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Apr 28

Where Are They Projecting Randall Cobb To Land

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 3:43 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Football

I mean no disrespect to the rest of the former Wildcats waiting patiently for their name to be called by the NFL’s commissioner, but I am really enjoying hearing as much as I can about Randall Cobb. Cobb quickly became one of my favorite cats of all-time after stepping on campus. I am going to be lost without him wearing #18 for UK next year, but I am excited for him and his family on this, the day of the NFL draft.

So where will Randall land after all is said and done? My heart tells me the Dallas Cowboys will take Randall and match him with Dez Bryant. The problem with that theory is that the worst thing Randall Cobb has done to my knowledge is to b blast UK fans on his Twitter account. It should be noted that I agreed with everything Cobb Tweeted. The fact of the matter is, I, like all of the NFL experts, have no idea.

I went through as many NFL mock draft sites as I could stomach to come up with the following projected slots for Mr. Cobb. As long as he is not a Steeler, Redskin, 49er, or Eagle, I will be happy.

26. Baltimore Ravens: Randal Cobb WR

27. Atlanta Falcons: Randall Cobb WR

28. New England Patriots: Randall Cobb WR

32. Green Bay packers: Randall Cobb WR

45. San Francisco 49ers: Randall Cobb, WR

47. St. Louis rams: Randall Cobb WR

50. San Diego Chargers: Randall Cobb WR

59. Atlanta Falcons: Randall Cobb WR

Come on Jerry Jones! Make me a very very happy man! C! O! B! B!

Apr 28

Is There A Chance Any Of The Three Return To Lexington?

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 1:00 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Basketball

I am not the biggest fan of speculation, so, I haven’t really thrown my two cents in on the departure of Kentucky’s DeAndre Liggins, Brandon Knight, terrence Jones, and their possible return to school. I have said this; I don’t blame anyone for following their dream or a chance to better themselves or their families. Saying that, since I enjoy speculation so much (contradiction of previous statement), I thought I would look at the likelihood that these players return to Lexington. Everyone has their thoughts on the subject and everyone has heard rumors of all three leaning one way or the other. Here are my highly uneducated opinions on each player…

BRANDON KNIGHT – Due to Knight being such a great student and taking his education so seriously, he was the one freshman I felt comfortable about staying In Lexington. He came to Kentucky with enough college credits due to taking Advanced Placement courses that he was nearly a sophomore after his summer classes. Even after he declared, I felt comfortable about Knight returning until I read what his mother, Tonya Knight, told Larry Vaught, “Getting his degree is the least of my worries. I know he’ll do that in the summers or whenever. He’s too good a student not to get that done,” If the mock draft boards showing night as a top 10, and sometimes top 5 pick don’t convince you Brandon is gone, this should. Thanks for the memories BK!

DeANDRE LIGGINS – If you would have told anyone in BBN before the season that Liggins would contemplate leaving school early, they may not have blinked. If you would have told them that he would leave school early to chase his dream of playing in the NBA, they might have kicked you in the nuts for saying something so foolish. As we all know now, Liggins departure is a reality. I credit two things to Dre’s declaration…First, DeAndre is 23 years old and his stock may not be higher with pro scouts. Secondly, Dre has a new son who is only a couple of months old. His little boy lived in Cincinnati with his fiancé during the season. Dre had this to say about his young boy before the NCAA Tournament in Tampa, “It has changed my perspective on life even more. It is not about me now. I don’t play for me no more. I play for him.” If you know the situation Dre came from in Chicago, along with these factors, you could see where he may feel it is time to move on. I was confident he may return at first, but now I am less sure.

TERRENCE JONES – From the moment we first became aware of the Portland, Oregon star, everything to do with TJ has been bizarre. From the commitment to Washington last spring on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby, to the several week waver on his commitment, to his new commitment to Kentucky, to his hot start in 2010, and to the subsequent slide down the stretch. Even Jones’ relationship with Big Blue nation has been odd. When is the last time that you heard a fanatical Kentuckian say that they did not care one way or the other about a UK player? Even the fact that we don’t know a whole lot about Terrence is odd. How are his grades? What is his family situation? I once heard an aunt was involved heavily with Jones’ decision making. Since I don’t know a lot about TJ’s background, I will look only at his draft stock. As of now, Jones is pegged as the 12 pick in this summer’s NBA draft. That is right on the border of the lottery, and the big money. As disappointing as his freshman year was late in the season, I believe that a 2nd year at UK could put TJ in the Top 5 of next year’s draft. In other words, without knowing his entire situation, I think a sophomore year would and could benefit him.

