Snell’s presence rubs off on other Cats

Benny Snell (Keith Taylor Photo)

Benny Snell (Keith Taylor Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Not only has freshman running back Benny Snell brought a physical presence to the Kentucky offense, but he’s also rubbed off on other players on the team.

“He changes a lot of things. When you recruit, he’s what we thought he was going to be, but it just is a little faster than maybe you anticipated,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “But that hard nosed, great balance, tough runner, tough mindset, tough attitude, no BS about him.

Kentucky’s speed obvious in televised practice

De'Aaron Fox at Nike Hoop Summit practice. (USA Basketball Photo)

De’Aaron Fox at Nike Hoop Summit practice. (USA Basketball Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky had a televised infomercial on ESPNU Sunday night with as part of coach John Calipari’s showcase for NBA scouts to watch his talented team.

Metz Camfield of www.coachcal.com was on hand as always and posted his 10 biggest takeaways from the two-hour practice session.

Here are three of his observations that I liked best.

UK vs Vandy Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Stoops confident Johnson will improve

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

For Kentucky to get to six wins, quarterback Stephen Johnson has to become more accurate with his passing after completing just 10 of 24 passes against Vanderbilt and was lucky to just have one pass intercepted.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after Saturday’s win that there was no immediate move expected to rush Drew Barker, who left with a back injury after the first drive in UK’s third game.

Denzil Ware: “I just feel like everybody had lost faith in us.”

Here’s some of what Denzil Ware had to say after Kentucky’s win over Vanderbilt.
On Vanderbilt’s last drive down the field and what he was thinking…
“These boys can’t score, these boys can’t score, these boys can’t score. I’m trying to go home and have fun. You know tonight is homecoming and I just wanted to remember this night with a big victory.”

More toughness key to UK win over Vandy

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky managed to beat Vanderbilt 20-13 Saturday mainly because it was able to run for over 250 yards against a defense that could not consistently stop any of UK’s running backs.

“I thought we didn’t control the line of scrimmage when we needed to. I thought Kentucky did a great job all day of running the football,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. “Late in the ballgame, when we needed to get them off the field, we didn’t.

Mark Stoops: “It’s very hard to get something turned when it’s toxic and negative.”

By LARRY VAUGHT

When Kentucky struggled to beat New Mexico State after having already lost to Southern Mississippi and being thrashed by Florida, the Big Blue Nation was not happy.

Rumors about coach Mark Stoops’ program were rampant. Fans were unhappy with the coach and the team’s effort.

But now UK is 3-3 after a 20-13 win over Vanderbilt Saturday. Could it be that the Cats took on an attitude “of us against the world” to rally?

UK-Vanderbilt postgame notes, numbers

KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES

Vanderbilt at Kentucky

Commonwealth Stadium – Lexington, Ky.

Oct. 8, 2016

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 20, Vanderbilt 13

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 3-3 overall, 2-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt is 2-4 overall, 0-3 in the league.
  • With the win, Kentucky takes the lead in the all-time series, 43-42-4. The Wildcats lead in games played in Lexington, 24-15-2.
  • Kentucky is 2-2 or better in SEC play for the third consecutive season for the first time since 1976-79.

Ugly or not, Cats get needed win over Vanderbilt

By LARRY VAUGHT

When Kentucky opened the season losing to Southern Mississippi, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops  knew the negativity would be coming.

He told his team to stick together and stay the course no matter what.

Well, it might not look all that impressive, but UK has overcome an 0-2 start to even its record at 3-3 after Saturday’s 20-13 win over Vanderbilt.

No, it was  not a pretty second half after UK almost squandered a 17-3 halftime lead. But a win is a win is a win.

Could Calipari play zone this season?

Isaiah Briscoe could be UK's best defender. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe could be UK’s best defender. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

The lack of a dominant inside player certainly hurt Kentucky most of last season. So how does UK coach John Calipari feel about this year’s frontcourt players compared to last season?

“Isaac (Briscoe) is way better. Bam (Adebayo) hasn’t been on the court enough for me to give you an honest opinion of what I see. Then we have the stretch fours if we want to go that way or big threes,” Calipari said.