Summer Football Update

Kentucky welcomes a state champion punting product from South Carolina; New freshmen enroll in school; Reaction from the Preston Brown news; Freshmen All-Stars Working Out; Football Skeletons Update; A.J. Grigsby turning some heads

Kentucky welcomed a new walk-on punter by the name of Steven Picone, whom enrolled in the University of Kentucky's second summer session, which started in early June.

Picone, who hails from Byrnes High School in Duncan (SC), was apart of four state championship teams in four years at Byrnes, home to numerous UK prospects from the past including '04 Duke signee Jomar Wright, '05 South Carolina signee Freddie Brown and '06 Georgia signee Prince Miller.

Picone is built like a soccer player at 5-foot-9, 165 pounds and has an above average leg that helped him to average 38 yards a punt, a year ago.

The walk-on true freshmen will add punting competition with Tim Masthay, the only punter on scholarship. Steve's brother, David, kicks and punts at Newberry College.

What Can Brown Do for You?

News that officially circulated on the message boards concerning the arrival of Preston Brown were indeed confirmed true by Antioch coach McPhail.

Rumors of the apparent arrival of the Antioch (Tn.) native were very heavy at the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star game, last Friday.

According to Tennessee coaches, Brown could find his way to a number of colleges, even with his public affirmation that he'll go to Kentucky. The Wildcats have very limited scholarship numbers and Brown was not happy with the UK coaches belief that his future would be best served in the defensive backfield.

With the official news that Oklahoma State will not honor their end of the letter of intent, expect many schools to make a move on Brown before he officially arrives on campus in January.

Cats Working Out

Corey Peters, Paul Warford, Justin Jeffries, Micah Johnson and Josh Minton all indicated they would be in Lexington working out the proceeding Monday after the KY-TN All-Star game.

They would be staying with teammates while working out.

Much has been made as to if any of the five should have taken the route of fellow Kentucky All-Star Justin Burke or fellow Kentucky signee Ricky Lumpkin, both whom which decided against playing in the game and instead enroll in school early.

All five had their own assessment on the game itself and its importance. "It's easy to look back now, because we lost, but I think it was very benefitial," Peters said. "I'm glad I got to get out here and get in shape a little bit before I go to Lexington."

"Absolutely no regrets on my end," Micah Johnson said. "I had a good time and felt it was my duty to play in this game. Not many people get to wear that number one jersey and I felt I owed it to the state to be here and play."

Skeletons going well

Keenan Burton has led a very large group of skeleton participants this off-season.

Burton, who is returning from an injury sustain this past year, has showed no signs of slowing down from his strong spring ending performances and has led a strong summer of hard work by the wide receivers.

Terrance Jones continues to progress nicely, as does Steve Johnson. Both are going to need to step up their football knowledge if either plan on seeing the field this year.

Grigsby turning some heads

Lost in the announcement of the arrivals was the news that A.J. Grigsby had officially landed in Lexington.

Grigsby, a junior college defensive back out of El Camino, has experience playing against some of the best athletes in the country. Just one year ago, El Camino scrimmaged national runner-up USC 3-4 times a week in the summer months to prepare for their respective seasons.

No doubt that Grigsby won't be the least bit intimidated by any receivers in the SEC after having to cover the likes of Reggie Bush and Dwayne Jarrett the past two summers in 7-on-7's.

Other newcomers that have made headwaves to date include Jamil Paris, JD Craigman, Paul Warford and a kid named Micah Johnson.


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