It looks like Mississippi State’s going to have the same head coach for at least a few more years. According to CBSSports.com, head coach Dan Mullen’s contract will be extended through the 2017-18 season:
“Mullen’s contract can’t run longer than four years because of Mississippi regulations, so the Bulldogs are essentially adding a year to Mullen’s deal. The deal is not yet finalized.
Mullen, who reportedly makes close to $3 million per year, took MSU to four straight bowl games for the first time in school history. After a 4-6 start to 2013, the Bulldogs rallied with wins over Arkansas, Ole Miss and Rice in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.”
We’ll be seeing Mullen again this season when the bulldogs travel to Commonwealth Stadium on October 25th.
Johnny Football sits down with the coach, as part of ‘Gruden’s QB camp’:
Patrick Towles was one of the best QB’s in the country coming out of high school
George Whitfield Jr. has helped teach some of the best quarterbacks in all of football (Ben Roethlisberger, Donovan McNabb, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Johnny Manziel).
He’s well known for his unorthodox methods of training quarterbacks on the beaches of California to help improve their mechanics, footwork and concentration. Now he’s going to be working with one of Kentucky’s signal callers—sophomore Patrick Towles.
Whitfield has earned the nickname “The quarterback whisperer” for his unorthodox, yet successful methods of training QBs
The two first met when Towles participated in the Elite 11 quarterback camp in California (a camp for the nation’s top H.S senior QB’s). That relationship is going to be renewed when the former Highlands high school star travels back to California over spring break, trying to get ready for UK’s spring practice, which starts March 28th.
Larry Vaught talked to Patrick’s father about why they sought out the quarterback expert’s help:
“Andrew Luck and Cam Newton swear by him. He is their guy and he’s working with a lot of guys now getting them ready for their Pro Day,” said Terry Towles, Patrick’s father. “He’s agreed to take Patrick on during spring break and Patrick is really excited. They had a good relationship before and Patrick knows it is time to get moving before spring football starts.”
The more competition, the better, as far as I’m concerned.
“Patrick just wants to go out with Whitfield and have an extra eye look at him and see if he notices anything or has any suggestions,” Terry Towles said. “It will be good for him to get in a real good workout before spring practice starts. He’s throwing about three days a week now, but there’s not a whole lot the (UK) coaches can do. People don’t realize how little time the coaches are actually allowed to spend with them. The strength coach can be there, but the offensive coaches are there for spring practice and then again Aug. 1.
“If you are not out there working and doing a little extra, it’s hard to improve, and Patrick wants to get better. That’s why he has been doing some extra work with Donnie Walker, too. He (Walker) understands the Kentucky offense and has a really good grasp of it and can just point out things to Patrick.”
A four-way QB competition (Whitlow, Barker, Phillips, Towles) will do nothing but help Kentucky overall. The best programs have a deep group of talented guys that push each other to get better at every position. It’ll do nothing but help a team that’s looking for a leader to step up and take hold of the starting job.
Saturdaydownsouth.com already listed one Kentucky Wildcat (Cory Johnson) in its’ list of top impact newcomers to enter the SEC this season, and now they’ve added another—all-American quarterback Drew Barker.
(Photo by: Tom Hauck for Student Sports)
Here’s what SDS had to say about the 6’4″, 210lb freshman:
“THE SKINNY: Six of the 14 SEC schools wanted Barker, and South Carolina nearly got him. But he decided to stay home and try to build something special at Kentucky, and his presence as a top national QB and top in-state product helped in recruiting. Barker threw for 2,700 yards and 33 touchdowns last fall and rushed for nearly 900 yards and 9 TDs.
WHERE HE’LL MAKE AN IMPACT: Barker was on campus in January and will be a part of spring drills this year, and Maxwell Smith–who has taken a lot of snaps at QB the past few years at Kentucky–is injured and will miss valuable time. The competition seems to be wide open for the QB position, and let’s face it: This is Stoops’ chosen guy. Don’t be surprised if he’s starting this fall.
BARKER TELLS SDS: “At the end of the day I sat down and thought what would it be like if I went to South Carolina and I looked over to UK and they are doing great thinks and I can think, ‘Oh man, I really missed out on that.’ The vibe is just completely different. They’ve upped everything and went to new paths people didn’t think Kentucky football can go to.”
COACH SAYS: “A guy who’s very important to us and this program because he’s one of the best players in the state and we all know how important it is lock down your own state and to start the recruiting within your state.” — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops”
Larry Vaught over at vaughtsviews.com has another good video up on his site today. This time its with the talented South Carolina native, and 2014 Kentucky signee–Blake Bone.
With all the big names in the 2014 class it’s easy to forget about Blake sometimes (I’m guilty of it myself) but it would be a mistake to do so.
Bone is 6-foot-5, and runs a legitimate 4.5 40-yard dash. That kind of size and speed doesn’t come along everyday. Not only that, but he comes from a state (South Carolina) that produces big time talent because of its’ elite level of high school competition, and he was one of the best in the Palmetto state. I think Bone will end up being an all-SEC type receiver for UK when it’s all said and done.
(Click on the link below to watch the video of Blake Bone)
Video: UK football signee Blake Bone – Central Kentucky News: Home.
I love the ‘swagger’ that this 2014 class is bringing back to the program. The more you hear these guys talk, the more you can just tell that they walk and talk with a certain confidence that’s been missing around here for several years (which is something you have to have to win in the SEC). These guys are all ultra-talented, but more than anything else–they’re ultra-competitive–which I love.
Tom Brady’s starting his offseason workouts to get ready for next season’s run to the super bowl. His training method of choice? A little light beach running.
If you’re expecting speed, you’ll be disappointed in this video. Tom Terrific’s about as far away as a quarterback can get from being Colin Kaepernick or RGIII. But who cares. He still has 3 Super Bowl rings:
In other NFL news: Tony Romo and Cowboy’s head coach Jason Garrett had fun watching the Duke/UNC game last night: (which is the most random thing I’ve seen in a while)
I have a feeling being at that game won’t make Romo a whole lot of extra fans around the country (which largely hates the Blue Devils)
Tony and JG also had time to play a little PIG with the boys at Cameron Indoor:
Saturdaydownsouth.com recently came out with a list of their top-10 SEC defensive ends, and two Kentucky players made the cut: Bud Dupree and Zadarius Smith. Kentucky and Missouri are the only teams in the SEC that have two players in the top 10.
Here’s what SDS had to say about Zadarius and Bud:
“Za’Darius Smith was very active in the front four for Kentucky, and he, along with fellow Kentucky bookend Alvin Dupree, made the most tackles of the defensive ends. Smith made 59 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and six QB hurries.”
“Alvin Dupree returns as Kentucky’s senior leader, and all he’s done while in Lexington is put up some serious numbers. Just last year, Dupree recorded 61 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He can play either end or outside linebacker.”
Here’s how the entire list looks:
10. CJ Johnson-Ole Miss (JR)
9. Za’Darius Smith-Kentucky (SR)
8. Danielle Hunter-LSU (JR)
7. Shane Ray-Missouri (JR)
6. Ray Drew-Georgia (SR)
5. Carl Lawson-Auburn (SO)
4. Alvin Dupree-Kentucky (SR)
3. Markus Golden-Missouri (SR)
2. Dante Fowler-Florida (JR)
1. Trey Flowers-Arkansas (SR)