Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.
Kentucky’s 2021 football recruiting class is off to a rousing start that got even better over the weekend with the commitment of Lexington Fredrick Douglass star lineman Jager Burton, a 4-star offensive lineman that had been recruited by … almost everybody east of the Mississippi including Alabama and Clemson.
His high school teammate, 4-star WR Dekel Crowdus and the highest-ranked player in 2021 so far, committed back in May. Kentucky now has a 2021 class that includes 16 total commitments including two 4-stars (Rivals), 12 3-stars, 1 2-star and a JUCO transfer. What I like is the constant attention the Wildcats are giving to the lines, and so far this season, particularly the offensive line with 3 commitments all over 6’4” and 270 lbs. These guys are coming in with good size, and their frames suggests they can take on a whole lot more during development.
The lines are the main area Kentucky has had consistency problems recruiting prior to the Mark Stoops/Vince Marrow era. Marrow in particular has had great success getting the right kinds of players in the trenches, and we have seen what dividends a good line pays the last two seasons. Kentucky has always recruited good players at skill positions and fairly often good linebacking and defensive backfields, but pre-Stoops Kentucky struggled on the lines. That seems to be a fading problem. Good to see.
Tweet of the Morning
Churchill Downs reports that Toyota Blue Grass Stakes winner Art Collector is out of the Kentucky Derby with a "minor foot issue." Tough break for trainer Tom Drury and owner Bruce Lunsford. #KYDerby— John Clay (@johnclayiv) September 1, 2020
Ugh. It isn’t bad enough the darn thing is running in… September? Wha? I guess we should be happy it’s running at all, but…
Happy 69th Birthday to my great friend & Wildcat center Jim Andrews. Jim was one of a select few (with Larry Stamper) who started for both Adolph Rupp & Joe Hall in early 1970s. Big Jim earned All-SEC honors his final 2 years, leading @KentuckyMBB to 3-straight SEC titles. #BBN pic.twitter.com/NaT8n6zfp2— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) September 1, 2020
- Vince Marrow thinks that UK not being in the pre-season top 25 is “a joke.” Yeah, but Kentucky football getting no respect from sportswriters is something of a tradition with them, and it isn’t going to change with a couple of great seasons.
- Ben Roberts talks about what Jai Lucas brings to Kentucky basketball.
- Kenny Walker talks about the head-scratching performance of his Wildcats team back in 1984 versus Georgetown in the Final Four. That’s one of those games I remember far too well for my own comfort. I was in Newport News, Virginia at the time serving in the US Navy, and I remember watching it with my then-girlfriend (who would later become my wife) and thinking what a poor introduction to Kentucky basketball that was for her.
- Will Jacksonville tempt Dabo Swinney away from Clemson?
- Auburn (Kentucky’s game 1 opponent) banking on Bo Nix and a successful overhaul of their lines to bring home the bacon this season.
- Former Herald-Leader columnist Gene McLean remembers coach Lute Olson. Rest in peace, Lute.
Other sports news
- The Jaguars’ Josh Allen could become an elite pass rusher this year. This year or in another year or two, it’s going to happen.
- Could wormholes be a thing? Some scientists think so.
- To be fair, they destabilize a lot of things. Cosmic Rays could destabilize quantum computers.
- NIH: New gene associated with reduced risk for cirrhosis.