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No. 8 Auburn capitalizes on late UK miscues, pulls out 29-13 victory over Wildcats in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today AUBURN, Ala. — It was an opener unlike any other. Facemasks, social distancing and a half-empty stadium. Kentucky officially kicked off its 130th football season on Saturday against a Southeastern Conference opponent for the first time since 1960, when former league member Georgia Tech defeated the Wildcats 23-13. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the season was postponed...

Now healthy, UK quarterback Wilson ‘locked in’ going into season opener at No. 8 Auburn on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson has been in a zone this fall and hasn’t spent much time looking back. “I’ve just been really locked in, knowing my assignment and controlling what I can control and focusing on what I can focus on,” he said. “I’ve just been locked in and not thinking too much about Saturday, just taking it one day at a time and...

Stoops says experienced UK ready for challenge at No. 8 Auburn on Saturday in season opener

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky It’s finally game week for the University of Kentucky football team, and head coach Mark Stoops and his squad have certainly put in their time in the preseason. And it’s been a fall camp unlike any other. “For us, it’s been a long preseason,” Stoops said. “A couple of weeks longer than usual, so it seems like it’s been...

Keith Taylor: Football is back, and it looks like a break-even season for UK against tough SEC

Kentucky will step into unchartered water and right into Southeastern Conference play when the season kicks off this Saturday at Auburn. After weeks and months of debate, the Wildcats will join the rest of the league and provide a dose of normalcy as the nation recovers from a pandemic that has crippled sports and society as a whole since March. What remains to be seen is if the conference can complete...

Latest results reveal 14 UK athletes test positive for COVID-19; seven staff members also test positive

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The latest COVID-19 results have revealed that 14 of the University of Kentucky’s 402 athletes tested positive during a round of testing conducted Aug. 20-Sept. 2. In addition to the 14 who tested positive for the virus, seven of 306 staff members also tested positive. A total of 34 athletes who returned to campus received antibody testing and one was a positive result...

UK thin at certain positions, but depth chart ‘manageable’ following final scrimmage of camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops had to change his plans during his team’s third and final scrimmage of fall workouts Saturday. “We’re thin at certain positions and we did have to look at that and alter some of the scrimmage today,” he said. “We’re getting thin at a few spots and positions with injuries and COVID-19. Everything is still manageable at this point...

UK offense concentrates on execution in red zone as season opener at Auburn inches closer

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Eddie Gran wants to see more from Kentucky’s offense in the red zone as the Wildcats inch closer to the season opener at Auburn on Sept. 26. “We’re trying some different things as well,” said Gran, UK’s offensive coordinator. “We want to score touchdowns. Field goals aren’t going to get it done in this league, at this level. We need to be better. We’re...

Jamie Vaught: Let’s try this fearless forecast again — with a revised SEC schedule looming for UK football

More than two months ago, I predicted the University of Kentucky would have a nice football team. I wrote that head coach Mark Stoops’ UK team, with several preseason All-Americans, would be respectable, finishing with a 7-5 mark in a 12-game schedule — and the Wildcats would be making their fifth straight bowl trip. Not bad, but could be better. Well, as you know, COVID-19 pandemic has forced...

UK building depth chart on football field, developing worse-case scenario contingency plans

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Determining the depth chart has always been a top priority for the University of Kentucky coaching staff during pre-season workouts, but this year, the coaching staff is looking at different ways to utilize the roster. “You have to have contingency plans,” Kentucky defensive coordinator Brad White said. “We’re playing guys at some different spots here and there.” White...

UK season opener at Auburn set for noon kickoff on Sept. 26; Wildcats meet Ole Miss at home on Oct. 3

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The game times for three of Kentucky’s first four football games have been set. The Wildcats will kick off the season at noon on Sept. 26 at Auburn and will be televised on the SEC Network. Kentucky’s home opener against Ole Miss on Oct. 3 is set for 4 p.m. and also will be televised on the SEC Network. Kentucky’s players are looking forward to the delayed season...

