Big Blue Links: New season, “new” stadium arrive

Big Blue Links for Saturday:

UK football player’s act of love changed a boy’s life, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. “Landon Foster did everything he could to shake the pesky boy following him around as he delivered bags of food to lepers in Ethiopia. ‘Mom, they’re pushy here,’ Tina Foster recalled her son telling her of the people around him on his service trip with fellow members of the University of Kentucky football team. Tina replied simply: ‘They’re desperate, Landon.'”

Kentucky women’s soccer beats Louisville for fifth straight time, reports Joshua Huff for the Herald-Leader. “The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team set an attendance record Friday night as 3,371 fans packed the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex to witness UK’s 1-0 win against Louisville.”

Kentucky-Lafayette matchups, from Mark Story of the Herald-Leader. “In the 21st century, Kentucky’s better quarterbacks have come into their own as fourth-year juniors. Patrick Towles (2,718 passing yards, 57.3 percent completions) begins his redshirt junior season Saturday. Mark Stoops said Monday he also hopes to get Drew Barker some action while the game is in doubt. Louisiana-Lafayette is replacing departed starter Terrance Broadway and will go with either Brooks Haack (a dropback passer) or Jalen Nixon (a read-option specialist), both of whom are juniors.”

First impressions important as UK opens renovated stadium, reports Jennifer Smith. “It’s going to be awesome, can’t wait,” offensive tackle Jordan Swindle said. “Think about it probably 20-25 hours a day. It’s really exciting.”

Five things to watch from Lafayette, reports Tim Buckley of the Lafayette Advertiser. “Look for UL to turn to star running back Elijah McGuire early and often Saturday night at Kentucky. The Sun Belt Conference’s reigning Player of the Year can be moved around and used in a variety of manners, and Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth suggested it’s a luxury offensive coordinator Jay Johnson loves having.”

Ex-Cat Maxwell Smith ready to make first start for San Diego State, reports H-L. “I’ll be sitting in bed sometimes just thinking about it what it’s going to be like to play at Qualcomm for the first time in front of so many fans,” Smith said in a report on the San Diego State football team’s website. “I start to get this weird feeling that I don’t really know how to explain — it’s a feeling I haven’t had in a while. Last year, with all the practice I put in knowing I wasn’t going to touch the field, I didn’t get that feeling. But I’m feeling that little tingle now. It’s definitely a feeling I love.”

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