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Eddie Gran and D.J. Eliot on UK Media Day

Offensive Coordinator Eddie Gran Media Day 2016 From UK Athletics  From UK Athletics Kentucky Football Media Day Commonwealth Stadium August 5, 2016 Offensive Coordinator Eddie Gran On his perspective of how Coach Stoops has built this program… “Just because we left together at Florida State, we were so close that everything that he did here at Kentucky, I was following. So, just looking at where they were then, and where they are now, and I’m a part of it now, I think they’ve done a fantastic job. I’ve said that many times and I think they’ve changed where they’re at and where they’re going.” On Drew Barker being a leader… “I don’t need a cheerleader. I just need somebody that when he talks, people listen. He can do that in practice without being a cheerleader. My point was that from Sunday through Friday, is to stress our offense as much as we can, so on Saturday it’s easier. They’re going to see somebody that doesn’t get too high or too low. I’ve got to figure out how to get him in rhythm when he’s not in rhythm. I’ve got to spend my time doing that, not being a cheerleader. That’s how I’ve done it and it’s worked well. It might not be Drew, in that shape or form, it might be [Jon] Toth or it might be Jojo [Kemp]. And...

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Mitch Barnhart on Media Day 2016

Mitch Barnhart – Media Day 2016 From UK Athletics  From UK Athletics  University of Kentucky Football Media Conference Friday, August 5, 2016 Mitch Barnhart, Director of Athletics MITCH BARNHART: Appreciate the time. Good to spend some time with everybody. As we get started, I sort of wanted to recapture where we were from last year, sort of look forward as we go into this year. It’s an exciting time of year to get the kids back on campus. It’s a great time to reconnect with our young people. They’ve been here all summer working hard. I’m pleased with that, with the progress they’ve made, the things that they’ve done. But obviously it’s the start of a new year so that means a lot for us. We finished 26th in the Directors’ Cup last year as a department. It’s fine. It was okay. It was the fifth (straight) time we finished in the top 30, which is great on one hand. On the other hand, not real pleased. I thought we left a lot on the table. I want to find a way to continue to move our program forward. I want to congratulate the teams. Obviously we had some successes, did some really cool things. Two championship teams last year. Our men’s basketball team won the conference championship, co-championship in regular season, tournament championship, and our men’s soccer team won the Conference...

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Countdown to Kickoff: 29 Days

Big Blue Insider countdown to kickoff presented by Mingua Beef Jerky 29 is the number for… Derrick Baity, Alfonso Smith, John Bow, Darren Bilberry, David “Buzz” Meers Wideout Jeff Badet caught a total of 29 passes last season for 430 yards and two touchdowns… In 2014, linebacker Josh Forrest intercepted a pass at the UL-Monroe 29 and returned it for a touchdown… Randy Holleran made 29 tackles vs LSU in 1990, still the UK single-game record…  Kentucky was on its own 29-yard-line in 2008 when Mike Hartline hit Alfonso Smith with a short pass; he turned the corner and raced 71 yards for a TD in a win over the Razorbacks… Be sure to go to the Big Blue Insider Facebook page for a chance to win Mingua Beef Jerky 30 is the number for…   Marlon McCree, Moncell Allen Kentucky was on its own 30-yard-line late in the second quarter of the 2006 Music City Bowl when quarterback Andre’ Woodson spotted receiver Demoreo Ford behind the Clemson defense. Woodson hit him in stride and Ford outran the Tiger defense for a 70-yard scoring play…  Quarterback Dusty Bonner completed 30 passes against Syracuse in the 1999 Music City Bowl; Tim Couch completed the same number in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day, 1999…  It had been 30 years for UK between wins over Top 10 teams when beat the Wildcats beat Louisville (ranked #9 at the time) in 2007…  And 1930 was the...

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Aug. 4th podcast with Freddie Maggard

It is shameless plugs galore on this edition of the Big Blue Insider. We talk to former UK QB Freddie Maggard @FredMaggard and then Christi Thomas @ChristiUKsports to preview of their live Media Day coverage on UKathletics.com and of course talk some actual football. We discuss some Olympics with opening cerieomies happening tomorrow. Plus Curtis Burch @curtisburch was UK football check in and got a chance to see what a retina scan looked like. Listen live weeknights at 6pm on 630 WLAP or wlap.com Subscribe on iTunes  ...

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Countdown to Kickoff 30 Days

Big Blue Insider countdown to kickoff presented by Mingua Beef Jerky 30 is the number for…   Marlon McCree, Moncell Allen Kentucky was on its own 30-yard-line late in the second quarter of the 2006 Music City Bowl when quarterback Andre’ Woodson spotted receiver Demoreo Ford behind the Clemson defense. Woodson hit him in stride and Ford outran the Tiger defense for a 70-yard scoring play…  Quarterback Dusty Bonner completed 30 passes against Syracuse in the 1999 Music City Bowl; Tim Couch completed the same number in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day, 1999…  It had been 30 years for UK between wins over Top 10 teams when beat the Wildcats beat Louisville (ranked #9 at the time) in 2007…  And 1930 was the year Kentucky beat Maryville 57-0, behind 280 rushing yards by Shipwreck Kelly, still a school record… Be sure to go to the Big Blue Insider Facebook page for a chance to win Mingua Beef Jerky 31  is the number for…  Damon Hood, Claude Sagaille, Bill Arnsparger,  Greg Motley Among returning Wildcats, Regie Meant led all defensive tackles with 31 stops last season…  Mike Hartline threw 31 passes in the 2008 Liberty Bowl, completing 19 for 204 yards. Playing with intestinal flu, Hartline was named the offensive MVP for the game…  Oklahoma had won 31 straight games before facing Bear Bryant’s UK team in the 1951 Sugar Bowl. The Wildcats upset the Sooners, 13-7…   After going winless in...

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