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    Spring game is over and not alot of talk going on? Watson had a monster game on defense he is a Freshman linebacker.
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    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior running back Sihiem King rushed 19 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns as the Kentucky Blue team topped the UK White squad 31-14 in the Kroger Blue-White Spring Game on Friday night at Commonwealth Stadium.

    Redshirt freshman Gunnar Hoak, who logged times for both teams, finished 16-of-24 through the air for 174 yards and a pair of scores. Hoak also rushed three times for 10 yards and a touchdown.

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    The Blue squad, made up of Kentucky’s first-team players, had 351 yards of total offense, including 231 yards through the air. The White team, which was facing the Wildcats’ first-team defense, was able to manage just 170 yards of offense, including just 47 yards on the ground.

    Senior quarterback Stephen Johnson, who led Kentucky to the TaxSlayer Bowl following the 2016 season, was eight-of-18 through the air for 106 yards. Sophomore running back Benny Snell, Kentucky’s leading returning rusher, carried just three times for 22 yards. Snell did score a touchdown.

    The White team had a chance to score the first points of the game, but Austin MacGinnis was wide right on a 43-yard field goal attempt.

    After that miss, the Blue team covered 70 yards in seven plays, ending with a three-yard touchdown run by Snell. MacGinnis added the extra point to make it 7-0 Blue.

    The score remained the same until the Blue struck again, early in the second quarter, when King scored on a one-yard touchdown plunge. MacGinnis hit the PAT to extend the Blue team’s lead to 14-0 with 9:20 left in the first half. The scoring drive covered 68 yards in 11 plays.

    On its next drive, the White team got on the board when Hoak hit junior wide receiver Kayaune Ross on a 10-yard fade pattern in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. MacGinnis’ point after was good, making it 14-7 Blue team with 3:56 left in the first half.

    The Blue team appeared to have one more chance to score before the end of the half, but Johnson was picked off by Kei Beckham, who returned the pick 26 yards, to the Blue team’s 20-yard line with 1:14 remaining in the half. On third-and-goal from the seven yard line with 35 seconds left in the half, Hoak hit Clevan Thomas, Jr. for another score, and MacGinnis’ extra point tied the game at 14-14, which would be the halftime score.

    The second half started with a punt by the White team, setting the Blue team up in good field position, at its own 45 yard line. The Blue team drove inside the 10 yard line, but the drive stalled, forcing a 28-yard field goal by MacGinnis, which was good, giving the Blue a 17-14 lead with 7:47 left in the third quarter.

    After another punt by the White team, the Blue drove into the White red zone, but Tavin Richardson caught a pass from Luke Wright, but fumbled, and Jack Jackson recovered for the White team, ending the Blue threat.

    However, the Blue would get on the board again in the fourth quarter. Hoak, now playing for the Blue team, led the offense on a five-play, 64-yard scoring drive, culminating with a four-yard touchdown run by King. MacGinnis was true on the PAT, making it 24-14 Blue team with 7:39 left. The Blue would add another score late, when Hoak scampered in from yards out. MacGinnis’ extra point would provide the final margin, 31-14.

    The Kroger Blue-White Spring Game marks the end of spring practice for the Wildcats, who will open the 2017 regular season on the road, facing Southern Miss on September 2 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Kickoff for that game is set for 4 p.m. and it can be seen on the CBS Sports Network.

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    I'm just not sold on Johnson. Too inconsistent in the passing game for me.

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    I was told by an attendee at the game that as a RB King is just too small to be effective against good competition. Maybe my source felt he was not elusive enough to overcome his size. Anyone else have any feelings on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcjkbt View Post
    I was told by an attendee at the game that as a RB King is just too small to be effective against good competition. Maybe my source felt he was not elusive enough to overcome his size. Anyone else have any feelings on this?
    I see him as a 4 or 5 carry back playing behind Snell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcjkbt View Post
    I was told by an attendee at the game that as a RB King is just too small to be effective against good competition. Maybe my source felt he was not elusive enough to overcome his size. Anyone else have any feelings on this?
    Quote Originally Posted by Footballforever74 View Post
    I see him as a 4 or 5 carry back playing behind Snell.
    Don't forget that he can catch passes fairly well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcjkbt View Post
    I was told by an attendee at the game that as a RB King is just too small to be effective against good competition. Maybe my source felt he was not elusive enough to overcome his size. Anyone else have any feelings on this?
    I think King can be a nice complement to Snell. King isn't a big back and needs a crease to get through, but runs hard and showed some burst. King hits the hole without much dancing, which I like to see. He did have one run where the middle was clogged and he bounced it outside for a nice gain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcjkbt View Post
    I was told by an attendee at the game that as a RB King is just too small to be effective against good competition. Maybe my source felt he was not elusive enough to overcome his size. Anyone else have any feelings on this?
    He took alot of hits in the spring game and did fine. For a little guy he is not afraid to be hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcjkbt View Post
    I was told by an attendee at the game that as a RB King is just too small to be effective against good competition. Maybe my source felt he was not elusive enough to overcome his size. Anyone else have any feelings on this?
    Disagree with this. SiFi is going to be just fine as demonstrated in the Tennessee game last year. He and AJ Rose will probably be the change of pace back from Benny.

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    Curious to hear why MacGinnis did all of the kicking for both squads. Anyone have any input on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack of all Trades View Post
    Curious to hear why MacGinnis did all of the kicking for both squads. Anyone have any input on this?
    Kentucky Football: Spring game report card for Mark Stoops, Wildcats

    "Kentucky is going to need Matthew Panton, an Australian punter who is transferring from Columbia University, to be the real deal. Because Grant McKinniss is just not getting the job done. He ranked 97th nationally in yards per punt last season and showed no improvement Friday night. Facing no pressure — the opposing team could not rush him — McKinnis averaged just 36.7 yards on seven punts in the spring game. Kicker Austin MacGinnis also missed a 43-yard field goal wide right. There were no kickoff or punt returns allowed Friday."

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat View Post
    Kentucky Football: Spring game report card for Mark Stoops, Wildcats

    "Kentucky is going to need Matthew Panton, an Australian punter who is transferring from Columbia University, to be the real deal. Because Grant McKinniss is just not getting the job done. He ranked 97th nationally in yards per punt last season and showed no improvement Friday night. Facing no pressure — the opposing team could not rush him — McKinnis averaged just 36.7 yards on seven punts in the spring game. Kicker Austin MacGinnis also missed a 43-yard field goal wide right. There were no kickoff or punt returns allowed Friday."
    By those accounts, you would think that they would be searching now wouldn't you think? Why did Pack not punt or placekick for this game? Anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat View Post
    Kentucky Football: Spring game report card for Mark Stoops, Wildcats

    "Kentucky is going to need Matthew Panton, an Australian punter who is transferring from Columbia University, to be the real deal. Because Grant McKinniss is just not getting the job done. He ranked 97th nationally in yards per punt last season and showed no improvement Friday night. Facing no pressure — the opposing team could not rush him — McKinnis averaged just 36.7 yards on seven punts in the spring game. Kicker Austin MacGinnis also missed a 43-yard field goal wide right. There were no kickoff or punt returns allowed Friday."
    I was on campus the day they offered the punter. Kind of funny to watch them fall all over themselves, like this kid was the next Ray Guy. Just goes to show that many big college football programs do not value the kicking game and rely on various camps and/or kicking instructors to do the recruiting for them.

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