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Saturday Quickies: Rising Expectations Edition

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A number of Kentucky football players are gaining preseason honors.

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Good morning, Big Blue Nation. It’s going to be a beautiful weekend and it finally feels like summer is here to stay for a while. So get out, find a pool or a golf course and enjoy yourself.

But before you do that, read the Quickies.

Eight Kentucky Wildcats were named to the Athlon Preseason All SEC Team. Mark Stoops and the football team have been receiving a lot of love during this offseason due to the number of impactful returning players, being very successful in the transfer portal, and lighting it up on the recruiting trail.

Success breeds expectations and the expectations are rising. Our beloved Vince Marrow has been making the rounds with various media outlets and, my goodness, Big Dog has been woofing. The coaches and the players are very confident that the upcoming season is going to be hugely successful.

But we have been here before and we’ve been letdown. I think Kentucky has a deep and veteran team. I also think that have some major talent on both sides of the football. The nagging question is the same one that’s been bandied about for the entire Stoops tenure: what’s the deal at quarterback?

Joey Gatewood and Beau Allen are returning for their second year at Kentucky. From what little we heard about the spring season, it seems like Gatewood has an edge on Allen.

But there is a wildcard with incoming Penn State Transfer Will Levis. He is Liam Coen’s handpicked guy and his big arm is making people around the program very excited. Add the piece at the Athletic (subscription) about how he worked with a QB guru to fix his accuracy and now it appears as if Levis may be primed to take the starting job.

Personally I like Joey Gatewood but I’m all for an open QB competition during camp. Let the best man win the job.

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Quickies

Kentucky softball advances | Cats Pause- It was an exciting 3-2 for the Cats as Autumn Humes pitched a complete game and allowed just one earned run. The Cats play Notre Dame today at noon.

John Schlarman changed Vince Marrow | Vaught’s Views- Vince Marrow gets emotional talking about his friend and the impact Schlarman had on his life.

Bat Cats fall to Vandy | KSR- The #2 ranked Dores thumped Kentucky 8-2 as the Cats are now guaranteed losers in the series. The Cats have dropped six of the last seven games and their pitching has been atrocious during that stretch. Unless a miracle occurs during the SEC Tournament, the NCAA tournament is out of the question.

Will Mintz and Brooks return? | Cats Illustrated- John Calipari has stacked the guard position to where a Davion Mintz return seems out of the question at this point. It definitely feels like Keion Brooks is returning although he still has not given his official word on the matter. Calipari has cooled on transfer forwards so it seems like he’s expecting Brooks back for his junior season at UK.

More questions than answers in Dino Gaudio extortion case | WDRB- This is one of the craziest stories I’ve ever had to cover on radio and it was a wild week for UofL fans. The offseason for the Cards is always entertaining much to the chagrin of their fan base.

Dustin Johnson misses the cut again | CBS- Johnson becomes the second player since 1997 to hold the #1 spot and miss consecutive Major tournament weekends.

Grizzlies clinch the 8 seed in thrilling fashion | USA Today- It took overtime to do it but Ja Morant and the Grizzlies took out Steph Curry and the Warriors for the right to play the Jazz in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Jesse Winker propels the Reds to victory | Red Reporter- Winker blasted three homers to help the Reds beat the Brewers 9-4.

Updated NBA Playoff Bracket | Sporting News- The Playoffs are officially set after the brand new play-in format. What were your thoughts on the play-in games?