Kash Daniel “getting better every week”

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman linebacker Kash Daniel is making progress that could get him on the field more.

“Kash is a player that takes the game very seriously. Kash has worked extremely hard. Kash is athletically ready to play this year. He’s big, he’s fast, he’s physical. He’s still picking up the scheme, but I see him getting better every week,” UK defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said.

Daniel did get more playing time in  last week’s win over South Carolina in relief of starting middle linebacker Courtney Love.

Expect Matt Elam to play more at Alabama

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Matt Elam (69) may have earned more playing time against Alabama. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky  nose guard Matt Elam has taken a lot of criticism from fans over his play this season. Yet defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said Wednesday that he thought Elam “played hard” in last week’s win over South Carolina.

“I thought he came off the ball harder and struck blockers. I thought he even rushed the passer decent. We got some good push.”

Kentucky plays at Alabama Saturday night. Alabama is the school that Elam turned down to play at UK. Alabama is also a power team that could result in Elam playing more.

Guest post: Why does football get a pass on so many transfers?

Mikel Horton is the most recent Cat to announce he would transfer. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mikel Horton is the most recent Cat to announce he would transfer. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL

It seems odd to me that Matthew Mitchell has six players leave and athletics director Mitch Barnhart has a sit down with Matthew Mitchell about areas he needs to change and improve or start looking for another coaching job whereas Mark Stoops has nine players transfer from one class of 28 (all highly rated but couldn’t get on the field) and it seems like it is treated as “business as usual.”

Guest post: Re-energized Tiger Woods good for Ryder Cup, golf

Tiger Woods looks fit, ready and imposing again at the Ryder Cup. (Jessica Cornelius Photo)

Tiger Woods looks fit, ready and imposing again at the Ryder Cup. (Jessica Cornelius Photo)

By JESSICA CORNELIUS

CHASKA, Minn. — This picture spoke a thousand words to me yesterday. Tiger Woods, one of the 2016 Vice-Captains for the USA Ryder Cup team, walking ahead of his designated foursome of U.S. players during their practice round.

Each Vice Captain was assigned to a group to observe, advise and guide the group through the masses of fans and gentle rolling mounds on the greens. This Tiger was saucy, confident, and even daring you to confront his “guys.” He was protective yet announcing their arrival at each tee.

Mikel Horton envisioned ESPN 30 for 30, national title at UK — not transferring

Mikel Horton (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mikel Horton (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just over two years ago Kentucky coach Mark Stoops hailed Ohio running back Mikel Horton for his talent and leadership in helping putting together UK’s highly ranked 2014 recruiting class.

Horton enrolled at UK midway through his high school senior season and was ranked as one of the top 15 running backs in the nation.

He played in every game as a freshman and sophomore, but he’s played sparingly this year and has left the team and will transfer when the semester ends. Stoops, though, didn’t seem all that upset about Horton’s departure on the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday.

Tent City Live Presented by Papa John’s Set for Thursday

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The UK Sports Network will once again join fans for the Big Blue Madness Campout Thursday, with the return of “Tent City Live presented by Papa John’s.”

Broadcasting from the Coca-Cola Stage, now located between the Joe Craft Center and Wildcat Coal Lodge, the live stream will air Thursday, Sept. 29 from 7-10 p.m. ET on UKathletics.com/tentcitylive and via the official UK Gameday App. Fans in Lexington can also tune in to 630 WLAP-AM to listen to the radio broadcast of the show.

Gran says UK must “play our best football” at Alabama

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

“A bunch of war daddies” is what Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says his team will be facing Saturday night when it plays at No. 1 Alabama.

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran sees an exciting challenge waiting for UK.

“The No. 1 team in the country, we get to go on the road. It’s exciting. That’s why these guys came here, to play in this kind of atmosphere. We’re going to have to go out and play our best football,” Gran said Tuesday.

Katie George, Freddie Maggard will be guest on Thursday radio shows

Katie George

Katie George

By LARRY VAUGHT

On Thursday I am lucky to be joined by two of my favorite people when Katie George is on WPBK (102.9 FM) from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and then Freddie Maggard will be on WKYB (107.5 FM) from 6-7 p.m. for Cat Calls from Mallard’s on the Danville Bypass.

George is a former national prep volleyball player of the year from Assumption High School in Louisville and was the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year at the University of Louisville. She also earned NCAA All-American honors as well as Academic All-American honors. George graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville in three years with a Bachelors in Communications and minor in Sports Administration

Rice Named SEC Women’s Basketball Leadership Council Vice Chair

Alyssa Rice (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alyssa Rice (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball junior Alyssa Rice has been elected by her peers in the league as vice chair of the Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Leadership Council, it was announced Tuesday by the league office.

“I am honored to have been named vice chair of the SEC Women’s Basketball Leadership Council,” Rice said. “I am blessed to have been given this opportunity and look forward to working with this great group of young women to help continue to improve the overall student-athlete experience. After just one meeting, I am truly excited to see what the future holds for this group and the SEC.”

Guest post: Pressure already building at Ryder Cup

Jessica Cornelius

Jessica Cornelius

Vaught’s note: Jessica Cornelius of Stanford, a former Kentucky Women’s Amateur champion, is in Minnesota working as a volunteer at the Ryder Cup that will include Kentucky’s J.B. Holmes. She will share updates on her experience all week.

By JESSICA CORNELIUS

Tuesday was warm up day at the Ryder Cup, not only for the players but for fans. The 24 players, 12 representing the USA and 12 from “across the pond,” practiced their skills with captains, vice-captains, and swing coaches watching their every move.