Football: Ukfansallday’s Exclusive interview with WR commit, Marvin Alexander Jr.


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Q: When did you start playing football and when did you realize football was something you wanted to commit to?

Marvin Alexander Jr: “I started when I was five years old. I realized that it was something I wanted to commit to when I missed it so much during the off-seasons when I was younger.”

Q: Who in the NFL would you compare yourself to?

Marvin Alexander Jr: “I’m not sure but who I try to model my game after is AJ Green (of the Cincinnati Bengals).”

Q: Next up I got a fan question from Ty Buck, what made you want to come to Kentucky?

Marvin Alexander Jr: “The coaching staff, the players and I like the message that they’re giving out to us recruits.”

Q: Another fan question from Ty Buck, what is your favorite pregame pump up song or songs?

Marvin Alexander Jr: “Before every game I listen to “Go Crazy” by Young Jeezy.”

Q: Kentucky has recently had great success with getting guys out of Chaminade-Madonna, getting guys like Akeem Hayes, Davonan Hawkins, Keontra Smith (2019 class), and yourself. Why do you think Kentucky has been able to get so many guys out of there?

Marvin Alexander Jr: “I think because we all come from the same program so our mindset is all the same and since visiting UK, we’ve all fell in love and decided that’s where we want to spend our next 3-4 years. Trust me , if we had other players with Kentucky offers we would have many more commits.”

Q: The final question I got for you is what is your message to the BBN and tell us what we can expect from you in the next 3-4 years.

Marvin Alexander Jr: “I can’t wait to be apart of the family! What you can expect for the next 3-4 years is touchdowns on Saturdays.”

I really enjoyed doing this article and getting to speak with Marvin! Please follow our site on twitter which is @ukfansallday  If you want to follow me on twitter, please do at @BradenNeviusBBN Once again I want to thank Marvin for taking the time to do this interview for us! Go Cats!

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UK Hockey about to get back on the ice

The 2017-2018 Kentucky Wildcats Ice Hockey team is gearing up to hit the ice for this upcoming season, looking to improve on last year’s rough 3-20 campaign (1-9 at home, 2-11 on the road).  This year’s roster will be announced within the next couple of weeks, and they will look to up the offensive production and cut down on the number of shots the goalies faced last year. 

Last year’s team averaged 3.13 goals per game and 3.26 assists per game. The team gave up 8.20 goals per game with the goalies posting a .851 save percentage. To improve on last year’s overall record they need to be closer to the 4 to 4.5 goals a game, and 5 to 5.5 assists a game. Better passing will lead to higher scoring chances. 

The goalies will look to get between a .900 to .910 save percentage. If that is hit, then the number of goals against will come down considerably.

 
The Cats will hit the ice on Friday Sept 15th and welcome Middle Tennessee State to the Lexington Ice Center. Other key home games this season will be Sept 22nd against Louisville, Oct 6th against Mississippi State, and Feb 2nd when Tennessee comes to town. 

All home games are at the Lexington Ice Center with a $7 entry fee. The puck will drop at midnight for each home game. 

The UK Hockey team is currently looking for sponsors and donations for the 2017-2018 season. If you or someone you know, would like to sponsor or donate, please visit ukhockey.com or email gm@ukhockey.com for more information. 

GO BIG BLUE! 

Follow up Article: Jamari Brown commits to Kentucky


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As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Kentucky picked up another commitment for its 2018 class, Jamari Brown. The 3 star DB out of South Florida is the second secondary commit in two days, the other being 4 star DB Stanley Garner. This commitment is huge litteraly and figuratively, standing at 6’3, Brown is another South Florida guy Kentucky has gotten and that area is usually dominated by Louisville, Florida, Florida State, and Miami. Prying these past two commits away from there is a huge boost for our recruiting. With this commitment, Kentucky now has the 16th ranked class in the nation according to 247 sports! Another great day to be a cat! Welcome to the BBN, Jamari!

