The Big Blue Daily Mail -- Football 2010 Edition

This edition of the BBDM is all about football.  John Calipari has done a bang-up job at keeping basketball at Kentucky a 24-7-365 deal, but the stories coming out of the football program are compelling and more urgent.  We'll have a second BBDM today covering the basketball news.

First, we have the fact that the QB position is still not set.  I am now having some misgivings about how long it is taking the coaching staff to make this call.  I think it bodes ill for Mike Hartline, who should have cemented the spot by now, but according to everything I read, just hasn't separated himself from the others.  When a senior is having trouble taking the job from a sophomore and a redshirt freshman, my confidence doesn't exactly overflow.

The other troubling thing I'm hearing is that outside of Randall Cobb and Chris Matthews, none of our wide receivers can hang on to the football or run a proper route.  I had expected this to be the year that guys like La'Rod King and Aaron Boyd to step to the fore and become a factor, but the reports out of practice do not indicate that is happening.

On the plus side, Brandon Gainer and Raymond Sanders, to freshman running backs, are getting it done and getting high praise from the staff.  That's encouraging, as Locke will need some help this year if he is to be a factor.  He's just too small to handle 25 carries a game, and he'll get hurt if he does.  Also, JUCO safety Mychal Bailey and true freshman TE Tyler Robinson are getting praise from the staff.

The news follows the jump.

  • Lee Todd, Joker Phillips, band greet freshmen moving into UK dorms - Education - Kentucky.com

    President Lee T. Todd Jr. and his wife, Patsy, greeted parents and first-year students, who arrived by car to move into rooms at the Blanding and Kirwan towers dormitories on UK's south campus.

    UK football coach Joker Phillips and members of the football team turned out to help with heavy lifting as students hauled mountains of luggage and supplies into their rooms. Members of UK's marching band provided plenty of loud music and enthusiasm, and about 1,000 volunteers pitched in to direct traffic, answer questions and move furnishings.

    Very cool.  I wonder if the do this sort of thing at Alabama or Florida?

  • Gregg Doyel Talks SEC Football with Saturday Down South

    Tyler Montell: (Homer Alert) Is there a more exciting player in this league than Randall Cobb? What do you expect to see out of him this season? Ok, I’ll come out and say it: How will my Cats be this year?

    Gregg Doyel: Randalll Cobb is awesome! Love a guy who can pass, catch, run, return, anything. He’ll be a must-follow in Sunday morning box scores if nothing else. No clue how the team will do, though. I’m awful at predictions, but I’d love to see Joker Phillips succeed.

    Read the whole thing.  Doyell is a classic.

  • Freshman gives UK European flavor | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal

    "Nobody believes that I'm from Bosnia," Delic said. "I always have to talk people into it."

    A football player from Bosnia?  You never know where UK will go to find talent ...

  • Kentucky football needs its middle man to be forward | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal

    "I absolutely love when people put me down," said Huzzie, a redshirt freshman from LaGrange, Ga., "because I aim higher."

    I absolutely love what I am hearing about Huzzie.  I also just love that name.

  • Cats have a quick study at safety | KentuckySports.com

    But Bailey has made a rapid rise up the depth chart and, with the season opener at Louisville less than two weeks away, chances are good that Bailey could be in the starting lineup next to Winston Guy at safety. Bailey worked with the first unit during UK's second fall scrimmage on Saturday, and Coach Joker Phillips said Bailey looked like 'the fastest guy on the field on either side of the ball.'

    I love hearing this, and the raves for Bailey only continue.  This guy could really help the defense, and if our defense is decent this year, we could be in for a fun season.

  • Facebook friend to coach: Kentucky's Randall Cobb teams up with Tee Martin | al.com

    Cobb grew up in Alcoa, Tenn. He remembers watching Martin lead the Vols to an unbeaten season in 1998, and the BCS title.

    "He was one of my role models," Cobb said. Having Martin on Facebook was "an honor for me."

    Martin is bringing a lot to Kentucky.  I hope we get to keep him a while.

  • UK QB competition almost over | KentuckySports.com

    "It will be a tough decision, because all three of them give us something," he said. "Moss has that moxie that you really, really love, the way he has command of the huddle and command of the line of scrimmage. He's a salesman in the huddle as far as selling the play we call. He's that guy."

