A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Four Wildcats sign NFL free-agent deals

Four former UK football standouts have signed NFL free-agent contracts after not being selected in the NFL draft.   Defensive back Anthony Mosley agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers. Wide receiver Matt Roark signed with the New England Patriots. Linebacker Ronnie Sneed signed with the Detroit Lions. Punter Ryan Tydlacka signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Their signings followed the...

Jon Hale: Unlikely rise to prominence makes Josh Harrellson state's top 2011 sports figure

What image comes to mind when you think of the 2011 Kentucky sports year?   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Is it Matt Roark being lifted off the field after the University of Kentucky football team finally took down Tennessee? Is it Brandon Knight sending the Wildcats to the Final Four? Is it the Kentucky Derby or maybe the NBA draft?   Or maybe, like me, when you think about the...

Streak snapped: UK rides unlikely hero to first win against Tennessee since 1984

(Box Score)   Over the course of 26 years, more than a dozen UK quarterbacks have had the chance to beat Tennessee and have failed. So maybe it’s no surprise that the quarterback who finally snapped the streak was actually a wide receiver.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “Who would pick out Matt Roark as the guy who broke the streak?” asked UK head coach Joker...

Matt Roark overcomes early season drops in career game versus Mississippi State

Entering Saturday’s game versus Mississippi State senior wide receiver Matt Roark hadn’t earned many fans with his play this season.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] He had 12 catches for 56 yards and one touchdown on the year but had struggled to catch the ball for most of the season and even had worked his way to the bottom of the depth chart following a drop in the end...

UK football notebook: Clemons named co-freshman of week

University of Kentucky freshman tailback Josh Clemons placed his named in the school record book with an 87-yard touchdown run Saturday, and on Monday his performance was recognized as one of the best by any freshman in the Southeastern Conference.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The league announced Clemons — along with Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell — was named...

UK overcomes early struggles to earn 27-13 win over Central Michigan

With just over four minutes remaining in the third quarter Saturday, the University of Kentucky football team appeared on the verge of losing a game to Mid-American Conference opponent Central Michigan.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The Wildcats trailed 13-6, when Central Michigan elected to go for a fourth down conversion on fourth and inches from its own 34 yard line. UK stuffed...

UK releases preseason football depth chart

Eight true freshmen and five redshirt freshmen were among the players listed at first- or second-team on the University of Kentucky preseason depth chart released Monday.   One true freshman — fullback D. J. Warren — was listed as a starter, while the other 12 freshmen were listed at second at their respective positions.   “We got to play the best players that are going...

Talk about freshmen playmakers motivates UK's returning receivers to show their worth

Since an uninspiring spring game from the University of Kentucky wide receivers, much of the focus surrounding the football program has been on the incoming class of freshmen receivers.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Throughout the summer, head coach Joker Phillips sang the praises of his new receivers. He repeatedly noted that unlike his previous receiver classes, these freshmen had...

Summer practice offers UK receivers opportunity to improve on consistency

The University of Kentucky wide receivers ended spring practice on a low note.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The passing game struggled to gain any positive momentum due to a number of dropped balls during the Blue/White game, leaving fans and the UK coaching staff wondering who would fill the void left by departing players Randall Cobb and Chris Matthews.   With just a few weeks...