Happy Friday, Kentucky fans! I realize that this time last week SEC Country was confident Kentucky could snap its losing streak and beat Vanderbilt. But this week, it really does feel like that could finally happen. The Wildcats have made a significant change at quarterback, Charlotte is a more-than-manageable opponent and Kentucky is finally returning to Commonwealth Stadium.
Here are six things to know:
- Mark Stoops addressed the media Thursday evening for the final time this week before the Charlotte game. Jen Smith of the Lexington Herald-Leader has the full transcript.
- Stoops said earlier in the week that redshirt freshman quarterback Drew Barker will get the starting nod. So far, Stoops has liked what he’s seen from Barker this week, the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale wrote.
- Wide receiver Charles Walker might be a walk-on, but that doesn’t mean his contributions have slid under the radar, Hale also wrote. Walker has done big things for the Wildcats this season.
- One final story from Hale: Outside linebacker Jason Hatcher is also stepping up in perhaps the most important stretch of the season.
- In basketball news, get to know Isaac Humphries via the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker. Humphries is a 7-foot forward from Australia.
- While you’re at it, Tucker also has the full transcript from John Calipari’s press conference Thursday and a preview for Wright State Friday night.
The best stories around the SEC
- There’s a report out that Texas will try to nab Alabama coach Nick Saban if Charlie Strong leaves.
- Could Auburn upset Alabama next week? Maybe. Here are three reasons why.
- Ole Miss senior linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche was taken to the hospital Monday for a personal matter. He will not play Saturday. On Thursday, Ole Miss and his family said his condition is not life threatening.
- Saban wants his team to get the credit it deserves for being in a likely position to head to the College Football Playoff despite losing to Ole Miss.
- Some of Peyton Manning’s greatest memories have also come on days of his worst memories.