How could any of us seriously blame any underclassman for leaving school early? Heck, with names like Reggie Jackson of Boston College, Jerome Richmond of Illinois, Olu Ashaolu of Louisiana Tech, Terrence Jennings of Louisville, Kim English of Missouri, John Shurna of Northwestern, and Orlando Johnson of UC-Santa Barbara entering the draft early, why wouldn’t you? I have had the feeling that, at least, one of Kentucky’s trifecta of draft enrollees would return to Lexington, and I will stick with it, although I am less confident since their announcement. At first, I thought DeAndre would be the returner, but I think now it may be Jones. As is normally the answer in life, the only thing we can do is wait. C! A! T! S!

Your thoughts?

Apr 28

Blue-White Game Review

Posted by: Ralph Lee at 11:46 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Football

photo courtesy of UK Athletics

The Blue-White scrimmage game for the Kentucky Wildcats was interesting and entertaining but it showed that it is still only spring and the Cats have a lot of work to do.

Morgan Newton looked pretty good (256 passing yds and 3 TDs and 1 INT) and would have looked even better if not for his receivers on the “white squad” have a case of the “butterfingers”. However, receiver Brian Adams (7 catches for 121 yds) was on the receiving end of two of Newton’s TD passes and overall he looked like a guy that could materialize into a big-time playmaker for Joker Phillip’s offense. Adams is also a member of the Kentucky Wildcat’s baseball team but he showed he has plenty of football skill as well. RB Raymond Sanders had 10 carries for 85 yds and 1 TD for the “white” team. The offensive line looked good in blocking for both the run and the pass and that is a good sign from a group that consists of veterans for the most part.

In reality the defense for the “white” only surrendered 17 points although the final score was Blue 31 – White 28. The Blue Team was spotted a 14-0 lead to start the game as that team was made up mostly of guys projected to be 2nd string or lower on the dept chart. Freshman QB Maxwell Smith was a respectable 10/21 for 99 passing yds including a spectacular 54 yd. TD pass to E.J. Fields; Fields reeled in the pass with one-hand and then broke away from a defender to go the distance. Fields has the size and ability to bust out this fall and become a dominant receiver. Obviously if not for the 14 point spot the “blue” team doesn’t win but the kids competed hard and some of those guys definitely put some of the 1st team guys on notice….”practice hard and come ready to play or I will take your spot”. Those sentiments are also echoed by Coach Phillips and his entire staff as well; not many spots on this squad are a given right now.

Apr 28

Big Blue Mornin’ Review

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 8:45 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Random Notes

In a spot where we normally comment on our weather here in the Bluegrass, I would like to send all of TGR’s most positive thoughts to those in the state of Alabama, especially the City of Tuscaloosa. The entire south has been hit hard with devastating weather over the past couple of weeks, but the video of the tornado in Bama is staggering. The Southeastern Conference is a vicious place to play on Saturday’s, but when it comes to showing it’s compassion for it’s family, no conference takes care of it’s own like the SEC. I hope that all of Big Blue nation will extend all of its resources to those affected in this terrible storm. To donate $10 to the Red Cross, text “REDCROSS” to 90999. Roll Tide.

– Tonight is opening night for the 2011 NFL Draft from NYC and Randall Cobb is in the building, literally. Cobb has joined 24 of the other top NFL prospects in the Big Apple for what can only be described as a “magical” experience, well, that is how I see it. According to Randall’s twitter, he had dinner with Alabama’s Julio Jones and his family last night in the city, after being preached to by Deion Sanders. Most have Cobb as a 2nd round choice, which would mean his night would be Friday, but I am sure he will be excited tonight too, I know I will be. Tune to ESPN at 8 pm.

– Nazr Mohammed’s Oklahoma City Thunder attempted to end their 1st round series with the Denver Nuggets last night, and were successful, 100-97. The Thunder were spearheaded by Nazr’s 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 block in his 5 minutes of action.
Somehow, without playing Jamal Magloire as much as one second of Game 5, The Miami Heat dispatched Jodie Meeks’ 76ers, 97-91. In the final game of Jodie’s break-out season in the NBA, he had 12 points in 23 minutes on the floor.

– After decommitting from Bradley University, Eastern high School star, Remy Abell has given a verbal commitment to Indiana University and its Hoosier basketball program. Since Fertig is an Eastern alumnus, as we all know, I feel that he and I are now even for my alma mater, Clark County, sending Preston Knowles to Louisville.

