Big Blue Links: Getting set for UK-Mississippi State

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Big Blue Links for Saturday:

Reports say Skal Labissiere is now eligible, reports the Herald-Leader. There had been questions about activity regarding the guardian of Kentucky’s freshman center, but multiple reports say that UK has been informed that Labissiere is eligible. UK declined comments on the report.

Mississippi State’s pass defense hasn’t found a happy medium, reports Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger. The Bulldogs suffered a blow this week when star cornerback Will Redmond was lost for the season to an ACL injury. That wasn’t the first injury suffered by the State secondary.

UK defense wants to avoid another Prescott-Towles shootout, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. “We just want to get pressure on him and make him rush into decisions,” UK linebacker Josh Forrest said this week about Prescott, who has thrown for 11 touchdowns without an interception so far this season.

Three key questions about Kentucky-Mississippi State, from Mark Story of the Herald-Leader. “When Mississippi State chose the former Florida offensive coordinator as its head coach, Kentucky led the all-time series with MSU 21-15. Since then, Mullen is 6-0 against the Cats. It is a painful 6-0, too, because Mississippi State, as UK’s permanent West Division rival, is a team the Wildcats need to beat with some regularity if the Kentucky program is to succeed. Interestingly, UK has recently played State better in Starkville than Lexington.

Rejuvenated UK presents challenge for State, reports Robbie Faulk for the Biloxi Sun-Herald. “Two years ago when Kentucky came to Starkville, Wildcats coach Mark Stoops was trying to find his first SEC win. The Wildcats had already been competitive despite their rough start and things were no different when they took the Bulldogs to the wire and had a last-minute drive for the win come up short. Since that 28-22 defeat in Starkville, Kentucky is a brand new team. ”

State is wary of improving Cats, reports Logan Lowery of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal. Dan Mullen remembers that Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles had a big game against the Bulldogs last year in Lexington. Towles accounted for over 400 yards of total offense in UK’s 45-31 loss.

Sacha Killeya-Jones will play in two Kentucky events, reports Ben Roberts of Next Cats. Fans will be able to check out the UK commitment in Pikeville in November and in Somerset in February.

Kentucky volleyball team sweeps Alabama, reports UKAA. “An impressive showing on both ends of the ball resulted in a sweep of the Alabama Crimson Tide on the road, 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-18), for the 21st-ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Friday evening. The Wildcats shined hitting .333 on 36 kills during the outing. The team also stepped up its defensive presence at the net, registering 12 blocks in three sets – its second-best performance in a three-set match this season.  The team also excelled serving, registering eight aces in the match.”

Photo of Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott by AP

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