Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald’s versatility will put pressure on UK defense

Safety Mike Edwards (7) and linebacker Kash Daniel (56) will be tested by Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

There’s not just one thing that makes Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who was virtually unstoppable for the Kentucky defense in last year’s 45-7 State win, so difficult to defend.

“He has experience. He’s physical. He makes plays when he has to. He’s talented with his arm,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. “As always, when you play a team like this that’s not only physical at running the ball but they have a physical quarterback and they use quarterback runs, that makes you play with numbers, and then he’s talented enough and their receiving corp and tight ends are talented enough to hurt you throwing the ball. So, it puts a lot of pressure on you.”

Mark Stoops calls Mississippi State “big opportunity” for his team to get marquee home win

Quarterback Terry Wilson will be looking for running room Saturday against Mississippi State. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Give Mark Stoops credit for his honesty for not knowing what to compare the expected crowd for Saturday night’s game against Mississippi State to based on past UK experiences.

“I just hope and expect to have a great crowd. I’m sure we will. The Big Blue Nation has not disappointed us in these big opportunities,” Stoops said Monday. “The team is excited about being here and being in this environment and working extremely hard this week to give ourselves an opportunity to win.”

Lynn Bowden: “We expect to win every game.”

Lynn Bowden (1) celebrates against Murray. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Maybe it’s not that significant, but count me as one glad to see the Kentucky football team feeling a little swaggy going into Saturday night’s game with No. 14 Mississippi State.

Kentucky football doesn’t have a lot of experience handling prosperity like it must right now. Kentucky is 3-0 with a win over Florida, something that had not happened for 31 straight years. Now a win over Mississippi State would vault UK into the national rankings and establish UK as a legitimate SEC Eastern Division contender.

Josh Allen: “We have to move on” (Savanah Stevens video

UK Football: Depth is the key

Chris Rodriguez (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

The University of Kentucky’s 48-10 football win Saturday over FCS opponent Murray State could look like just another day at the office for an outsider looking in. But for UK fans it was anything but. For those fans that have been watching the Wildcats throughout the Mark Stoops era know anytime you play an in-state school – FCS or not – anything can happen. A loss to Western Kentucky early on in Head Coach Mark Stoops career and two close wins versus Eastern Kentucky University in 2015 and 2017 will attest to that. 

Benny Snell on freshman running back Chris Rodriguez, Mississippi State (Savanah Stevens Video)

Wildcats sweep Chattanooga to tune up for SEC play

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In their final tune-up before opening Southeastern Conference action next week, the No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats downed Chattanooga by a 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-17) score on Sunday in front of 1,704 fans inside of Memorial Coliseum.

With the win, Kentucky improves to 6-4 on the year. Chattanooga falls to 4-9. UK will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee, on Sunday to open league play against the Lady Vols. Match time is set for 1 p.m. and it will air live on the SEC Network.

What Kicker Miles Butler Had to Say after Saturday’s win (Savanah Stevens Video)

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Sonny Collins not keeping up with Benny Snell’s pursuit of his all-time rushing record

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Benny Snell will be chasing Sonny Collins’ rushing record at Kentucky all season. Collins rushed for 3,835 yards and 26 touchdowns before becoming a second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 1976 draft. He was a three-time all-SEC pick and SEC Player of the Year in 1973.

He now lives in Georgia and is retired from Delta Airlines.

Kentucky-Murray Photo Gallery by Wade Upchurch