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How much can Terry Wilson improve this season?

Terry Wilson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Terry Wilson won 10 games as Kentucky’s starting quarterback last year. Was he perfect? Certainly not. Can he get better? Absolutely. But did Kentucky also fail to make some plays last season that could have made him look even better? The Cats sure did.

” If you really go back and study, Terry really did a nice job and our coaches did a great job,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “(Quarterback coach) Darin Hinshaw spent a lot of time with him.

BetAmerica.com has praise for Kentucky, not as much love for Gators as most

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky football fans have not been overly thrilled with the lack of confidence Las Vegas oddsmakers — along with many national college football analysts — have shown in the Wildcats.

It didn’t help when Kentucky was picked to finish SIXTH in the SEC Eastern Division by media members last week at SEC Media Days even though the Cats won 10 games last year and have been second in the SEC East the last two years.

Tyrese Maxey making Cade Cunningham his No. 1 target

Cade Cunningham (USA Basketball)

By LARRY VAUGHT

The recruiting consensus seems to be that top 2020 prospect Cade Cunningham will go to Oklahoma State after his brother was hired as an assistant coach there recently.

However, Kentucky freshman Tyrese Maxey apparently has not given up on getting Cunningham to come from Texas to UK like Maxey did. Cunningham is ranked as high as No. 2 in the 2020 class and his offers include Duke, Kansas, Florida along with UK and Oklahoma State obviously.

Maxey told USA Today that he talks and texts Cunningham and knows that coach John Calipari “will take care of him” if he comes to UK.

Inexperienced seconday has to “win some one-on-one battles”

Mark Stoops (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky has to basically replace its top five secondary players off last year’s 10-3 team — a much bigger concern than even replacing national defensive player of the year Josh Allen and all-time leading rusher Benny Snell Jr. for coach Mark Stoops and his staff.

Kentucky has players that were in backup roles last year in the secondary that Stoops believes can do what the team needs — except they lack the experience his senior defensive backs had last year.

“Nobody loves Kentucky more than Kyle (Macy)” no matter what he says

Kyle Macy, left, and Jack Givens, right. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kyle Macy has to be one of the most popular basketball players ever to play at Kentucky. He was the starting point guard on the 1978 national championship team, a three-time All-American and 1980 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year playing for Joe Hall after transferring from Purdue.

He scored 1,411 points and had 470 assists in his career and was a deadly free-throw shooter — he had the UK single-season record until Tyler Herro shot a higher percentage last season.

Sophomore Cullan Brown shines at Barbasol Championship

Cullan Brown wanted to have a great experience at the Barbasol Championship … and did. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By UK ATHLETICS

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Appearing in his first-ever PGA event, sophomore Kentucky men’s golfer Cullan Brown provided the Blue and White faithful with quite a show shooting 10-under par for the tournament and logging par-or-better scores during all four rounds at the Barbasol Championship held at the local Keene Trace Course in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Former Wildcats Stephen Stallings and Chip McDaniel also carded under-par scores during the local PGA event.

UK freshman Keion Brooks’ weakness could be setting the “bar too high” for himself

Keion Brooks Jr. (USA Basketball Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky freshman Keion Brooks Jr. has had a knack for making big shots at the biggest moments during his career. That’s also an attribute John Calipari and his staff like.

“Keion has worked on shooting the ball from different spots on the floor from all kind of different angles,” the player’s father, Keion Brooks Sr., said.

“If he has a weakness, it might be that he sometimes sets the bar too high. He’s almost a basketball perfectionist who is never satisfied with what he has done.

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.”