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Five Wildcats Named Preseason All-SEC by Phil Steele CFB

Five Wildcats Named Preseason All-SEC by Phil Steele CFB

Posted on 03 June 2015 by Allen

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Five University of Kentucky football players were honored Tuesday by being named to Phil Steele’s 2015 Preseason All-Southeastern Conference Teams, including sophomore placekicker Austin MacGinnis, who was selected to the first team after his impressive redshirt freshman season last fall.

Joining MacGinnis with special teams honors was sophomore running back Boom Williams, who was named to the third team as a kickoff returner. Junior Jon Toth was named to the fourth-team offense at center, while senior linebacker Josh Forrest and senior defensive lineman Melvin Lewis were honored on the fourth-team defense.

A native of Wedowee, Ala., MacGinnis set six school records in his collegiate debut season, totaling 21 field goals, the most in Kentucky history. He had the most field goals in the SEC last fall, also leading all NCAA freshmen. MacGinnis finished with a school-record 104 points – equaling the SEC lead – and was one of only five kickers in the nation with three field goals of 50+ yards.

MacGinnis, who made a UK record 41 extra-point tries without a miss in 2014, set another school mark with the longest field goal in school history, a 54-yard boot at Tennessee. MacGinnis, who earned national placekicker of the week from the College Football Performance Awards after making four field goals at No. 22 Louisville, extending his school-record streak of nine consecutive field goals made. He also set a school record with 25 touchbacks on kickoffs in 2014.

Williams, who was named to The Sporting News All-True Freshman Team last season, led Kentucky in kickoff returns with 19 returns for 511 yards and a 26.9 average. Williams ranked second in the nation among true freshmen in kickoff return average, checking in 11th overall. Williams’ longest return of the season was 75 yards against ULM, marking the longest kickoff return for Kentucky since 2009. A native of Monroe, Ga., Williams led Kentucky in all-purpose yards with 1,159, averaging 115.9 yards per game. That total ranked him 59th nationally and sixth among freshmen.

On the offensive side of the ball, Williams led Kentucky in rushing with 486 yards and five touchdowns, including a very impressive 6.6 yards per carry. Williams was one of only 10 players in the nation who had three touchdown rushes of 50+ yards in 2014. The George Walton Academy product had a career-best 126 yards and two touchdowns at Louisville. Williams also caught 17 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown.

Toth, a native of Indianapolis and one of four returning starters on the offensive line, will enter his junior campaign with 23 consecutive starts under his belt. Last season he started all 12 games and was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week in the season-opening win over Miami (Ohio) as he helped the Wildcats roll up 59 points and 656 yards. The 656 yards were the fourth-highest single-game mark in school history. With Toth’s help, UK improved from 20 points per game in 2013 to 29 points per game in 2014. He also helped quarterback Patrick Towles account for more than 3,000 yards of total offense last season — joining Tim Couch, Dusty Bonner and Jared Lorenzen as the only players in school history to top the 3,000-yard mark in their first season as a starter.

As a freshman, Toth was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team by league coaches after helping three different UK players rush for 400-plus yards. Last month, Toth was named Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List.

Forrest, who was named third-team All-SEC last season by the publication, led the Wildcats in tackles last year with 110, adding eight tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and one fumble forced. The native of Paducah, Ky., ranked fourth in the conference in total tackles and 36th nationally, while sitting second in the league in solo tackles.

The season was a breakout year for Forrest, who entered 2014 with 29 career tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and zero sacks. Forrest had five double-figure tackle games on the year, including a career-high 20 against Tennessee – the first time a UK player had 20 or more tackles since 2012 – and an impressive 15 tackles in UK’s comeback win over South Carolina. Against Louisiana-Monroe, Forrest grabbed an interception and returned it for a touchdown.

Lewis had a great season last year in his first with the Wildcats, starting all 12 games after sitting out the 2013 season with a redshirt. The native of Compton, Calif., recorded 37 tackles on the year with 2.5 tackles for loss and one-half sack. Lewis forced a fumble and helped Kentucky’s pass rush attack as a great compliment to 2015 NFL Draft picks Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith on the inside.

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Jon Toth Named to Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List

Jon Toth Named to Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List

Posted on 20 May 2015 by Allen

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Kentucky football center Jon Toth (pronounced TOETH, long “o” sound) has been named to the 2015 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List, the Rimington Trophy Committee announced on Tuesday.

Toth, a native of Indianapolis and one of four returning starters on the offensive line, will enter his junior campaign with 23 consecutive starts under his belt. Last season he started in all 12 games and was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week in the season-opening win over Miami (Ohio) as he helped the Cats roll up 59 points and 656 yards; the 656 yards is the fourth-highest single-game mark in school history. With Toth’s help, UK improved from 20 points per game in 2013 to 29 ppg in 2014. He also helped quarterback Patrick Towles account for more than 3,000 yards of total offense last season – joining Tim Couch, Dusty Bonner and Jared Lorenzen as the only players in school history to top the 3,000-yard mark in their first season as a starter.

As a freshman, Toth was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team by league coaches after helping three different UK players rush for 400-plus yards.
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.6 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The 14-year-old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $115 million for CF Research.

Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy’s only double winner as the nation’s finest college interior lineman. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com.

Season tickets for the 2015 season are available through ukfootballtix.com and the UK Ticket Office. All season ticket holders are also able to purchase additional single-game tickets at exclusive rates until July 1 through their My UK Account or by calling the UK Ticket Office at 800-928-2287. Tickets will be assigned according to K Fund priority rankings and will be based on seating availability.

Single-game and away game tickets will be available to the general public later this summer. To be notified via email when those tickets go on sale, non-season ticket holders should call the UK Ticket Office to create a ticket account and be added to the football email list.

UK will kick off the 2015 season on Sept. 5 vs. UL Lafayette for the grand opening of The New CWS. The new home of Kentucky football will make its debut this fall following a $120 million renovation.

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Cats thump the Hogs, 16-4

Cats thump the Hogs, 16-4

Posted on 12 April 2015 by Allen

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The University of Arkansas baseball team (19-16, 6-8) gave up three runs in the first inning Saturday evening and never recovered, falling 16-4 as Kentucky (19-14, 5-8) evened the series at Baum Stadium.

The Wildcats came out firing in the first inning, using a pair of walks and three singles to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Kentucky added another huge offensive spurt with seven runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach.

Arkansas managed to score a run in the sixth inning when Clark Eagan was hit by a pitch and came around to score on an error for the Razorbacks’ first run of the night.

