UK honors its SEC Trailblazers with statue

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Johnson handled success, now can he handle South Carolina tonight?

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)


Everything quarterback Stephen Johnson did during last week’s 62-42 win over New Mexico State was impressive.

For me, what he did after the game was even more impressive. For the first time in his UK career, the junior college transfer was the postgame star. He was surrounded by TV cameras and other media members after throwing for over 300 yards and his first three UK touchdowns.

But he acted like it was no big deal. Johnson indicated he expected to play well and did nothing out of the ordinary. He was humble and thankful.

QB Brandon McIlwain gives Gamecocks a new dimension


Freshman quarterback Brandon McIlwain will get a chance to get the South Carolina offense jump started when he faces Kentucky Saturday night.

:“You see a guy that’s getting more comfortable with each rep, with each series that he’s out there. He’s definitely a talented player, that again, seems more and more comfortable and seems like just watching them evolve offfensively to the talents around them,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.

“The way their offense is headed, and I’m sure there’ll be more plays implemented this week for Brandon as he gets more comfortable but he’s definitely a guy that can hurt you with his arms and legs.”

Greater Louisville UK Alumni Club hosting Tipoff Luncheon

The Greater Louisville UK Alumni Club, in corporate sponsorship with Central Bank, will host the 2016 Wildcat Tipoff Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 3, at the Galt House East, 140 N. 4th St., Louisville. Doors for the program, which is sponsored by UK HealthCare and Bachman Auto Group, open at 11:30 a.m., and the lunch and program begin at noon.


Former UK Men’s Basketball Stars to Return for NBA Game

Willie Cauley-Stein and Jami Young.

Willie Cauley-Stein will be back in Rupp Arena Oct. 14.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A day after celebrating the official tipoff of the 2016-17 Kentucky men’s basketball season at Big Blue Madness, past Kentucky greats John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere will return to Rupp Arena on Oct. 15 for an NBA exhibition game.

Wall’s Washington Wizards will play Cousins, Cauley-Stein, Labissiere and the Sacramento Kings. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. tip.

Game still moving too fast for Courtney Love

Courtney Love (51)

Courtney Love (51)


Linebacker Courtney Love was supposed to be not only the leader, but the big playmaker for the Kentucky defense this season.

Coaches lavished praise on him both in spring practice and preseason camp. So did teammates or anyone else who watched practice.

However, after three games he has 18 total tackles, including nine solo stops, and one quarterback hurry. No sacks. No tackles for loss. No forced fumbles. No pass break-ups. That’s not what UK or Love expected.

No “scared money” for Stoops with Johnson against South Carolina

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)


Two things that stood out to Kentucky coach Mark Stoops about the way quarterback Stephen Johnson played in his first big opportunity last week were his poise and his accuracy.

He threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in the win over New Mexico State and will make his first start at quarterback against South Carolina Saturday night with Drew Barker out for an unspecified amount of time with a back injury.

Johnson’s threat to run adds a new dimension to the UK offense.

UK Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct Six New Members

1LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016, featuring Rich Brooks (football), Chuck Hayes (men’s basketball), James Johnson (wrestling), Molly Johnson-Belcher (softball), Bernadette Madigan-Dugan (cross country/track and field) and Wesley Woodyard (football), will be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 23-24, in conjunction with the football home game vs. South Carolina.

Rich Brooks, Football, 2003-09

UK Men’s Basketball Finalizes Remaining Game Times, TV Networks

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team has finalized game times and television network selections for the remainder of its schedule.

UK has confirmed times and television networks for the remaining games, all of which will be held in Rupp Arena:

–          Nov. 11 vs. Stephen F. Austin – 7 p.m. on SEC Network

–          Nov. 20 vs. Duquesne – 9 p.m. on ESPN

–          Nov. 23 vs. Cleveland State – 1 p.m. on SEC Network

–          Nov. 25 vs. UT Martin – 7 p.m. on SEC Network

Stoops on defense: “We’re not real tough, we’re not real smart and we’ve got a long way to go.”

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo


Whatever the reason, Stoops finally did what he should have — he lit into his players after Wednesday’s practice for continuing to make the same mistakes.

“Yeah I got after them a little bit. I’m not pleased. I’m just … it’s frustrating. We try to teach, try to coach, try to educate, and sometimes all that don’t work. The truth is the truth. If we’re so fragile we can’t handle the truth, we’re not going to win many games. I told them the truth,” Stoops said.

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