Happy Saturday, BBN.
While basketball has been in the news a great deal in the last few weeks, the football team made a major move. LSU transfer offensive lineman Dare Rosenthal made the move from Baton Rouge to Lexington. He adds another piece to what is already expected to be a very good offensive line.
Mike Farrell of Rivals asked the question “Does Kentucky have the best offensive line in the SEC?” and his answer is as follows:
There’s no question that the offensive line for the Cats is every bit as loaded as Farrell says it is. Running back Christopher Rodriguez could have a Benny Snell type year running behind the newly reinforced Big Blue Wall.
If the Cats can get good QB play, then winning nine or more games isn’t out of the question considering the schedule.
Tweets of the Day
Blessed to have received an offer from The University of Kentucky! pic.twitter.com/MJltkExf2n— reed sheppard (@reed_sheppard) July 9, 2021
We knew this was going to happen eventually. I’m not expecting a commitment any time soon but I’m fairly certain Reed ends up a Wildcat.
Standing-room-only Peach Jam vibes here at Adidas for the collision of top-five Kentucky targets Chris Livingston and Keyonte George.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) July 9, 2021
Could be a UK-Memphis-pro battle for Livingston, UK-Texas battle for George. Orlando Antigua has a front-row seat. pic.twitter.com/sAu5wQq99v
The Kentucky coaches have been putting in work a year after not being able to see any recruits in person.
Kentucky football filled a lot of pieces in the transfer portal | Vaught’s Views- It’s hard to argue that another team in the country did as well as Kentucky in the portal.
Skyy Clark recovering from knee injury | Cats Pause- The 2022 point guard commit partially tore his ACL and meniscus but should be ready to go when his freshman year at Kentucky starts.
Jon Rothstein says Kentucky adding another player is “inevitable” | KSR- Whether it’s Kofi Cockburn or Jalen Duren, John Calipari is going to add one more player to an already loaded roster. The smart money is on Cockburn in the very near future.
Davion Mintz read for “full Kentucky experience” | Cats Illustrated- The Super Senior guard was robbed of all the good that being a Kentucky basketball player has to offer. He’s ready not only to win, but to have more fun this season.
Will adding Cockburn make the Cats the favorites in the SEC | SDS- The Cats won’t just be SEC favorites, this addition may make them national title favorites.
Saban is the best in the SEC, where does Stoops rank? | CBS- It’s a no-brainer that Nick Saban is viewed as the best coach in the SEC, he’s the best in the country and probably the best to ever do it period, but Mark Stoops is now viewed as one of the best in the conference as well.
Pervis Ellison questions why Louisville isn’t recruiting his guys | WDRB- Pervis Ellison is an all time great at UofL, his jersey is retired and the name “Never Nervous Pervis” is uttered with reverence. Ellison runs an elite AAU program that includes future NBA lottery pick and Kentucky recruit DJ Wagner. Ellison claims that Chris Mack hasn’t reached out to him to recruit Wagner along with other elite recruits.
Reds stay hot, beat NL Central leading Brewers | Red Reporter- The Reds are still 6.5 games back but a 2-0 win against the Division leader will help dig into that lead.
The Suns went from good to great | Sporting News- DeAndre Ayton has risen to star status, Devin Booker is playing the best basketball of his young NBA career, and Chris Paul looks like he visited the Fountain of Youth. The Suns are the impending NBA champs.
Mark Stoops a top 20 coach | Pro Football Focus- He’s not only respected in the SEC, but he’s making noise nationally. PFF has him as the 16th best coach in the country.
Kentucky has been a hard team to win with, but Stoops has seemingly transformed them from bottom-feeders to a mid-table team with a chance to upset the apple cart and win the East every once in a while. Their rushing efficiency stands out for a program like this — they’re 14th in the Power Five in EPA per rush over the last three seasons, a mightily impressive figure.