Arkansas added two more runs in the eighth inning as Luke Bonfield recorded an RBI, before Carson Shaddy capped the scoring in the ninth inning, lining an RBI single to left field in a 16-4 loss.

Joe Serrano, Brett McAfee and Rick Nomura all recorded doubles in the game, while Andrew Benintendi extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the eighth inning.

Arkansas will go for its fourth consecutive SEC series win on Sunday afternoon with first pitch set for 12:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium.

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UK Passing Game Shines in Saturday Scrimmage

UK Passing Game Shines in Saturday Scrimmage

Posted on 11 April 2015 by Allen

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With Kentucky entering the home stretch of spring practice, Mark Stoops challenged his team.

The Wildcats would have four practices and Stoops knew they would need to have a good week to carry momentum into the summer.

They responded.

“I felt like it was the most consistent week we’ve had in a while with all the things we’re doing,” Stoops said. “The practices, what we’re doing off the field, just with the accountability and dependability of our guys, whether it be academically and taking care of their business. I felt like we had a good week.”

The good week culminated with a scrimmage on Saturday open to the public. In front of a big crowd at the Tim Couch Practice Fields and with perfect weather, UK had a competitive session of a little more than 90 minutes.

“The scrimmage today, overall was pleased,” Stoops said. “Obviously it’s not always pretty. We’re a little watered down. I wish we could get it more at full strength at certain positions, but you still see the progress. I thought offensively they moved the ball some, and defensively came up with some stops and big plays at times.”

The big plays weren’t limited to the defensive side of the ball.

Whether Patrick Towles or Drew Barker was leading the offense, it was clear the vertical passing game is a priority under new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson. Towles hit a pair of deep balls, one to Blake Bone for 47 yards another to Thaddeus Snodgrass for 50 yards.

“You gotta be able to throw the ball vertical,” Towles said. “You gotta be able to stretch them when they’re stacking the box in this league and there was times last year we just couldn’t do that. We either didn’t have the personnel or didn’t make a good throw, but that’s definitely an emphasis of Coach Dawson’s offense.”

Towles added a pair of touchdown passes — a 23-yarder to Cameron Fogle and a 15-yard strike to Rashad Cunningham — in demonstrating the kind of improvement Stoops is looking for out of his 2014 starter.

“It’s confidence-building for me to go out there and play like I did today,” Towles said. “I gotta be consistent with that.”

Barker, Towles’ competition for the starting job, is going through a similar process. The redshirt freshman made plenty of big plays of his own, most notably a 42-yard touchdown to Thaddeus Snodgrass on a play-action pass and a perfect throw over the middle to C.J. Conrad that Towles called the best of the day for either quarterback. That play covered 32 yards.

“One of us is going to go out there and play and other one’s going to root for that one,” Towles said. “So if it’s Drew, then I’m going to be his number one fan. If it’s me, I’m sure Drew would say the same thing. I love seeing him succeed and I love seeing him play well. It motivates me and increases my confidence.”

Conrad’s presence is helping the confidence of both quarterbacks. The tight end, who graduated high school early and enrolled in January, is adding a new dimension to the UK attack.

“You guys saw it today, have heard people talk about it this spring that he’s a guy that the sky’s the limit for him,” Stoops said. “He’s a great kid; he works extremely hard. He does everything right on the field, off the field and he’s a great student. He made some big plays today and he’s going to be a guy who plays an awful lot of snaps for us.”

UK was without a few more passing-game threats who figure to play plenty of snaps themselves. Wide receivers Ryan Timmons, Dorian Baker and Alex Montgomery sat out due to injury, but the offense continued to function.

“The guys that are in there are making a lot of plays and I’m fully confident with the guys we got that are playing right now,” Towles said. “It’s going to help them add some depth when those guys are coming.”

Along the offensive line, UK is at full strength. The group protected well and paved the way for dynamic running back Stanley “Boom” Williams, who got plenty of work with Jojo Kemp and Mikel Horton sidelined due to illness and an ankle sprain, respectively.

“They’re more confident up there,” Towles said. “I’m more confident in them. (Center) Jon (Toth) is doing a phenomenal job of getting everything blocked up. Usually if there’s a sack out there it’s on us because we’re not getting rid of the ball or doing something. So they’re playing phenomenal. I cannot ask for anything from those guys and I look forward to them to continue to improve.”

UK’s defense had its moments as well, including a pair of interceptions by Josh Forrest. The athletic linebacker continues to excel in pass coverage — he had a pass breakup along with the two pickoffs — but Stoops is asking for him to develop against the run.

“We’re still not quite as deep as we need to be where you could go scrimmage so many times, but you do see some bad plays stick out in the run game when we go live,” Stoops said. “He had a few missed tackles in there. So that’s where he knows he needs to improve, but he has great range and he’s very good in space and can make some big plays in the pass game. We’ve just got to be more consistent. That’s a lot of guys.”

Consistency continues to be a buzzword with Stoops, but it doesn’t cloud the fact that he has an improving team in his third season in Lexington.

“I still like the direction where we’re headed,” Stoops said. “I like the balance of our offense. I felt like we’re getting better at throwing the ball down the field. We need to continue to get back at full strength at the receiver position. When that happens I think you’ll see us take another big step forward with what we’re doing.

“Again, just pleased. We have a long way to go, we have a lot of work to do, but this team is starting to grow a little bit.”

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Kentucky hosts Pro Day

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Kentucky hosts Pro Day

Posted on 12 March 2015 by Allen

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The 2015 University of Kentucky football seniors put their physical abilities on display Thursday morning at the Nutter Field House as the UK football team hosted its annual Pro Day workouts for professional scouts.

Representatives of 26 National Football League teams, spanning 36 scouts and three head coaches, put the Wildcats through the workout. The group of seniors, who helped Kentucky earn five wins last season, were tested in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, agility drills, various position-specific drills and weightlifting.

“Today’s a little bit more like some of the old days,” UK head coach Mark Stoops said. “I was at Miami (Fla.) and Florida State and its good to start getting some head coaches in here and general managers.”

Several of the players, including defensive end/linebacker Bud Dupree, defensive end Za’Darius Smith, offensive lineman Darrian Miller and running back Braylon Heard, had already worked out in February at the official NFL combine. All three players participated in workouts Thursday, going through several different drills. Dupree is projected as a first-round pick, while Smith has been projected as a third-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Dupree and Smith headlined a group of defensive lineman/linebackers working out that also included Mike Evans-Douglas and TraVaughn Paschal. Heard was joined in the running back group by fullback D.J. Warren and 2013 seniors Ray Sanders and Jonathan George. Miller was the only offensive lineman working out, while Steven Borden and Ronnie Shields were the two tight ends going through drills. Javess Blue and Demarco Robinson were the lone wide receivers, while Eric Dixon, Ashely Lowery and Nate Willis were the three secondary players participating. Kicker Craig McIntosh, who was a senior in 2012, was also at the event.

