Timmons one of biggest surprises of spring practice

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Ryan Timmons came to Kentucky as a highly-touted player in coach Mark Stoops’ first recruiting class. He had a solid freshman season when he was thrown immediately into action, but the last two years has not been the explosive receiver many expected him to be.

Apparently this spring the senior to be is starting to turn heads.

“I thought he really showed up today. He really showed up and had a really good scrimmage,” Stoops said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “He’s been very good this spring.

D.J. Eliot on LB Jordan Jones: “His mouth may run but so do his feet”

By LARRY VAUGHT

Linebacker Jordan Jones couldn’t wait to get to Kentucky, so he graduated from high school a semester early so he could go through 2015 spring practice.

It helped enough that he was able to play in eight games last season and make 10 tackles.

He was a four-star recruit and top 20 player in the Ohio. He was ranked as one of the top 40 outside linebackers nationally.

Now he’s hoping to earn one of the starting positions and has impressed defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot this spring.

RunTheBluegrass, Kyle Wiltjer part of a perfect Saturday

Kyle Wiltjer with Cameron Mills and Johnny Pittman Saturday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Kyle Wiltjer with Cameron Mills and Johnny Pittman Saturday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Some days are  just fun and Saturday was one of those days.

It started with the RunTheBluegrass at Keeneland. I knew I was not ready for the half-marathon (13.1) miles on that hilly course, but I thought I could do the 7-mile run when my friend Staci Garlough asked me about running.

DUSTIN BEGGS IMPROVES TO 7-0 AS UK BEATS VOLS 5-4

By BRENT INGRAM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Senior Dustin Beggs won his seventh consecutive start to open the season, a program record, leading No. 12 Kentucky to a 5-4 win at Tennessee to even the three-game series, on Saturday evening at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Kentucky (19-8, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) bounced back from a series-opening loss to post a 5-4 win over the Vols to set up a series rubber match on Sunday. It marks the third consecutive series to start league play that UK has suffered a loss on Friday night, only to even the series with a win behind Beggs on Saturday.

Marrow works recruiting magic to add Alex King

Alex King (Twitter Photo)

Alex King (Twitter Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow continues to work his magic and got a verbal commitment Saturday from one of UK’s main recruiting targets Saturday.

Defensive end Alex King of Mason, Ohio — the state that Marrow has made his own — is a three-star prospect but the 6-3, 225-pound King was seen as a main linebacker target for UK.

A week earlier, Kentucky got a commitment from four-star receiver Javonte Richardson. The Cats now have 11 commitments in the 2017 class and may not take over 18 signees.

Stoops pleased with UK’s second scrimmage

By GUY RAMSEY, UK Athletics

Jamal Murray’s father praises Calipari, says Kentucky “second home” for his son

Wade Upchurch Photo

Wade Upchurch Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

When Kentucky players leave for the NBA, often coach John Calipari is criticized nationally for his “one-and-done” methods. Never mind that Calipari did not make the rule or that other players at other schools do the same thing.

But seldom if ever do those on a national level who criticize Calipari stop to listen to what those leaving say about the UK coach. Or what the parents of players say.

Even in UK-UofL rivalry, no place for life-threatening tweet

By LARRY VAUGHT

Twitter provides a lot of fun and entertainment for many of us. However, I have to say this old guy was more than a bit shocked by a tweet Friday that could have been taken as a death threat to incoming Kentucky freshman Sacha Killeya-Jones.

It apparently was in retaliation for a tweet that Killeya-Jones posted during the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago earlier this week when he played with three other future Wildcats. He was with De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo when it seemed they were mocking the “L’s up” sign that Cardinal fans use.

Twitter dare turns into unusual date for Mercer County student

Chelsea Bemiss wore Grayson Blevins' football jersey for an engagement picture. Now she's headed to prom with Blevins.

Chelsea Bemiss wore Grayson Blevins’ football jersey for an engagement picture. Now she’s headed to prom with Blevins.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Charlie Cox has learned a valuable lesson — never doubt the power of Twitter.

Cox is an assistant football coach, assistant athletics director and teacher at Mercer County High School. His mother, Tina Cox, is a vaughtsviews.com contributor and also writes for Cameron Mills.

I’ve known Cox all his life because my son is his age. He’s also been a Kentucky fan and played football at Boyle County under Chuck Smith, who spent eight years coaching at Kentucky.

Tennessee leads all way to beat UK 14-5

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jordan Rodgers hit for the cycle and drove in eight runs, leading Tennessee to a 14-5 over No. 12 Kentucky in the series opener, on Friday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Kentucky (18-8, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) suffered a setback on Friday vs. the Vols, who opened the game with two runs in the first and a run in the third inning, before breaking open the game with six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Wildcats fought back to plate five in the eighth, including a two-run homer from Gunnar McNeill. UT then answered with a five-run bottom half, with Rodgers hitting for the cycle with a three-run, two-out homer, the fifth straight hit for UT.