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Mark Stoops “proud” of way Cats have responded to Tennessee loss

Lynn Bowden (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Mark Stoops has been pleased with his team’s response coming off a disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee and saw no signs of a letdown going into Saturday’s contest at Vanderbilt.

“I really feel that coming off a tough loss they had their focus early in the week,” Stoops said earlier this week. “Any time you come off a tough loss like that you have to bounce back quick. I’m proud of our team and the way they’ve responded. I feel good about it. Hopefully it’ll carry over Saturday, we’ll go down there and play a good, complete football game. We’ll need to. (I’m) excited about the opportunity.”

LCA star Laney Frye signs with Kentucy

Laney Frye

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky’s top high school girls golfer in the class of 2020 is staying home to play at the University of Kentucky.

Laney Frye, out of Lexington Christian Academy, signed a national letter of intent with the UK women’s golf team this week. She will join the Wildcats beginning with the 2020-21 season.

“We are very excited to add Laney to our Kentucky family,” UK head coach Golda Borst said. “She is one of the strongest players to come out of our state and it means a great deal to us that she chose to stay close to home and represent the Wildcats.

Tyrese Maxey says Cats can’t “dwell” on Evansville loss

Tyrese Maxey (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Give freshman Tyrese Maxey credit for quickly agreeing with what coach John Calipari said was a huge problem in Kentucky’s stunning loss to Evansville — a lack of toughness that showed up in a lack of aggressiveness and giving up two late offensive rebounds in the 67-64 loss.

“Yeah he’s right. We have to get those rebounds down the stretch, I have to make those free throws,” Maxey said. “Like he said, we just have to be tougher defensively, stand in front of our man, and not leave the corners. We have to get rebounds, we have to stay aggressive. It’s a tough one but we will bounce back.”

Could Lynn Bowden help John Calipari’s team?

Lynn Bowden got a lot of attention for his basketball play in high school. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just a few hours after Kentucky junior Lynn Bowden was named a finalist for the Hornung Award that goes to the nation’s most versatile football player, he took to social media to show that he might be willing to show off even more of his versatility.

“@UKCoachCalipari ** I do missing hooping a little,” Bowden posted on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Dusty Bonner: “What Eddie Gran has done is pure genius.”

Eddie Gran (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Kentucky quarterback Dusty Bonner believes that Kentucky’s game plan against Tennessee last week “worked” and everything was set up for UK to win thanks in part to offensive coordinator Eddie Gran — which won’t be a popular opinion with a lot of Kentucky fans.

“Tennessee was really talented and had a lot of athletes. Several plays Eddie Gran dialed up that were “home run shots” were there but the throws just did not get hit by receiver turned quarterback Lynn Bowden.

Keion Brooks Jr. appreciates John Calipari “yelling at me”

Keion Brooks Jr. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Keion Brooks is used to receiving constructive criticism from his father and that’s why he’s not taking John Calipari’s rants personally.

“If he’s not yelling at me like that, he probably doesn’t care about me so I appreciate him coaching me hard and staying on me at all times,” Brooks said. “I grew up with my dad coaching me so it’s nothing I haven’t seen before.”

Although his father Keion Sr., who played at  Wright State, has been known to voice is displeasure at times, Brooks gives his current coach the edge when it comes to making sure he stays on task at all times.

Lynn Bowden finalist for Paul Hornung Award

Lynn Bowden with offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky junior athlete Lynn Bowden Jr. has been named a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award which recognizes the most versatile player in college football, it was announced today by the Louisville Sports Commission.

Bowden, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, played wide receiver / punt returner / kickoff returner the first five games of the season, then started at quarterback the last three games when the Kentucky QB corps was decimated by injuries. Since becoming the Cats’ starting QB, Bowden has led UK to wins over Arkansas and Missouri and has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll three times, tied for most in the nation. He also has earned Southeastern Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week twice.

John Calipari on UK offense: “Dude twice jacked up 3’s like it’s high school”

John Calipari didn’t think Nate Sestina was tough enough against Evansville. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the Wildcats “weren’t passing the ball to each other” against in Tuesday night’s loss to Evansville and added his team’s lack of toughness, especially in the post, continues to be an issue.

John Calipari remains “confident about this group of great kids”

Tyrese Maxey (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Late Wednesday it was time for Kentucky coach John Calipari to give Big Blue Nation a bit of a pep talk after Tuesday night’s shocking 67-64 loss to Evansville, the most unexpected loss of the Calipari era at Kentucky.

Calipari took to social media to see if he could help put the loss in perspective for Kentucky fans. Calipari tweeted the following message.

“Left the office a little bit ago. Losing any game stinks but losing at home is even worse. As always, we grieve for 24 hours and then we move on. The two areas I’ve said for weeks that this team needs to improve on is TOUGHNESS and offensive cohesion.

Mark Stoops knows “we are not perfect” as he tries to find ways to win games

Sawyer Smith played only one play — a quarterback sneak — in last week’s loss to Tennessee. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Even if he would like to play more true freshmen, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said it is “hard to just throw them in” this late in the season.

“With us and the explosiveness and balance as we were talking about in the past game and the fair questions on whether to go with (quarterback) Sawyer (Smith) or not, it does get hard to what you evolve to, what you morph to, and that is part of it as coaches, to put them in the best position you can,” Stoops said.