Tag: Landon Young

Kemp, Young will play; Toth iron horse of line

JoJo Kemp. (Vicky Graff Photo)

JoJo Kemp. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

I had two things I wanted to ask Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on today’s Southeastern Conference coaches’ teleconference.

First, running back JoJo Kemp had his left hand in a cast when last week’s game ended against Mississippi State and offensive tackle Landon Young had his ankle taped after spraining it during the game.

Would one or both play Saturday at Missouri?

“Yes,” said Stoops.

That was it.  Not sure if they will be 100 percent, but they will play and that’s good news.

Stoops, Gran believe Landon Young showed “flashes of real talent” against Florida

Landon Young (Savanah Stevens Photo)

Landon Young (Savanah Stevens Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

When Cole Mosier hurt his ankle early in Saturday’s loss at Florida, true freshman  Landon Young got his first opportunity to play.

Both coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran seem pleased with how he fared, especially considering the way the UK offense struggled as a unit.

“He did some good things. He showed the talent that we knew he had for a young guy. Obviously, he got thrown into the mix playing at left tackle in The Swamp when you are getting beat. That is not exactly how you want to enter a game,” Stoops said.

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.

Landon Young didn’t expect as much fan attention

Landon Young, right, had a lot of fans at the UK Women's Clinic.

Landon Young, right, had a lot of fans at the UK Women’s Clinic.

By LARRY VAUGHT

During  the Kentucky Women’s Football Clinic, freshman offensive lineman Landon Young was one of the tour leaders.

Well, actually he planned to only give his mother, Angie, a private tour of the new training facility. Instead, he ended up with a full tour.

“That was neat and I sort of wanted to do that personally for my mother. If a couple of people wanted to come in and join that, I had no problem with that,” Young said. “I just really wanted to show my mom that. I am a really family oriented person.

Landon Young gives mom passing grade on radio interview

Angie Young and Landon Young

Angie Young and Landon Young

By LARRY VAUGHT

A few days after she attended the Kentucky Football Women’s Clinic, Angie Young joined me on The Leach Report to talk about that and her son, UK freshman offensive lineman Landon Young.

She insisted not only was she nervous, but she did not want to embarrass her son.

So how did she do?

“I thought she did really good. I was proud of her. She didn’t stumble too much and I didn’t think she was as nervous as she thought she would be,” said Landon Young.

Angie Young, Erica Holmes, Lewis Bell joining me on Leach Report Tuesday

Angie Young will join me on The Leach Report Tuesday. Her son, Landon, is a freshman tackle at UK.

Angie Young will join me on The Leach Report Tuesday. Her son, Landon, is a freshman tackle at UK.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Getting to host The Leach Report when Tom Leach needs a day off is a challenge because there’s no way to be as good as Tom. However, it’s also a lot of fun because the listeners and the special guests willing to be on the show.

This Tuesday is I get another opportunity to do that and I couldn’t be happier with the three guests who will join me.

Does Gran want to play Landon Young, Drake Jackson?

Drake Jackson

Drake Jackson

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky football players report for preseason camp next week and two players that certainly will get a lot of attention will be in-state offensive linemen Drake Jackson and Landon Young, both true freshmen.

Both were five-star players and Army All-Americans who never wavered in their commitment to Kentucky.

“If we are depending on a freshman to come in and help us win this year, then we are not doing very good at what we did before,” said offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. “If you get freshmen that come in and play, it has to mean you did a phenomenal job in recruiting for them to be playing.

Check out stories on Alabama Mr. Basketball, Tubby Smith, Landon Young

John Petty (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

John Petty (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

From time to time, I like to make sure that you don’t miss some of the stories I have posted on lex18.com and this week has really been a busy week.

Alabama junior John Petty, the state’s Mr. Basketball, has been a UK fan since watching John Wall and Eric Bledsoe play. His coach is also a Kentucky basketball fan. He was the first player in the 2017 recruiting class offered by Calipari.

Here is the story link: http://www.lex18.com/story/31767298/both-alabama-mr-basketball-john-petty-and-his-high-school-coach-are-kentucky-fans

Stoops names Barker starting QB; other Blue-White takeaways

youngBy LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s Blue-White Game Saturday gave fans their final chance to see Mark Stoops’ fourth UK team until the season opens in September.

The biggest takeaway from the game is that Stoops said Drew Barker came out of spring as the No. 1 quarterback. He was 12 of 18 passing for 156 yards and two scores with one interception Saturday.

“Drew has been consistent the whole spring. He needs to stay consistent with his approach in way he is handling everything on and off the field,” Stoops said.

Then he said Barker was the starting quarterback coming out of spring practice.

Landon Young: Fans should not doubt Stoops’ program

By LARRY VAUGHT

Landon Young knows some Kentucky football fans have doubts about the team after consecutive 5-7 finishes the last two years when UK struggled to win any games the second half of the season.

Even though the Lafayette senior offensive lineman is not on campus yet or going through spring practice, he has a message for fans and hopes many will show up to support the team at Saturday’s Blue-White Game.

“You shouldn’t doubt,” Young said during an interview on WPBK-FM Thursday. “No offense to (former coach) Joker (Phillips), but we are out of the Joker era. The recruits he had, they are out.