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Aug. 5th podcast with Bradley McKee

On this edition of the Big Blue Insider we talk UK Football after media day. We are joined by Bradley McKee of KSTV who was at media day, plus Brent Carney of WKYT. Also comments form Matt Elam, Mark Stoops, Eddie Gran and Mitch Barnhart. Listen live weeknights at 6pm on 630 WLAP or wlap.com Subscribe on iTunes  ...

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Countdown to Kickoff: 27 Days

Big Blue Insider countdown to kickoff presented by Mingua Beef Jerky 27  is the number for… Mike Edwards, Clyde Rudolph, Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones Jojo Kemp and Boom Williams each had 27 carries in the win over Charlotte last season, combining for 305 rushing yards… UK was on its own 27-yard-line last year when Boom exploded for a 66-yard run, setting up a Wildcat touchdown… Corey Johnson led UK’s defensive tackles in 2015 with 27 solo stops…  Derrick Locke had a career kickoff-return average of 27 yards from 2007-10; Calvin Bird had a similar average from 1958-60…  Hall-of-Famer George Blanda kicked a 27-yard field goal in the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl, the first points ever scored by UK in a bowl game….   Bill Ransdell connected with tailback Marc Logan on a 27-yard scoring play in the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham, which pulled the Cats to within 19-17 of Wisconsin.  Joey Worley’s field goal with nine minutes left eventually won it for the Cats… Kentucky scored 27 points in its 27-21 upset win over top-ranked Ole Miss in Jackson in 1964. .. The first time he ever carried the ball in a game for the Wildcats, tailback Braylon Heard took the ball at the UK 27 and raced 73 yards for a TD against UT-Martin in the season-opening win in 2014… Be sure to go to the Big...

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Countdown to Kickoff: 28 Days

Big Blue Insider countdown to kickoff presented by Mingua Beef Jerky 28 is the number for…  Kei Beckham, Tony Dixon, Choo Choo Lee, Ray Gover, Shorty Jamerson. UK gave up 28 red-zone touchdowns in 54 possession last year,  denying its opponents 46 percent of the time… Tony Dixon had 28 carries in the 2008 Liberty Bowl, a career high for him…  The UK career record for TD catches is 28, a mark still owned by Craig Yeast…  Rafael Little had 28 carries vs. Florida State in Kentucky’s win over Florida State in the 2007 Music City Bowl, gaining 152 yards…  Little also carried 28 times at Vandy in a 48-42 victory in 2005, gaining 198 yards…   In the Wildcats’ season opener at Louisville in 2008, linebacker Ashton Cobb had a 28-yard scoop-and-score in the win over the Cardinals. In that same game, defensive tackle Myron Pryor scooped up a fumble at the UK 28 yard-line in the fourth quarter and rumbled 72 yards for another defensive touchdown… Be sure to go to the Big Blue Insider Facebook page for a chance to win 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...

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Matt Elam on UK Media Day

Kentucky’s Junior nose guard Matt Elam on Media Day On being asked about his weight a lot, “It gets annoying but it’s okay, it’s fine it is the job.” Matt Elam spoke about the new facility he said, “It is amazing.” His favorite part? “The weight room that’s where we spend most of our time.” This offseason most people have agreed the defensive line is the biggest question mark on the team. Elam is ready to answer that question. “Defiantly want to answer that because they got us last in a lot of rankings, I don’t really care about rankings a lot, but I feel like I know what we got on the D-line, the experts might not, but I know we are a great D-line.” Elam also spoke on Regie Meant, “That’s a crazy man, he gives his all every single...

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Mark Stoops at Media Day

  Coach Mark Stoops – Media Day 2016 from UK Athletics  Transcript from UK Athletics University of Kentucky Football Media Conference Friday, August 5, 2016 Mark Stoops Opening Statement COACH STOOPS: Alright, we’ll get started. I’m excited to be here. The players are looking good physically and mentally. We’re excited and ready to go. I’ll fire it open for questions. I’m done with the talking season. You know, it gets to this point, we’re ready for practice one. I can’t wait to get out there. Q. What have you seen from Jordan Bonner? Is he ready to be able to play? COACH STOOPS: He’s ready to go. He’s only been here a few days. We’ll get out there today and see what kind of shape he’s in. Q. I know you probably would have loved to have Bonner on campus for summer workouts. But he’s not going to miss camp. COACH STOOPS: It’s good that he’s here. We wish we had him here all summer to put some weight on him. It is good he’s here day one. He hasn’t missed much. We’ll see what he can do. Q. How comfortable are you with your punting situation going into the season? What are your expectations for Grant McKinnis? COACH STOOPS: We’re excited to see what Grant can do. He’s got a strong leg. Again, we’ll see. It’s day one. We’ll see what...

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