DEMAREE: Football All-Star week leftovers

All-Star head coach David Buchanan explained his three-step approach to success in the All-Star game and the third step was putting the coaching staff together. "I had to have Perry Thomas (Paducah Tilghman head coach) on my staff," Buchanan said. "He is a very good friend and a tremendous football coach. This is the fifth time he has done this. He's done it so much but he didn't want to take somebody else's spot but he didn't have any choice. I had to have him."

The coaches of both sides quelled the end-of-the game mini-melee started by a disgruntled Tennessee squad, rather quickly. Kudos to the coaches and what little security was there at Papa John stadium. It was a potentially scary situation. The scene reminded me of the scene at Indiana University Stadium, location of the UK postponement game from 9/11. That melee was much worst but in this case there was adequate security personnel, city and state police present at the game. They were lined up across the field at both 20-yard lines. In this case at Papa John's, there was not that kind of coverage and could have gotten real ugly!

David Jones, the KSR's game Most Valuable Player from Belfry High School and UK signee talk about his off the field routine. "I've been living in the weight room since I was in middle school," he explained. "I love the weight room. I just maxed-out on the bench last week at 315-pounds. I squat 415-pounds, though I rarely do them. I prefer the inclines where I do 285-pounds." This is tremendous strength for a 5-foot-10 180-pound youngster. Jones was the state 2005 2A 100-meter dash champ. He said he has been timed in the forty since the Nike camp he attended a year ago in which he did a 4.4 flat in the 40-yard dash.

We remember our first look at Kenny Ray Turner at the Nutter Field house during the 2004 spring practice. Turner was there with his dad. At the time, he weighed around 270-pounds and a year later he scales at 320-pounds. "I don't know how I got this big," Turner said. "Seems to me that it just happened. I didn't do anything different. I just continued to eat and lift weights." Turner a UK signee, will be greyshirted and he said it has nothing to do with grades or test score.

Tim Masthay, a UK signee for punter/kicker has outstanding potential but has some fundamentals work to do once fall practice begins. When told he would be working directly with coach Rich Brooks because he delivers that baby. And that Brooks is a stickler for using the proper punting technique and that he scrutinizes hard, Masthay said, "that's alright, I can handle it, because I know he's going to get me better. I consider it an honor to be working closely with the head man everyday."

One interesting development was a watching a young man Mike Stowers from Ft. Thomas Highlands. Stowers, a 6-foot-2 190-pound defensive back flew around practice field all week making plays. He continued that effort in the game. The odd thing is he is still uncommitted and it is puzzling why? Perhaps it was grades, core curriculum, test score or just a late developer that slipped under the radar screen. Stowers said presently, he plans to walkon at U of L but would not be averse to listening to UK if they came calling. He has a high school teammate in Jordan Nevels going to UK on scholarship.

About Stowers, Buchanan said: "We don't go by recruiting services. We go by video and what the high school coaches whose teams have competed against these kids tell us."


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