Stoops “desperately” wants win for fan base

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mark Stoops did not want to say “my chips are all in” for Saturday’s game with Florida. The Kentucky coach knows better than to put that much pressure on one game — even if UK has not defeated Florida since 1986.

“It’s not ever the case. It’s always a one-week season to us but on the other side of that I don’t deny that it’s a big game at home that I’d desperately like to win for the fan base included,” Stoops said.

Kentucky fans are anticipating a win. The game has sold out.

FLORIDA GAME SOLD OUT

Tickets for the Kentucky versus Florida football game set for Saturday are officially sold out.

Fans may still purchase tickets through TicketExchange, the only safe and secure, fan-to-fan resale marketplace authorized by UK Athletics. TicketExchange is completely integrated with Kentucky’s Ticketmaster software and uses barcode verification technology to ensure the authenticity of tickets.

As the only official fan-to-fan marketplace of Big Blue Nation, TicketExchange provides fans with reliable and convenient access to purchase tickets for games and sections that otherwise may be sold out as well as post verified tickets for sale.

UK Announces 2018 Football Schedule With 7 Home Games, Trip To Texas A&M

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 2018 Kentucky football schedule features seven home games, including visits from Mississippi State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Georgia, and five road games, the Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday.

Kentucky opens its season at Kroger Field with Central Michigan on Sept. 1 before traveling to The Swamp to face the Florida Gators in the SEC opener on Sept. 8. The Wildcats close out September with a three-game homestand that includes Murray State (Sept. 15), Mississippi State (Sept. 22) and South Carolina (Sept. 29).

 

Kentucky Ranked in Top 10 in Early Season Publications

PJ Washington and Jarred Vanderbilt. UK MBB workout at Kroger Field.
Photo by Quinn Foster | UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Two early season publications point towards the Kentucky men’s basketball team once again being one of the top contenders during the 2017-18 season. Blue Ribbon’s College Basketball Yearbook posted the Wildcats at No. 5 in its preseason rankings, while Athlon voted UK at No. 6.

Kentucky will field its youngest team ever under ninth-year head coach John Calipari. The Wildcats will have to replace 92.6 percent of their scoring and 76.6 percent of their rebounding from a team that went 32-6 and advanced to the Elite Eight a season ago.

Stoops on Johnson: “The bottom line he is a winner.”

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops had a lot to say about quarterback Stephen Johnson Monday during his weekly press conference.

On why Stephen Johnson slid down on the long run in the fourth quarter at South Carolina…
“I think he was just getting tracked down. He was probably about to pull a hammy.”

On when he knew Stephen Johnson was the leader the offense needed …
“I don’t remember a specific moment, but I just think over time he got everybody’s confidence and everybody started to believe in him. He is a winner. The bottom line he is a winner. He is making plays when he needs to by every mean necessary. I think that everybody believes in him.”

Blue-White Game Tickets Set to Go on Sale Sept. 25 at 5 p.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the Kentucky men’s basketball Blue-White Game go on sale Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. ET. The annual exhibition is scheduled for Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.

On Monday at 5 p.m., tickets will be available online through Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Based on availability after Monday evening’s on-sale, tickets will also be available beginning Tuesday through the Rupp Arena Box Office (859.233.3535) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The cost of the tickets will be $10 (lower level) and $5 (200 level). All public seating is reserved.

Florida coach on Cats: “Nobody’s running the ball on them.”

Kentucky’s defense will challenge Florida Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Three weeks into the season, and there is Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State all 3-0. That has not happened since 2011 according to the SEC Network.

And get this — UK leads the SEC in defending the run, allowing just 57 yards on the ground per game. That could be really good news going into Saturday’s home game against Florida because the Gators are last in the league in total offense (286 yards per game) and only 12th in rushing (89.5 yards per game) after gaining 168 yards against Tennessee in last week’s dramatic win.

Jordan Jones doubtful, but Brown and Watson proved they can make plays

Eli Brown after UK beat South Carolina. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Junior linebacker Jordan Jones, UK’s top tackler last season, is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Florida because of a shoulder injury he suffered last in the win over Eastern Kentucky. He did not play in the win at South Carolina last week.

“He’s, like I said last week, it will be a stretch. If something changes, I will let you know,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday.

Eli Brown started in Jones’ place and was playing well before going out in the fourth quarter with leg cramps that should not impact him this week.

Austin MacGinnis one of the Lou Groza Stars of the Week

Austin MacGinnis, right, with DeDe Haynes after UK’s win at South Carolina.

College football’s top kicking award, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl recognizes three of the top kickers each week from FBS division teams as the “Stars of the Week.”

Baity, MacGinnis Earn SEC Weekly Honors

Derrick Baity (Photo By Donald Page)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky junior cornerback Derrick Baity Jr. and senior kicker Austin MacGinnis were named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively, for their standout performances in Saturday’s 23-13 victory at South Carolina, the league announced on Monday.

This is the fourth time in school history that Kentucky has had at least two players honored for the same game.  In 2007, linebacker Wesley Woodyard was SEC Defensive Player of the Week and guard Jason Leger was SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following a win at Arkansas, while the Cats earned multiple honors in their 2016 victories over Mississippi State and at Louisville. 

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