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.”

Kash Daniel gave himself “personal kick in the tail” to help career take off

By LARRY VAUGHT

Senior linebacker Kash Daniel admits it took some soul-searching to lead to the performance he had last season where he was third on the team with 84 tackles and ranked 24th in the SEC with 6.3 tackles per game.

“After my freshman and sophomore years I was kind of thinking beyond football at that point because I was just a special teams guy and didn’t have priorities straight in my life about what I wanted to do,” said Daniel, a U.S. Army All-American coming out of Paintsville in eastern Kentucky. “I was falling behind in school and a lot of things like that.

Mark Stoops not happy with defense in first scrimmage

Kentucky’s defense left Mark Stoops wanting a lot more in Saturday’s scrimmage. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

No one could have been surprised that Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, a former defensive coordinator, was not happy with UK’s defense in its first preseason scrimmage on Saturday.

Remember Kentucky lost national defensive player of the year Josh Allen off last year’s team along with another three-year starter at linebacker in Jordan Jones. The entire secondary from last year is gone and UK’s most experienced returning defensive back went down with a season-ending leg injury before practice even started.

Josh Paschal “can’t wait for what God has in store” for him

By LARRY VAUGHT

Perhaps the best news from the first week of Kentucky’s preseason football practice came from redshirt sophomore linebacker Josh Paschal.

Remember it was just over a year ago that he was diagnosed with skin cancer. Even though he got back to play in a few games late in the season, Paschal had to continue to take treatments.

Or at least he did until he announced on social media this week that he had completed his “last immunotherapy treatment for melanoma.” As one might expect from Paschal, he had a lot of people to thank for helping him get through the last year.

UK commit Brandon Boston just “scratching the surface” of what he can do

By LARRY VAUGHT

Chris Fisher, recruiting analyst for The CatsPause and 247Sports Network, believes it weighed heavily on guard Brandon Boston Jr. when he visited UK during the season and the Cats thumped Auburn. That perception didn’t change even after Auburn beat UK in the Elite Eight.

Boston, a top 10 player, was UK’s first verbal commitment in the 2020 recruiting class.

“Kentucky really did a good job wrestling momentum away from Auburn and then Duke,” Fisher said. “It’s really a significant move to the get the No. 2 shooting guard and No. 10 overall player in the class committed.