A program-changing weekend for Kentucky football

10/06/2014 07:30 AM

Kentucky football fans entered the 2014 season hoping for just one SEC win and an improved look on the field. Expectations weren’t high for Mark Stoops’ second year. Progress was BBN’s only request.

After Saturday night’s comeback win over South Carolina, the progress Stoops and company have made in Lexington can’t be denied. Commonwealth Stadium was packed for the “Black Out.” The team’s black uniforms with metallic helmets looked good, and their play looked even better. All night long, on both sides of the ball, the Cats made adjustments that put them in position to win in the fourth quarter against a South Carolina team that began the season as the 9th ranked team in the country.

In addition to the thrilling 45-38 victory over Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks, here’s what happened this past weekend that should have Kentucky fans fired up:

1. The Cats are now ranked 37th in the latest AP Poll. With Saturday’s win against South Carolina, their second SEC win of the season, UK sits at 4-1 on the season and in contention in the Eastern Division.

2. After the big win, Kentucky signed Jordan Griffin out of Jonesboro High School in Georgia. Griffin is a 4-star defensive back in the class of 2016. He’s rated as the No. 77 player nationally by ESPN.com — making Griffin the highest rated recruit on the ESPN site of the Stoops era.

3. On Sunday, Kentucky added two more 4-star recruits. Twins Andrew and David Dowell out of Ohio. They move UK’s 2015 recruiting class from No. 34 to No. 19 on Rivals — ahead of Oregon, Oklahoma, and others. David will more than likely play defensive back for Kentucky. Andrew is a little more versatile and could play multiple positions on offense or defense.

The present is looking bright for Kentucky football, and the future is only looking brighter.


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