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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: Last Saturday Without Football Edition

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Kentucky starts preparing for ULL, Kash Daniel and Gunnar Hoak impress, Tyler Ulis and Marcus Lee are impact players, big night for UK athletics, Mr. Robot is awesome, and more!

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The dark period is almost over. This time next week, people around the country will be setting up their tailgate areas while enjoying a Bloody Mary in the lot of their favorite college football stadium.

It's been a long summer and baseball just doesn't do the trick. Next Saturday will be Christmas Day for us all. The New CWS grand opening schedule has been set, it's almost read to roll.

This week is all about the Louisiana Lafayette Rajin' Cajuns for Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats. They start their prep work this week for game one inside of the new Commonwealth Stadium. It must feel good for Stoops and his players to start preparing for a real opponent.

Tweet of the Day

Eric Bledsoe's grandmother is recovering from surgery. Join coach Cal in praying for her speedy recovery. If you know anything about Eric Bledsoe, you know that he led an extremely difficult life as a child, at one point living out his mother's car. His grandmother was instrumental in his upbringing. It is amazing to see where Eric is now. Ms. Bledsoe is one of Cal's favorite people. Coach Calipari has brought a lot of success to Kentucky basketball. But this is why we love him.

Kentucky Wildcats Football

Mark Stoops said that multiple freshmen will play this season at Kentucky. Some of those named are George Asafo-Adjei, CJ Conrad, Jordan Jones,  Siheim King, and Chris Westry among others. Also in the video, Ryan Flannigan's shoulder injury has been rather pesky. He hasn't been going through contact drills at practice but it seems that he will be OK for game one.

Marcus McWIlson and AJ Stamps will be looked upon to be the leaders at safety in the Wildcat secondary. Stoops has been motivating McWilson, who like Stoops hails from Youngstown, Ohio, to get better every day.

2016 quarterback Gunnar Hoak had himself a game last night. Hoak's Dublin Coffman Shamrocks defeated Springfield last night 41-7 in Ohio. Hoak was extremely impressive 8-13 passing for 201 yards and three touchdowns in the wins. The touchdowns were 37, 12, and 55 yards. Hoak faced off against another Kentucky commit Kordell Looney, who hit Hoak and caused a fumble. This 2016 class could be even better than the 105 class. And that's saying something.

Get used to the "Kash Daniel domniates again" blurb for the rest of the high school football season. Paintsville shut out Frankfort 36-0 behind another impressive performance by Daniel on both sides of the ball. On offense, he rushed for 120 yards on 14 carries and had two rushing touchdowns. On defense, he had 16 tackles and forced a fumble. I cannot wait to get this kid on campus. He's the real deal.

Kentucky Basketball

We've all been saying it but it is worth repeating again: this is Tyler Ulis' team. SI ranked Ulis as the fourth ranked impact sophomore in the country. Here is a little of what the article said:

Kentucky won’t ask the 5’9", 155-pound sophomore to serve as one of its primary scorers, but he’s invaluable because no one else on the roster can match his distribution skills. Last season he led the Wildcats with a 27.2 assist rate while posting the second-highest offensive rating on the team—behind only top draft pickKarl-Anthony Towns. It’ll be interesting to see how John Calipari sorts out backcourt minutes between Ulis, Briscoe and Murray. All three could play together, with Ulis facilitating while Briscoe and/or Murray focus on scoring. In any case, the Wildcats are in good shape with Ulis running the offense.

Also from SI, Marcus Lee was ranked as the 10th impact junior in college basketball. Lee has a lot to prove this year, but if he plays well, he could see himself in the 2016 NBA draft.

In 2015-16 Lee will join wing Alex Poythress and touted 6'11" freshman Skal Labissiere in yet another terrifying John Calipari frontcourt, and he will benefit from the increased playing time and from the lobs point guard Tyler Ulis will throw in his direction all season. Lee could seize the opportunity and run with it, perhaps all the way into the first round of next year’s draft.

Other UK Athletics

Kentucky men's soccer opened the season with a 2-1 victory over Valpo last night. The 14th ranked Wildcats won in dramatic fashion as Pre-Season All American Napo Matoso scored the winning goal in the 90th minute of the game.

Kentucky Women's soccer dominated in their victory last night. The ladies defeated North Carolina Greensboro 3-0. They are now 2-1 on the season.

The Women's volleyball team defeated the 19th ranked Michigan State Spartans last night in five sets. The 15th ranked Wildcats were led by sophomore Kaz Brown, sophomore Ashley Dusek, junior Anni Thompson, and senior Morgan Bergren.

TV Junkie Moment

With a bit of a layoff from my favorite TV shows (yes, I have a lot of them), there aren't many options on TV for me right now. Yeah, Fear the Walking Dead was OK, but I'm a little worried that if it stinks, it will harm the original The Walking Dead. AMC might over-saturate their audience with zombies. So I'll watch Fear the Walking Dead, but I haven't been impressed so far.

So last night I decided to try out Mr. Robot and I was blown away. I only watched three episodes but I have to say I'm hooked. It's about a computer hacker named Eliot with social anxiety and he is addicted to morphine and likes to hack scumbags and ruin their lives. He gets caught up with a hacker revolution group called FSociety (think Anonymous, only cool). FSociety is led by the quirky and mysterious Mr. Robot, played with glee by Christian Slater.

The goal of FSociety is to bring down super corporation Evil Corp and wipe out the debt of the world. The only problem is Eliot works for a company owned by Evil Corp and he doesn't know if what is happening to him is even real.

It's on USA On Demand. I highly recommend it.

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