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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...

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...

No. 17 Miami (Fla.) uses big plays to sprint past No. 18 Louisville 47-34 in ACC opener Saturday night

KyForward staff LOUISVILLE — While playing at the University of Houston, D’Eriq King was known for producing touchdowns and big yardage. He’s now doing the same thing for Miami (Fla.). King threw three touchdown passes and No. 17 Miami used big plays to defeat No. 18 Louisville 47-34 on Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. The transfer from Houston tossed a...

Billy Reed: Just when I was thinking some people had good sense, we find out it really is about the money

Yes, that was heartfelt applause you heard coming from this corner when two of the country’s major college sports conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12, announced their teams would not play football this fall due to concerns about the coronavirus. Finally, I thought, we have some universities who put the health and welfare of their athletes above the money that football generates. Finally, I thought,...

Seven UK football players voted preseason All-SEC; Duffy, Jackson, Kinnard named to first team

Seven University of Kentucky football players have been voted to the All-Southeastern Conference preseason team by league coaches. SEC coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. Three UK standouts — center Drake Jackson, punter Max Duffy and offensive tackle Darian Kinnard — earned first-team honors, while offensive tackle Landon Young was named to the second team. In addition, three...

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...

Louisville enters national rankings for first time since 2017; Smith receives weekly honor from ACC

KyForward staff The University of Louisville football team has entered the national rankings following Saturday’s season-opening 35-21 victory over Western Kentucky. The Cardinals moved into the Top 20 of both polls, ranking No. 16 in the Amway Coaches Poll and No. 18 in the Associated Press Poll. Louisville is nationally ranked for the first time since Oct. 1, 2017. Louisville plays host to...

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...

Cunningham throws for career-high 343 yards, Louisville posts 35-21 win over Western Kentucky

KyForward staff LOUISVILLE — Micale Cunningham passed for a career-high 343 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as Louisville cruised to a 35-21 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday night. Cunningham completed 19 of 34 passes with touchdowns of 28, 2 and 70 yards to surpass his previous yardage best of 288 last season against Boston College. The junior quarterback also rushed for a 14-yard touchdown. A...

West Virginia rushes for 329 yards, rolls to 56-10 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday

By John Antonik West Virginia University MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia had little trouble disposing of Eastern Kentucky in its COVID-19-delayed season opener Saturday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Mountaineers built a 42-7 halftime lead and cruised to a 56-10 victory over the winless Colonels. “It was a good win,” West Virginia head coach Neal Brown said afterward. “I’m...

Louisville football players ‘ready to go’ for Saturday night’s opener against Western Kentucky

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville The wait is almost over. The University of Louisville is just hours away from playing its long-awaited opener against visiting Western Kentucky. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight at Cardinal Stadium. Like all of his teammates, Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham might have a little more juice, making his first season-opening start on Saturday night. ...

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...

Wells tosses four touchdown passes in college debut, Marshall coasts to 59-0 victory over EKU

KyForward staff HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The good news for Eastern Kentucky University is that for three hours Saturday afternoon, a national television audience watched its football team square off against Marshall. The bad news is that Marshall freshman quarterback Grant Wells passed for 307 yards and four touchdowns as the Thundering Herd coasted to a 59-0 win over EKU at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Wells,...

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...

Louisville tight ends stocked with talent; Cardinals prepare for Western Kentucky in Sept. 12 opener

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville When University of Louisville tight ends coach Stu Holt arrived for the start of spring practice in 2019, he didn’t know if he would have enough bodies to finish the season. The Cardinals entered last season without a scholarship tight end on the roster before head coach Scott Satterfield granted local product Marshon Ford a full ride. Ean Pfeifer, a...

EKU kicks off football season Saturday afternoon with nationally televised game at Marshall

Eastern Kentucky University begins the football season this Saturday by traveling to Huntington, W.Va., for a nationally televised game with Marshall. The kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN. Eastern Kentucky posted a 7-5 overall record last season. The Colonels are under the direction of first-year head coach Walt Wells, who most recently served as a quality control...

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...