Monday, October 31, 2016

UK Football Player Grant McKinniss Freshman Punter Named To Ray Guy Award List

Video: UK Coach Mark Stoops Pre-Georgia Monday Press Conference 10/31/16

AP/USA Today/ESPN Top 25 BB Polls 10/31/16

AP TOP 25

1. Duke
2. Kentucky
3. Kansas
4. Villanova
5. Oregon
6. North Carolina
7. Xavier
8. Virginia
9. Wisconsin
10. Arizona
11. Indiana
12. Michigan State
13. Louisville
14. Gonzaga
15. Purdue
16. UCLA
17. St. Mary's
18. Connecticut
19. Syracuse
20. West Virginia
21. Texas
22. Creighton
23. Rhode Island
24. Iowa State
25. Maryland

Others Receiving Votes: Cincinnati (0-0) 110; Dayton (0-0) 98; Florida State (0-0) 88; California (0-0) 74; San Diego State (0-0) 48; Miami (Fla.) (0-0) 35; NC State (0-0) 29; Butler (0-0) 21; Wichita State (0-0) 21; Ohio State (0-0) 18; Virginia Tech (0-0) 18; Florida (0-0) 18; Mississippi State (0-0) 14; Texas A&M (0-0) 14; Oklahoma (0-0) 11; Colorado (0-0) 10; Michigan (0-0) 8; Monmouth (0-0) 7; Notre Dame (0-0) 6; Washington (0-0) 5; Seton Hall (0-0) 5; Princeton (0-0) 2; Harvard (0-0) 1; Vanderbilt (0-0) 1; Ohio (0-0) 1



Coaches Poll

1. Duke
2. Kansas
3. Villanova
4. Kentucky
5. Oregon
6. North Carolina
7. Virginia
8. Xavier
9. Michigan State
10. Wisconsin
11. Arizona
12. Indiana
13. Gonzaga
14. Louisville
15. Purdue
16. Connecticut
17. Syracuse
18. West Virginia
19. St. Mary's
20. UCLA
21. Maryland
22. Texas
23. Creighton
24. Rhode Island
25. Cincinnati

Others Receiving Votes: Florida State (0-0) 65; Iowa State (0-0) 56; California (0-0) 43; Miami (Fla.) (0-0) 35; Dayton (0-0) 34; Oklahoma (0-0) 33; Seton Hall (0-0) 24; Texas A&M (0-0) 22; Notre Dame (0-0) 18; San Diego State (0-0) 17; Virginia Tech (0-0) 16; Wichita State (0-0) 15; Butler (0-0) 14; Southern California (0-0) 14; Ohio State (0-0) 12; Clemson (0-0) 11; Colorado (0-0) 11; Florida (0-0) 11; Michigan (0-0) 10; Pittsburgh (0-0) 7; VCU (0-0) 6; Yale (0-0) 6; Georgia (0-0) 6; Chattanooga (0-0) 5; Washington (0-0) 4; Nevada (0-0) 3; Kansas State (0-0) 3; Davidson (0-0) 2; Valparaiso (0-0) 2; Arkansas (0-0) 2; SMU (0-0) 1; Utah (0-0) 1

CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) 10/31/16

TOP 25 (AND ONE)

1 Duke
2 Kentucky
3 Kansas
4 Villanova
5 Xavier
6 North Carolina
7 Oregon
8 Virginia
9 Indiana
10 UCLA
11 Wisconsin
12 Arizona
13 St. Mary's
14 Gonzaga
15 Michigan State
16 Louisville
17 Texas
18 Rhode Island
19 Connecticut
20 Purdue
21 Syracuse
22 California
23 Creighton
24 Iowa State
25 West Virginia
26 Wichita State

UK Player Adrian Middleton Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week



DEFENSIVE LINE
Adrian Middleton, DT, Kentucky

  • Made four tackles, including a tackle for loss, in Kentucky's 35-21 win at Missouri.
  • His tackle for loss came at a key moment. o With UK leading 7-0, on a 3rd-and-1 play at the end of the first quarter, Middleton threw a Tiger back for a two-yard loss to force a punt.
  • UK took the punt and turned it into a touchdown drive, increasing the lead to 14-0.
  • The Kentucky defense opened the game by forcing six straight punts, enabling the Wildcats to build a 21-0 lead.
  • The UK defense limited Missouri to 4 of 15 on third-down conversions.