Stoops emphasized that Thursday was all about the players that were going through the workouts and for them to showcase their abilities, however, many of the current Wildcats also attended.

“I think it’s very important, that’s what you want to see,” Stoops said about the current players coming over to watch the event. “You’ve heard me talk about this before that these guys did things right on the field and off the field and that’s why they’re in the position that they’re in. It’s great for our young players to see that.”

A majority of the players that went through workouts Thursday stayed in Lexington after the completion of the 2014 season to work with UK high performance coordinator Erik Korem and head strength and conditioning coach Corey Edmond. Stoops said that shows him UK is doing things the right way.

“I definitely think that’s a very big compliment to what we’re doing here,” Stoops said. “The norm for other high draft picks is to leave campus and go somewhere and train. People are going around the country and training with some of these guys and our guys have stayed here. It started with Avery (Williamson). Avery staying and working with Coach Korem and Coach Edmond, and seeing the results that Avery did, it opened the eyes of our other guys. They can save a lot of money and get better training and stay right here and be with our guys. I know they’re very excited about it and proud of the work that they’ve done.”

Kentucky will now turn its attention to continuing spring practice once spring break is over.

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UT can’t hang with the #1 Cats

UT can’t hang with the #1 Cats

Posted on 18 February 2015 by Allen

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Tennessee showed the grit and determination it has shown all season on Tuesday night. The undersized and undermanned Vols battled the top-ranked team in the nation before dropping a 66-48 decision before a sold-out Thompson-Boling Arena.

#1 Kentucky moved to 26-0 on the season — its best start in school history — and 13-0 in the SEC. The Vols fell to 14-11 overall and 6-7 in the SEC.

Junior Kevin Punter led the Vols with 14 points, while senior Josh Richardson tallied 10.

Kentucky was led by Devin Booker, who netted 18 points, despite shooting 5-of-16 from the floor and 2-of-9 from 3-point range. Andrew Harrison added 14 points.

Tennessee’s defense played havoc with Kentucky all night. The Wildcats shot just 41.5 percent from the floor including 37.5 in the second half. Kentucky made 5-of-22 3-pointers, 1-of-9 in the second half.

The Vols were within seven points for the game’s first 31 minutes. They cut their deficit to four points on three different occasions midway through the second half, bringing the crowd to a fever pitch. Punter finished a layup off a baseball pass from Richardson with nine minutes left to bring the Vols to within 48-44.

Kentucky took firm control with a 10-0 run to take the first double-figure lead of the game with less than seven minutes to go on a Karl-Anthony Towns 3-point play. The layup, which was Towns’ first attempt of the game, extended the Wildcats lead to 55-44 with 6:54 left in the game. Trey Lyles’ putback with five minutes put UK up 58-44.

Kentucky finished the game outscoring Tennessee 18-4 over the final nine minutes.

UK took its first seven-point lead on a Cauley-Stein dunk with 17:20 left in regulation at 40-33.

The Vols hung close for the first half, leading with less than three minutes to go. Kentucky hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 43 seconds to take a 35-31 lead into the locker room. The game was tied on five different occasions over the final 10 minutes as the Vols shot 54.2 from the floor with Punter leading the way with eight points.

Tennessee received big first-half contributions from unlikely sources in Devon Baulkman (6 points) and Tariq Owens (5 points). Owens had nine points total in 11 SEC games this season coming into the game.

Booker led all scorers with 11 points in the first half.

The undersized Vols outrebounded Kentucky 15-13 in the first half.

The Vols are now 4-13 all-time against the top-ranked team in the nation with the four wins coming in the last nine games vs. #1 teams, all since 1966.

Kentucky leads the all-time series 151-67. The 67 wins are the most by any opponent vs. the Wildcats all-time.

The Vols return to action on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Ole Miss. Action tips at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPNU and heard on the Vol Network.

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Buh Joins Kentucky Staff

Buh Joins Kentucky Staff

Posted on 05 February 2015 by Allen

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Andy Buh, who has been defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator at Stanford, Nevada and California, and also coached for a Big Ten champion at Wisconsin, has joined the Kentucky football staff, Coach Mark Stoops announced Wednesday.

“I was looking for a specific fit for this position,” Stoops said. “I wanted someone with defensive coordinator experience who has won on a high level. I’m very pleased with Andy’s level of experience. I believe he’ll be a great asset to our program and defensive staff.”

Stoops said that Buh will coach outside linebackers. Stoops also noted that responsibilities for the various special teams units will be spread among the Wildcat coaches.

Buh’s coaching legacy includes helping engineer major turnarounds at Stanford and Nevada, making four consecutive bowl appearances from 2009-12 and sending numerous players to the National Football League.

Buh (pronounced same as “boo”) coached most recently at the University of California, where he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2013. The Golden Bear defense was ravaged by injuries that year as 16 players from the team’s preseason two-deep were sidelined for a total of 109 games. A highlight was the performance of defensive lineman Deandre Coleman, who earned third-team All-Pac-12 honors and just finished his rookie season with the Miami Dolphins.

Buh was the linebackers coach at Wisconsin in 2012 and the UW defense ranked in the nation’s top 25 in several statistical categories. The Badgers were 15th in the nation in total defense (322.6 yards per game), 17th in scoring defense (19.1 points per game), 22nd in pass efficiency defense and 24th in rushing defense. Wisconsin was even better during the regular-season Big Ten contests, allowing just 18.3 points per game to rank second in the league.

Individually, Wisconsin linebacker Mike Taylor had 123 tackles and ranked 25th in the nation in total stops. Linebacker Chris Borland received All-Big Ten honors. Borland currently plays for the San Francisco 49ers and Taylor is a member of the reserve squad for the Seattle Seahawks.

Prior to Wisconsin, Buh was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Nevada in 2010-11. In his first season, Buh helped lead Nevada to arguably the greatest season in school history with a 13-1 record, tying for the Western Athletic Conference championship and defeating Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Nevada ranked 31st in the nation in scoring defense (21.4 ppg) and 18th nationally in rushing defense at 120.3 yards per game. The Wolf Pack rated 24th nationally in sacks with 35 QB takedowns, 2.5 per game. Defensive end Dontay Moch had 22 tackles for loss, leading the WAC and rating 10th nationally with 1.57 TFL per game. Moch was a third-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals and currently plays for the Tennessee Titans.

