Stephen Johnson took all the first team reps yesterdayAfter Mark Stoops said it would take a miracle for Drew Barker to be ready to go for Saturday's game, Stephen Johnson took all of the first team reps in practice yesterday. Today, Barker will meet with a specialist to have his back evaluated, and although Eddie Gran didn't rule out Drew being back on Saturday, he told reporters that, as of right now, "Stephen's the guy." Mark Stoops will be on the SEC Coaches Teleconference after lunch, so check back in to read his comments heading into Saturday's crucial showdown with South Carolina.
Don't forget about two major football events this week besides the gameTomorrow at 7 p.m., UK will unveil the new statue outside the training center honoring Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg, the four players who broke the color barrier in SEC Football. Eli Capilouto, Mitch Barnhart, and Northington will all speak at the unveiling, and Hackett, Hogg, and Page's brother Melvin will also be on hand for what is sure to be a moving event. This weekend also marks the induction of six new members to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame: Rich Brooks (football), Chuck Hayes (men’s basketball), James Johnson (wrestling), Molly Johnson-Belcher (softball), Bernadette Madigan-Dugan (cross country/track and field) and Wesley Woodyard (football). The entire class will be introduced at the game on Saturday. If you're on the fence about going, seeing Brooks, Woodyard, and Hayes is reason enough for me.
It's going to be a battle for spots at Big Blue Madness campoutYesterday, UK released the full details for next weekend's Madness Campout, including a map of the new parameters for where you can and cannot camp. As you can see, they're really cracking down on camping areas, leaving pretty much just the east side of Memorial Coliseum for fans to set up tents. Last night, De'Aaron Fox snapped this pic of the lines now painted on the grass: If you're planning on camping out, you better be ready to fight for a spot when the horn goes off next Wednesday morning at 5 a.m.
But, you'll get to see these guys
Here's a preview of your 2016-2017 team pic: What a sweet, sweet reminder that basketball season is almost here. On the recruiting side...
Who's excited for the season? Cause we are! pic.twitter.com/8XzmqJ8TmJ– Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) September 20, 2016