Cooking Cats? Tumbling Cats? Flying Cats?

As you anxiously kill time waiting for football season to begin, here are some fun little tidbits I found while gorging on the Kentucky football media guide this week.

Fall camp starts on Monday and until then, a few notes for your entertainment:

Remember the story about UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown and line coach John Schlarman trudging through a blizzard and spending the night on training tables at a high school? (If not, here’s the link)

Well, the player they landed with that nightmare trip was freshman center Jervontius “Bunchy” Stallings, who reports he will wear No. 65 in honor of Schlarman, who told him to “make it legendary.”

  • Freshman running back Stanley “Boom” Williams said he will wear the No. 18 to continue on the legacy of Randall Cobb and Jacob Tamme (not bad company if he has NFL dreams).
  • Junior cornerback Fred Tiller said he selected his No. 3 for former Cats quarterback Andre Woodson.
  • Freshman wide receiver Blake Bone said he will wear No. 8 because it’s the infinity symbol turned sideways.
  • In their media guide bios, there are plenty of players who claim to have mad cooking skills, including offensive lineman Max Godby and quarterback Maxwell Smith. Offensive lineman Shaquille Love says his dream job is to be a chef. Defensive lineman Mike Douglas wrote that he cooks for his mom and grandmother when he goes home to Florida.
  • Other strange “skills” noted in the media guide bios include defensive lineman Jacob Hyde’s claim that he can “wiggle his ears.”
  • Freshman linebacker Dorian Hendrix meditates daily.
  • There are two reported tumblers on the team: wide receiver Javess Blue and linebacker Khalid Henderson.
  • Some musically inclined Cats include center Jon Toth, who plays guitar and sophomore walk-on Jerry McCray, who plays five different instruments.
  • Two defensive players want to get in on the Air Raid with both linebacker Josh Forrest and defensive end Farrington Huguenin reporting they want to fly planes.
  • Some interesting future professions (other than NFL dreams of course) for players include safety Marcus McWilson’s goal of becoming a child psychologist, offensive lineman Darrian Miller wants to be a virologist, down the line from him, Kyle Meadows wants to be a research scientist studying entomology. (Eww.) New cornerback Kendall Randolph aspires to be an orthopedic surgeon. Long snapper Kelly Mason says he wants to be an actuary.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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