We asked some of the media members who voted for 2013 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year to predict who will win in 2014. In alphabetical order, here are their replies:
Dick Gabriel, WLAP radio sports talk show host: "(Horse trainer) Dale Romans is going to train a Triple Crown-winning horse named Sportscaster, a son of Harlan's Holiday, that, I believe, is part-owned by Tom Hammond."
Larry Glover, WVLK radio sports talk show host: "Mark Stoops. Coach Stoops will roll the dice and go with a true freshman starting QB in Drew Barker and it will pay off with a surprising trip to a post-season bowl game."
Tom Leach, radio play--by-play voice of Kentucky Wildcats football and men's basketball: "I'm going a little outside the box and predict that Matthew Mitchell wins it, with the thought that he takes the UK women's team to its first Final Four (plus a sort of lifetime achievement vote for his dances at Big Blue Madness)."
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Ben Roberts, Lexington Herald-Leader recruiting writer: "This was supposed to be the year that Randall Cobb transformed into one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, but an injury cut it short. In 2014, he'll return better than ever and team up with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers for an All-Pro-caliber season."
Kent Taylor, sports director, WAVE-TV, Louisville: "Shug McGaughey. Shug wins his second straight Kentucky Derby and then Honor Code snaps the Triple Crown drought."
Larry Vaught, The Advocate Messenger, Danville: "Mark Stoops. In this football-hungry state, if Stoops can deliver an improved team that wins more games and continues to recruit the way he has, he should be Sportsman of the Year for overcoming so many obstacles in a short time."