UK Player Benny Snell, Jr. Named SEC Freshman of the Week 10/31/16



FRESHMAN
Benny Snell, Jr., RB, Kentucky

  • Rushed 38 times for a UK freshman record 192 yards and two touchdowns in Kentucky's 35-21 win at Missouri.
  • In addition to being the UK freshman record, 192 yards is one of the top 10 rushing performances in UK history.
  • Has eight rushing TDs this season, breaking Randall Cobb's UK freshman record of seven rushing TDs (2008).
  • Made a 23-yard run to set up his own 1-yard TD plunge in the second quarter. • Gave UK an insurmountable 35-7 lead with an 18-yard TD run on the opening play of the fourth quarter.
  • Accounted for nine first downs during the game in addition to his two TDs.
  • It is his third 100-yard game of the season, most for a Wildcat freshman in 20 years.

Happy Birthday to UK Football Player Ryan Timmons

Pre-Georgia Depth Chart 10/31/16


OFFENSE

QUARTERBACK

15 Stephen Johnson (6-2, 183, Jr.)
12 Gunnar Hoak (6-4, 200, Fr.)
14 Luke Wright (6-4, 206, So.)

RUNNING BACK

18 Boom Williams (5-9, 196, Jr.)
3 Jojo Kemp (5-10, 200, Sr.)
OR 26 Benny Snell (5-11, 220, Fr.)

WIDE RECEIVER

13 Jeff Badet (6-0, 180, Jr.)
6 Blake Bone (6-5, 213, Jr.)
19 Kayaune Ross (6-6, 225, So.)

WIDE RECEIVER

80 Tavin Richardson (6-3, 216, RFr.)
OR 2 Dorian Baker (6-3, 208, Jr.)
82 Jabari Greenwood (6-3, 195, RFr.)

WIDE RECEIVER

9 Garrett Johnson (5-11, 175, Jr.)
88 Charles Walker (5-11, 203, Jr.)

WIDE RECEIVER

1 Ryan Timmons (5-10, 198, Sr.)
31 David Bouvier (5-9, 171, So.)

TIGHT END

15 C.J. Conrad (6-5, 245, So.)
85 Greg Hart (6-5, 245, Jr.)

FULLBACK

48 Will Tom Collins (5-11, 241, Sr.)
49 Tanner Fink (6-2, 251, Sr.)

LEFT TACKLE

74 Cole Mosier (6-6, 335, Jr.)
67 Landon Young (6-7, 305, Fr.)

LEFT GUARD

68 Nick Haynes (6-3, 316, Jr.)
71 Logan Stenberg (6-6, 318, RFr.)

CENTER

72 Jon Toth (6-5, 310, Sr.)
65 Jervontius Stallings (6-3, 318, So.)

RIGHT GUARD

65 Jervontius Stallings (6-3, 318, So.)
69 Ramsey Meyers (6-4, 305, Jr.)

RIGHT TACKLE

73 Kyle Meadows (6-5, 300, Jr.)
OR 64 George Asafo-Adjei (6-5, 315, So.)

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

99 Adrian Middleton (6-3, 303, So.)
98 Tymere Dubose (6-5, 320, So.)

NOSE GUARD

77 Naquez Pringle (6-3, 320, Jr.)
69 Matt Elam (6-7, 360, Jr.)

DEFENSIVE END

94 Courtney Miggins (6-5, 285, Sr.)
92 Alvonte Bell (6-5, 260, Jr.)

DEFENSIVE END/OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

35 Denzil Ware (6-2, 255, So.)
20 Kengera Daniel (6-5, 260, So.)

STRONGSIDE LINEBACKER

41 Josh Allen (6-5, 230, So.)
47 Jordan Bonner (6-5, 220, So.)

MIDDLE LINEBACKER

51 Courtney Love (6-2, 242, Jr.)
56 Kash Daniel (6-1, 241, Fr.)

WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER

34 Jordan Jones (6-2, 220, So.)
32 Eli Brown (6-2, 215, RFr.)

NICKELBACK

24 Blake McClain (5-11, 200, Sr.)
