Son has made Josh Allen better leader, better player

Josh Allen applies the defensive pressure. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Allen says he’s a “better leader” this season for one primary reason.

“I knew that I had to step up this year from last year,” Allen said at SEC Media Days in Atlanta. ” So, I feel that I became a better leader and a better person.

“I recently had a son, and he has made me become a better person for him, not just for myself. For him and my teammates.

Houston Hogg to be inducted into Owensbor Walk of Fame July 27; ‘Black In Blue’ will be shown July 28 in Owensboro

The Foundation for Daviess County Public Schools (DCPS) Board of Directors and the Daviess County High School (DCHS) Class of 1967 invite classmates, friends, family and the general public to the official Owensboro Walk of Fame induction ceremony for Houston Hogg on  July 27.

The ceremony will be held at 7:45 p.m. at the Jagoe Homes Patio Stage on the BB&T Plaza at the RiverPark Center in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky, in conjunction with Friday After Five.

Emma Talley, Jacob Tamme, Mark Stoops, Eddie Gran will play in Barbasol Pro-Am Wednesday

Jacob Tamme (Larry Vaught Photo)

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – The Barbasol Championship has added four more star-powered names to Wednesday’s Pro-Am, with University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops and associate head coach/offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, former UK tight end and Boyle County standout Jacob Tamme, and Princeton, Ky., native and LPGA pro Emma Talley.

Eddie Gran

  • University of Kentucky Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator

 

Mark Stoops

  • University of Kentucky Head Coach

 

Jacob Tamme

  • Drafted in the fourth round by the Indianapolis Colts in 2008

Brittany Lincicome: “I just can’t stop smiling”

Brittany Lincecome (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Brittany Lincicome has enjoyed her first 24 hours in Kentucky.

“I just can’t stop smiling,” the LPGA Tour star said here Tuesday after playing the front nine in preparation for the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship that starts Thursday when she’ll become just the fifth woman to play in a PGA event. “It’s cool to be here.”

Lincicome joked she was hoping for a “firm and fast” track at Keene Trace Golf Club but Monday’s rain helped change that.

C.J. Conrad, Dorian Baker “do a lot” for Kentucky offense

C.J. Conrad (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

What if receiver Dorian Baker and tight end C.J. Conrad can both stay healthy this season? What would that mean to Kentucky’s offense this season?

Baker missed all of last season due to a preseason knee injury while Conrad missed the last three games — and was not near 100 percent in some other games — last season.

Conrad believes it would mean a lot to the offense if both stay healthy.

Emma Talley has busy “off” week that includes Barbasol Championship pro-am

Emma Talley, left, is looking forward to interacting with fans at the Barbasol Championship pro-am Wednesday. (LPGA Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Emma Talley’s “off week” is not what most would consider an off week from work.

The LPGA Tour rookie from Caldwell County tied for fifth in the Marathon Classic Sunday outside of Toledo, Ohio, and then drove five hours to Rockford, Ill., that night to play in a pro-am Monday. She drove another four hours Monday night to Champaign, Ill., before heading to Kentucky where she will play in the PGA Tour Barbasol Championship’s pro-am Wednesday.

Kentucky offer for Pendleton County’s Dontaie Allen could be coming in next few weeks

Dontaie Allen

By LARRY VAUGHT

Speculation continues about whether or not Pendleton County standout Dontaie Allen, one of the top contenders for 2019 Kentucky Mr. Basketball honors, will get a scholarship offer from Kentucky or not.

Southeastern Conference schools Florida, Auburn and Vanderbilt have all offered him. So has Western Kentucky, Xavier, Oklahoma, Illinois, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Saint Louis and others.

And yes, Louisville did make an offer to the 6-6 Allen Sunday after his impressive AAU play in Georgia last week.

Stoops says Freddie Maggard “a big piece” of developing players away from football

Freddie Maggard worked the UK Radio Network pregame show with Christi Thomas but won’t now that he’s on the UK staff.

By LARRY VAUGHT

During his SEC Media appearance Monday in Atlanta, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was asked about the impact former UK quarterback Freddie Maggard was having as the new director of player development for UK football.

The media member from Alabama said he had a “lot of respect” for Maggard and wondered exactly what his role would be.

Shelby Valley freshman Cassidy Jo Rowe gets fifth Division 1 offer

By LARRY VAUGHT

Shelby Valley freshman Cassidy Jo Rowe got another surprise Monday night — she got her fifth Division I scholarship offer less than a week after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during an AAU game in Chicago.

This one came from the University of Denver after she recently got one from Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell. She already had offers from Northern Kentucky, Murray and Morehead.

She averaged 9.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last year for Shelby Valley (29-5). She was 53 of 144 from 3-point range (38 percent) and 53 of her 69 field goals were from 3-point range.

Poised Gunnar Hoak, dynamic Terry Wilson both have Mark Stoops happy

Gunnar Hoak

ATLANTA, Ga. — As expected, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was asked about replacing quarterback Stephen Johnson at the SEC Media Days in Atlanta today.

He said he “liked where we’re at” with the quarterbacks and feels “very confident” going into preseason practice.

“Gunnar Hoak, he’s been in our system. He hasn’t played a college snap yet. He’s been in our system. He practiced a bunch. He knows what we are doing. He’s poised. He has always been poised since he stepped on campus,” Stoops said.