The Wolf Pack went 7-6 in his first season and played No. 22-ranked Southern Mississippi in the Hawaii Bowl, limiting the nation’s No. 15 scoring offense to 13 points and 125 yards below its season average. Nevada was led by first-team All-America defensive tackle Brett Roy, who had 18.5 tackles for loss, pacing the WAC and ranking 12th nationally with 1.4 TFL per game. Included were 10 quarterback sacks, with Roy ranking second in the WAC and 13th in the country at 0.77 per game.

Buh’s success came after inheriting a unit that had ranked 96th and 91st nationally in total defense in 2008 and ’09, respectively, the two seasons before his arrival. In his two years at Nevada, the Wolf Pack was 54th in the country in total defense in 2010 and 52nd in 2011.

Buh also was part of a major turnaround during his term at Stanford. He was linebackers coach in 2007 for a team that had gone 1-11 the year before. The 2007 squad improved to four wins, including one of the greatest upsets in college football history – as a 41-point underdog, the Cardinal scored a 24-23 road victory at Southern California. Buh was promoted by then-head coach Jim Harbaugh to co-defensive coordinator for his final two seasons.

In his first year as co-defensive coordinator, Stanford ranked 11th nationally in quarterback sacks and improved to five wins. Three Cardinal defenders were named All-Pac-12. In 2009, Stanford played in the Sun Bowl, the school’s first bowl appearance since 2001, and had four players receive All-Pac-12 honors, including NFL All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.

A native of Escondido, Calif., Buh played linebacker for two seasons at Palomar College, where he helped the team to a share of the 1991 Junior College Grid-Wire national championship as a freshman. He was a junior-college All-American as a sophomore.

Buh went on to play at Nevada in 1993-94 and was a part of a Big West championship team as a senior. He graduated with a degree in physical education and began his coaching career at his high school alma mater, Orange Glen HS, in 1996.

Buh entered the collegiate coaching ranks at Nevada as a graduate assistant in 1997-98 and coached defensive backs and special teams in ’99. He was a defensive administrative assistant at California in 2000-01.

Buh coached linebackers at San Diego State at 2002-05. During his time with the Aztecs, Buh coached four players who went on to the NFL, including Kirk Morrison, a first-team All-American, two-time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-MWC selection. Morrison went on to play eight years in the NFL. Buh coached one season at Fresno State before going to Stanford.

“I jumped at the opportunity to be part of Mark Stoops’ staff,” Buh said about his desire to join the Wildcats. “He’s one of the best defensive coaches in the country and has had remarkable success on that side of the ball.

“I also wanted a chance to coach in the SEC, a premier conference. We’re excited to move to Lexington as my wife is from that part of the country.”

Buh’s wife, Kelly, is a native of New Albany, Ind. They have two sons, Luke and Logan.

Buh College Coaching File
Years School Position
1997-98 Nevada Graduate Assistant
1999 Nevada Defensive Backs, Special Teams
2000-01 California Defensive Administrative Assistant
2002-05 San Diego State Linebackers
2006 Fresno State Graduate Assistant
2007 Stanford Linebackers
2008-09 Stanford Co-Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
2010-11 Nevada Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
2012 Wisconsin Linebackers
2013 California Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
2015-present Kentucky Outside Linebackers

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Six Freshman enroll early to join UK Football Program

Six Freshman enroll early to join UK Football Program

Posted on 22 January 2015 by Allen

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Six new Wildcats have enrolled at the University of Kentucky and joined the Wildcat football program, Coach Mark Stoops announced Wednesday.

The mid-year enrollees are four high school stars who graduated in December – offensive lineman George Asafo-Adjei, tight end C.J. Conrad, defensive end Kengera Daniel and linebacker Jordan Jones – along with a pair of transfers from the University of Nebraska, tight end Greg Hart and linebacker Courtney Love.

All six players will count toward the 2015 signing class. They will go through the off-season high performance program and participate in spring practice.

George Asafo-Adjei, Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 315, Fr-HS, West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West) -Physical offensive line prospect who brings SEC size to the Bluegrass out of Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio … Two-year starter on the offensive line and also played some on the defense line … Four-star prospect by 247sports.com and three-star player by Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.com … Scout.com ranks him the 27th-best offensive guard in the class of 2015 and the second best in the state of Ohio … Rivals.com and 247Sports.com rank him the No. 21 overall prospect in the state of Ohio … Scout.com says he is a “natural bender with the ability to pull and reach his target while keeping balance and getting great explosion from the hips along with his physical size and strength to overpower defenders” … Was a 2014 All-Ohio first-team selection … First-team All-Southwest Ohio in 2013 and 2014 … Also first-team Greater Miami Conference … Participated in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January 2015 after being named a Semper Fidelis All-American … Named the Anthony Munoz Foundation Offensive Lineman of the Year this past season … Blocking helped guide Lakota West to the Elite 8 of the state playoffs as a senior, the best finish in school history … His pass protection helped the team shatter the school’s single-season passing record in 2014 … Coached by Larry Cox … “George’s success had a direct correlation with his character,” Cox said. “As great a football player he is, he is an even better human being. He is the hardest worker and strongest player we have had here in this program and that is broad ranging because I have players that have started for Texas, Alabama and Ohio State. He has only been playing football since his freshman season and has just scratched the surface of his potential. The sky is the limit for him and it has been very rewarding for me to see him go from a first-time player his freshman season to a High School All-American” … Asafo-Adjei will rejoin former Lakota West teammates Mikel Horton and Kyle Meadows at UK … Also wrestled in high school one season, winning several varsity meets … Chose Kentucky over Louisville, Florida, Ohio State and Nebraska.
Personal: Born in the Bronx, N.Y. … Last name pronounced “ah-SAH-fo ah-JAY” … Son of Kate Boadi … Major is undecided.

Coach Stoops says: “George is an extremely physical player and has the stature you look for in an offensive lineman. He’s also very athletic for a player his size.”