I have made peace with the fact I may not hear my name tonight in the 1st round of the NFL draft. Frankly, the league is not big enough or tough enough for my services. I do wish luck to all of the cats that feel they are a good fit for the league. I am shopping my services to the Australian football league as we speak. C! A! T! S!

Apr 27

Where in The World Is Turtle Allen?

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 8:15 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Football

We all know that Derrick Locke is preparing for tomorrow night’s NFL draft. Now, we know what former Cat, Moncell Allen is doing. He is demonstrating how a certain app for the IPad works. I have no idea if anyone will find this nearly as fascinating as I do, but who cares. Turtle uses a picture of future NFL draftee, Derrick Locke as his subject. Enjoy!

Apr 27

Evan Daniels On 2011 Player Rankings

Posted by: Ryan at 5:40 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Recruiting

Apr 27

TGR To Appear On The Leach Report On 1080AM WKJK Louisville Friday

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 3:36 pm | Leave a Comment (2)
Category: Random Notes

Let’s just get straight to the business at hand. Basically, TGR is becoming an absolute media darling! For years and years we have tried to avoid “selling out” to the media, but damn it, things have changed. We have always held out for monetary compensation from any suitors of our services, and now, that has still not happened.

Friday, around 12:15, I will be a guest on The Leach Report on 1080 AM WKJK Louisville. The show is normally hosted by the voice of the cats, Tom Leach, but Friday a very capable, Ryan Lemond, will fill in for Tom. We will talk all things Kentucky Wesleyan baseball, Indiana high school athletics, and Alan Cutler’s mustache. If we find time, we may talk Kentucky football and basketball, or whatever else Ryan would like to discuss.

We really appreciate Tom asking us to come on with him and look forward to it. We will put up a link to remind you to listen Friday, but you can listen tomorrow as well, right here. C! A! T! S!

Apr 27

Joker On Moving Kentucky to Next Level

Posted by: Ryan at 1:55 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Football

“We expect to compete for titles here. There’s been a lot of talk here about us having a chance to play in our sixth straight bowl game. That’s something we want to be in the past, strings of bowl games. We want to be talking about how long we can be in the title race. You look at last year, and we beat the team that won the East and played the team that won the West toe-to-toe. The thing we have to do is be consistent in our play and be consistent in everything that we do here.

The one thing we haven’t been able to do is get enough talent on both sides of the ball. When our offense has been up, our defense has been down. When our defense has been up, we were down offensively for a couple of years. We feel now that our defense has a chance to play at a championship level. The thing we have to do is make sure our offense is ready to compete at a championship level with all the production that we lost last year.

We want to create more turnovers and create more negative plays, and this is going to give us a chance to use our talent on defense. We just have to continue to develop, and that’s what we’ve been good at, developing players, and then utilizing those players’ talents. We’ve been good at getting players in position to make plays. I think I’ll be a better coach because I’m not out there as much trying to sell the program. I’ve been able concentrate more on football this year, especially having a staff in place now that can also sell the plan.”

(Interview courtesy ESPN's SEC Beat Writer Chris Low)

Apr 27

Enes In Action!

Posted by: Ryan at 12:40 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Basketball

Apr 27

Kentucky At Low End of SEC for NFL Drafts Since 2000

Posted by: Ryan at 11:10 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Football

We all know of the importance of putting players into the league. It’s obviously appealing to recruits and it shows signs things are headed in the right direction because you have talent coming through the door. At least I think that is how it would feel. The truth is, I wouldn’t know because we haven’t really put many guys into the NFL since the turn of the millennium through the draft. In fact, Kentucky is second to last for first rounders in the SEC with 1 in 11 years, just behind Mississippi State, hell, even Vandy has 2. In terms of overall draft picks since 2000, Kentucky sits tied with Mississippi St. for second to last place in the league with 18.

School Draft picks First-rounders Last first-rounder
Alabama 42 5 2010 (LB Rolando McClain)
Arkansas 30 6 2008 (RB Darren McFadden)
Auburn 38 6 2007 (G Ben Grubbs)
Florida 59 12 2010 (CB Joe Haden)
Georgia 61 11 2009 (QB Matt Stafford)
Kentucky 18 1 2003 (DT Dewayne Robertson)
LSU 55 9 2009 (DE Tyson Jackson)
Mississippi 26 6 2009 (OT Michael Oher)
Mississippi State 18 0 1996 (CB Walt Harris)
South Carolina 30 4 2006 (CB Johnathan Joseph)
Tennessee 60 12 2010 (S Eric Berry)
Vanderbilt 14 2 2008 (OT Chris Williams)