Wandale Robinson flips commitment to Nebraska

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On Wednesday Kentucky fans got the news they feared.  Wandale Robinson has officially flipped his commitment from Kentucky to Nebraska.

The four star RB back from Frankfort, who recently won Mr. Football, committed to Kentucky on November 1st.  After the commitment, many Nebraska fans accused the Cats, specifically Vince Marrow, of paying Robinson.  In the past several days, Robinson’s commitment has become weaker and weaker after saying he would be signing with Kentucky in just a couple of weeks while also saying Nebraska was still heavily recruiting him.

“I got overwhelmed by the pressure from outside influences, the pressure of staying home, and the pressure of trying to please everyone.  Most people don’t realize the stress that goes on with recruiting, especially when it’s from your home state and everyone wants you to go there.”

That is a little piece out of Robinson’s statement above.

I will say that I am disappointed and think that things could’ve been handled better.  After all, Robinson is 18 years old and has a lot of pressure on his shoulders.  It’s recruiting, this happens.  I wish him nothing but the best as a Cornhusker.

Go Cats.

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What life was like last time Kentucky played Penn State in a bowl game

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We’re going to Orlando!!!

On Tuesday it was announced that the Kentucky Wildcats will be heading to Orlando, Florida to face the Penn State Nittany Lions in the VRBO Citrus Bowl.  The game is set to kickoff around 1 PM on ABC, January 1st.

Kentucky and Penn State have played each other six times.  The last time they played was in the 1999 Outback Bowl, which Penn State won, 26-14.

By the time this game is played, that game will have been played 20 years ago.  So here’s what life was like back in 1999.

  • The Sixth Sense, Stuart Little, and Austin Powers were the movies to watch
  • A gallon of gas cost $1.30
  • Kobe Bryant still had hair
  • Bill Clinton was president
  • The World Wide Web wasn’t even 10 years old
  • Bill Gates was the most famous man in America
  • Tim Couch was a rookie in the NFL
  • John Calipari was in the NBA
  • Rick Pitino didn’t look like a zombie
  • The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl with John Elway
  • The most popular song was “I want it that way” by the Backstreet Boys
  • Nearly 45 million Americans had pagers

 Life was rough.  Don’t know how you people did it.

Go Cats

(This post was supposed to be up yesterday, but life happens)

J.J. Weaver has six fingers and it mesmerizes me

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J.J. Weaver, a four-star defensive end from Louisville, is making his college announcement tomorrow at 3:30 PM at Moore Traditional High School.  Weaver is down to Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Purdue, Tennessee, and Cincinnati.  According to 247Sports, Weaver is a lock for Kentucky,

Weaver is 6’6” 240 pounds but he has another body feature that I cannot stop looking at.  Weaver is considered Kentucky’s seventh-best prospect. He is a top 25 defensive end and a few spots outside the top 300.

The thing that I cannot get over though is Weaver has six fingers.  The crazy thing is you can’t tell which one doesn’t belong. 

Look:

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It’s crazy and makes me wonder a few things, but I guess we’ll get some answers when he makes his announcement tomorrow.

Go cats.

Five things I want to see for Kentucky’s Senior Day tomorrow

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It’s crazy to think that there are only two games remaining for Kentucky football this year.  It feels like just yesterday I was sweating out Kentucky vs. Florida.  Senior day is here though and Kentucky’s last home game for the year is tomorrow.  This season has had its fair share of ups and downs and I get that most of you are somewhat disappointed with the way the season has ended so far, but we still have two games to cheer on our Cats before they take a month off for whatever bowl game they play in.

It’s cold, it snowed last night, the pain of the Duke and Tennessee game is still there, but Kentucky has a great chance to win 10 games (including the bowl game) this season and some of us are disappointed.  I understand why most of us are a little frustrated, but we need to put that aside and go support the seniors tomorrow.  With all of that, here are five things I want to see tomorrow.

A full stadium for the seniors

As I said above, it’s senior day tomorrow, which means it will be the last time you all get to see these guys play in person, unless you’re going to the bowl game.  It’s going to be cold, early, and we’re playing Middle Tennessee State, but that still doesn’t mean all of BBN shouldn’t be out there to say goodbye to our seniors.

