Jon Toth Unlikely SEC Lineman of the Week


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In high school Jon Toth never thought he’d be starting center for an SEC team. But, after a position change as a redshirt freshman, here he is. John Clay writes:

"“At the time, the UK staff said Toth has the skills. He has the athleticism. He just needs experience. Lumps will come, admitted the coaches, but in the long run — fingers crossed — it will work out.So it has. Monday, after Kentucky’s 59-14 blow-by of visiting Tennessee-Martin, the SEC announced Toth was the conference’s Offensive Lineman of the Week.”"

Who will be Kentucky’s most important player this basketball season? It might be Aaron Harrison. Thad Novak writes:

"“Kentucky basketball is the deepest team in the country this season, but even the Wildcats can’t lose stars with impunity. Of all the big names on the Big Blue roster, postseason hero Aaron Harrison is the one who must stay healthy to keep the ‘Cats on track for a national title.”"

Jaylen Brown is the number 1 player in the class of 2015 and is a guy John Calipari would love to have sign with Kentucky. Brown is scheduled to attend Big Blue Madness in October but will likely wait until spring before deciding between Kentucky, Kansas, and UCLA, among others. Adam Zagoria writes:

"“Jaylen Brown, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2015, will likely wait until the spring to make his college decision, his motherMichelle Brown told by phone Wednesday evening.‘We don’t want to rush into anything, we want to make sure we have weighed all our options and try to make the best decision possible,’ she said, confirming earlier comments to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”"

Eric Bledsoe has had a nice start to his professional career and could be on the verge of having a breakout year. But first, there’s the little matter of resolving his contract dispute with the Phoenix Suns. Marc Stein writes:

"“Inside a month to go before the Phoenix Suns and the rest of the league open up their training camps, Bledsoe remains unsigned, just 25 days and change away from the Suns’ scheduled return to work in Flagstaff, Arizona.Which raises the unappetizing possibility that Bledsoe won’t even be there for that first day of camp to reunite with Dragic. The deadline for the Suns’ prized restricted free agent to sign his qualifying offer isn’t until Oct. 1. And these parties have been locked in a stalemate for months.As reported in August, Bledsoe is seeking the five-year max from Phoenix worth $85 million. The Suns’ offer has topped out, to this point, at a reported $48 million over four years. The resulting impasse — and tension — has led to both parties exploring sign-and-trade options while Bledsoe himself inches closer to playing next season on a $3.7 million qualifier that would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent in July 2015.Going the latter route would be an undeniable risk for Bledsoe, coming off a second knee surgery that limited him to 43 games last season, but make no mistake: Phoenix would be facing tremendous risk here as well. Should Bledsoe decide to sign the qualifying offer, as appears increasingly likely if no sign-and-trade materializes, Bledsoe can’t be traded without his consent for the whole season … and would instantly set himself up to join Dragic as an unrestricted free agent next summer.”"

Florida’s home opener against Idaho was rained out after just one play last Saturday night. But, that was enough for 3 suspended Gators, who will suit up for UF’s second game this upcoming Saturday. writes:

"“Muschamp said Saturday that defensive linemen Jay-Nard Bostwick and Darious Cummings violated team rules, while wide receiver Demarcus Robinson was being punished for a ‘university sanction that is now resolved.’”"