Thursday, September 29, 2011

2011 BIG BLUE MADNESS GUEST LIST

BIG BLUE MADNESS GUEST LIST
Shabazz MuhammadNo. 1 recruit in 2012
Dajuan ColemanNo. 11 recruit in 2012
Archie GoodwinNo. 13 recruit in 2012
Alex PoythressNo. 16 recruit in 2012
T.J. WarrenNo. 22 recruit in 2012
Willie CauleyNo. 28 recruit in 2012
Andrew Harrison*No. 4 recruit in 2013
Aaron Harrison*No. 7 recruit in 2013
Derek WillisNo. 33 recruit in 2013
Xavier Rathan-Mayes*No. 62 recruit in 2013
Andrew Wiggins*No. 1 recruit in 2014
Dakari JohnsonNo. 3 recruit in 2014
*-Likely to attend | Scout.com rankings

Monday, September 19, 2011

UK men's 2011-12 basketball schedule

UK will play on an ESPN 16 times (8 on ESPN, 2 on ESPN2, 3 on ESPNU, 1 on ESPN3.com, and 2 flex options for ESPN/ESPN2) and on CBS 5 times.

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Video Photos: UK vs UofL GOVERNOR’S CUP

Thursday, September 15, 2011

2011 Football: UK vs UL Preview

BleedBlue7
WT Executive Moderator

Who: Louisville Cardinals vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Where: Commonwealth Stadium
When: September 17, 2011

The 2-0 Kentucky Wildcats play host to the 1-1 Louisville Cardinals in the annual "Governors Cup" state bragging rights game.

A little recent history of the rivalry:

UK leads 14-9 All Time
2010 in Louisville: UK 23 UL 16
2009 in Lexington: UK 31 UL 27

Players of Interest

UK:

  • Josh Clemons- The stud freshman running back exploded onto the scene in only his second game of his college career. Last week, Clemons ran for an astounding 126 yards on just 14 carries. On top of this outstanding game, he also set the University of Kentucky record for longest rush, longest rush by a freshman, and longest rush by any player since 1970 on his 87 yard touchdown rush on Saturday. Clemons was named the SEC Co-Freshman of the Week.
  • Danny trevathan/Winston Guy- I'm combining these two defensive players. Both of which recorded 13 total tackles against CMU on Saturday. Both players lead the Wildcats in tackles, Trevathan with 26 and Guy with 23 on the season. Trevathan extended his streak of double digit tackles to 12 games last weekend. These two are without a doubt the heart and soul of Kentucky's defense.
  • Morgan Newton: The junior QB has had his fair share of struggles this season. In the season opener against WKU, many fans was calling for his head, and even during the 1st half of the CMU game. But in the 2nd half, Newton was a completely different player. Newton is the 2nd leading rusher on the team, telling us all he has the skills to run the ball, unlike the typical UK QB in our pro-style offense. In addition in the 2nd half, because of UK's rushing success, he hit La'Rod King on a beautiful 46 yard touchdown pass. Newton is seemingly finding his stride, and the UL game will tell us a lot about the junior QB.
  • La'Rod King: Kentucky's #1 receiver is without a doubt La'Rod King so far this season. The junior WR has a total of 7 catches, 142 yards, and 2 TD's through two games of the season. He has had some "oopsies" this season. But, he is UK's most consistent receiver. The closest receiver is Gene McCaskill with 3 receptions and 43 yards.
  • Ryan Tydlacka: Tydlacka has been putting up outstanding numbers punting the football so far this season. Averaging 48 yards per punt, and having a season best of a 59 yard bomb. He has consistently pinned the opposing offense back deep , which sets our defense up in nice position.

UL:

  • Will Stein- The Cardinals shot caller under center had a career night last week against FIU going 30-43 for 349 yards and two TD's.
  • Victor Anderson/Jeremy Wright- Both Vic and Wright lead the Cards in rushing with very similar numbers. Vic has 102 yards on the year while Wright has 100 yards on the year in two games thus far. Look for both to continue splitting carries against the Cats.
  • Josh Chichester- The senior TE leads the Cardinals in receiving thus far. With 8 receptions and 150 yards. But No TD's as of yet.
  • Devante Parker- The freshman wide receiver has made quite a name for himself thus far in the season in his young career. catching 7 passes for 107 yards and a team leading two touchdown catches.


Areas of Interest

  1. Joker Phillips has stated that opening the playbook to utilize more of Josh Clemons and Morgan Newtons running abilities is going to continue. With the Cats continued struggles in the passing game, look for Louisville to load the box and bring quite a bit of pressure, early and often, to counter act the rushing attack. Will the Cats continue to run the ball successfully with Clemons/Newton despite Louisville loading the box?
  2. The Louisville offensive line has been attrocious, at best, so far this season. I expect Kentucky to attack this weakness early and often bringint pressure to Will Stein. Louisville has given up seven sacks thus far in the season, SIX of which came last week against FIU. Look for that to continue with Rick Minter calling plenty of stunts to attack the weak UL offensive line. Will the Cats successfully bring pressure to Will Stein and force him to make mistakes?
  3. The Louisville secondary has been awful thus far as well. Last week, FIU receiver T.Y. Hilton, torched the Louisville secondary for 201 yards receiving on seven catches and two touchdowns. While at the same time, Kentucky has struggled greatly in the passing department, having only one true receiver in La'Rod King. Look for the Cats to attack UL with the rushing attack and look to King deep early and often on play actions. Will Kentucky have a successful passing game against the terrible UL secondary?
  4. Danny Trevethan, Winston Guy, and the Wildcats defense has been stellar so far in the season. trevathan has a streak of 12 games with double digit tackles. While Winston Guy is just making plays everywhere on the field. The Cardinals have out up some pretty decent numbers in the air with Will Stein at QB. But as previously stated, the UL offensive line has been struggling greatly. On top of bringing pressure against Will Stein with UL's terrible pass protection, can the UK secondary keep putting up solid numbers defending the Cardinals solid receivers?