C.J. Conrad, Tight End, 6-5, 245, Fr-HS, LaGrange, Ohio (Keystone) – An athletic and explosive tight end … A four-star prospect by Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … Three-star player by ESPN.com … Considered by all four services to be one of the best tight end prospects in the nation, including ranked seventh by Scout.com, who says he “naturally catches the football well and tracks it and adjusts to passes” … Helped lead his team to a conference championship in 2013, the first for the school since 1971 … In 2014, Keystone went 8-2 and qualified for the Division IV playoffs for the first time in school history … Lettered all four years and on top of playing tight end also played free safety, defensive end and split end his freshman and sophomore seasons … Started varsity midway through his freshman season and ended his career with 180 catches for 2,436 yards, 32 receiving touchdowns and two punt returns for a touchdown … Senior season ended with 55 receptions for 752 yards, 10 receiving touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and one punt return for a TD … Included in those stats was an impressive performance in the school’s first-ever playoff game, making nine catches for 114 yards and one touchdown, adding 12 tackles and two sacks on defense … Had 47 catches for 579 yards and six receiving touchdowns as a junior and 59 catches for 924 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore … On the defensive side, he had 170 career tackles and six interceptions … Participated in the 2014 Columbus Nike Football Training Camp and won the MVP award for the tight ends and receivers group … Earned an invitation to Nike’s exclusive The Opening 2014 … Was awarded the annual Lorain County Golden Helmet Award, which is presented to the county’s top senior football player … Only the second player in school history to earn the award, with the last coming in 1972 … He was named 2014 All-Ohio second team, and the 2014 All-Northeast Lakes District, All-Lorain County and All-Patriot Athletic Conference first teams … Named the PAC’s Offensive Player of the Year and earned a PAC Scholar-Athlete Award … All-Ohio special mention his junior season and All-Ohio third team his sophomore season … Coached by Rob Clarico, who said, “C.J. is blessed with a lot of physical talent and add on his work ethic and that makes him a very special player. He is a natural leader and really works at that, but also spends time developing his craft. He never misses a workout and put in a lot of extra time to become a better player throughout the year” … A four-year varsity letterman in basketball, helping the team to the conference championship his freshman season and earning several all-county, all-conference and all-district honors … Honor roll student that was named to the scholar-athlete list every season, keeping a 3.5 GPA or higher … Chose Kentucky over Ole Miss, Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas and Duke.
Personal: Born in Fairview, Ohio … Son of Mike and Lois Conrad … Both played basketball at Tiffin University in Ohio … Plans a major in business.

Coach Stoops says: “We’re very pleased to have C.J. He can be a complete tight end. He has great size and will continue to develop. He’s a good pass catcher who can make plays in space.”

Kengera Daniel, Defensive End, 6-5, 250, Fr-HS, Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook) – Defensive end prospect only began playing football in high school and shows plenty of potential … Battled injuries in high school that limited his stats but still posted 65 tackles and 19 sacks in 2014 … Had 13 sacks and one interception in limited time in 2013 … A three-star recruit by all four major recruiting databases … Scout.com ranks him the fourth-best defensive end prospect in the state of North Carolina, while Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and ESPN.com all rank him a top-25 player in the state of North Carolina … Versatile athlete played defensive end, linebacker, tight end and fullback in high school … Two-year letterman who helped his team break the school’s single-season sack record in 2014 … Guided Millbrook to finish second in the conference and advance to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs … Best career game came against Heritage High School when he had 12 solo tackles, including five tackles for loss and two sacks … The Fayetteville Observer named him the No. 16 best recruit in August 2014, saying “Daniel is a pure speed rusher who comes off the edge like a rocket … and once he gets his big hands on a ballcarrier, they’re going nowhere but to the ground” … High school head coach Clarence Inscore said, “First off, he is the ultimate team player and did everything that we ever asked of him, as you can tell by him playing defensive end, linebacker, tight end and fullback. He played defensive end mainly last year but we did put him in at tight end some and he caught a touchdown pass, which shows you how athletic he is. I think his best football is in front of him because he has only been playing football for three years and he is improving every day” … All-around athlete also lettered two years in basketball at center/power forward … Honor-roll student … Was very active outside of athletics, working with an outreach club in high school that spent time over at a local middle school tutoring … Chose Kentucky over Louisville, NC State, Virginia and Alabama.
Personal: Born in Coral Springs, Fla. … Name is pronounced “ken-JAIR-ah” (jair like hair with a “j” sound) … Son of Gerald and Kenyatta Daniel … Plans a major in biosystems engineering.

Coach Stoops says: “Kengera has great physical presence, with length and speed. He is extremely disruptive as he has the ability to create negative-yardage plays.”

Greg Hart, Tight End, 6-5, 240, So-Tr, Dayton, Ohio (Archbishop Alter/Nebraska) -

At Nebraska: Played in nine game in 2014, mostly on special teams … Redshirted his first year with the Huskers … Named to Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2014 and Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014 … Coached by Bo Pelini … Active in the community, volunteered his time with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline and several local hospitals, elementary school and community rec centers while at Nebraska.

High School: Was a standout two-way player at Archbishop Alter High School in Dayton … Behind his efforts, Archbishop Alter posted an 8-2-1 record in 2012 and reached the first round of the state playoffs … Ended his senior season with better than 30 receptions for approximately 300 yards and three touchdowns … All-around athlete who also played defensive end and had better than 60 tackles, including a league-leading 10 sacks and an interception … Earned conference defensive lineman of the year honors and was a Division III All-Ohio choice … Impressive junior season, helping the team to a 10-1 record … Alter ended regular season with a perfect record in 2011 before losing in the first round of the state playoffs … Coached by Ed Domsitz … Coming out of high school, he was regarded as one of the top 30 tight end prospects in the country and one of the top 40 overall prospects in the state of Ohio.

Personal: Born in Kettering, Ohio … Son of Thomas and Linda Hart … Plans a major in finance/marketing.

Coach Stoops says: “Greg has the size and toughness needed to play tight end. He also brings some good experience from his two seasons at Nebraska.”

Jordan Jones, Linebacker, 6-2, 215, Fr-HS, Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney) – A four-star prospect by Scout.com and three-star recruit by 247Sports.com, ESPN.com and Rivals.com … A top-20 player in the state of Ohio by 247Sports.com and ESPN … Ranked as one of the top 40 best outside linebackers in the class by all four databases … Strong senior season with 185 tackles, including 10 sacks, five fumbles forced and four fumbles recovered … Also had a great junior season with 123 tackles, 10 sacks, five fumbles forced, three fumbles returned for touchdowns and 27 tackles for loss … Was named to Big 22 Class of 2014, which honors the best 22 players in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania … Named first-team All-Ohio Division IV as a junior and senior … Was 2014 Division IV Defensive Player of the Year … Started at linebacker and tailback in his two years at Cardinal Mooney … Head coach was P.J. Fecko … High school defensive coordinator Chris Amill said, “Jordan is a hard worker, probably the hardest worker that we have had come through Mooney. His explosiveness is really what stands out to me. He can move from sideline to sideline with ease and can gain on you in the blink of an eye, which should really help him at the next level. He is a special player because even if he does make a little mistake, his athletic ability, speed, quickness, explosiveness and relentlessness will make up for it” … Played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Reynoldsburg HS in Columbus, Ohio, starting at running back both years … Also ran track two years at Reynoldsburg, competing in the 100- and 400-meter dashes … Played three years of basketball as a power forward … Picked Kentucky after considering Miami (Fla.), Michigan State and Oklahoma.
Personal: Born in Columbus, Ohio … Son of Robert Jones and Vanessa Lang … Robert played defensive end at Ohio State during his collegiate days … Plans a major in marketing or communications.