Kentucky Annouces Plans for the Alumni Game


Kentucky’s Alumni Charity game will take place on August 25th this year and will include two great games. The first will be a “Ledgends” game with the likes of Rex Chapman, Kenny Walker, Tony Delk, Keith Bogans, and more! That starts at 7 and the second game will pit two teams of Kentucky pros against each other. So, it looks like the wishes of Coach Cal won’t come true and we won’t be taking on a “NBA” super team. Let’s be honest though, a team of all Kentucky pros will be pretty stacked!

Prices for tickets range from $5 – $500 and they go on sale on Friday. I always enjoy this event and hope all the fans come out and fill Rupp Arena for a good cause!

Live From Kentucky Football Fan Day


Every year Kentucky puts on a special event that’s geared toward the faithful BBN crowd. Fan Day has become one of my favorite events to go to and every year I get my poster signed by as many players/coaches as possible. I’ll be putting pictures and maybe videos up As the day goes by. Stay tuned!


It’s 7:20 and there are about 30 fans in line ALREADY!

One fan is ready to meet Blake Bone! 

Her name Destinee and she’s from Winchester. You can follow her on twitter @destineerd99


Crowd update: 8:10 AM


There’s about 100 or so fans in line.


The line is  All the way back to the training facility!!!!

All in all the day was a success! I’m sure I’m like many other fans of Kentucky Football. We all just can not wait til it’s once again FOOTBALL TIME IN THE BLUEGRASS!!!!

2017 Kentucky Football Preview

The team is ready for the start of this ride. 2017 will be the year of the Cats! BBN has been pointing to this year and everything is falling into place for this to be a special season. I wanted to take a second to look at the season and give my win/loss prediction. Also, I will look at the roster and give out some preseason trophies.

Southern Miss September 2nd Hattiesburg, MS

This is part of a huge meltdown that started off 2016 leaving a bitter taste in Kentucky Football fans mouths. It led to Stoops taking over the defensive playing and the injury of Drew Barker. Both of which turned out to be exactly what that team needed to get to the nest level of intensity. Southern Miss will return their dynamic runner Ito Smith who, like our own Benny Snell, is on the preseason Doak Walker watch list. He ran all over Kentucky last year netting 173 yards on 36 carries. With Nick Mullens, the Golden Eagles talented quarterback last year, moving on to the training camp squad for the 49ers, that means we should see plenty of Ito Smith down in Hattiesburg. I predict that we control the tempo with Benny and AJ Rose and our defense finds Smith on every play to bring the win back to Kentucky (Where it’s supposed to be)!

Prediction: Win

Eastern Kentucky September 9th Lexington, KY

I was in Commonwealth Stadium the last time my alma mater came to town and punched Kentucky in the mouth. The building is no longer Commonwealth Stadium (no matter how much I, along with others, detest it) and I don’t see this game being close. If the football program wants to have success they need to take care of games like this one. We should be able to rest our workhorses towards the end of this one.

Prediction: Win

South Carolina September 16th Columbia, SC

The Gamecocks have taken a step back in the SEC since the Ol’ Ball Coach left them high and dry. Last year Kentucky took care of business against South Carolina at home but this year Will Muschamp will have his team ready for revenge and the home field advantage. Skai Moore will be a big factor in the outcome of this game as well. He was sidelined all last year with a neck injury.

It is kinda funny to look at the Gamecock Football Twitter profile on a post about their conference and home opener. I think I saw more comments about getting drunk than revenge for Kentucky beating them for the last three years.

Prediction: Win

Florida September 23rd Lexington, KY

This is a big one. I was there for the Georgia game last year, I was there for the South Carolina game in 2014, and I was there for the Georgia game in 2006 when the BBN tore the goal post down. Now, I will be there for when the streak ends. I know, I missed the Tennessee streak ending and the LSU win but the ones I have noted were special atmospheres that I myself got to take in. Florida will come in as the favorite and will have more talent than us on the field. Something not a lot of teams will be able to say this year. I just believe that this is going to be the year we end this ridiculous losing streak and earn a place at the top of our conference. They are replacing 8 starters on defense, who knows who their quarterback will be at that point, and Jim McElwain will be wondering where all the fish are.

