Big Blue Links for Tuesday:
Mark Story of the Herald-Leader gives Mark Stoops some advice on what the Kentucky coach should do at quarterback. “If it comes to switching from Towles to redshirt freshman Drew Barker, the optimum place on the schedule to make that move would be the Eastern Kentucky contest Oct. 3. That way, Kentucky’s new starting QB would make his debut against an FCS foe — albeit one with some high-level defensive talent. Then, he would have 11 days to prepare before Kentucky plays host to Auburn in the first-ever Thursday night game in Commonwealth Stadium.”
Drew Lock’s day is coming, writes Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star. Lock is Missouri’s backup quarterback behind Maty Mauk, who has struggled throwing the football in Mizzou’s first three games. All three ended up as Missouri wins, however. “Our plan is not going to change,” Pinkel said Monday as MU prepared for its Southeastern Conference opener Saturday at Kentucky.
Ryan Flannigan is back, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. That’s good news for the UK linebacking corp, which has played without the projected starter in the first three games. Stoops did say Monday that Khalid Henderson, who started in place of Flannigan, could possibly see time as the backup at both inside linebacker spots.
Missouri is hoping to get Russell Hansbrough back, reports David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune. A 1,000-yard rusher last season, Hansbrough has missed the Tigers’ last two games after spraining an ankle in the opener.
If Kentucky fans aren’t happy with offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, Missouri fans have been booing the Tigers’ offense, reports Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Tigers managed just nine points in the win over Connecticut last Saturday. “Honestly, I hope it (ticks) our guys off,” he said Monday, two days after Mizzou’s 9-6 win over Connecticut. “I hope we get upset about it,” said offensive coordinator Josh Henson. “We need to play better and have a sense of urgency to get it done. I’m fine with (the booing). Heck, I would have been booing, too, if I was sitting up there.”
Russ Yeast has been bumped-up to four-star status, reports Ben Roberts of NextCats. The son of former Kentucky wide receiver star Craig Yeast has already committed to UK.
Bobby Perry’s band will play a concert before Saturday’s game, reports the Herald-Leader. The former Kentucky forward has his own band, the Bobby Perry Band, which will perform prior to and after the Cat Walk before the Kentucky-Missouri game on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.
Alex Poythress is recovering nicely, reports Jon Rothstein of CBSsports.com. “Recovering from a torn ACL, Kentucky forward Alex Poythress is running and dunking in practice — though he’s still not active in live competition, John Calipari said Monday.”