Friday, June 27, 2008

2008 Kentucky Football Schedule Preview

BleedBlue7
Wildcats Thunder Executive Moderator

Football season is fast approaching. The 2008 University of Kentucky Wildcats football team will be in somewhat of a rebuilding mode this season.

I will go through Kentucky's 2008 football schedule and give my game-by-game predictions and analysis.

Aug. 31 @ Louisville

Kentucky and Louisville will square off in Louisville. Both teams lost a lot to graduation.

UL lost the likes of Brian Brohm, Harry Douglas, Mario Urrutia, Anthony Allen due to transfer, and George Stripling getting kicked off to just name a few.

With UL's totally new offensive personnel and their horrible defensive struggles, I think the Cats very experienced defense and running game prevail in this one.

Kentucky 24, Louisville 10

Sept. 6 vs. Norfolk State


The Cats will improve to 2-0 in this one.

Kentucky 42, Norfolk St. 17


Sept. 13 vs. Middle Tennessee State

The Cats will struggle early and get off to a slow start.

But in the end, the Cats defense and running game will be to much for MTSU to handle.

Kentucky 35, MTSU 17


Sept. 27 vs. Western Kentucky


Kentucky will be to much for WKU in Commonwealth Stadium and will improve to 4-0.

Kentucky 42, WKU 14

Oct. 4 @ Alabama


This will be UK's first real test other than a depleted Louisville team in the season opener.

The Crimson Tide's defense will be to much for the Cats' offense on the road.

The Cats will suffer their first loss on the season and fall to 4-1.

Alabama 28, Kentucky 17


Oct. 11 vs. South Carolina

This game is always a toss up.

Both team will rely on their rushing game with their inexperienced passing game. This will be a defensive battle in Commonwealth.

I'm still on the fence but Spurrier has always found a way to beat the Cats. The Cats will lose their second straight and fall to 4-2, but like I said, I'm still on the fence on this game and I very well could change my prediction.

USC 17, Kentucky 10

Oct. 18 vs. Arkansas


The Kentucky defense will hold Casey Dick and the Razorbacks newly implemented passing game installed by new coach Bobby Petrino in check.

There is no Darren McFadden or Felix Jones, so the Cats will take this one and improve to 5-2.

The Bobby Petrino own-age of the Cats will be out to rest in this one.

Kentucky 34, Arkansas 21


Oct. 25 @ Florida


This one is at the Swamp, this one is going to get pretty ugly in a heartbeat.

Florida 42, Kentucky 14

Nov. 1 @ Mississippi State


The Cats will be looking for revenge to avenge last year's drubbing by the Bulldogs in Commonwealth last season.

This will be a very good game. Both teams have strong running games and pretty good defenses. This will be a down-to-the-wire game and will go either way.

Kentucky 28, MSU 24


Nov. 8 vs. Georgia

In a previous article that I published on Bleacher Report, I explained that Kentucky could be a trap game for the Bulldogs.

UGA comes into Kentucky after two very tough games @LSU and Florida in Jacksonville. Also right before a very tough road game @Auburn.

The Cats are in a perfect position to be a trap game for UGA. Until I see the injury report for the Dawgs after the LSU and Florida games I'll mark this one down as a win for Georgia.

UGA 35, UK 17

Nov. 15 vs. Vanderbilt

The Cats defense will shut down Vandy's inexperienced offense and the running game will have a field day against Vandy. The Cats will officially become bowl eligible and improve to 7-4.

Kentucky 38, Vandy 17

Nov. 29 vs. Tennessee

The Volunteers come into Commonwealth for the usual end of season rivalry game.

Tennessee has absolutely owned Kentucky for years and years. It will be a good game with a lot of yards racked up on the ground with Foster for Tennessee and Locke for Kentucky.

It will be a close game but in the end I can see UK pulling it out, but as much as I hate to say it, Tennessee will win, yet again. Kentucky falls to 7-5.

Tennessee 28, Kentucky 21


I can defiantly see the Cats beating Tennessee, South Carolina, and even Georgia if everything falls in place in our favor for the trap game against the Dawgs.

But on the other hand, I can see the Cats losing at Mississippi State and to Arkansas. All of those games will be very close, except for the UGA game if we don't play our absolute best.

I am predicting a record of 7-5 overall and 3-5 in SEC play.

It may be a rebuilding season but the Cats still have enough talent and the coaching to make it to the programs third straight bowl game.

2009 UK Football Commitments

Justin Jones becomes the latest UK football commitment for the 2009 Class. Coach Brooks has had a busy week on the recruiting front. Look for more recruits to commit as UK continues to improve on the field.
Brian Adams
Jordan Aumiller
Mister Cobble
Jerrell Greene
Justin Jones
LaRod King
Kevin Mitchell
Jarvis Walker
Myron Walker
Larry Warford

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Short Update (Orton and Liggins)

Fewfirstchoice
Wildcats Thunder Basketball/Recruiting Analyst

I recently went to Lexington to spend a day or so with a couple of my buddies.We hung out talked some UK BB and talked to some people around the program. A couple big updates, so lets not waste time and get to it.

