Georgia junior QB commits to UK

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky got a needed boost in its football recruiting with the verbal commitment from junior quarterback Jarren Williams of Central Gwinnett (Ga.) High School Sunday.

He tweeted he was “glad to be part of the Wildcat family” but probably not as glad as coach Mark Stoops and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow were to have him after having Mac Jones, Russ Yeast, James Hudson and Michael Warren all de-commit from UK’s 2017 recruiting class recently.

Jake Buerger on his father: “He really is one of the nicest and easy to like people you’d ever meet.”

Mark Buerger made sure his son, Jake, grew up a Reds fan.

Mark Buerger made sure his son, Jake, grew up a Reds fan.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Father’s Day has a different meaning for all of us but since Sunday is my day to be with the one and only Mark Buerger on Sunday Morning Sports on WLAP — I think this is now seven years together — I thought it might be interesting to get a few Father’s Day insights from Jake Buerger.

He is a recent Lexington Catholic High School graduate and soon to be freshman at the University of Louisville. He’s a terrific young man and I know he often just has to shake his head at his father’s antics/tantrums.

Briscoe feels Calipari is trusting him more

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

What does sophomore Isaiah Briscoe tell Kentucky’s freshmen to expect from coach John Calipari based on his freshman season?

“Everyone has their own experience. So, mine is different from Tyler’s (Ulis). Tyler’s is different from Jamal’s (Murray), mine will be different form the freshman this year. So, everyone has their own experience with Cal,” Briscoe said.

Briscoe flirted with going to the NBA draft before deciding to return to UK. He says his relationship with Calipari is getting better.

What will hip injury do to Tyler Ulis’ draft position?

Tyler Ulis. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

A few weeks ago most mock drafts had Kentucky guard slated as a first-round draft pick and possible lottery pick. Now word of a serious hip injury has his status in limbo going into Thursday  night’s draft.

“Teams are all over the board on him just because of his size. At 5’10”, 150 pounds, there’s not a lot of precedent for guys that size excelling in the NBA. And people point to Isiah Thomas, but Isiah Thomas is a good 30 pounds heavier than Ulis is, and he’s more of a scoring, super athletic stocky guard and there is some precedent for guys like him, Nate Robinson, in that role succeeding in the NBA,” said ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford.

Drew Barker wants to leave unforgettable mark

Drew Barker (Olivia Prewitt Photo)

Drew Barker (Olivia Prewitt Photo)

By OLIVIA PREWITT

Sophomore quarterback Drew Barker hopes to leave an unforgettable mark on the UK football program this season.
“I want to leave an unforgettable mark this year hopefully. That is the goal, we’re working and busting our butts every day. We’re trying to get over that hump and make it to a bowl game, win SEC games. Something unforgettable this season.” Barker said.

When I asked Barker what he would like BBN to know about him he responded, “Personality-wise, I know I have had some setbacks and stuff before, but I wouldn’t let that label me as who I am as a person.

“I’m definitely a nice, polite … Well, I don’t want to brag or anything but sometimes the wrong picture of someone can be perceived if you don’t know them personally, so I would say that.”

In April Coach Stoops named Barker the starting QB for the 2016 season.

Wynyard wants to give UK physical presence

Tai Wynyard (UK Athletics Photo)

Tai Wynyard (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Tai Wynyard knows coming in for a semester at Kentucky last year helped him even if he did not play in games and only practiced.

“Coming in earlier has gotten my conditioning up more. It got me to see how I can work back home. Obviously back home you don’t get that much conditioning or that kind of work,” Wynyard said Wednesday.

He does hope he can help Kentucky’s inside game next season.

Zach Reks a Finalist for Gregg Olson Award

-3LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky junior outfielder Zach Reks has been named a finalist for the Gregg Olson Award as the Breakout Player of the Year in college baseball.

An incredible story, Reks played at the Air Force Academy as a freshman in 2013, batting .210 with no home runs and eight RBI. He transferred to the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2013 and didn’t play for two years. In the fall of 2015, he decided to try out and he made the team.

Russ Yeast de-commits from Kentucky

By LARRY VAUGHT

Russ Yeast, the son of former UK great Craig Yeast, de-committed from UK’s 2017 recruiting class Thursday.

“I would like to thank the whole BBN family of fans and coaches for the wonderful opportunity in this recruiting process. After much discussion with my family, I have decided I will back off my commitment to the University of Kentucky. I truly feel this is the best course of action in order to make the right decision for me,” Russ Yeast posted on Twitter Thursday night.

Briscoe plans to lead by example

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Isaiah Briscoe plans to be a leader by example next year for Kentucky.

“That’s on and off the court. These freshmen came in and they look up to me. And, you know some of the guys last year look up to me and come up to me for questions like that, so my main focus this year is lead a young group, and lead by example on and off the court,” Briscoe said.

Briscoe said Wednesday that he didn’t think UK fans saw the real Briscoe last year and that he can run the team next season.

Volleyball Team Wins SEC Sportsmanship Award

-2BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Ethical. Fair behavior. Polite. Intentionality. Kindness. These are the adjectives often utilized to describe sportsmanship.

The 2015-16 Kentucky volleyball program demonstrated just that in a traumatic event prior to a match against fellow Southeastern Conference foe LSU in early November. For their efforts, spearheaded by athletic trainer Katy Poole, administrator Katie Eiserman, head coach Craig Skinner and players Morgan Bergren, Sara Schwarzwalder and Anni Thomasson, the program was honored as a recipient of the 2015-16 SEC Sportsmanship Award on Thursday.