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Marshall County junior Zion Harmon waiting for Kentucky offer

Zion Harmon, right, with UK signee Tyrese Maxey at Marshall County last season. Maxey is now a freshman at UK and Harmon is hoping for a UK offer. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Even though he does not yet have a scholarship offer from Kentucky, Marshall County junior point guard Zion Harmon — ranked the 25th best player in the 2021 recruiting class by ESPN — has the Wildcats among his final seven college choices.

Mark Stoops: “Just winning in general is important.”

Mark Stoops, right, and Vince Marrow have UK on the winning path. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Kentucky ended a 31-game losing streak to Florida last season. If you ask both coaches, that outcome won’t have a bearing in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams set for Saturday at Kroger Field.

If anything, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops hopes the previous encounter against the Gators will “have a positive effect on our team” considering it took more than three decades to defeat Florida on the gridiron. The losing streak did produce several close calls prior to last year’s contest, including a 24-20 setback in 1993 and a 36-30 setback in triple overtime loss five years ago in Gainesville.

Kentucky-Cleveland State Volleyball Photo Gallery by Vicky Graff

Kentucky volleyball sweeps Cleveland State

ByJordan Colquitt, UK Communications

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 15 Kentucky Volleyball team began the Bluegrass Battle with a 3-0 win against the Cleveland State Vikings, using their offensive firepower led by Leah Edmond, Alli Stumler and Leah Meyer to pull away, sweeping the Vikings 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-9) on Friday afternoon.

With the win, Kentucky improves to 5-2 to open the 2019 season and is now 1-0 inside of Memorial Coliseum.

UK Athletics to Induct Hall of Fame Class of 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend in conjunction with Saturday’s football game vs. Florida.

DeMarcus Cousins (men’s basketball), Henri Junghänel (rifle), A’dia Mathies (women’s basketball), Vic Nelson (track/cross country), Don Weber (track/cross country) and Andre’ Woodson (football) will officially join the ranks of Wildcat greats in the Hall of Fame with a private induction ceremony on Friday. The Hall of Famers also will be recognized during the football game, which kicks off at 7 p.m.

Kentucky’s “tall receiver” figures to keep getting better

Receiver Ahmad Wagner could be talking to ESPN and others about a lot more big plays before this season ends. (Lacy Robinson Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

As soon as he got to Kentucky, he became known as the “tall receiver” to many Kentucky fans which was easy to understand since he is 6-7.

But now more and more Kentucky fans are beginning to know the “tall receiver” is Ahmad Wagner, who had three catches for 71 yards — including a 54-yard reception for his first UK touchdown — in last week’s win over Eastern Michigan.

Could Kentucky offense be better with Sawyer Smith?

Quarterback Sawyer Smith (12) threw two touchdown passes against Eastern Michigan. Saturday he will start against Florida.(Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

Now don’t get me wrong. I love Terry Wilson as the quarterback at Kentucky. Phenomenal player and a great team guy, but what if Kentucky has just as good, or maybe better, offense with Sawyer Smith leading the team?

What if the offensive attack for UK becomes even more balanced and teams have to honor the deep pass down the sideline or the post pattern to the tight end over the middle? That might allow more running lanes to open up for the running backs.

Landon Young maed to Good Works Team

By UK ATHLETICS

University of Kentucky junior offensive tackle has been selected to the 2019 Allstate AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) Good Works Team®, an annual award given to college football players for the impact they make off the field.

The list of 22 student-athletes (11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision; 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)) and one honorary coach was narrowed from a list of 137 nominees by an esteemed panel of judges, including Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN) and Tim Tebow (Florida, 2009 team) but these players stood out for their leadership in local communities and overall commitment to giving back.

Lance Ware’s commitment moved UK to No. 1 in recruiting rankings

Lance Ware

By LARRY VAUGHT

Having four-star power forward Lance Ware pick Kentucky was really not a surprise because it had seemed to be coming for weeks before he verbally committed Thursday.

Ware had made it clear he liked everything about Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Cats and fans/media at Michigan, Ohio State, Providence and Miami had all but conceded he would pick the more high profile Cats Thursday.

The 6-9 forward is a top 35 prospect in the 2020 recruiting class and No. 5 power forward.
The Camden, N.J., star gives Calipari three commitments already in the 2020 class as he joins five-star guard BJ Boston Jr. and four-star forward Cam’Ron Fletcher, another top 40 player.

Is John Calipari or Vince Marrow the better recruiter?

John Calipari  (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Who do you think is the better recruiter, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari or UK football recruiting coordinator  Vince Marrow.

The more I thought about the question, the harder it became for me to answer. Calipari obviously has had the higher ranked recruiting classes — but shouldn’t he considering the magnitude and tradition of Kentucky basketball.

Yet what Marrow has helped the football program do during his time as recruiting coordinator is unprecedented. He’s bringing in big-time talent consistently that few ever thought UK football could and has helped make UK football a national brand. Marrow also has to help recruit up to 25 players annually while Calipari and his staff usually target four to six players.