An explosive offense

Ever since the second half of South Carolina, Kentucky’s offense has looked stagnant.  To go further, Kentucky hasn’t scored more than 15 points since putting up 24 against the Gamecocks.

I want to see Eddie Gran open the playbook and mix things up tomorrow because the last thing we need is another game where we are ready to kill him.

Benny Snell to be his old self

The last three games have not gone according to plan for Kentucky’s star RB as he has totaled only 221 yards rushing.  One of the main reasons why Kentucky hasn’t been able to get the offense going is because the running game hasn’t been as affective as it was in the first part of the season.

I would love to see Benny run for 120+ tomorrow which will help Terry Wilson in the passing game.

Lynn Bowden returning punts

For nearly the whole year, David Bouvier has been returning punts for the Cats and Lynn Bowden has only come in if the Cats need a spark.  I want to see Stoops throw Bowden back there more because I have a hard time believing MT State will be able to stop him.

They won’t be able to.

A WIN

Good lord it feels like it has been 4 years since Kentucky won a football game.  After two depressing losses, this team and this fan base needs a jolt.  I’m not saying that’ll happen when the Cats win tomorrow, but it will help us all.

Wouldn’t mind a blowout either.

Go Cats.

Five things from Mark Stoops’ Monday press conference

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Mark Stoops held his annual Monday press conference on Wednesday where he primarily talked about the beat down in Knoxville this past Saturday, and a little about the upcoming game against Middle Tennessee State this Saturday.

Here are five things that stuck out to me.

Doesn’t plan on changing the game offensive scheme

After Kentucky’s defense looked awful Saturday, Stoops was asked if it was time to make adjustments to the offensive scheme.

“That wouldn’t be a very good idea. We got two opportunities to get the most victories we’ve had in a regular season since 1977. I don’t think that’d be very wise. We did a lot of good things to win seven games, and we plan on trying to get to eight and nine. I appreciate all the good things that they did to put us in that position. That would be called panic mode.”

I am 50/50 on this.  I agree with it because it wouldn’t be easy to plan a certain way for nine games, then change it all for the last two games, but I also don’t agree because while Kentucky has won seven games, they haven’t exactly looked good in every one of them.

Maybe he would consider it if we didn’t finish the season with MT State and Louisville?

Guys were just “going through the motions”

After Benny Snell said that he could tell some guys were “going through the motions” on Saturday, Mark Stoops was asked if he thought the same.

“Definitely. I said it after the game, I was the first one to say it. I said it to the team prior to them talking to you. I didn’t do a very good job because we weren’t ready to play at the level that we needed to play at. I think you could see Tennessee, where maybe they played that way the week before, and they got straightened out and came out and played with a lot of passion and energy. Our team has done that throughout this year. We didn’t Saturday and that’s on me. I appreciate Benny pointing those things out, and that’s what leaders should do. I don’t think he’s pointing at any one person, just in general, I told them that we didn’t do a good enough job.”

Can he get them pumped up for these last two games?

Dorian Baker didn’t travel with the team because he was suspended

I noticed Dorian Baker wasn’t out there, but I didn’t ask why because he can’t catch the ball.  Stoops said the reason he wasn’t out there was because he wasn’t even at the game due to being suspended.

“No. He was suspended for that game, but he’ll be back this week.”

Suspended for what? Stoops never clarified.

Not having Darius West in the first half hurt

After being ejected against UGA for targeting, Darius West was suspended for the first half of the Tennessee game.  Tennessee scored 17 points in the first half and in the second half Kentucky held them to 7.  Stoops was asked if him being out hurt the teams.

“Definitely missed him. I think his presence and being out there and doing that, but we gave up…then you look at efficiency and when you just look at the overall statistics and even myself I’m sitting here saying how in the world did we give up 200 rushing yards? We gave up, I don’t know the exact yards — 40 or 45 – on a simple technique of our four-technique (defensive lineman) trying to do too much. Has the block controlled, sticks his head out in another person’s gap, runs it right down there and led to a touchdown. 40, 45 yards leads to a touchdown and then the reverse was a huge play. That’s a finesse play, but it was set up and we need to play better. There’s like 100 yards on two plays. You look at the rest of it and we had quite a few tackles for a loss and zero-yard gains and things of that nature. Just as a team, we didn’t play good enough. Definitely offense always wants to take the hit because they look at the bottom line and we missed two field goals, turned the ball over in the red zone and had other drives stalled for various reasons, various mistakes, but the defense we definitely should have done enough to keep it in the game like we’ve done in other games.”