Coach Stoops says: “Being from Cardinal Mooney (Coach Stoops’ high school), Jordan is a player I’ve watched grow up. He has the size and speed you’re looking for in a linebacker.”

Courtney Love, Linebacker, 6-1, 240, So-Tr, Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney/Nebraska) -

At Nebraska: Played in 12 games in 2014 with six total tackles, including one tackle for loss … Sat out the 2013 season as a redshirt … Was a standout on the practice field and earned Scout Team Defensive MVP honors that season … Coached by Bo Pelini … Also earned a 2014 Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award and named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team … Was active in the community, volunteering his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, Make-A-Wish, Husker Hotline, and local hospital and community rec center outreach events.

High School: A two-time All-Ohio selection at Cardinal Mooney High School who posted impressive numbers as a senior, registering 110 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and nine sacks … Also forced four fumbles and had two pass breakups, despite missing one game because of injury … Was honored for his efforts as a first-team Division III All-Ohio selection for the second straight year … Played a key role in Cardinal Mooney winning the Division III state title his junior season, recording 130 tackles with seven sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … Was Mooney’s leading tackler in the state title game victory over Springfield Shawnee … Strong junior season in 20111 led to first-team All-Ohio honors and Division III Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Year recognition … Was regarded as one of the nation’s top 30 linebackers by multiple recruiting services and was listed among the top 30 overall prospects in the state of Ohio … Coached by P.J. Fecko … Initially chose Nebraska over Florida State, Ohio State, USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Illinois and Indiana … Rejoins former high school teammate Marcus McWilson at UK.

Personal: Born in Youngstown, Ohio … Son of Cory Love … Plans a major in business administration.

Coach Stoops says: “Like Jordan Jones, Courtney is a player I’ve watched grow up and we welcome him to our program. He has the size and physical presence to be an inside linebacker.”

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Former Cats shine in NFL

Former Cats shine in NFL

Posted on 20 January 2015 by Allen

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After totaling career highs in catches (91), yards (1,287) and receiving touchdowns (12), former Kentucky star Randall Cobb has been named to the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl Roster, it was announced.

A UK star quarterback/wide receiver from 2008-10, Cobb finished his 2014 season ranked ninth in the NFL In catches, 11th in receiving yards and tied for fourth in receiving touchdowns. Cobb played in all 16 games, with a career-long catch of 70 yards, also rushing 11 times for 37 yards. Cobb’s best game of the year came in an 11-catch, 131-yard outing in week 16 at Tampa Bay, also going for 10 catches and 120 yards vs. Philadelphia. In two games in the 2015 NFL postseason, Cobb totaled 15 catches for 178 yards and one TD.

In his four-year NFL career, Cobb has 227 catches for 3,049 yards, totaling 25 receiving touchdowns. He has three kick-returns for TDs, including two punt returns.

Cobb is the first former UK player to earn a spot on the Pro Bowl since Dermontti Dawson in 1998. Kentucky has been represented in the Pro Bowl a total of 46 times.

UK in Pro Bowl – # of Selections
George Blanda (QB) – 4
Randall Cobb (WR) – 1
Dermontti Dawson (OL) – 7
Frank Fuller (DL) – 1
Bob Gain (DL) – 5
Irv Goode (DB) – 2
John Grimsley (LB) – 1
Frank LeMaster (LB) – 1
Lou Michaels (DE/K) – 2
Babe Parilli (QB) – 3
Art Still (DE) – 4
Bob Talamini (G) – 6
Harry Ulinski (C) – 1
Jeff Van Note (OL) – 5

MATTHEWS, SEAHAWKS ADVANCE TO SUPER BOWL: Former Kentucky wide receiver Chris Matthews had a key onside kick recovery in the NFC Championship Game win over the Green Bay Packers, helping the Seattle Seahawks advance to Super Bowl XLIX.

A UK standout from 2009-10, Matthews hauled in an onside kick late in the fourth quarter to help spur the Seahawks to an improbable comeback win over the Packers. Matthews played in three regular-season games for Seattle, before emerging with the heroic play in the NFC Championship.

During his UK career, Matthews caught 93 passes for 1,279 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a junior, he caught 32 balls for 354 yards and three TDs, before having a breakout senior season in 2010, with 61 catches for 925 yards and nine TDs.

Kentucky has been represented a total of 39 times in the Super Bowl, including three Wildcats on the Denver Broncos in 2014, including Danny Trevathan, Jacob Tamme and Wesley Woodyard.

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Art Still Named to College Football Hall of Fame

Art Still Named to College Football Hall of Fame

Posted on 09 January 2015 by Allen

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Art Still, whose dominance at defensive end helped lead Kentucky to some of its greatest moments in school history, has been named to the College Football Hall of Fame as announced Friday by the National Football Foundation.

The announcement was held in Dallas, Texas, at the Renaissance Hotel, in conjunction with events surrounding the upcoming national championship game. The ceremony was hosted by NFF Chairman Archie Manning and Rece Davis of ESPN.

“It’s humbling to be selected because I didn’t do it alone,” Still said. “It’s a compliment to all the guys I played with and the coaches.”

Originally from Camden, N.J., Still played at Kentucky from 1974-77 under Coach Fran Curci. Still helped the Wildcats to a 19-4 record in his final two seasons. UK went 9-3 in his junior year, winning a share of the Southeastern Conference championship, and capped the season with a 21-0 blanking of North Carolina in the Peach Bowl. The Cats were ranked 18th in the final Associated Press poll.

UK posted a 10-1 mark in his senior season, finishing the campaign No. 6 in the final AP ranking. The Wildcats went 7-3 against Top-20 ranked teams his last two seasons, winning the last five in a row vs. ranked foes Florida, North Carolina, West Virginia, at Penn State and at LSU. Paced by Still’s dominating performances, Kentucky led the SEC in total defense and rushing defense.

