Why not Austin’s Rose rocking ‘Devil Went Down to Georgia’ for UK-Georgia pregame concert

Taylor Cornilles and Tim Gore of Austin's Rose are UK fans and could make a perfect duo for a UK pregame concert.

Taylor Cornilles and Tim Gore of Austin’s Rose are UK fans and could make a perfect duo for a UK pregame concert.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s pregame football concerts last year were a big hit with fans — and groups that performed.

So far only one pregame concert has been set for this year. I am still hearing that one with J.D. Shelburne might be coming again and that would be great.

But today I want to suggest that when Kentucky hosts Georgia on Nov. 5, a perfect presume duo would be Austin’s Rose.

Eliot knows stopping Mullens, Smith will not be easy

D.J. Eliot (Vicky Graff Photo)

D.J. Eliot (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Southern Mississippi’s Nick Mullens could be the best quarterback that Kentucky will face this season. He’s one of the nation’s most productive returning quarterbacks and certainly will test the UK defense Saturday night.

“I think along with having a very accurate arm, he makes very good decisions. He manages the game well. He knows the situations,” Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said. “He knows what to do with the ball, and so he’s not only an excellent passer. He’s also an excellent decision maker.”

2016 Football Game-Day Information

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With the countdown to the kickoff of the 2016 Kentucky football season in its final days, UK Athletics has announced the following reminders and changes to game-day operations on Saturdays at Commonwealth Stadium this fall.

The headquarters for information about game day at Commonwealth Stadium is http://ukathleticsgameday.com/football/. Fans are strongly encouraged to visit the site prior to attending games this fall for complete information about all game-day operations, including the reminders and changes listed below.

WHAT UK FOOTBALL FANS NEED TO KNOW FOR HOME GAMES IN 2016:

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Injured WR Baker believes he can play Saturday

Dorian Baker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Dorian Baker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Dorian Baker had 55 catches for 608 yards and three touchdowns last season but was haunted by several key drops.

He was determined to correct that issue this season and had been impressing offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and receivers coach Lamar Thomas before he pulled a hamstring two weeks into preseason practice.

He missed UK’s second scrimmage and has been limited in practice. He stayed late Tuesday catching extra balls from UK’s JUGS machine.

Eddie Gran: “What you don’t want to do is chase ghosts.”

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky fans have talked and speculated a lot about what  kind of offense Southern Mississippi will have Saturday under the direction of former UK offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson.

But what about the Southern Mississippi defense? That’s the concern for UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran.

“They’re very multiple in what they’re doing. They’re in an odd front, jumped into an even front. So, I think we’re going to get multiple stuff,” said Gran.

Gran likes way receivers being unselfish

Kentucky receivers are being unselfish and coach Eddie Gran likes that. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky receivers are being unselfish and coach Eddie Gran likes that. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Consistency is what offensive coordinator Eddie Gran sees between quarterback Drew Barker and his receivers. But there’s also one more important thing he sees from the receivers.

“I just see guys not being selfish,” he said.

May not sound like a big deal, but that is.

Receivers tend to want the ball. When some don’t get it enough, they pout. That means they won’t run routes as hard at times or will not block. Gran wants none of that.

As always, Calipari optimistic and not shy about reasons why

Isaac Humphries (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaac Humphries (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky football fans could learn from John Calipari when it comes to optimism.

While UK football fans want to be optimistic, Calipari always is. No matter what his team did the year before or what players he lost to the NBA or whatever, he’s always big on the next season.
No wonder he was ready with a quick answer when asked about his basketball fantasy.

How many true freshmen will Stoops play?

Jordan Griffin, right, could be one of the true freshmen playing this year. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jordan Griffin, right, could be one of the true freshmen playing this year. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

How many true freshmen out of Kentucky’s talented 2016 recruiting class will play this year?

That’s a question Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is not ready to answer. However, UK’s two-deep depth chart for the opening game Saturday night against Southern Mississippi has five true freshmen listed.

“I think some of the guys that we have listed on the depth chart there you could see (in a game) or you may not, we will see how it goes. With the players that are on the two-deep depth chart, we anticipate needing them at some point,” Stoops said.

Mark Stoops, Shannon Dawson saying right things

Shannon Dawson, left, and Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

Shannon Dawson, left, and Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Coaches know how to say all the right things going into any game. No wonder Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and Southern Mississippi offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson are sharing the love this week going into Saturday’s game.

Well, maybe not exactly sharing the love, but they certainly are not saying anything bad about each other even though Stoops fired Dawson after just one season at UK when the Cats finished 5-7 last year. UK ranked 95th nationally in scoring offense (24.7 points per game) and 89th in total yards per game (372) in 2015.

Pacers sign Alex Poythress to free-agent deal

Alex Poythress and family. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress and family. (Vicky Graff Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Former Kentucky men’s basketball forward Alex Poythress has signed a free-agent deal with the Indiana Pacers, the team announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Poythress will try to earn his way on to the 15-man Indiana roster when training camp opens in late September.

Poythress is the fourth Wildcat from the 2015-16 team to reach the NBA, joining fellow Wildcats Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets), Skal Labissiere (Sacramento Kings) and Tyler Ulis (Phoenix Suns), who were selected in the 2016 NBA Draft.