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Thursday Quickies: Bud Dupree Edition

Photo by Joe Sargent/ Just an awful turn of events for the former Wildcat. Last night was a tough break for former Kentucky Wildcats star Bud Dupree. Dupree, playing on a franchise tag for the Pittsburgh Steelers hoping to earn a big contract this offseason while playing a key role on a team that is a contender in the AFC, suffered a horrible-looking injury late in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens. Very concerned about Bud Dupree. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/9ULaGyD1Tb— That Blitz Guy (@ThatBlitzGuy) December 2, 2020 Dupree holds the second-most...

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With Grant Gunnell nursing injury, Arizona Wildcats face familiar uncertainty at quarterback

UofA football has started at least two QBs in each of the past five seasons; that streak will hit six if Gunnell (shoulder) can’t play vs. Colorado.

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Update on UK injuries and possibly not accepting a bowl bid

Photo by Mark Cornelison/Collegiate Images/ It has been a tumultuous season, but it will be nice to have some of these guys back to close it out vs. South Carolina. Will it be the Cats’ final game of 2020? It has been a tough season for the Kentucky Wildcats football program. There have been a slue of injuries and COVID-19 issues have ravaged the Cats over the last few weeks. That’s not even accounting for the tragic loss of offensive line coach John Schlarman, who passed away earlier this month after a long battle with cancer, and we can only imagine how much...

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Keion Brooks out several more weeks; UK vs. Kansas is still on despite COVID concerns

UK Athletics Brooks will miss some tough non-conference games, including the matchup with Kansas, which is still set to go after COVID concerns. The lone returner from the Kentucky Wildcats 2019-20 roster will not be making his return for at least a few more weeks. Sophomore forward Keion Brooks Jr. missed the Wildcats’ first two games with a leg injury of the 2020-21 season, and John Calipari said Monday he hopes to have him back within two to three weeks. “We’ve got to get Keion back,” Calipari said. “Let’s hope in the next 2-3 weeks he’s back and...

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Promising freshman defender J.J. Weaver reportedly tears ACL

Photo by Joe Robbins/ Weaver had been coming on strong in this defense. Some tough news broke this afternoon for the Kentucky Wildcats football team. Justin Rowland of Cats Illustrated is reporting that redshirt freshman linebacker J.J. Weaver has torn his ACL, which will end his season and keep him sidelined for much up the upcoming offseason. Apparently UK linebacker JJ Weaver has a torn ACL that will require surgery. Really tough break close to the end of the year for someone who lost his dad earlier this season. Very difficult year for this team. Weaver has a...

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Twitter reactions to Kentucky’s loss to Richmond

Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports The young Cats have a lot of work to do offensively. The Kentucky Wildcats were back in action on Sunday when the faced off with the Richmond Spiders, who will likely be an NCAA Tournament team. Once again, the Cats were without returning sophomore Keion Brooks Jr. who is still out with a leg injury. Right from the start, it was obvious that this was going to be a tough game against a good team. Each team exchanged baskets throughout the half, but Kentucky held the early 8-7 lead over the Spiders. However, each team would keep...

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Keion Brooks’ status uncertain for clash with Kansas

Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports The Cats need their leader on the floor, but who knows when they will get him back. The Kentucky Wildcats struggled mightily Sunday in their 76-64 home loss to the Richmond Spiders. It was obvious that the lack of experience for the 10 new Cats grouped with a ton of experience for Richmond was a recipe for an early loss. The one thing Kentucky needs right now is the leadership of Keion Brooks Jr., who has been out with a leg injury and missed both games in the Bluegrass Showcase. After the game, assistant coach Joel Justus spoke to...

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Arizona QB Grant Gunnell exits with injury vs. UCLA

Photo by Abbie Parr/ The Arizona Wildcats were hoping to avoid getting off to a shaky start in the Rose Bowl, but they were immediately hit with adversity when starting quarterback Grant Gunnell got injured on the very first play of the game. The sophomore quarterback took a huge hit from a free rusher and landed hard on his right shoulder after releasing a checkdown pass to Gary Brightwell. Gunnell was down for a few seconds before slowly retreating to the sideline, clearly in pain. Here's how Arizona QB Grant Gunnell got injured. Took a huge hit from a free rusher...

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What Kevin Sumlin said after Arizona’s loss at UCLA

Photo by Abbie Parr/ The Arizona Wildcats extended their program-worst losing streak to 10 games on Saturday night, falling 27-10 at UCLA. Our game recap can be found here, while below are coach Kevin Sumlin’s postgame thoughts via his Zoom press conference. Kevin Sumlin post UCLAHear what Kevin Sumlin said after Arizona Football's loss to UCLAPosted by AZ Desert Swarm on Saturday, November 28, 2020 On having to go to true freshman QB Will Plummer after Grant Gunnell’s injury on the first play: “He had earned that right to be the backup during practice, since...