This is truly one of the best times of football season for the state of Kentucky. The Cats vs. the Cards always is a nail biter. Despite both teams struggles, look for this to be one close football game.

Who will win the annual "Governors Cup" and have state bragging rights?

BB7's Prediction:

Kentucky 24
Louisville 17

Thursday, September 08, 2011

UK vs. CMU Football Preview

BleedBlue7
WT Executive Moderator

Who: Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Where: Commonwealth Stadium(Lexington, KY)
When: September 10, 2011(09/10/11)

The Wildcats came out with a ugly win last Thursday against Western Kentucky. To kick off the 2011 shome schedule for UK, the Chippewas(still have no clue what a Chippewa is) of Central Michigan who is looking for their first 2-0 start since the 2002 season.

Players of interest:

UK:
  1. Winston Guy- The stud senior safety/linebacker had the best performance on the field last Thursday against WKU. Guy was all over the place tallying 4 solo, 6 assists for 10 total tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss. If that's not impressive enough, Guy also picked off 2 passes.
  2. Danny Trevathan- Danny T. has reached double digit tackles in each of his last 10 games.
  3. Morgan Newton- After an abyssmal performance against WKU, the junior QB looks to improve those numbers. Newton seemed to possibly catch his stride in the fourth quarter last week leading the offense to a late TD to solidify the game.
  4. Ryan Tydlacka- Last week was a punting showdown against WKU. Tydlacka constantly pinned WKU back deep in their own territory with absolutely beautiful punts. His most impressive though, was a 59 yard bomb.

CMU:

  1. Ryan Radcliff- The Chippewas QB needs just 59 yards and 15 passing attempts to move into eighth All-Time on CMU's respective lists. Also, he needs only one pass TD to move into ninth All-Time on CMU's passing TD list.
  2. Cody Wilson- The stud receiver needs 1 reception to move into 10th on CMU’s career receptions list. Wilson, has caught a pass in 20 consecutive games dating back to the 2009 season.
  3. Tim Phillips- The sophomore running back will play in his home state for the first time since leading Louisville Trinity High School to its fourth consecutive state championship in 2008. Phillips ran for 1,535 yards and 25 touchdowns during the 2008 state title season. He will line up across from three former high school teammates: Kentucky punter Ryan Tydlacka, tailback Derek Bishop and tight end Nick Melillo.


Areas of Interest:

  1. Kentucky's wide receivers were terrible, at best, last week. Joker Phillips, has promised change with different players getting looks to try and find something useful out wide. Aaron Boyd, E.J. Fields, and Demarco Robinson have all been mentioned to be getting plenty of playing time against CMU. Bottom line here is, we NEED to find something of use out wide. The performance last week, was one of the worst performances of WR's that I have ever seen in all levls of football. Will the WR's play improve?
  2. Morgan Newton needs to step up to the plate as UK's starting QB. Throwing THREE interceptions against a Sun Belt team, is just not acceptable. Granted, he had ZERO help with our receivers dropping some perfect passes, his decision making needs to improve vastly. In the 4th quarter last week, he seemed to have grown up while leading UK to a TD to solidify the win on top of a great 58 yard run and a 31 yard TD pass to La'Rod King. Will Morgan Newton improve on his fourth quarter performance?
  3. Defensive coordinator Rick Minter, has ties with CMU's offensive coordinator. Minter, should have a great defensive game plan lined up to defend against the CMU offense. Will UK's defense build on top of a great showing agaisnt WKU?
  4. Raymond Sanders and Josh Clemons split carries last week, with true freshman Clemons having the best showing and the only rushing TD of the game. Will Clemons continue to emerge as UK's RB?
  5. UK's offensive line played terrible against WKU. This is partly due to decreased practice time within the group and injuries within the group. One thing is for sure though, the OL needs to improve their play. This should be a strength on this team with all the experience between them. They need to improve their get off on the snap, staying on their blocking assigments, getting their hands on the defender, hip leverage, etc. Will UK's offensive line look better against CMU?


UK currently holds a 5-0 record over CMU all-time. The teams last meeting was in 2006 resulting in a close 38-36 victory for the Wildcats.

Look for the Wildcats to come out and look like a completely different team following a week full of hard practices and criticizism from the coaches, fans, and media alike. The Wildcats, has a chip on their shoulder and are looking to prove themselves after an abyssmal week 1 to start the season.

BleedBlue7's prediction:
Kentucky 37 CMU 14

GO BIG BLUE!

SEC Football Match-Ups 9/10/11

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10THAll Time Eastern
SportEventTimeTVStreamXMSirius
FBCentral Michigan at Kentucky12:00 PMESPNU199220
FBMississippi St. at Auburn12:30 PMSEC Network200219
FBAlabama at Penn St.3:30 PMABC199220
FBCincinnati at Tennessee3:30 PM201216
FBSouth Carolina at Georgia4:30 PMESPN200219
FBS. Illinois at Ole Miss6:00 PMPPV197217
FBNew Mexico at Arkansas7:00 PMESPNU201216
FBUAB at Florida7:00 PMFSN199220
FBConnecticut at Vanderbilt7:30 PM201218
FBNorthwestern State at LSU8:00 PMPPV200219

Friday, September 02, 2011

Video: Coach Phillips on UK 14-3 win against WKU

UK coach Joker Phillips just glad to get WKU win


Joker Phillips after Kentucky defeated WKU 14-3