Middle Tennessee has an explosive offense

With the other four things being about the Tennessee game, I thought I’d throw in something regarding the game this Saturday.  Stoops focused on one player, their QB.

“Stockstill, Brent, the quarterback. You have to have a lot of respect for him. You could tell he’s a coach’s kid. He plays so hard and makes such critical plays. He’s one of those guys. He’s a real gamer. You can put pressure on him, you can get him out of the pocket, and he finds guys open. He puts it in good spots, he throws a catchable ball. You got to have a lot of respect for the way he plays. He plays the game the right way, very intelligent and great touch on what he does, and they have a good scheme, and they can move it on you.”

Go Cats.

Kentucky’s Senior Day this Saturday will be the best of them all

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C.J. Conrad (pictured above) is one of many seniors on this Kentucky football team.  The 2015 recruiting class is maybe the best one (in terms of results) Mark Stoops has produced during his time at Kentucky, and that’s the main reason why this team is so good.

This graduating class includes players like Josh Allen, C.J. Conrad, George Asafo-Adjei, Derrick Baity Jr, Dorian Baker, David Bouvier, Mike Edwards, Lonnie Johnson, Jordan Jones, Bunchy Stallings, Darius West, Chris Westry, etc.

All of those names have played a big part in every season since they stepped foot into Lexington.

Their record at Kentucky is 26-22 with two bowl games.  Hopefully once this season is complete, that record will improve to 29-22 with three bowl games.

We all knew Stoops could win games once he could recruit his own players and fill a team full of guys that he recruited and he has done just that.

For all of you fans that have criticized these players over the years, just remember that they didn’t have to come to Kentucky because they weren’t promised success.  I hope you all will join me in letting them know how much we appreciate what they have done here.

Go Cats.

2007 and 2018 are years that are comparable in ways Kentucky fans wish they weren’t

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In 1977, Kentucky football went 10-1 (6-0) in Fran Curci’s fifth season, but due to NCAA probation Kentucky wasn’t eligible for the SEC Championship or postseason play.  Since then, Kentucky has had 12 winning seasons, but 3 of those 12 seasons have started historically good.

Those seasons are 2007, 1984, and this season.  In those years Kentucky started the season 5-0, but there’s only one other year that had the hype similar to this season, 2007.

In 2007 and 2018, Kentucky has gone on the road for its sixth game looking to start the season 6-0 just to suffer a deflating loss.  In 2007, that loss was to eleventh ranked South Carolina, 38-23.  This year that loss was to unranked Texas A&M, 20-14.

Now of course after the loss to South Carolina in 2007, Kentucky went on to beat top ranked LSU and move into the top ten.  This year is similar, Kentucky didn’t beat the top ranked team obviously, but beat Vanderbilt at home and then somehow beat Missouri in one of the more unlikely wins in football history, which moved them into the top ten.

In both seasons, Kentucky had an historically good start, suffered a deflating loss, came back with wins that boosted the fan base and got us all excited again, and had a chance to win the SEC East.  In 2007, UK played Florida and this year they played Georgia.

Kentucky would go on to lose both games and fall out of the top 10.  The next game though is what crushed both seasons.

In 2007, Kentucky, ranked 14th in the nation, hosted Mississippi State where they got crushed 31-14 in a horrible game.  The crushing defeat this year was Tennessee, yesterday.

The 2007 team started 5-0 and proceeded to win only 3 of their last 7 games.  That season is different though because in those 7 games Kentucky faced 5 ranked teams, whereas this team has faced only one.

These seasons are very similar in ways Kentucky fans wish they weren’t.  Both seasons Kentucky got off to historically good starts and in short, not able to finish the season off.

This year Kentucky can still finish 9-3, which has only happened once (1984) and would be a great season.  But after starting the season 7-1, we would all be feeling a little disappointed, mostly because of yesterdays game.

Kentucky has had three 5-0 starts since 1977 and It sadly looks like 2 of the 3 will be disappointing seasons.

Go Cats.