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What Arizona players said after the UCLA loss

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports The Arizona Wildcats took an early touchdown lead but fell to UCLA Bruins 27-10 on Saturday at the Rose Bowl for their program-record 10th straight loss—and lost starting quarterback Grant Gunnell to a shoulder injury on the very first play. Our full recap can be found here, Coach Kevin Sumlin’s postgame comments can be read/watched here, and here is what sophomore wide receiver Jamarye Joiner and senior linebacker Anthony Pandy said afterwards. Sophomore wide receiver Jamarye Joiner Jamarye Joiner post UCLASophomore wide...

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Ira Lee expected to miss Arizona's opener against Grambling State with concussion

Arizona senior forward Ira Lee will likely not play in the Wildcats' season opener Friday against Grambling State because of a concussion suffered about a month ago.

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Isaiah Jackson shows glimpses of being the real deal but tweaks ankle vs. Morehead State

Photo by Andy Lyons/ Isaiah Jackson has the potential to be a superstar at Kentucky, though he suffered an ankle injury toward the end of his collegiate debut but should be fine. The Kentucky Wildcats are off to a strong start to the 2020-21 season following their 81-45 win over Morehead State. The only real concern after the big win was how the injury bug is already affecting the Cats. Sophomore forward Keion Brooks Jr. did not play in this game as he recovers from a calf injury. John Calipari said earlier this week that Brooks is expected to miss this week’s games,...

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Poor offensive line play has plagued Arizona through two games

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports Wildcats have allowed nine sacks, most in Pac-12 Following a 2019 season in which injuries caused the offensive line to be in a perpetual state of flux, the Arizona Wildcats were really looking forward to having some consistency in the trenches. The same five guys have started both games so far, which is the good part. The bad part is they haven’t performed nearly as well as hoped. Arizona has allowed nine sacks in two games, including five during last Saturday’s 44-27 loss at Washington. That is the most in the Pac-12, with none...

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Keion Brooks officially ruled out vs. Morehead State

UK Athletics Brooks is still recovering from a calf injury that’s limited him for several months now. Kentucky Wildcats forward Keion Brooks Jr. has officially been ruled out for tonight’s season opener against Morehead State, UK announced. Brooks, who is still recovering from a calf injury suffered sometime in the late summer/early fall, is still listed as day-to-day. Head coach John Calipari said earlier this week that Brooks was unlikely to play in any of the Bluegrass Showcase games. .@KeionB_12 has officially been ruled out for the season opener vs....

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Keion Brooks likely to miss games due to injury

UK Athletics Kentucky is set to be without Brooks when the 2020-21 season begins. The Kentucky Wildcats begin their season this week, but they’ll do so with their only returning player from last year’s team that scored a point. On Monday, head coach John Calipari revealed that sophomore forward Keion Brooks Jr. is not expected to play this week. “Keion I do not believe he will be here the first week,” Calipari said Monday. Brooks has been nursing a calf injury for several months now. He did take part in Kentucky’s recent Pro Day, so it looked as though he...

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Villanova Basketball 2020-21 player preview: Jermaine Samuels

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Senior captain looks to find consistency and reach his potential in his final year with the Wildcats Jermaine Samuels Hometown: Franklin, Mass.High School: The Rivers SchoolHeight: 6-7Weight: 230 lbs Player Preview Jermaine Samuels arrived on campus in the fall of 2017 as a decorated recruit. Injuries and inexperience kept him to just a fringe role on the 2017-18 national championship team, but he has solidified himself as a regular starter over the past two seasons. The preseason Julius Erving Award nominee is hoping to bookend his...

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Wildcats' depth takes hit with news that Ira Lee suffered concussion

Coach Sean Miller did not offer more specifics but said Lee has not yet returned to practice, which casts significant doubt on whether Lee would be ready in time to face NAU in the Wildcats' opener on Wednesday.

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Saturday Quickies: Beat Bama Edition

Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports I have a feeling it’s going to be a long evening in Tuscaloosa. Good morning to all of you. A tweet came down last night form Kyle Tucker that made the odd of the Kentucky Wildcats defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide even longer than they were: Per source: Kentucky football could be without as many as 16 players tomorrow at No. 1 Alabama due to a combination of injuries and COVID issues. Long odds get much longer.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) November 21, 2020 It was bound to happen and I’m glad Kentucky has done such a good job...

