Breaking News: Jalen Whitlow transferring

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Some interesting news for Kentucky football today as UK announced that quarterback Jalen Whitlow will be transferring.  Apparently the decision came after Stoops had a discussion with Whitlow about changing positions yesterday.

Nation’s best running back enjoys visit to UK’s practice

5-foot-11, 205-pound RB Damien Harris plays for Madison Southern High School in Berea

5-foot-11, 205-pound RB Damien Harris plays for Madison Southern High School in Berea

Madison Southern running back Damien Harris–who is considered to be the best running back in the class of 2015–visited UK’s campus last week to watch Wednesday’s spring practice.  He came away impressed from the visit, and took a jab at those who seem to be jealous of Kentucky’s rise in football:

Landing Harris would be a HUGE statement about Kentucky’s program nationally.  Not only is he the best running back in the country, but he’s the 4th best player overall.  We can’t let players from Kentucky (no matter how highly rated they may be) end up going out of state.

Kentucky's top 3 players in the 2015 class, who are also three of the best in the Midwest (Left to Right: Brown, Smith, Harris)

Kentucky’s top 3 players in the 2015 class, who are also three of the best in the Midwest (Left to Right: Brown, Smith, Harris)

Another player who recently made a visit to Lexington was four-star Bowling Green linebacker–Eli Brown.  The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Warren East product, had this to say about his visit:

It looks like the 2015 recruiting class could end up being a monumental one if guys like Harris and Brown keep showing such high interest in Kentucky.

 

Video: Drew Barker impresses in Kentucky’s scrimmage

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Drew Barker has yet to take a single snap in a college game, but the heralded freshman is already impressing coaches and teammates with his playmaking-ability and poise. Offensive coordinator Neal Brown pointed out Barker’s ability to stay cool under pressure and how he didn’t let the stage of scrimmaging in a 70,000 seat stadium get to him:

“You wouldn’t have known he was a high school senior. The mechanics of the game and not being in awe of being in that stadium for the first time playing, that was what I was most impressed with.”

“It’s a big difference (from high school). That’s why I was saying it’s such a credit to Drew, because you could’ve watched some of those other guys and thought, ‘Ok, they’re young, they’re making some mistakes.’ Well, Drew, you would’ve thought he was here for a year.”

Sophomore running back–JoJo Kemp–agreed with Brown, saying that the coaches would have a “handful” trying to decide which quarterback to play among Reese Phillips, Barker, Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles.

“He was out there competing, making plays and just doing everything,” Kemp said of Barker. “Half the time, I just thought one of the older guys was in, and it was him. He stood out.”

That’s good news for a Kentucky team that’s in dire need of a quarterback to step up and take the reins on Neal Brown’s Air Raid offense.  If I had to make an early prediction on who will be the quarterback this fall, I’d guess it’ll be either Barker or Whitlow (who gives the team a playmaker when the offensive line breaks down).

Here are the post-scrimmage interviews from Saturday with Coach Stoops and OC Neal Brown:


Maker’s Mark officially unveils the all-black Mark Stoops bottle

Here are a few pictures from Maker’s Mark Tuesday unveiling of the limited edition Mark Stoops bottle:

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The bottle goes on sale Friday with all proceeds supporting UK’s Gill Heart Institute.  It was also reported last month that Mark Stoops will be at Keeneland on April 11th to sign a select number of the bottles.

“I’m certainly honored to be on the label of this year’s bottle, especially with the proceeds helping to bring ever-better cardiac care to the people of Kentucky,” Stoops said in a statement. “I’ve been here long enough to appreciate both the significance of the Gill Heart Institute’s work and the unique role this commemorative bottle plays to help support it. I’m deeply grateful to Keeneland and Maker’s Mark for making this happen.”

Maker’s Mark has partnered with Keeneland for 18 years in making custom bottles and has raised more than $7.1 million for various Kentucky charities.

Only 10,000 of the limited edition bottles will be sold, with a suggested retail price of $52.  I have a feeling that there will be quite a few of these flying off the shelves.