Winning streak at 1: Kentucky’s football team ended a 31-game losing streak against Florida last year. Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops had grown tired of being asked each summer when would the Wildcats beat the Gators.
So how is Kentucky going to start a winning streak against Florida?
“You’re throwing me off with these streaks and all that about Florida,” Stoops said. “I thought I didn’t have to answer that anymore.”
Stoops warmed up for Thursday’s Southeastern Conference Media Days by playing golf the day before with John Daly in a pro-am.
“He’s a big Arkansas fan, that’s for sure,” Stoops said. “Great guy. Had a lot of fun.”
UK backup quarterback: Kentucky has added Troy quarterback Sawyer Smith, who led the Trojans to a 42-32 victory over Buffalo in the Dollar General Bowl by throwing for 320 yards and four touchdowns.
Smith, a graduate transfer, started the last seven games for Troy last season, going 5-2. He threw for 1,669 yards and 14 touchdowns with six interceptions. He has two years of eligibility with the Wildcats.
“It is important to get Sawyer, the fact that he has experience,” Stoops said. “He’s a really talented player, but he’s also played in big games. I’m a big believer at that position that you don’t know exactly what you have until you get him into a game.”
Kentucky returns starting quarterback Terry Wilson.
Small steps for Commodores: Vanderbilt has a three-game winning streak over state rival Tennessee for the first time since the 1920.
“For us, man, it simply means that we’re relevant in the SEC East conversation,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. “I believe right now this is the best football team that I’ve had. I believe Tennessee is making a move, going to make their program better. But the reality is for us, it will be about what happens in 2019, not what happened in ’16, ’17 and ’18.”
Famous fan on hand: The “Vandy Whistler” will attend Vanderbilt’s football game against LSU on Sept. 21 in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Vandy Whistler, who is Preacher Franklin, got a lot of air time at this summer’s College World Series, which Vanderbilt won. Vandy fans love his whistles, but the opponents don’t.
“The Vandy Whistler’s everywhere,” Mason said when asked if the Commodores’ noisy fan would attend the game against LSU. “Sometimes I think I hear him out my window. I know he’s annoying to you, but to us on the West End, he’s the man.”