can’t say that about a lot of guys who play, especially at the high school level. Just give it to him and he can score.”

Kenny Payne one of SEC’s best assistants, still on New York Knicks’ radar

Kenny Payne (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Jeff Goodman, Stadium Basketball Insider, asked 20 coaches in each conference to name the league’s top assistant coaches.

No surprise that Kenny Payne of Kentucky is one of the coaches picked in the Southeastern Conference.

Payne was a standout player at Louisville who enjoyed a successful professional career. He was an assistant coach at Oregon before UK coach John Calipari got him on his staff at UK in 2010.

Payne has turned into a huge mentor for players and great teacher for UK’s bigs.

SEC adds Alabama, Mississippi to Kentucky football schedule

Mark Stoops might by wondering, “Why a game at Alabama?” after seeing UK’s new SEC opponents. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — The Southeastern Conference announced the remainder of the conference football schedule Friday and Kentucky will make a visit to Alabama and play host to Ole Miss as part of a 10-game schedule this season.

The season will begin on Sept. 26 and teams will play 10 games in a 11-week period through Dec. 5.