5 Kendall Randolph (6-0, 182, Jr.)

CORNERBACK

29 Derrick Baity (6-3, 182, So.)
3 Jordan Griffin (6-0, 177, Fr.)
OR 9 Davonte Robinson (6-2, 187, Fr.)

STRONG SAFETY

27 Mike Edwards (6-0, 200, So.)
5 Kendall Randolph (6-0, 182, Jr.)

FREE SAFETY

24 Blake McClain (5-11, 200, Sr.)
OR 15 Marcus McWilson (6-0, 210, Sr.)

CORNERBACK

21 Chris Westry (6-4, 195, So.)
11 J.D. Harmon (6-2, 200, Sr.)

SPECIALISTS

KICKER

99 Austin MacGinnis (5-10, 180, Jr.)
95 Miles Butler (5-9, 171, So.)

PUNTER
86 Grant McKinniss (6-1, 210, Fr.)
OR 93 Bryan Kirshe (6-0, 150, So.)

LONG SNAPPER

42 Tristan Yeomans, PS (6-2, 290, So-JC)
53 Blake Best, FG, PAT (6-1, 246, Fr-RS)

PUNT RETURN

88 Charles Walker (5-11, 203, Jr.)
1 Ryan Timmons (5-10, 198, Sr.)

KICKOFF RETURN

26 Benny Snell (5-11, 220, Fr.)
22 Sihiem King (5-9, 172, So.)

HOLDER

42 Tristan Yeomans, PS (6-2, 290, So-JC)
86 Grant McKinniss (6-1, 210, Fr.)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Video/Transcript: UK Coach John Calipari Post-UK 108 vs Clarion 51 Exhibition Press Conference Comments


Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari

Q. I think a lot of us were surprised – and Clarion's coach said he was surprised – that Malik (Monk) didn't start. He obviously played well.

JOHN CALIPARI:
 I wanted to -- look, if I played those three together, the front line rotation was going to be screwed up. So I did what I did.

Q. That layup with about five minutes into the second half with those three guards and Bam (Adebayo) and (Isaac) Humphries really looked --

JOHN CALIPARI:
 I got to watch it on tape.

Q. They played well together.

JOHN CALIPARI:
 Yeah, Isaac was out there -- come on, Coach. Greg White called the first play of the game. It didn't work. He called the lob.

Q. Your friend, Coach Marcess Williams at Clarion, said the sky's the limit, we'll see these guys at the Final Four. Talking about you guys.

JOHN CALIPARI:
 It's really early. I told them after, the one thing that I was happy about with Clarion, athletically, they could hang with us. They had speed enough to hang with us, they had quickness enough to hang with us, and they were physical.

They weren't as big, so we got a bunch of easy baskets. But I told my team, if we give up nine 3s in a league game, we will lose. And you know we're pretty -- that's our thing, we're not giving up 3s. They made nine 3s. They had three out of bounds plays where they threw right by people for layups.

So, and they weren't afraid now. They played, they were talking, they're -- I was really looking at them saying, “They were a little more athletic than when I played there, Coach D.” We played a 1-3-1 and I played on the back line and I said, “Why am I back here?” He said, “Because you don't have to guard anybody. Just go guard the guy in the corner.”

