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Toth, Williams Make Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Team

Jon Toth/  Photo by Britney McIntosh | UK Athletics

Jon Toth/
Photo by Britney McIntosh | UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior center Jon Toth and junior running back Stanley “Boom” Williams were named to the Coaches’ Preseason All-Southeastern Conference Third Team by the 14 league coaches, it was announced Thursday.

This marked the 14th consecutive year of the SEC Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Team. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. 

Toth, who hails from Indianapolis, is one of four returning starters on the offensive line and is considered one of the top centers in college football for the second straight season. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior, will enter his final campaign having played in 36 games with 35 consecutive starts. Last season, he helped UK’s four-man running back rotation collect 1,855 yards.

ESPN’s Herbstreit “can’t imagine” Cards not winning 10 games

Louisville players celebrated after beating UK last year. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Louisville players celebrated after beating UK last year. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Louisville is one of five ranked teams on the Kentucky football schedule. Even though the Wildcats don’t face Louisville until the final game of the season, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit had some interesting insights on the Cards and quarterback Lamar Jackson during a media teleconference Wednesday.

“They’re the sleeper this year in the ACC with all the talk about Florida State and Clemson. There are a lot of people talking about Florida State and Clemson both getting into the (national championship) playoff,” Herbstreit said.

ESPN analyst Herbstreit expects improvement from UK


Before Kentucky hired Mark Stoops, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit was perhaps the first to note that Stoops would be a solid hire for Kentucky.

He was on a conference call Wednesday to talk about the upcoming season.

Herbstreit said he thought Stoops was a talented defensive coordinator at Florida State.

“I think getting away from his brother, Mike, who is at Arizona and he was the defensive coordinator and kind of getting out on his own and he ended up at Florida State and having a great deal of success. I knew what kind of leader he was. I knew what kind of recruiter he could be. I just thought if he finally got an opportunity to be his own guy, he would have a chance to do pretty well,” Herbstreit said.

Season ticket holders can tour training facility Sept. 10

Cold pool at new training facility. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Cold pool at new training facility. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Season ticket holders are invited to an open house at the newly opened Kentucky Football Training Facility on Sept. 10. The event will last from 8-11 a.m. and end in time for fans to return home to watch the Wildcats’ road game that Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Season ticket holders will be able to enjoy self-guided tours of the new headquarters of Kentucky football, with athletics department staff stationed throughout. Since the team will be in Gainesville, Fla., preparing for a showdown with Florida, fans will have access to the weight room, nutrition center, locker room, team room, practice fields and more.

More mature tackle Kyle Meadows lot more consistent

Kyle Meadows, left, has matured and it shows. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Kyle Meadows, left, has matured and it shows. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)


One offensive lineman who has not had a lot said about him this month is junior tackle Kyle Meadows. However, coach John Schlarman could not be happier with Meadows’ play.

Schlarman says he has “matured in every aspect” of football not just in the last two years but from March until now.

“Off the field, on the field. I really like his mindset and where’s he at right now. Sometimes it is just a maturity factor. Physically and mentally, some guys are just a little later than other guys,” the UK offensive line coach said. “From March to now, he’s really done a good job with his focus and consistency.

Champions Classic will continue through 2019

UK defense 2LEXINGTON, Ky. – College basketball’s season-opening marquee event, the Champions Classic, which has pitted the best against the best for the last six seasons, was renewed and will continue through the 2019 season. Kentucky will continue to be a part of it.

The Kentucky men’s basketball program, in conjunction with Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and ESPN, will continue the doubleheader series through the 2019 season. The event began in 2011 in esteemed Madison Square Garden in which Kentucky earned a 75-65 win over Kansas, while Duke prevailed over Michigan State. The teams have rotated opponents along with varying cities allowing fans all across the country to watch one of the nation’s premier basketball events.

Eddie Gran: “It’s about winning”


Kentucky coaches have already been watching what offensive coordinator Eddie Gran calls “tons” of film on Southern Mississippi to prepare for the Sept. 3 opener.

The Cats start actual game preparation when they return to practice Thursday after taking today off when classes resume on campus.

“Coach has allowed us with some great meeting time. We’ve already been walking through, doing what we need to do for them. Getting a start, and a nice introduction. So, we’re, I think, ahead that way. Which you should be. It’s your first game,” Gran said Tuesday.

Look for RB Benny Snell to play this year


Kentucky has four returning running backs with game experience, but don’t be surprised if true freshman Benny Snell gets a chance to play in UK’s opening game against Southern Mississippi.

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has been impressed with Gran and was when he took a big hit in Saturday’s scrimmage and not only held on to the ball, but did not let the play impact him.

“Sometimes kids get hit, it’s football. We’re going to protect our players and all that, but sometimes in the heat of the moment, that happens. Two weeks ago, Benny would’ve reacted differently. Here he got up like a grown man, jogged, did his deal, came back to the huddle,” Gran said.

Jon Toth, JoJo Kemp on Senior Bowl watch list

JoJo Kemp (3) is on the Senior Bowl watch list. (Vicky Graff Photo)

JoJo Kemp (3) is on the Senior Bowl watch list. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior running back Jojo Kemp and senior center Jon Toth were named to the Reese’s Senior Bowl watch list it was announced Tuesday.

Kemp, a native of DeLand, Florida, has been a key offensive weapon in his three seasons as a Wildcat. He has amassed 1,360 rushing yards in his career which ranks 22nd on UK’s all-time list. Last season, Kemp was second on the team in carries (98) and rushing yards (555), tying Stanley “Boom” Williams for the team lead with six TD rushes.

Stoops expects Kash Daniel, T.J. Carter to play this year

Kash Daniel (56) and Landon Young (67) could both play as freshmen. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kash Daniel (56) and Landon Young (67) could both play as freshmen. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Freshmen Kash Daniel, a linebacker, and T.J. Carter, a defensive lineman, apparently will both play this season.

“I think T.J. Carter is a guy that will play, that we’ll need to bring along and play. Kash, I think is a guy that we have to look at defensively,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after Monday’s practice.

He did not mention any freshmen offensive players even though offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has indicated running back Benny Snell and tackle Landon Young have both impressed him.