Boogie Watson Is The Key To ‘Cats Defense

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As I wrote yesterday for Everything Kentucky Football, the emergence of Boogie Watson is going to be an important piece to Kentucky’s season in 2018. Multiple sources have said he’s a more well-rounded player than Denzil Ware, who he’s replacing. Ware had great pass-rushing numbers, but was caught out of position on run plays more often than not.

The word that is associated with Boogie is “consistency”. He’s referred to as a Swiss Army knife at the LB position, having played inside and outside since his arrival at UK. If he shows a tendency to keep gap integrity at the SAM linebacker spot (where Josh Allen played last year), it’ll allow Allen to slide over to the JACK spot. JACK is the OLB position which Ware played last season, but Allen is built perfectly for that role with his ability as a stud pass rusher.

Boogie is an easy candidate for breakout player of the year. He’s come up big in limited snaps during his time in Lexington. The most notable play he had was the goal line stop against South Carolina.

49 days til Kickoff.

Reid Travis Announcement

 

Reid Travis has officially committed to Kentucky. He will not visit Villanova, as KSI reported earlier this week. A huge get for the ‘Cats. It’s also official…Cal has his swagger back

Draft ‘Cats Scouting Reports Vol. 1: Kevin Knox

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Scouting Kevin Knox’s pro potential:

Strengths:

  • Mid-range shooting
  • NBA level frame
  • Versatile offensive repertoire
  • 19 years old
  • Attacks the rim in transition
  • Excellent at running off off-ball screens
  • Works the baseline to get his shot
  • Doesn’t fade to the three point line, mostly sticks to his mid-range game
  • Catch and shoot ability
  • Scores in bunches

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Weaknesses:

  • Rebounding for size
  • Court vision, particularly in transition
  • Motor isn’t always running high, disappears in games
  • One-on-one offense and one-on-one defense
  • Ball handling
  • Questionable desire to be the greatest on the court
  • Strength

Player Comparisons:

  • Ceiling: Young Rudy Gay
  • Floor: Kelly Oubre Jr.
  • Most Likely: Tobias Harris

Video Breakdown:

 

Yahtzee! Kentucky Adds JuCo Defensive End

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Kentucky has added Junior College defensive end Marquez Bembry to it’s 2019 haul. Bembry was committed to Tennessee out of high school and also touted offers from Georgia, Louisville, Florida and Mississippi State. The 235 pound prospect definitely has the look of an SEC caliber player. He’s projected to play the “Jack” position for the ‘Cats, the spot Denzel Ware played last season.

Despite his big frame, Bembry has wheels. He ran a 10.68 for the 100m during his high school track days. He suffered a knee injury in his last year of high school. Transferring from JuCo, Bembry will have 3 years to play 3 seasons starting in 2019.

Tyrese Maxey Shines Versus Dominican Republic

Tyrese Maxey had a team-high plus/minus with an absurd +42 today against the Dominican Republic in the first game of FIBA U18. Maxey stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Maxey and Cole Anthony are the starting backcourt for the USA team. Maxey is actively recruiting Anthony to join him in Lexington in 2019.

Classic KY Clips Is The Best New Thing On Twitter!

Every Kentucky fan should do themselves a favor and follow Classic Ky Clips (@KY_Clips) on Twitter! The account looks like it was only created this week, but it has 5000 followers already. Personally, it’s my favorite thing on Twitter. I find myself spending my entire lunch break at work looking at old Kentucky videos and pictures from that account and immediately getting hit with nostalgia. Kudos to that account for bringing back awesome memories!

Cases For Each Kentucky QB To Start In 2018

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Written by Brock Smith (Everything Kentucky Football)

The battle for the starting quarterback position is in all likelihood a two-horse race between Gunnar Hoak and Terry Wilson. With contrasting styles, they each bring something different to the table, as evidenced by the blue/white game.

So who should be the starter? Let’s take a look at each candidate.

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Gunnar Hoak:

Hoak is a redshirt sophomore who already has two full seasons of experience under his belt—but no actual game experience. Hoak’s strengths include accuracy, poise in the pocket, making the correct reads, and his footwork.

As far as weaknesses go, arm strength is discussed when it comes to Hoak. He doesn’t have the biggest arm, but he is brilliant at anticipating throws. With Hoak, you’ll see less 30-yard lasers, and more throwing to a spot. His accuracy and anticipation allow for that. However, there are times that a quarterback needs to be able to zip the football into tight windows. Can he do that? That is a question we will see answered this fall.

A common misconception about Hoak is his athleticism. Many people assume that Hoak is strictly a pocket-passer. That assumption is totally false. Hoak is sneaky athletic and can get out of the pocket when needed. I would compare his athleticism to Stephen Johnson. Neither have electric speed, but they can both pull it and run when the situation calls for such.

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Photo Courtesy Of UK Football Twitter

Terry Wilson:

Terry Wilson is the definition of the word “electric.” Wilson, like Hoak, is a redshirt sophomore, but he has taken a different path. He signed with Oregon out of high school and redshirted in his only season there. Wilson then transferred to Garden City Community College in Kansas, where he threw for 2,133 yards and 26 touchdowns and ran for 518 yards and five touchdowns in his lone season there.

Wilson’s strengths include athleticism, arm strength, escapability, and raw speed. While watching the blue/white game, his speed and arm strength were evident. He’s just an electric guy.

Unfortunately, like with most electric players, you have to take the bad along with the good. His erratic passing really stood out. A few shorter passes were skipped to receivers and his deep balls were all a little overthrown. He also had a couple of beautiful throws sprinkled in wit the bad ones. His reads and progressions were inconsistent as well, but that’s to expected from a quarterback learning the system.

Conclusion:

The battle for the quarterback position likely won’t be settled until the season over, or possibly even beyond. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them both get reps on September 1st if one of the two doesn’t really distance himself from the other.

To me, it really boils down to two questions; is Gunnar Hoak mobile enough to run the RPO (run-pass option) that Stephen Johnson had success with? And can Terry Wilson pass the ball well enough to keep defenses honest and prevent teams from stacking the box to stop Benny Snell and the ‘Cats prolific rushing attack?

I feel more confident in Hoak’s mobility than I do Wilson’s accuracy at this time. I predict that Gunnar Hoak will take the first snap of the 2018 season. I also think there is a real chance chance that we see both play. A quarterback can’t truly be evaluated until they are thrust into action. It’s hard to label a kid as a “gamer” from practice alone.

It will definitely be an interesting battle to watch play out. May the best man win!

{Brock is a hell of a dude with a huge passion and knowledge for Kentucky football! Follow Brock and his team over at Everything Kentucky Football}

Scottie Lewis Has Some Interesting Quotes

Scottie Lewis has been one of the players at the top of Kentucky’s wish list for quite awhile. Lewis and teammate Bryan Antoine were considered to be a package deal awhile back, but (while it can still happen), it’s no longer a set in stone deal. The 6’4” shooting guard is ranked 11th in the country by Rivals.

Via Rivals:

https://kentucky.rivals.com/news/five-star-scottie-lewis-taking-his-time-with-recruiting-process