Still was a four-year starter who totaled 327 tackles during his career, an amazing figure for a defensive end. Quarterback sacks were not kept during his career and tackles for loss are available only for his senior year, when he compiled 22 TFL – a school record that “Still” stands.

One interesting fact about Still is that he also saw significant action on offense as a tight end in short-yardage or goalline situations, averaging approximately 15 plays per game and frequently helping pave the way for touchdowns or first downs. Kentucky rushed for 269.1 yards per game in 1976, the second-highest mark in school history, and rushed for 228.7 yards per game in 1977.

Still was a unanimous first-team All-America selection in 1977 as chosen by AP, United Press International, Football Writers Association of America, the American Football Coaches Association, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Walter Camp Football Foundation, The Sporting News and Football News.

Still was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and the UPI National Lineman of the Year. He was the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club of South Jersey College Player of the Year.

Still’s incredible performances inspired numerous memorable quotes during his collegiate days:

“He’s just a great player. He divides the field in half, and I tell my boys to run at the other half!”
– Hall of Fame Coach Charlie McClendon of LSU; Still earned Southeast Defensive Player of the Week honors twice vs. LSU

“The person who said Art Still covered one whole side of the field was right! He looked like a mountain out there! He might be as fine a defensive end as there is in the country … or a defensive player.”
– North Carolina Coach Bill Dooley after UK shut out the No. 19-ranked Tar Heels in the Peach Bowl

“He’s a very dominant player.”
– West Virginia Coach Frank Cignetti after UK defeated the No. 17-ranked Mountaineers

“I just feel Art is probably the best defensive end in the country, better than (eventual Hall of Famer) Ross Browner of Notre Dame. Anyway, I haven’t seen any end I’d take over him.”
– New York Jets assistant coach Carroll Huntress, whose thoughts were proved correct when Still was selected as the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft

“My word, you’re a big one, aren’t you?”
– Prince Charles of England, when the heir to the English throne met Art at a Kentucky game

On the conference level, Still was the SEC Senior Player of the Year by the Birmingham Touchdown Club and the UPI SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He was first-team All-SEC as a junior and senior.

Even with all the team success and the individual accolades, Still’s most cherished memories come from the friendships forged during his time at the University.

When asked his biggest thrill at Kentucky, Still said, “The sports side was nice but what I remember most are the relationships with my teammates and classmates. Where I came from in Camden, it was predominantly African-Americans and Puerto Ricans. (At UK) I learned how to deal with people from different environments, how to relate to people and treat people. We had players from all parts of the country and we learned to treat people the way we wanted to be treated.

“Teammates like Derrick Ramsey, Billy Williams, Mike Martin, Jerry Blanton, Dallas Owens. Coach Curci. (Strength coach) Pat Etcheberry, who set the foundation for discipline, weight training and speed. You take all those things – family, friends, teammates, coaches – and they made you a better person,” said Still, who cherishes his visits to Lexington when he and his teammates have their “Curci’s Cats” reunions.

Following his senior season, Still played in three national all-star games, including the East-West Shrine Game, the Hula Bowl and the Japan Bowl, where he was named the game’s Outstanding Defensive Player.

After being tabbed as the second pick of the first round of the 1978 NFL Draft (only behind Earl Campbell), Still went on to a record-setting 12-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection, set Kansas City records for most sacks in a career (73) and season (14.5, twice), and was second in team history in total tackles (992).

In addition to his latest honor, Still also has been chosen for the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and Peach Bowl Hall of Fame. He was named to the UK All-Time Teams for the 100th Year of Kentucky Football as selected by the Lexington Herald-Leader and Louisville Courier-Journal. He was also picked to the Quarter-Century All-SEC Team (1961-85) by the Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger. In 2002, he was named one of the Living Legends of the SEC.

Over the years, he has participated in numerous community service activities, such as Special Olympics, being a mentor in a Big Brothers program, Sickle Cell Foundation, Dare Program, etc. He is a member of the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors, an association of former Chiefs players who participate in service activities.

Still and his wife, Liz, live in Liberty, Mo. They have 11 children – four of whom are adopted – and 16 grandchildren.

Additional Wildcats in the College Football Hall of Fame include tackle Bob Gain (1947-50), quarterback Vito “Babe” Parilli (1949-51), end Steve Meilinger (1951-53), Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant (1946-53), tackle Lou Michaels (1955-57) and Jerry Claiborne, who played at UK in 1946, ’48-49 and was head coach of the Cats from 1982-89. Bernie Shively, who was athletic director at UK from 1938-67 and was head coach of the Cats in 1945, was inducted to the Hall of Fame in recognition of his playing days at Illinois.

Still will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on Dec. 8 in New York City during the National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner.

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Boom Williams Named to Sporting News All-True Freshman Team

Posted on 17 December 2014 by Allen

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University of Kentucky true freshman running back Stanley “Boom” Williams has been named to the Sporting News All-True Freshman Team as a kickoff return specialist for his strong rookie campaign for the Wildcats, it was announced on Wednesday.

Williams was one of three players from the Southeastern Conference to be named to the offensive team, joining Alabama offensive lineman Cameron Robinson and Arkansas offensive lineman Frank Ragnow. Seven SEC players were named to the defensive team, including Ole Miss defensive lineman Marquis Haynes, Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett, Tennessee defensive lineman Derek Barnett, Vanderbilt linebacker Nigel Bowden, Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor, LSU safety Jamal Adams and Alabama punter JK Scott.

A native of Monroe, Ga., Williams led Kentucky in kickoff returns with 19 returns for 511 yards and a 26.9 average. Williams ranks second in the nation among true freshman in kickoff return average, while he ranks 11th overall. Williams’ longest return of the season was 75 yards against ULM, marking the longest kickoff return for Kentucky since 2009.

On the offensive side of the ball, Williams led Kentucky in rushing with 488 yards and five touchdowns, including a very impressive 6.5 yards per carry. Williams was one of only 10 players in the nation who had three touchdown rushes of 50-yard plays in 2014. The George Walton Academy product had two 100-yard rushing games, including a career-best 126 yards and two touchdowns against Louisville. Williams also caught 17 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown.

All told, Williams led Kentucky in all-purpose yards with 1,159, averaging 115.9 yards per game. That total ranked him 59th nationally and sixth among freshmen nationally.