UK quarterback Wilson ‘slinging the ball’ and ‘having fun’ in return from serious knee injury

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson felt at ease when he returned to the field this week. Wilson, who missed the final 10 games last year after suffering a season-ending knee injury against Eastern Michigan, took snaps with the first team as the Wildcats opened fall workouts on Tuesday. “It felt good and it felt normal, even with all of the restrictions...

Alabama, Ole Miss fill out UK’s 10-game football schedule; SEC sends Wildcats to Tuscaloosa

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference has announced the remainder of its football schedule, and Kentucky will visit Alabama and also play host to Ole Miss as part of a 10-game slate this season. The season will begin on Sept. 26 and teams will play 10 games in a 11-week period through Dec. 5. “The two SEC announcements today – the medical protocols and the addition of two...

Jamie Vaught: Is another winning season on tap for UK football? Here’s my annual fearless forecast

For the last four years, the Kentucky Wildcats have played winning football on the field with a nice overall record of 32-20, including four bowl trips and a 16-16 mark in the Southeastern Conference. But will the Wildcats win again in 2020? Well, on paper, they should with several preseason All-American and All-Southeastern Conference standouts returning despite the departure of All-American Lynn...

Former UK quarterback in thick of COVID-19 battle; provides supplies, services as company president

By Tony Neely University of Kentucky The moment from bowl week was routine: A former player who lives in the area of the bowl game visits practice, reunites with old acquaintances, revives memories from his days on the field. Such was the case last December when Kentucky quarterback Will Fidler, on an unseasonably warm afternoon in Charlotte, dropped by the high school where the Wildcats prepared for...

Former Auburn star Benton transfers to Kentucky; earned All-SEC Freshman Team honors in 2018-19

Robyn Benton, who was an All-Southeastern Conference Freshman Team performer at Auburn before averaging double-digit points per game as a sophomore, has elected to transfer and signed with the University of Kentucky women’s basketball program. Benton will have to sit out the 2020-21 season due to NCAA transfer rules. “Robyn is a fantastic player that really is going to fit in perfectly...

It’s business as usual for John Calipari’s Wildcats as they prepare for GameDay showdown with Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It would be easy for Kentucky to consider Saturday’s showdown at Auburn as a payback game, but the Wildcats won’t be taking that approach this weekend. “(It’s) just more looking forward to a really good game,” Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley said Friday. “Auburn’s a really good team. I think they’re like 18-2 or something like that, so they’ve won a...

Jamie Vaught: It’s OK to be disappointed by UK’s loss to Auburn, but stop whining about John Calipari

Interestingly, a small bunch of so-called “Monday Morning” coaches in the Big Blue Nation as well as some opinionated media folks have been complaining and howling about basketball coach John Calipari and his favored Kentucky Wildcats for failing to make a coveted trip to the 2019 NCAA Final Four after Sunday afternoon’s heartbreaking overtime loss to Auburn. Sure, we are saddened with the painful...

Kentucky falls to Auburn in overtime, but P.J. Washington ‘gave it everything’ he had

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today KANSAS CITY (KT) — PJ Washington left it all on the court in what could have been his final game at Kentucky. Although a national championship would have been icing on the cake, Washington did his best to carry the Wildcats on his shoulders in Kentucky’s first Big Dance in Kansas City.   “I just tried to go out there and give it everything I had,” he said....

Group effort in wake of loss of senior Reid Travis leads Cats to blowout win over Auburn Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington set the tone and the rest of his teammates followed and led fourth-ranked Kentucky to an 80-53 win over Auburn Saturday at Rupp Arena. 
“He started us off,” Kentucky freshman Keldon Johnson said. “We just followed and followed and kept riding off that energy.” 
Washington scored 24 points — five from tying his career high — as the fifth-ranked...

Former U of L, Murray State football player Zeke Pike, once destined for greatness, arrested again

NKyTribune staff Former University of Louisville and Murray State football player Ezekiel “Zeke” Pike, who was dismissed from three different college football programs due to problems away from the field, is in trouble with the law again. Zeke Pike (80) converted from quarterback to tight end at Louisville in 2013. Pike caught one pass in limited playing time during the 2013 campaign. (Photo...