Big Blue Links for Tuesday:
▪ Vince Marrow loves Urban Meyer, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. Since Meyer and Ohio State recruit nationally, that leaves good football players in Ohio for Marrow to recruit to Kentucky.
▪ Jared Lorenzen wants to get himself and others healthier, reports Jared Peck of the Herald-Leader. The former Kentucky quarterback weighs over 500 pounds and will publicly track his quest to get to a more reasonable weight.
▪ Mark Stoops adds former Tennessee defensive coordinator to his staff, reports the Herald-Leader. John Jancek was the DC at Tennessee under Butch Jones until their parting in 2015. He was a defensive backs coach at South Florida last year. He’ll serve on the support staff at UK.
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▪ Adversity has not broken Darius West, writes Mark Story of the Herald-Leader. Injuries have kept the defensive back’s college career from getting off the ground.
▪ Phil Hoskins is full-go for Kentucky’s camp, reports Alex Forkner of Cats’ Pause. The junior college transfer, a defensive lineman, underwent shoulder surgeries in the off-season.
▪ Josh Allen is becoming a leader, writes Justin Rowland of Cats Illustrated. Allen jokes that he is the fastest, strongest and most humble player on Kentucky’s football team.
▪ Stephen Johnson showing confidence, writes Keith Taylor of KyForward. The senior is comfortable heading into training camp as the No. 1 quarterback.
▪ R.J. Barrett moves up a class, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. Barrett’s star turn for Canada eliminated the USA in the FIBA World Cup this summer.
▪ Cameron Reddish includes UK in his top five, reports Joe Mussatto of SEC Country. Reddish, a 6-8 forward from Pennsylvania, played for John Calipari’s USA U19 team this summer.
▪ Louisville defensive lineman Chris Williams has been kicked off team, reports Thomas Novelly of the Courier-Journal. Williams allegedly stole from teammates. He registered 29 tackles as a reserve last year.
▪ Shaq Wiggins is learning at Tennessee, reports David Cobb of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Wiggins started his career at Georgia before following Todd Grantham to Louisville. Wiggins is now a grad transfer for the Vols.
▪ Louisville Trinity defensive end commits to Michigan, reports Mike Lacett of WDRB. A junior, Stephen Herron has already pledged to sign with the Wolverines.
▪ Mitchell Robinson’s suspension is meaningless, writes Tim Sullivan of the Courier-Journal. Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday that the heralded recruit has been suspended indefinitely. One problem. Robinson left campus last week and apparently intends to transfer.
▪ The Lady Vols logo is gone forever, says John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Those trying to bring it back should give up.
▪ There are new details on De’Shawn Hand’s DUI arrest, reports Michael Casagrande of the Birmingham News. The Alabama defensive end was apparently sleeping in his car.
▪ Vanderbilt’s mad professor has concoted a way to score, writes Joe Rexrode of the Tennessean. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig got the Commodores’ offense going at the end of last season.
▪ Kirby Smart knows Georgia has to step it up, writes Jeff Schultz of the AJC. The Bulldogs were so-so in Smart’s first season as the Bulldogs’ head coach.
▪ Lorenzo Carter is chasing that championship feeling, reports Jason Butt of the Macon Telegraph. Carter emerged as a defensive leader last year for Georgia.
▪ Jake Bentley will be creative force behind South Carolina offense, writes Josh Kendall of The State. Bentley took over at quarterback for the Gamecocks near the end of last season.
▪ Will Muschamp wants to fix pass rush, reports David Cloninger of the Post and Courier. The South Carolina coach says the Gamecocks need to put more pressure on quarterbacks.
▪ Ole Miss’ defense needs to deliver, writes Parrish Alford of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal. The Rebels ranked No. 120 out of 128 FBS teams against the runs last season.
▪ Mississippi State’s Braxton Hoyett is dedicating season to his father, reports Will Sammon of the Clarion-Ledger. The defensive lineman’s father died at the age of 38.
▪ Arkansas freshmen are impressing in classes, reports Bob Holt of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The team’s seniors like the speed of the Razorbacks’ freshmen class.
▪ Florida’s Mike White is traveling the nation in search of talent, reports Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun. The Gators’ basketball coach is taking his efforts national.
▪ Missouri basketball lands 2018 commitment, reports Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star. K.J. Santos played at UIC in Chicago last season and will transfer to the Tigers.