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All-True Freshman Team – Offense

QB Brad Kaaya, Miami

RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State

RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

WR KD Cannon, Baylor

WR JuJu Smith, USC

TE Chad Olsen, Fresno State

OL Cameron Robinson, Alabama

OL Toa Lobendahn, USC

OL Frank Ragnow, Arkansas

OL Mason Cole, Michigan

OL Tejan Koroma, BYU

K Trevor Moore, North Texas

KR Boom Williams, Kentucky

All-True Freshman Team – Defense

DL Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss

DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

DL Derek Barnett, Tennessee

DL KeShun Freeman, Georgia Tech

LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State

LB Nigel Bowden, Vanderbilt

LB Nyles Morgan, Notre Dame

CB Jalen Tabor, Florida

CB Adoree Jackson, USC

S Quin Blanding, Virginia

S Jamal Adams, LSU

P JK Scott, Alabama

PR De’Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska

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MacGinnis Named First-Team Freshman All-America

MacGinnis Named First-Team Freshman All-America

Posted on 13 December 2014 by Allen

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Austin MacGinnis has added another honor this postseason to an already lengthy list as Scout.com has tabbed the redshirt freshman kicker a Freshman All-America First Team selection, it was announced on Friday.

MacGinnis was one of three specialists named to the list, which honored 27 freshmen from all across the nation. The native of Wedowee, Ala., was one of eight freshmen from the Southeastern Conference to be selected. MacGinnis, who is the first Kentucky placekicker to earn freshman All-America status in program history, is the first UK player to earn freshman All-America honors since punter Landon Foster by Rivals.com and CollegeFootballNews.com in 2012.

The accolade adds to a list of postseason honors for MacGinnis, who was named a first-team All-SEC performer by The Associated Press and league coaches earlier in the week before earning All-SEC Freshman Team honors by league coaches on Thursday.

MacGinnis set five school records in his collegiate debut season, totaling 21 field goals, the most in Kentucky history. He had the most field goals in the SEC this season, also leading all NCAA freshmen. MacGinnis finished with a school-record 104 points – equaling the SEC lead – and is one of only five kickers in the nation with three field goals of 50+ yards.

MacGinnis, who made a UK record 41 extra-point tries without a miss in 2014, set another school mark with the longest field goal in school history, a 54-yard boot at Tennessee. MacGinnis, who earned national placekicker of the week from the College Football Performance Awards after making four field goals at No. 22 Louisville, also set a school record with 25 touchbacks on kickoffs in 2014.

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Dupree, MacGinnis Named AP First-Team All-SEC

Dupree, MacGinnis Named AP First-Team All-SEC

Posted on 08 December 2014 by Allen

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Kentucky senior defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree and redshirt freshman kicker Austin MacGinnis were named first-team All-Southeastern Conference by The Associated Press on Monday afternoon.

A native of Irwinton, Ga., Dupree led all SEC defensive linemen with 74 total tackles. He led the Wildcats with 12.5 tackles for loss, including 7.5 quarterback sacks, ranking among the SEC leaders in both categories. He was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after intercepting a pass and returning it for the game-winning touchdown vs. South Carolina and was chosen National Defensive Lineman of the Week and SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week following the season finale at Louisville.

Dupree completed a decorated career in 2014. A projected first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by ESPN, CBSsports.com, Scout.com and Yahoo.com, Dupree charted the second-most sacks in UK career history (23.5), the most among current SEC players. He finished his career with 247 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and five passes defended. Dupree, who has accepted an offer to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl, was named second-team All-SEC as a junior by the AP and Phil Steele’s College Football.

A native of Wedowee, Ala., MacGinnis set five school records in his collegiate debut season, totaling 21 field goals, the most in Kentucky history. He had the most field goals in the SEC this season, also leading all NCAA freshmen. MacGinnis finished with a school-record 104 points – equaling the SEC lead – and is one of only five kickers in the nation with three field goals of 50+ yards.

MacGinnis, who made a UK record 41 extra-point tries without a miss in 2014, set another school mark with the longest field goal in school history, a 54-yard boot at Tennessee. MacGinnis, who earned national placekicker of the week from the College Football Performance Awards after making four field goals at No. 22 Louisville, also set a school record with 25 touchbacks on kickoffs in 2014.

Dupree and MacGinnis are UK’s first, first-team All-SEC selections since linebacker Danny Trevathan earned the honor in back-to-back seasons in 2010-11. It is the first time UK had two first-team selections in the same season since Trevathan and all-purpose player Randall Cobb in 2010. MacGinnis is the first UK placekicker tabbed first-team AP All-SEC since Doug Pelfrey in 1991. The most recent Wildcat defensive lineman to be named AP first team was Corey Peters in 2009.

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Dupree Named SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week

Dupree Named SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week

Posted on 02 December 2014 by Allen

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After a strong performance against a top-25 team in Kentucky’s season finale, including seven tackles, one sack, three tackles for loss and two fumbles forced, senior defensive end/linebacker Bud Dupree has been named the Southeastern Conference Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week, it was announced Monday evening.

A native of Irwinton, Ga., Dupree was a force in Kentucky’s game against Louisville last Saturday becoming the first UK player to force two fumbles in a game since current Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan accomplished the task in 2011. Both fumbles led to Kentucky points as the first was turned into a field goal and the second was scooped up and returned for a touchdown.

The strong game for Dupree completed a successful season and even more impressive career. Dupree ends the 2014 season second on the team in tackles with 74, while leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss with 7.5 and 12.5, respectively. Dupree also had five quarterback hurries and one interception, which he returned for a game-winning score vs. South Carolina. For his career, Dupree had 248 tackles, 23.5 sacks and 38 tackle for loss, forcing four fumbles. The 23.5 sacks rank second most in UK history.

A member of the Ted Hendricks Award Watch List, given to the NCAA’s top defensive end, and the Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch Lists, annually given to the best defensive player in college football, Dupree currently ranks high on several 2015 NFL Draft projections. In late October’s NFL Draft “Big Board” projections from ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Dupree was tabbed as the No. 23 player available and as the fourth-best outside linebacker prospect. Rob Rang from CBSsports.com on Dec. 1 projected Dupree as the No. 20 overall selection and fourth-best outside linebacker selection.

The conference honor is the second of the season for Dupree, who was also named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week following UK’s win over South Carolina. Dupree is one of four Wildcats to earn SEC weekly accolades in 2014. Senior Darrian Miller was tabbed SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after UK’s win over Vanderbilt, while sophomore center Jon Toth earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after UK’s season-opening win and wide receiver Garrett Johnson – who set a freshman record with 154 receiving yards at Florida – was tabbed SEC Freshman of the Week.

Dupree split the honor Monday with Ole Miss defensive end C.J. Johnson.

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