First as other places have already reported that Daniel Orton has named UK his leader. I was told his dad is already sold on UK and if it were up to him Orton would play at UK. But Orton wants to take 5 visits(not going to happen, I can see maybe 2 more rather than to UK) before he decides on a school. I say before the end of the summer he commits to UK. Everything I have been told and heard point that way.

I was also told that the UK staff strongly feels that Liggins will qualify. I was told they feel really good about were Liggins is and they were told he should have passed the test. I was told one staff member has even told people that Liggins has already made the test score and will be at UK within the next coupe weeks. Lets hope this is true because Liggins will make UK go from a good team to a really good(not great) team.

To finish things up I was told UK will take at least 2 more for the 2009 class. That would give UK 5 for that class. Don't worry about the free rides Billy G will figure it out. Top players UK are looking at to finish out the 2009 class. Of course Orton, Watford, Kemp, Morris, Udofia, Wall, Favors, and I was told about 3 or 4 more kids, but I forgot their names. UK feels they are in great shape for Orton and will probably take another guard to round out the 5 slots a guess.

Last piece of info that I have. I was told that UK is on the 2010 Barnes kid hard and really really love his game. Hes is suppose to come for a visit in the fall and see what he thinks. The staff thinks they maybe able to get him to commit early and add another piece to the 2010 class. I was told I believe coach Cox knows Barnes and his family pretty well and that will help with his recruitment at UK. Also the kid that committed to Illinois Richmond is still committed, but I keep hearing he could back out any time. Now he may back out tomorrow or never but the people I talk to seem to think he will back out before the end of the summer. If he does UK will move straight to the front of the line because of coach Webster and Cyp. If he does decommit and comes to UK the 2010 class will be awesome. UK already has 2 players that will probably be 5 star players in KC and Ferguson and Euton will be no lower than a 4 star. Add maybe Richmond and Barnes to that who both will be 5 star players and that will be the best class in the last 10 years at any school. Remember not saying those 2 guys will come to UK just saying theres a good shot they could if the cards fall right.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Gillispie's UK Recruiting Bio


Overall Kentucky Record:
18-13
Years Coached: 2007-08 to Present (2 seasons)
Date of Birth: November 7, 1959
Hometown: Graford, TX
Alma Mater: Southwest Texas State [1983]

2007-08: 18-13 - Billy Gillispie's first season [SEC Co-Coach of the Year]




2007

Commitments
Alex Legion G [image] [image] [image] [image]
Patrick Patterson F [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]

Targets
Nemanja Calasan F [image] [image] [image]
Jai Lucas G [image] [image] [image] [image]
Michael Sanchez F [image] [image] [image]
Hank Thorns G [image] [image] [image]

2008

Commitments
Kevin Galloway F [image] [image] [image]
Josh Harrellson C [image] [image] [image]
DeAndre Liggins G [image] [image] [image] [image]
Darius Miller F [image] [image] [image] [image]

Targets
Tyrone Appleton G [image] [image] [image] [image]
Rotnei Clarke G [image] [image] [image]
Draymond Green F [image] [image] [image]
Jamychal Green F [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]
Dashan Harris G [image] [image] [image] [image]
Scotty Hopson G [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]
Verdell Jones G [image] [image] [image]
Nikola Kecman F [image] [image] [image]
Sylven Landesberg G [image] [image] [image] [image]
Ater Majok F [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]
Ian Markolf C [image] [image] [image]
Dwight Miller F [image] [image] [image]
J'Mison Morgan C [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]
Romero Osby F [image] [image] [image] [image]
Chris Singleton F [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]
Garrett Stutz C [image] [image] [image]
Leonard Washington F [image] [image] [image]
Roburt Sallie G
Juan Pattillo F [image] [image]

2009

Commitments
Jon Hood G [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]
GJ Vilarino G [image] [image] [image]
Matthew Pilgrim F

Targets
Derrick Favors F [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]
Andrew Fitzgerald F [image] [image] [image]
Daniel Orton C [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]
Deshawn Painter C [image] [image] [image]
Shawn Williams F [image] [image] [image] [image]
John Wall G [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]
Lance Stephenson G [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]
Shawn Kemp Jr C [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]
Christian Watford F [image] [image] [image] [image]
Ferrakohn Hall F [image] [image] [image] [image]
Darius Morris G [image] [image] [image] [image]
Noel Johnson F [image] [image] [image] [image]
Terrence Boyd F [image] [image] [image] [image]

2010

Commitments
Dakotah Euton F
Dominique Ferguson F [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]
K.C. Ross-Miller G

Targets
Trae Golden G [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]

2011

Commitments
Vinny Zollo F

2012

Commitments
Michael Avery

Other recruits that was recruited by Gillispie:
Zeller, Woods, Aminu, Monroe, B. Jennings, T. Jennings, Sampson, Fortson, Tinsley, Sutton