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  • VAUGHT: Media slight provides motivation for Kentucky football

    By LARRY VAUGHT

    Braden Gall is an ESPN radio show host in Nashville and also an Athlon Sports host who covers Southeastern Conference football. He posted his 2019 SEC quarterback rankings and has Kentucky’s Terry Wilson — who went 10-3 last season — as the 14th best quarterback in the league this season.

    Kentucky fans obviously didn’t like it and he tried to smooth it over some by saying it showed more about the depth of quarterback play in the SEC than it did about Wilson’s play.

    Here are few comments posted on Twitter by UK fans:

    — Carter Hall (@BluegrassRec): “Keep sleeping on Wilson! I appreciate the motivation.”

    — James Willis (@Jameswill988): Wilson 14 give me break he took his team to 10-3 record his first season in sec he top five easy. Keep sleeping on us.”

    Say amen Vince Marrow.

    The Kentucky recruiting coordinator thinks NFL teams were “sleeping” on some UK players in the draft. He thinks national media members are “sleeping” on UK when it comes to rankings.

    But deep down, he kind of also likes those slights because of the motivation it provides for his team.

    “You even see this in preseason rankings, I saw Terry Wilson as the 12th rated quarterback in the SEC,” Marrow said in reference to another preseason quarterback poll. “I tell you what, I love this stuff.

    “I love it because it goes back to when Texas was playing USC (for the national title) and USC was getting all that hype and (Texas coach) Mack Brown was saying thank you to the media because he didn’t have to get his team up.

    “I am telling you. Our players see it. I see it. I really do believe that the Kentucky stigma impacts that. We should have had more guys drafted. No doubt in my mind about that. One of head scouts told me he thought we would have nine or 10 guys.

    “I still think is that Kentucky, I don’t know. People just keep disrespecting us. The season is right around the corner. We will take care of that very soon. I think our players are starting to get a little ticked off and so am I.”
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      Leadership intangibles do not show up on the stat sheet.