Scholarship chart: UK defensive ends/linebackers

With Class of 2016 linebacker Jamar Watson committing to Kentucky on Monday, the Cats now have three linebackers slated to sign with Mark Stoops and Company next February.

Thought it might be a good time to look at the how the linebackers will break down over the next five years in a scholarship. Since Kentucky now runs a multiple defense, which includes a lot of 3-4 alignment, I’ve included the defensive ends in the chart.

Noticeable is the fact the Cats will have just two juniors in this category for 2015. Those are Jason Hatcher and junior college transfer Alvonte Bell. For now, I’m listing Courtney Love as a sophomore transfer who will have to sit out this season.

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Prediction: Travers will be next up for American Pharoah

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My guess: The Travers.

After American Pharoah’s ridiculously easy win in the William Hill Haskell on Saturday at Monmouth Park, the big question is where the Triple Crown will race next in what could be the final tune-up for his Oct. 31 date with Keeneland for the Breders’ Cup Classic.

Much of the speculation centered on the Pennsylvania Derby, to be held Sept. 19. Or at least that was the case until owner Ahmed Zayat appeared to nix the possibility when he answered a question on Twitter asking for confirmation that Pharoah would not run in the Pennsylvania Derby.

“Correct,” tweeted Zayat. “No. Penn derby.”

So what does that leave?

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Another step forward for Kentucky women’s soccer

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You may know Jon Lipsitz as the funny coach who wears suits to games, is great on Twitter and loves to speak his mind. By now, you should also know that Lipsitz is in the process of building a first-class soccer program.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America released its pre-season poll for 2015 and for the first time in school history Kentucky found itself among the pre-season Top 25, coming at No. 16 in the initial rankings.

Defending champion Florida State was ranked No. 1. National runner-up Virginia was No. 2. Kentucky was one of four SEC teams in the rankings. Texas A&M was ranked No. 5. Florida is No. 8. South Carolina is No. 11.

UK is coming off a 16-7-1 season in which the Cats finished 17th in last year’s final rankings. Lipsitz’s club made the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 before losing 7-0 to Virginia. The Cavaliers reached the national championship match before losing to FSU 1-0.

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Big Blue Links for Monday

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Big Blue Links for Monday:

Quentin Goodin commits. The state’s top high school basketball prospect committed to Xavier, reports Josh Moore of the Herald-Leader. Goodin is a 6-foot-3 guard from Taylor County. He is ranked No. 71 nationally by Rivals.

Big visits on Sunday. Three highly-touted UK football recruits were on campus Sunday, reports Ben Roberts of Next Cats. This news comes after a stellar week for Kentucky football recruiting. The included commitments from Class of 2016, 2017 and 2018 prospects. The 2018 commitment was from the No. 2-ranked wide receiver in the nation.

Auburn’s virtual reality. Head coach Gus Malzahn has instituted virtual reality training for his quarterbacks, reports Brandon Marcello of AL.com. “Auburn is one of six college teams to invest in the technology — Stanford, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Dartmouth and Clemson are the others — and an additional SEC team is expected to jump on board soon. The goal is to improve reaction time for quarterbacks in a life-like environment without the risk of injury.”

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BBL: Kentucky basketball’s international flavor

Big Blue Links for Sunday:

Kentucky’s international roster part coincidence, part commitment, reports Jerry Tipton of Herald-Leader.

Believe it or not the two UK football games in 2015 to get most excited about are not Louisville or Tennessee, writes Mark Story of the Herald-Leader.

Kentucky’s new offensive boss ready to punch up the pace, reports Jennifer Smith of Herald-Leader.

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SEC: Ex-Missouri football star gives parents surprise gift

SEC links for Sunday:

Former Missouri player now in NFL buys parents surprise wedding ceremony, reports Kansas City Star.

Dak Prescott’s ability hides some holes on the Mississippi State offense, reports Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger.

New South Carolina co-defensive coordinator Jon Hoke set to build a winner, writes Josh Kendall of The State.

Michael Casagrande of AL.com says there are seven things you can learn from the new biography of Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

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Report: Isaac Humphries expected to enroll at UK

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports is reporting that Isaac Humphries, a 7-footer from Australia, is expected to enroll at Kentucky and will be eligible to play this upcoming season.

Next Cats’ Ben Roberts reported on Friday night that Humphries was on campus — along with UK signee Jamal Murray — and could be on the verge of joining the Cats. Humphries moved to Indiana in December and played La Lumiere. A Class of 2016 prospect, he is expected to reclassify for 2015.

“He’ll be an impact guy from Day 1,” one Australian source who knows Humphries told Zagsblog. “He’ll surprise some people.”

Humphries would apparently provide an insurance policy in the post, where Kentucky expects to start Skal Labissiere, rated as the nation’s No. 1 prospect for the Class of 2015 by Rivals. Labissiere is of Haitian descent.

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Report: Louisville-Alabama to open 2018 season in Orlando

ESPN reports that Louisville and Alabama have agreed on a contract to play each other in the 2018 season opener in Orlando, Florida. The game would take place September 1, 2018.

Louisville is opening its 2015 season in a neutral site game against Auburn on Sept. 5 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Louisville has scheduled a neutral site game in 2017 against Purdue in Indianapolis.

Alabama is opening the 2015 season against Wisconsin in a neutral site game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 5. Alabama beat Michigan 41-14 at Cowboys Stadium in 2012. The Tide whipped Virginia Tech 35-10 in Atlanta in 2013 and beat West Virginia 33-23 in Atlanta last season.

The Tide is scheduled to play Southern Cal in Arlington in 2016 and Florida State in the new Atlanta Falcons stadium in 2017.

Alabama and Louisville have not played since Howard Schnellenberger’s Cardinals upset Gene Stallings and the Crimson Tide 34-7 in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl.

Next year, Orlando will play host to a neutral site game between Florida State and Ole Miss.

FCS 2015 schedules in a Google Doc

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BBL: Kentucky ready to add center for 2015?

Big Blue Links for Saturday:

Kentucky could be on verge of adding 7-foot Australian center for 2015, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. Four-star center Isaac Humphries is in Lexington this weekend for a recruiting visit to the University of Kentucky.

Shannon Dawson want an accurate quarterback, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator wants a passer who can put the ball on the money.

Mark Stoops says it has been a good week for Kentuckky football, reports Smith. The UK coach cannot talk about specific recruits, but he can talk in generalities. And he is generally pleased with recruiting.

New UK football recruit will play in national All-Star game, reports Roberts for Next Cats. Georgia defensive lineman Kobe Smith will play Semper Fidelis All-American Game.

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SEC: LSU football reinstates suspended players

SEC links for Saturday:

Big 10 pushes tougher scheduling with Power 5 mandate, reports Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel.

LSU trio deserves more than in-house discipline, writes Scott Rabalais of The Advocate. “East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore announced Friday that his office will not be pressing charges against three LSU players — quarterback Anthony Jennings, defensive end Maquedius Bain and defensive back Dwayne Thomas — accused of breaking into an apartment in June.”

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings re-instated, reports Jim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com.

Gene Chizik is not looking to be a head coach again, reports AL.com. The former Auburn head coach, who won a national title with Cam Newton, is now defensive coordinator at North Carolina.

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