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First Down Kentucky: There's a New Evil Genius in College Football

Nick Roushby:Nick Roush06/12/24


Each year there are dozens of unexpected twists and turns on the coaching carousel. It’s impossible to accurately discern which coaching move will work out well for their new school. Coach Prime stole all of the headlines when he made the move to Colorado ahead of the 2023 season, but another second-year head coach is showing us that he may be creating a monster.

Kenny Dillingham isn’t a household name, despite offensive coordinator stints at Florida State, Auburn, and Oregon before he took a leap of faith at Arizona State. A bright offensive mind, you could see Dillingham’s long-term potential, however, he inherited a mess from Herm Edwards thanks to idiotic NCAA violations.

Today we learned he’s got the chops to be one of the best in the history of the sport of college football.

Is that hyperbole? Of course it is. Am I ashamed of it? No, because I love the tactic Dillingham used to motivate his Sun Devils during summer workouts. He played his kids like a fiddle.

Dillingham used new editions of the EA Sports College Football 25 video game as a reward for a fitness test. A one-month headstart to play the new video game? That’ll have everyone on their Ps and Qs. Nobody stopped to ask the question, “Do we really think they picked us to have early access to this game?” The prizes were fakes.

Dillingham duped his entire team into hard work. He’s an evil genius, exactly the kind of sicko who knows how to succeed in the business of college football.

Kentucky Transfer Lands at Tennessee

Andre Stewart is going behind enemy lines. The Georgia safety was a three-star prospect who signed with Kentucky and enrolled in January of 2022. After a redshirt season, he hit the portal and landed at Towson where he tallied two tackles in five games. Despite the modest numbers, Stewart was able to climb up the ladder back into the SEC where this evening he announced a commitment to Tennessee.

Eli Drinkwitz Did It Again

The Missouri head coach is King of the Dorks. Don’t let any of those from the Show Me State tell you otherwise. Show them this clip and they’ll have to agree, Drinkwitz is a nerd.

Long-Time Loser to Kentucky makes Position Change

Lamar Jackson‘s ability to play quarterback was questioned often early in his NFL career. Old heads believed he’d be better served to play wide receiver instead. This summer he will be throwing passes to the guy who broke many of his passing records at Louisville.

Malik Cunningham holds a record that may be unbreakable. Cunningham started in four Governor’s Cup losses to Kentucky, and it would’ve been five without the COVID year. During his first professional season, he was picked up to play quarterback for the Patriots. The Ravens signed him off the New England practice squad in December and cross-trained him at multiple positions before telling him this offseason that his future is as a pass-catcher, not a pass-thrower. It’s more evidence of the lengths Baltimore will go to not sign any quality wide receivers for Lamar.

Sibling Rivalry Motivates Josh Allen

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More Kentucky Official Visits Locked In

Nicholas Smith tells Jacob Polacheck that he will be in Lexington next weekend for an official visit and it sounds like the Wildcats are in the driver’s seat of the defensive lineman’s recruitment. The mastermind behind much of the content you see on KSR+ has logged an RPM pick for the Wildcats to secure a commitment from Smith.

Three-star Alabama DB Andrew Purcell shared on social media that he will be officially visiting this weekend. He’s one of a dozen prospects officially visiting Kentucky this weekend. We’ll have a complete preview of this weekend’s official visits tomorrow.

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