Darin Hinshaw: “All our quarterbacks have to run.”

Quarterback Terry Wilson will be looking for running room again this season. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw created a little bit of a buzz when he said quarterback Terry Wilson might throw 40 times per game – twice his average from last year – this season. Coach Mark Stoops didn’t totally embrace that thought at UK’s Media Day but also said he would do “whatever it takes to win” and did not rule out passing more with all-time leading rusher Benny Snell Jr. gone on offense and All-American Josh Allen and five secondary players gone off defense.

What makes Vince Marrow such a dynamic recruiter?

Lynn Bowden, Vince Marrow


What makes Vince Marrow such a dynamic recruiter for Kentucky football?

“I have four kids of my own and a son who played at Alabama and won a national title,” Marrow, UK’s recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach, said. “You have to find out what kids’ interest are and what their parents are interested in. Who are the decision makers in the kid’s life? What ups and downs has he been through?

Super trio not likely to play together in college

Brandon Boston


Some believe that 2020 recruits Brandon “B.J.” Boston, Josh Christopher and Jalen Green could all play together in college as they have talked about.

Rivals.com recruiting writer Krysten Peek is not one of them. She just thinks the three top 10 players would not fit together that well.

Peek has seen Christopher and Green “teasing fans on Twitter” about playing together and/or playing with Boston, who is verbally committed to Kentucky.

“They are kind of similar players, so I can’t see both of them fitting into the same team and it definitely is not going to happen with Boston and both of them,” Peek said.

What’s going on with Travis Tisdale, Mason Wolfe, Moses Douglas

Travis Tisdale (Vicky Graff Photo)


With Kentucky’s season-opening football game only three weeks from Saturday, there’s been a lot of attention on numerous Kentucky players who should play huge roles for coach Mark Stoops this year.

But what about a look at a few players you may not have heard much about.

— Freshman running back Travis Tisdale.

“What I like about him is he’s really fast. As we talked about where we were with our running backs, we had guys that were 5-foot-11 to 6-2, 200 pounds. Had the big guys. We wanted a different change of speed. We went out and we looked, we found him,” UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said.

Mark Stoops: “We’re not interested in going back.”

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)


One thing Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has not done since last year’s 10-3 mark is to downplay what he expects from his team this year.

Nationally few seem to have much confidence in Stoops’ team this year, but he’s never wavered in his public comments that his team can do well when the season starts Aug. 31 against Toledo.

“We’re not interested in going back.  We’re not here to take steps backwards.  We’re not,” Stoops said. “We’re continuing to grow.  We’re continuing to improve the program.”

Who can fill Benny Snell’s shoes?

Kash Daniel (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

Everyone knows that Benny Snell was a great player and leader for Kentucky football. But how important was he? Was his leadership essential to Kentucky football being able to move from the bottom of the SEC ladder to near the top?

As a running back is he irreplaceable and now, because of that, Kentucky football will fall back into the SEC abyss with Vanderbilt and Arkansas? Here’s my take on Benny Snell and his role at UK.

Vince Marrow might be ready for another recruiting Yahtzee … but this time it will be for his daughter

Vince Marrow (Wade Upchurch Photo)


It could be any time when Kentucky football recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow is able to shout “Yahtzee” again.

This time, though, it won’t be for a Kentucky football recruit. It could be for another Kentucky recruit, though.

His daughter, Aryanna, who will be a senior at Lexington Catholic, is a terrific softball player. She hits for power and plays third base or first base. She’s a part of an elite travel team and has numerous Division I offers.

“She is a talented young lady and good kid,” said Vince Marrow. “God has blessed her.”

Recruiting writer Krysten Peek believes Cam’Ron Fletcher was “huge get” for Kentucky

Cam’Ron Fletcher (Nike Photo)


Rivals.com recruiting writer Krysten Peek believes 6-6, 210-pound forward Cam’ron Fletcher of St. Louis was a “huge get” for Kentucky.

Fletcher because the second verbal commit in UK’s 2020 recruiting class when he joined guard Brandon Boston on John Calipari’s list.

“I love him,” Peek said. “Everyone just thought Michigan State had him locked up, but he was waiting for that Kentucky offer. Once he got that offer, it was over.”

Peek thinks he could be a perfect fit for Calipari’s system.

Kentucky plays at Auburn in 2020, has just one open date

Mark Stoops (Wade Upchurch Photo)


Most of us are still trying to figure out exactly what kind of success we think coach Mark Stoops’ team will have this year but Wednesday the Southeastern Conference was already thinking ahead and released the complete 2020 schedules for every conference team.

Kentucky has eight home games this year and will have seven in 2020 when the Cats play at Louisville instead of hosting the Cardinals to end the season.

Kentucky will open the 2020 season against Eastern Michigan Sept. 5, a game that should not be quite as difficult as this year’s opener against Toledo.

Mitch Barnhart: UK doesn’t need best house in neighborhood as long as it is in neighborhood like it is now with facilities

Kentucky added a cold pool at its new training facility during renovations that were cutting edge at the time but now might need upgraded again to keep up with other SEC programs. (Vicky Graff Photo)


No matter how much Kentucky seems to spend to upgrade facilities, it’s never enough to get ahead — or sometimes even stay even with what other Southeastern Conference teams do.

Recently LSU unveiled upgrades to its football facility that made national headlines and made what UK did to upgrade its facilities recently not seem quite so grand.