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Sunday August 31 Utah State opens the season at Tennessee

The Tennessee Vols begin their 118th season with a 7 p.m. kickoff on Sunday, Aug. 31 vs. Utah State at Neyland Stadium in their debut on the SEC Network.
2014 marks the second season at UT for Butch Jones, who is 4-3 in season openers as a head coach. In seven seasons as a head coach overall, Jones is 55-34 (.618) with four conference titles. Continue reading: Sunday August 31 Utah State opens the season at Tennessee

Looking at the opening game, UK vs. UT Martin

After months of preparation and planning, the University of Kentucky football team is set to begin its second season under head coach Mark Stoops when it plays host to the UT Martin Skyhawks on Saturday, Aug. 30 at noon ET inside Commonwealth Stadium.
The Wildcats and Skyhawks will meet for the first time in program history on Saturday with UK trying to win its season opener for the first time since 2011 when it bested WKU in Nashville at LP Field. Continue reading: Looking at the opening game, UK vs. UT Martin

#18 Lindsey Wilson beats Campbellsville 44-40 in Battle of Highway 55

Blue Raiders able to stifle late comeback attempt by the Tigers

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The 18th-ranked Lindsey Wilson football team withstood a fierce second-half rally by host Campbellsville (Ky.) to secure a 44-40 victory over the Tigers on Thursday evening at Ron Finley Stadium.

The win gave the Blue Raiders bragging rights in the Battle of Highway 55 rivalry game between the two schools. It marks the second year in a row Lindsey Wilson has claimed the trophy and the program’s first-ever victory at Campbellsville.

Continue reading: #18 Lindsey Wilson beats Campbellsville 44-40 in Battle of Highway 55

This week at a high school stadium near you

August 29
Clay County at Harlan County in ARH Bowl
Garrard County at Danville in Bob Allen Pigskin Classic
Southwestern at Corbin in Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic
Perry Central vs. Knox Central in Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic
Jackson County at Breathitt County
Jenkins at Allen Central
Pike Central vs. Somerset in Pike County Bowl
Lynn Camp at Campbell County, TN
McCreary Central at Letcher Central
Pineville at South Floyd
Madison Southern at Whitley County
Casey County at Taylor County
August 30
Bell County vs. Washington County at Marion County Pigskin Classic
Wayne County vs. North Laurel @ North Laurel in Laurel Bowl
South Laurel vs. Williamsburg @ North Laurel in Laurel Bowl
Pikeville vs. Hazard @ Pike County Bowl

Eastern Kentucky wins opener at Robert Morris 29-10

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team piled up 407 yards rushing on the way to a convincing 29-10 victory over host Robert Morris Thursday night.


Newcomer Dy’Shawn Mobley led the charge with 142 yards on the ground. Senior quarterback Jared McClain added 90 yards, including an 18-yard scoring run in the second quarter. Meanwhile, sophomore JJ Jude picked up 84 rushing yards.


The Colonels scored on their third possession and never looked back. Senior fullback Channing Fugate caught a swing pass from starting quarterback Bennie Coney and scampered 42 yards down the left sideline to pay dirt.

Continue reading: Eastern Kentucky wins opener at Robert Morris 29-10

Union College loses opener at Murray State


UK Football: Wednesday 8/27 practice report

by Guy Ramsey

If the Wildcats are nervous as the final days pass before Kentucky’s season opener against UT Martin, it isn’t showing in practice.

It was another day of productive work for UK on Wednesday.

“We had a good practice today,” defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said. “Guys were into it, focused, getting better fundamentally and ready to play.”
Continue reading: UK Football: Wednesday 8/27 practice report

Youth football in Middlesboro

Football teams of all age levels have begun play in the area. Our Ray Welch filed this photo essay from opening day of youth football at Bradner Stadium in Middlesboro this week.

UK Football: Practice report for Tuesday August 26, 2014

by Brent Ingram

The schedule calls for Mark Stoops to talk to the media on Mondays and Thursdays during game week, with UK’s offensive and defensive coaches available on Tuesday and Wednesday. After his weekly media luncheon on Monday, Stoops was supposed to have a two-day break.

As he came off the field on Tuesday, Stoops was in a jovial mood, even stepping over to the podium for an unscheduled media opportunity.

“It was good,” Stoops said of UK’s Tuesday practice. “We had a lot of work. We got a lot of work done today. We needed to. Good hot day. Felt good about the energy. Guys are starting to lock in and execute well. So overall, it was a very good practice.”
Continue reading: UK Football: Practice report for Tuesday August 26, 2014

UK Football: Projected starters entering Game 1


Tight end
85 Steven Borden, 6-3, 246, Sr-1L

Left tackle
70 Jordan Swindle, 6-7, 306, Jr-2L

Left guard
75 Zach West, 6-4, 318, Jr-2L

72 Jon Toth, 6-5, 301, So-1L

Right guard
69 Ramsey Meyers, 6-5, 300, Fr-RS

Right tackle
73 Kyle Meadows, 6-5, 294, Fr-RS

Wide receiver
9 Demarco Robinson, 5-10, 158, Sr-3L

Wide receiver
1 Ryan Timmons, 5-10, 195, So-1L

Wide receiver
8 Javess Blue, 6-0, 191, Sr-1L

Wide receiver
87 Joey Herrick, 6-1, 197, Jr-1L

14 Patrick Towles, 6-5, 238, So-1L

39 D.J. Warren, 6-0, 251, Sr-3L

Running back
5 Braylon Heard, 5-11, 189, Jr-Tr


Defensive end
6 Jason Hatcher, 6-3, 242, So-1L

Defensive tackle
90 Melvin Lewis, 6-4, 320, Jr-JC

Defensive tackle
50 Mike Douglas, 6-4, 288, Sr-3L

Defensive end
94 Za’Darius Smith, 6-6, 263, Sr-1L

Strong-side linebacker
2 Alvin “Bud” Dupree, 6-4, 264, Sr-3L

Middle linebacker
45 Josh Forrest, 6-3, 236, Jr-2L

Weak-side linebacker
33 Ryan Flannigan, 6-2, 225, Jr-JC

24 Blake McClain, 5-11, 194, So-1L

3 Fred Tiller, 6-0, 170, Jr-2L

5 Ashely Lowery, 6-1, 220, Sr-3L

1 A.J. Stamps, 6-0, 199, Jr-JC

16 Cody Quinn, 5-10, 172, Jr-2L

Special Teams

Long snapper
59 Kelly Mason, 6-3, 223, Jr-2L

13 Jared Leet, 6-3, 196, Jr-2L

99 Austin McGinnis, 5-10, 168, Fr-RS

9 Landon Foster, 6-1, 198, Jr-2L

Kickoff returner
18 Stanley “Boom” Williams, 5-9, 200, Fr-HS

Punt returner
9 Demarco Robinson, 5-10, 158, Sr-3L