BBL: Kentucky football back to work Monday

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Big Blue Links for Monday:

UK sophomore defensive tackle Matt Elam has some rookie season misconceptions to work through, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. “I thought I was going to be the man,” Elam said on Friday at UK’s Media Day. “I thought I was going to do this and that. But things don’t come easily here. Nobody’s going to give you anything. I had to learn that the hard way.”

By the way, after a day off Sunday, the Kentucky football team is back on the practice field Monday. Interviews scheduled for late Monday afternoon. Check back for notes, video, etc.

A UK basketball recruit has John Wall’s attention, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. “Five-star point guard De’Aaron Fox’s stellar summer has landed him at the top of UK’s recruiting wish list for the class of 2016. Fox is also now on the radar of former UK point guard John Wall.”

Kentucky offers Trae Young, reports Roberts. “Young — a 6-foot-1 prospect from Norman, Okla. — is ranked by ESPN as the No. 22 overall prospect in the class of 2017. He already has scholarship offers from Duke, Kansas, Arizona, UCLA and several others.”

T.J. Leaf is focusing on eight schools, reports NBC Sports. “Just days after announcing that he was de-committing from Arizona, five-star 2016 forward T.J. Leaf is focusing on eight schools. The news was announced by the Compton Magic grassroots program that Leaf plays for. The eight schools (in no particular order according to the announcement) under consideration are Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Texas, California, San Diego State, Gonzaga and Indiana.”

UK football’s transfers are bonding over uncertainty, reports Jon Hale of the Cats Pause. “For the most part, a lot of those guys are very mature — not 100 percent, like your team not fully developed mentally or physically, but they’re very good kids and they will help us,” Mark Stoops said. “They’re very talented, but for the most part very mature. I think they will help us in the locker room and getting some talented guys on the scout team.”

Jeff Brohm is ready for the next step, writes Eric Crawford of WDRB. “WKU put up some of the biggest numbers this side of the national debt. In one season, the Hilltoppers broke 50 school and conference records. One year after quarterback Brandon Doughty threw 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, he came back to throw for 4,830 yards and 49 touchdowns under Brohm.”

Dyshawn Mobley is aware of the target on his back, reports Keith Taylor of KyForward. “It probably looked like it was easy, but it definitely wasn’t easy,” Mobley said of his first year at EKU. “I just had to grow up as a person, knowing that my coaches and my teammates were going to depend on me each and every Saturday, to make a make a play when play was needed.”

Related link: Kentucky 2015 football roster in Google Doc

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