Larry Vaught

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Not playing turned into a “blessing” for Jared Casey to end up at Kentucky

Jared Casey believes he can help UK’s defense this year. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He barely played at Trinity his sophomore year and then was injured his junior season after he transferred to Ballard. However, Jared Casey’s talent still made him a four-star recruit who originally committed to Oregon before a change of heart brought him to Kentucky.

“I am looking at the next level. That is why I came here to get coached by coach (Brad) White, one of the best coaches around,” said Casey, a freshman linebacker. “Everybody knows Kentucky is known for linebackers and I want to make it to the league (NFL) just like they did. This was just the obvious choice for me.”

Maci Morris excited about Italian adventure — mother a little more cautious

Maci Morris with Jaida Roper. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

She admits she’s a bit nervous about going to Italy to pursue a professional basketball career but former University of Kentucky star Maci Morris is also ready to “take advantage of the opportunity” in front of her.

She averaged 15.1 points per game her senior year at UK and made 75 3-pointers. Her 45.2 percent accuracy from 3-point range was sixth best in the nation but she still went undrafted in the WNBA draft. That led her to sign with the USE Basket Lions in Empoli, Italy — which is about 30 minutes from Florence.
 
She will know at least two players playing in the same league and says a couple of American men will be playing in the same area.

Stories only remind us just how unique/special Jared Lorenzen was

Jared Lorenzen (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Dick Gabriel was on the field for most of Jared Lorenzen’s games at Kentucky with his roles with WKYT-TV and the UK Radio Network.

“People who saw him play will never forget him … a guy his size just shouldn’t have been able to do the things on a football field that he did and yet, there he was every Saturday, seemingly defying the laws of football physics. People who will see him only on YouTube or SEC Network reruns will know they missed witnessing someone truly special,” Gabriel said.

Katie George closer to hear goal of working for ESPN

Katie George, a former Miss Kentucky, will be the college football sideline reporter for the new ACC Network.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Katie George started work for the new ACC Network this month and was in Charlotte recently for a two-day boot camp for on-air talent where she got to learn from personalities such as Holly Rowe and Maria Taylor.

She remembers sitting on the baseline for college basketball games at Kentucky and watching Kaylee Hartung, Laura Rutledge and others working for ESPN and the SEC Network. Now George has her chance.

A.J. Rose believes UK offense will “wake a lot of people up”

 

Snell was the showcase running back in Kentucky’s offense during the past three years but both parties have moved on as Snell ushers in his professional career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Wildcats have three candidates — A.J. Rose, Kavosiey Smoke and Chris Rodriguez — who are battling to replace Snell in the backfield during fall workouts.

Benny Snell’s mentality, toughness, IQ might be harder to replace than some believe

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Not having all-time leading rusher Benny Snell in the backfield certainly changes the Kentucky offense. Some seem to believe that a group of running backs led by junior A.J. Rose can do as much — or even more — than Snell did when he had three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

However, coach Mark Stoops recently noted that Snell’s presence had some intangible impact on the Kentucky offense as well.

Better fundamentals should make Terry Wilson even better

Terry Wilson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Few quarterbacks have won 10 games at Kentucky — ever. For Terry Wilson to have done it his first year after arriving as a junior college quarterback says a lot about him even if he did have Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher Benny Snell and national defensive player of the year Josh Allen leading the way.

But with Snell, Allen and others gone to the NFL, Wilson is going to be counted on to do a lot more this year. Coach Mark Stoops is confident he’ll do just that, too.

Agent Ed Berry: “There’s nothing wrong with Randall Cobb.”

Randall Cobb and agent Ed Berry are former UK teammates.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Agent Ed Berry is a little biased when it comes to one of his NFL clients, former Wildcat Randall Cobb.

He believes Cobb is set for a breakout season with Dallas this year after spending his first eight years in the NFL with Green Bay where he caught 470 passes for 5,524 yards and 75 touchdowns in 105 games. Green Bay, though, let him go after he had just 38 catches for 383 yards and two touchdowns in 2018 when injuries forced him to miss seven games.

Second favorite all-time UK Football player — Stephen Johnson and his amazing toughness

Stephen Johnson was hurt, but not out against Tennessee. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

Cliches are interesting to me. They are little kernels of truth wrapped up in an over-used phrase. You know, ones like “actions speak louder than words” or “every cloud has a silver lining” or maybe even “what goes around comes around.”  They can be valuable information, but the information is so valuable that each phrase becomes, well, over-used.

One of my favorites is “don’t judge a book by its cover.” It’s one of my favorites because I do it all the time, “judge a book by its cover,” that is. Not something I plan to do but it just happens.

UK defense didn’t have the “want to” in Saturday’s scrimmage

Jordan Griffin, left (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

Kentucky defensive back Jordan Griffin agreed with coach Mark Stoops and said the defense wasn’t up to par in UK’s first scrimmage on Saturday.

Griffin said the defense was “just really flat” during first scrimmage of fall camp and he added the path to improvement starts with himself and the rest of the defensive leaders on the team and “I just have to bring energy for my brothers” and working on the “little things that turn up big in the end.”