There had been some eligibility questions regarding junior-college signees Chris Matthews and DeQuin Evans, but both players have now arrived from Harbor College in California and are on campus and enrolled for the second summer session. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Matthews said he recently ran a sub 4.4-second 40-yard dash and is expected to provide a much-needed big-play threat to the receiving corps. Evans might be even more valuable because he will provide another body in the Cats' thin rotation at defensive end.
Also enrolled is Boyle County product Jordan Aumiller, who was originally a candidate to delay enrollment.
Lindley, Duncan to represent UK at Media Days
After Dicky Lyons put on a show at last year's Southeastern Conference Media Days, things figure to be a lot quieter on the Wildcats front this year. Coach Rich Brooks has selected senior cornerback Trevard Lindley and senior offensive lineman Zipp Duncan to represent the Cats at SEC Media Days on Wednesday, July 22, in Birmingham, Ala.
Arkansas and Vanderbilt will kick off the first afternoon session, with UK and Mississippi State to follow. Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida will conduct interviews on Thursday with Auburn, South Carolina, Louisiana State and Tennessee scheduled to wrap things up on Friday.
Johnson, Burton camps
Two former UK football stars will be conducting camps this week. The Dennis Johnson Football Clinic will take place on Wednesday and Thursday at the Nutter Training Complex. The clinic is for ages 7-14 and is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Several former Wildcats and current and former NFL players will be involved in the clinic. Cost is $100 per camper (25 percent off for multiple campers), and lunch is provided. For more information, visit www.dennisjohnsonfootball.com.
Also, the Keenan Burton Youth Sportsfest will take place this Friday and Saturday at Manual High School. Several former Wildcats, including Wesley Woodyard and Andre Woodson, are scheduled to make appearances, and former U of L star Michael Bush is also expected to attend. Friday features miniature golf, and Saturday highlights include a free football and cheer camp. For registration and more information visit www.KeenanBurton.net.
The University of Kentucky lost three NFL prospects from its defensive line in Jeremy Jarmon, Myron Pryor and Ventrell Jenkins. But another player who will be missed tremendously by defensive line coach Rick Petri is former walk-on Austin Moss. Moss played in only six games with three tackles last year but was an invaluable presence in the locker room.
"He didn't play a lot of snaps, but he was technique-sound and a prideful person who was proud to be a part of the program," Petri said. "He helped develop a lot of our young people. We're going to miss him. He had a good football IQ, was a good technician and a good teacher."
LaGrange (Ga.) quarterback Jamius Gunsby recently made a visit to Lexington for one of UK's summer camps, according to his high school coach, Steve Pardue. Gunsby is listed as an athlete by the major recruiting services but has expressed a preference for playing QB. Gunsby has a recent offer from Florida and has also attended camps at Georgia and LSU. Gunsby has not yet received an offer from UK.
According to CatsPause.com, Kentucky recently extended a scholarship offer to Gambrills (Md.) quarterback Billy Cosh. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Cosh also has offers from Kansas State, Towson State and East Carolina. His father, Chris Cosh, is the assistant head coach/co-defensive coordinator at Kansas State and coached with UK head coach for offense Joker Phillips when the two were assistants at South Carolina.
CatsPause.com also reported that UK has offered scholarships to brothers Terry and Terrence Talbott from Huber Heights, Ohio. Terry is a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive tackle, and Terrence is a 5-foot-10 defensive back. Both brothers have offers from Cincinnati, Michigan, Illinois, UK and Wisconsin, and Terry also has offers from UCLA and Arkansas.
Chip Cosby covers UK football for the Herald-Leader. This article includes his opinions and observations. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.