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Kentucky vs. Alabama game thread, pregame reading & injury updates

Sea of Blue The Cats and Tide go head-to-head, but the road team will be without several key players. The Kentucky Wildcats (3-4) take on the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0) in Tuscaloosa at 4 pm EST on the SEC Network. You can stream the game online at Watch ESPN or with a free trial of fuboTV. The Cats picked up a much needed win last week when they played Vanderbilt. They face two straight tough opponents in #1 Alabama followed by #6 Florida next week. The odds are not in their favor, but the Cats need to take these next two games and continue to flesh out their...

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Ira Lee questionable for Arizona Wildcats' Nov. 25 opener with concussion

The senior forward is only one of three UA returnees this season.

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Arizona senior Ira Lee could miss opener vs. NAU due to concussion

Jacob Snow-USA TODAY Sports The most experienced member of an otherwise unexperienced Arizona Wildcats team may not be available for next week’s season opener. Arizona coach Sean Miller said Friday that senior forward Ira Lee could miss the Nov. 25 game vs. NAU due to the lingering effects of a concussion suffered a few weeks back. Miller said Lee is still experiencing symptoms and that he’s still being eased back into action. The 6-foot-8, 245-pound Lee is the only current Wildcat to have started a game with the program, doing so twice in 2019-20 and seven times...

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Naasir Watkins out for rest of 2020 season

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue Watkins is expected to be a strong contender for a starting tackle spot in 2021. The Kentucky Wildcats have been a little shorthanded this season on the offensive line, but no one really knew where the unusual absence was coming from. On Thursday during his pre-Alabama press conference, head coach Mark Stoops was asked about the status of Naasir Watkins, arguably the best offensive lineman coming off the bench for the Cats. As it turns out, Watkins had knee surgery months ago and is out for the 2020 season, creating a depth issue on the...

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Keion Brooks on what excites him most about Wildcats and his recovery from injury

UK Athletics Brooks still isn’t 100% as the season is set to begin soon, but he’s very excited about what this team can accomplish. Today, Kentucky Wildcats sophomore forward Keion Brooks Jr. met with the media to preview the upcoming season, which begins next Wednesday vs. Morehead State. Despite taking part in Kentucky’s recent Pro Day, Brooks admitted that he’s still not 100% as he recovers from a calf injury. “I feel great. It’s just a matter of when the doctors are 100% comfortable with me getting back out there competing at full speed,” Brooks said....

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Alabama Football: Kentucky Wildcats no match for Crimson Tide

Alabama football: What matters most against Kentucky is no serious injuries to key Crimson Tide players. Alabama football head coach, Nick Saban, would vehemently disagree but the Kentucky Wildcats have no chance against the Crimson Tide. Saban has long been willing to risk injuries to key players by using them on special teams. Statistical probability […] Alabama Football: Kentucky Wildcats no match for Crimson Tide - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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10 breakout candidates for Arizona football

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports We already took a look at the five, really six, most important players are for the Arizona Wildcats on offense and defense this season. This time around, we will delve into the players who are poised to break out this season. Boobie Curry, WR, Sophomore 2019 Stats: 9 games, 6 rec, 68 yds, 0 TD Curry’s development was hindered last season from a shoulder injury he suffered near the end of fall camp. That injury delayed his debut on the field, but he eventually made his way into playing time. This season is different. From all accounts, Curry has had a...

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Keion Brooks returns from calf injury

UK Athletics Brooks is back in action with the new season approaching fast. The Kentucky Wildcats held their annual Pro Day Thursday night, and the biggest story was the return of Keion Brooks Jr. The sophomore forward has been sidelined for several weeks while recovering from a calf injury. However, Brooks was able to take part in the Pro Day, and it didn’t look like he had any limitations as he through down several athletic dunks. Keion Brooks calf seems to be just fine. pic.twitter.com/PN6C0lKZuu— Tres Terrell (@TerrellTres) November 13, 2020 Brooks actually looked more...

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UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell retires from coaching

Matthew Mitchell and the women’s hoops squad are on a road trip to California. | USA TODAY Sports Shocking news ahead of the 2020-21 season. The Kentucky Wildcats women’s basketball team just got hit with some devastating news as the 2020-21 season begins soon. On Thursday, the school announced that head coach Matthew Mitchell had retired from coaching. UK director of athletics Mitch Barnhart has named associate head coach Kyra Elzy as the interim head coach. Mitchell underwent successful brain surgery this offseason. “After much conversation with my family and Mr. Barnhart, I...