Benny Snell Named FWAA Freshman All-American

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky freshman running back Benny Snell Jr., was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team presented by Sound Mind Body Camps, it was announced Monday.

Snell, a native of Westerville, Ohio, had a record-breaking season with the Wildcats, rushing for a freshman school-record 1,091 yards and 13 touchdowns. Snell formed part of a running back trio with junior Stanley “Boom” Williams and senior Jojo Kemp that powered the nation’s 16th-best rushing attack and became one of the most impressive rushing trios in school history. The Wildcats combined for 3,044 rushing yards in 2016, only the second team in school history to surpass 3,000.  The 1974 team had 3,124 rushing yards. They averaged a school record 5.4 yards per rushing attempt, besting the old record of 4.9 yards per attempt set in 1974 and also had 30 rushing touchdowns, tying the record of 30 rush TDs in 1949.

Joe Fisher, Marc Allard, Neal Brown will join me on Leach Report Tuesday morning

By LARRY VAUGHT

Once again I get to host The Leach Report — served up by Wild Eggs (just in case I forget to mention that) — Tuesday from 9-10 a.m.

I think you will enjoy the guests on the show, too.

First will be Vanderbilt radio play-by-play voice Joe Fisher to talk about Tuesday night’s Kentucky-Vanderbilt game in Nashville. The game seems like it will be a mismatch, but Fisher can let us know what it will take for the Commodores to stay in the game as well as his impressions of Kentucky so far.

De’Aaron Fox SEC’s Freshman of the Week

De’Aaron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the fourth time this season, Kentucky freshman guard De’Aaron Fox was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week.

Fox led the Wildcats to a pair of home victories over SEC foes Texas A&M and Arkansas last week. The Houston led the team in scoring, assists and rebounds in the two impressive wins. He averaged 21.0 points, 6.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Bam to UK foes: Do Not Press De’Aaron Fox

De’Aaron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just in case other teams didn’t know, Kentucky freshman Bam Adebayo had a warning for future opponents after UK routed Arkansas Saturday night.

The message — Don’t press De’Aaron Fox.

“They started pressing him and we were like, why would you press Fox? So, after that he just started shooting layups and you’re not going to tell him to stop,” Adebayo said. “We just started cheering him on and we said ‘Keep going.’

“We all just looked at each other and smiled. We might smile, then after that we tell Fox to just go. We just say go.”

UK Women vs Texas A&M Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

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Calipari on Saban: “He’s incredible.”

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Tonight Alabama coach Nick Saban will try to win another national championship when the Crimson Tide plays Clemson, the same team it beat in last year’s national title game.

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari says he has an “incredible” appreciation for what Saban has done at Alabama.

“I look at what Alabama’s done – and he’s done it with different staffs. The advantage they have over us is they have returning guys. Some leave and then they have a mass group returning that can really teach the new guys. You have redshirting and different things that make the kids older and you get more of a chance to teach them,” Calipari said.

Strong Second Half Pushes Texas A&M Past No. 24 Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Texas A&M Aggies used a second-half surge to power past the No. 24 Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday, handing UK its first home loss inside Memorial Coliseum this season with a 77-68 result.

Kentucky seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator each had 20 points in the game to lead all Kentucky scorers. With the loss, Kentucky falls to 10-6 overall on the season and is 1-2 now inside of Southeastern Conference action.

The Wildcats will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to face the Crimson Tide on Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET. The game can be seen live on the SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

John Calipari: “My team won’t be bullied.”

Tempers flared during Saturday’s game, but the Cats didn’t mind. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Several times during Kentucky’s 97-71 win over Arkansas, tempers flared on the floor and even when teams were leaving the court for timeouts.

Once Kentucky coach John Calipari went on the court to huddle his team around him.

“My thing is, look, games are going to get heated. They’re going to get testy, and we do not respond. That’s how we are. And these kids are so young, their first reaction is they get bumped or pushed and they want to push back,” Calipari said.

Defensive minded Derek Willis gets his shooting touch back

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Not only did Derek Willis hit his first shot Saturday, he hit his first five Saturday night against Arkansas.

For a player who had been struggling with his shot and confidence, there could not have been a better way to start a game — especially when UK’s leading scorer, Malik Monk, was struggling to score. Willis finished with 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and five rebounds in the 97-71 win.

Kentucky vs. Arkansas Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

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