    As I said, this is not an encouraging sign for Hartline.

  • UK lands big commitment

    You should check out this kid's list of offers -- Iowa, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, Standford, UCLA.

    I think we got us a keeper here.

  • Interview with Ross Bogue, former Kentucky Wildcats Tight End | Saturday Down South

    Tyler Montell: You played five years in Lexington. What would you say was the biggest difference in the program from the start of your career to the end of it?

    Ross Bogue: The overall focus of the program has really taken a turn for the absolute best. 5 years ago the thought of reaching a bowl game was a very foreign thought around the program and now it’s expected. I’m excited to see what Joker can do with the team as a head coach in the coming years and I think fans should expect a lot of great things out of the Cats in 2010.

    Read the whole thing.

  • Interview with Ross Bogue, former Kentucky Wildcats Tight End | Saturday Down South

    Tyler Montell: You played five years in Lexington. What would you say was the biggest difference in the program from the start of your career to the end of it?

    Ross Bogue: The overall focus of the program has really taken a turn for the absolute best. 5 years ago the thought of reaching a bowl game was a very foreign thought around the program and now it’s expected. I’m excited to see what Joker can do with the team as a head coach in the coming years and I think fans should expect a lot of great things out of the Cats in 2010.

    Read the whole thing.

  • Spurrier up to old tricks || OnlineAthens.com

    The South Carolina coach commented on his radio program Thursday night about Tennessee's efforts to delay or buy out a two-game series with North Carolina by saying, "Golly, times have changed when Tennessee doesn't want to play North Carolina in football because they're too good for them," and "We're not going to bail out from playing North Carolina the way Tennessee did."

    Heh.  Ouch.

  • Young running backs shine in second scrimmage

    "Those two young backs, (Brandon) Gainer and (Raymond) Sanders both did some really nice things," Phillips said. "They made some really good runs and got most of the reps along with CoShik Williams. Those three guys did a really good job."

    I love hearing this.

  • Hard part comes after QB decision | KentuckySports.com

    As LeBron might tell you, dealing with the aftermath of "The Decision" is the harder of the two.

    "Because whoever wins it, there's going to be people who think the other guy should have got it," said Randy Sanders, Kentucky's quarterback coach and offensive coordinator. "That's whether it's on the team, whether it's in the media, whether it's the fans or whatever."

    That's for sure.

  • Burden ready for a starring role | Vaught's Views
  • Wildcats could shake things up in unusually unsettled SEC East | montgomeryadvertiser.com | Montgomery Advertiser

    Cheer: Last year, the Wildcats knocked off Auburn and Georgia on the road. Can Kentucky upset the Vols on Nov. 27? The Wildcats have not defeated Tennessee since 1984. It's on the road but it might not really be an upset, as the Vols are again adjusting to a first-year head coach while Kentucky has played in a school record four straight bowl games.

    Isn't it sweet to think we might be favored against Tennessee.  I think that all any UK fan wants is the victory, though.

  • Shifting Power in SEC Rivalries? | Saturday Down South

    Outlook: If it doesn’t happen this year, will it ever happen for Kentucky [versus Tennessee]?

    Read the whole thing.

  • Cats say Guy is ready to tap potential | KentuckySports.com

    "He shows flashes, but we want consistency out of the position," UK head coach Joker Phillips said. "The key to a great defense is great safety play. You can't have blunders there. With Winston, they're not coming as often as they used to, but they're still showing up sometimes, and we can't have that there. It's like the quarterback. If there's a blunder there, it can lead to six points."

    If Guy and Bailey can play to their potential, it really enhances the prospects for this season.

  • Injuries piling up for Kentucky as season nears - WAVE 3 - Louisville, KY

    Injuries are starting to pile up for the Kentucky Wildcats, with one player lost for the season and three others held out with various afflictions.

    Not good news, but it's part of football.

  • UK’s Defensive end Taylor Wyndham on playing for coach David Turner and his new facial look | Vaught's Views
  • Lumpkin has cast, but no major injury | Vaught's Views
  • VIDEO: Joker on scrimmage this a.m. -- Tom Leach
  • AP Preseason Poll Released: Alabama On Top, Boise State Third - SBNation.com

    Via Will at Rocky Top Talk.

     

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