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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: A.J. Reed Accolades Edition

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A.J. Reed has won another Player of the Year award, this time from the publication Baseball America. Consider:

Using deadened BBCOR bats, Reed smacked 23 home runs as well, matching Olerud’s total with supercharged bats. Reed led the nation in homers, slugging percentage (.735) and OPS (1.211), while ranking second in total bases (164) and third in RBIs (73). He hit .336 with a .476 on-base percentage, walking (49) more than he struck out (48).

That offensive season alone would make him worthy of the Player of the Year award, but Reed also went 12-2, 2.09 in 112 innings as Kentucky’s Friday night ace in the rugged Southeastern Conference. He ranks just one win shy of the national lead and tops the SEC.

Congrats to A.J. We will be hearing a lot more from him.

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  • Ira Combs wonders in who's hands Stoops & Co. will place the offense, i.e. the quarterback spot:

    In my humble opinion with all of UK’s struggles in football the last (5) years the constant and most inconsistent position that’s hurt the most has been at quarterback . It’s plain and simple to me if you don’t have a special talent their it will get a coach fired quicker than anything short of NCAA rules violations .

    Just ask Joker Phillips .

    It appears Phillips ( who was the primary recruiter ) evidently went brain dead in the evaluation process when he went north to Indianapolis to evaluate what started out being a 5 star blue chip Morgan Newton but ended up being an inept falling fast 3 star by the time he entered the college scene according to most recruiting services . Turns out Newton had slow and lethargic feet & legs plus a right arm that had the accuracy of Tim Robbins in the movie Bull Durham .


  • Ranking the 2014 SEC schedule strengths. Kentucky is in the top third of the league, but by no means #1.

  • Be sure to read Bud Elliot's evaluation of UK recruit and top running back for 2015, Damien Harris.

  • SEC position ratings: Wide receiver. Kentucky grades out above Arkansas and Vanderbilt. I suppose that's okay.

  • SEC position rankings: Running back. I think UK is much better than 12th.

  • SEC position rankings: Quarterback. UK is ranked last, and probably deserves to be.

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