Q. First time out, how well did they defend and get out in transition the way you guys wanted to play?

JOHN CALIPARI:
 We had 29 assists to 15 turns. So for the first time out of the gate -- but you got Derek (Willis) as a veteran, Dom(inique Hawkins) is a veteran, Isaiah Briscoe -- and Isaiah was outstanding. He was five assists, one turn at half, and I looked at it, I called him, I said, "Come here. Score the ball, man. You're going to score the ball for us. If they go under pick and roll shoot it. If there's an inside out 3 and you don't take it …" He says, "I got you." So he comes out in the second half and -- I don't see his numbers here, but what did he have at half? One? Yeah, so he has 10 points in the second half and he, and in 22 minutes scores 11. I mean, he is the key to the team. And the greatest thing is it’s kind of like having John (Wall) and Eric Bledsoe, you got two point guards with he and De'Aaron Fox. But it was -- again, we got to defend better, we got to defend the 3 better. But I like that we ran our stuff. Now we didn't run it all, we just, we really narrowed what we were going to do and limited, there were a couple things that we had been working on that I said we weren't doing. We didn't do anything on the out of bounds, really, so.

Q. How quick do you want your team to get the ball down the court. You said at the coach's clinic yesterday that within five seconds you would be fine if a shot went up?

JOHN CALIPARI:
 Well here's what happened today and this is old school. We bypassed the point guard and threw it over his head up the court and that guy shot a layup or a dunk. So as I watched it I said, “You know what, maybe we focus on that. If I can get it ahead, I'm throwing it to half court. If I can't throw it to half court, I'll get the point guard looping.” Like he can loop. But if Isaiah or Malik are ahead, throw it right over the top to them. If that team runs wide and we loop, De'Aaron Fox has the middle of the court. I like the fact that they trapped us, I like the fact that they showed heart and trapped on some pick and rolls. It's a hard matchup, we, what bothered me in the first four minutes, we didn't post the ball. Come on. You can't start a game shooting all jump shots. Post the ball. And as the game went on I thought we did a good job.

Q. Clarion's coach said his favorite was probably Wenyen Gabriel and he might be the best of them all. Why do you think he says that?

JOHN CALIPARI:
 Motor. Every coach likes a guy with a motor and the kid's motor -- I tell you who else is really good, Sacha (Killeya-Jones). He's really good. Wenyen, Derek, Isaac, you got those guys with size who can play fours and fives and threes. And you got those guards and they -- Dom, I thought Dom was outstanding. Dom on the ball guarding and he went after one steal, gave up a basket or fronted or did something. But I thought that Dom was good today.

Q. And then what was it like to sit there and hear the crowd roar, not once but twice, for your son?

JOHN CALIPARI:
 Well, I had my back to the first one and I kind of just turned and saw him shoot it and it went in and I was happy for him. And then the second one, which was kind of a lucky one, but he had the courage to try to shoot it. And I may even get a kiss from my wife tonight.

Q. You talked a lot about your players. What Clarion player opened your eyes?

JOHN CALIPARI:
 Well, number 0 (BJ Andrews) was making shots and 3s, the little point guard is quick and fast and not afraid. And again, I don't know all their names. Who is the kid making the layups? Who was making the layups on us? Driving. Cameron Grumley. Not afraid to play. These are all seniors and juniors, they got a veteran kind of team. He was good. And then they fought. They weren't afraid. I hope this was a great experience for them, that -- it's funny, I walk in this building and we're playing an exhibition game, and I look in the upper deck and I'm like, “These people are crazy.” And only behind us, where there were some students, which we should sell the tickets, forget it, students you got to get here. But that was it. That was the only part of the building that had any emptiness. And for those kids to walk in and see it, I would hope they would say, this is what I live for, doing this in front of this many people. And sometimes we take it for granted here that -- and let me say this to the Rupp Arena people and the group that -- the scoreboard, the ribbon board, I mean, it's like a new arena. Sounds different. Looks different. The videos. It just presents the game even better. It really does.

Q. Can you talk about the balanced scoring attack? Six almost seven players in double figures.

JOHN CALIPARI: Well, I like the fact that we had 29 assists and everybody had some opportunities. But again, it starts with Isaiah Briscoe, and he's coaching De'Aaron Fox, he's coaching these guys, he's talking, if you listen, you hear his voice more than you even hear mine, which is perfect, which is what I want. But it starts with him. But again, he made the 3, makes the free throw. Come on. And that, when you think of his game, if that's who he is, make some 15-footers, he's as good as anybody in the country now. He's as physical, he's a beast. And he defends and rebounds. 

(Laughter.)