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Prediction: WIN!

Eastern Michigan September 30th Lexington, KY

This should be a great game to get our work horses some much needed rest.

Prediction: Win

Missouri October 7th Lexington, KY

I hate to have two short ones in a row but…

Prediction: Win

Mississippi State October 21st Starkville, MS

After the mid season break Kentucky’s schedule gets a lot harder. At this point I have Kentucky at 6-0 and most people I know are predicting at least 5-1 coming into the Mississippi State game. Playing in Starkville against an always tough Bulldog squad won’t be easy but I think Stoops has Mullen’s number. Our talent just keeps rising and Dan Mullen’s squad to a big dip after Dak Prescott left for the NFL. I think it’ll be close and will probably come down to the wire.

Prediction: Win

Tennessee October 28th Lexington, KY

Much like Stoops has Mullen’s number I unfortunately believe Butch Jones has Stoops number. It seems crazy to think that Kentucky Football could be in the spot this late in the season to be a real contender but I think that it will happen. Tennessee could be a major road block though. They will have a new quarterback and a new offensive coordinator though and moving the ball could be difficult for the Volunteers. I could see this one being way closer than many of our past meetings, I just don’t know if Stoops will be able to close this one out.

Prediction: Loss

Ole Miss November 4th Lexington,KY

Hugh Freeze made a huge mistake contacting an escort service from his University provided cell phone. Things are in disarray down there and I believe it’ll be a great opportunity for Kentucky to beat a West opponent.

Prediction: Win

Vanderbilt November 11th Nashville, TN

The last time Kentucky went to Nashville to take on the Commodores we came up short. Derek Mason has his squad in a position where they can win or lose any game they play. They always play tough and the grind of the season could be a formula for an upset for Kentucky. It’ll take some key players stepping up and dragging their team with them to beat Vandy in this battle. They may have the happiest students but I doubt Derek Mason will be very happy after this one.

Prediction: Win

Georgia November 18th Athens, GA

Last year Commonwealth was rocking for this game. It was the best feeling I have had about the sport of football in my life. Georgia took all that in and smacked us in the mouth. This has the potential of being the top two teams in the east battling it out to see who is the top dog. Unfortunately for Kentucky, I think Kirby Smart will have his team ready to defend Uga’s home between the hedges.

Prediction: Loss

Louisville November 25th Lexington, KY

Lamar Jackson won the Heisman last year. Lamar Jackson wowed audiences all season long. Lamar Jackson fumbled the ball. Lamar Jackson is coming to Kroger Field. This game will be another huge battle with a lot on the line. Can Kentucky have a 2 loss season? Can Kentucky secure a BCS bowl game? Has Louisville lost it’s edge in the state? I would love to say that Kentucky will roll out with a victory against the Cardinals for the 2nd straight year. So, THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I’M GOING TO DO!

PREDICTION: WIN

For those keeping tally that puts Kentucky at a 10-2 record. A huge step forward for the program and exactly what the members of BBN have been wanting. With all the talent we have coming in I think this is just the start!

 

PRESEASON AWARDS

MVP: Benny Snell🐌
Best Offensive Player: Benny Snell🐌
Best Defensive Player: Jordan Jones
Breakout Star: Blake Bone 👻
Best Newcomer: Clevan Thomas

Top 5 Basketball Recruit has UK in top Schools

 

Cam Reddish is a 5 Star SF from Norristown, PA. It looks like he is a Duke lean right now but never count out John Calipari. The 6’8″ forward has done nothing but show out during the circuit including a 44 point performance at the Peach Jam.

 

Let’s all hope that Coach Cal can pull this one out and bring this guy to the right Blue and White.

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