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Austin MacGinnis named CFPA Placekicker of the Week

Austin MacGinnis named CFPA Placekicker of the Week

Posted on 17 November 2014 by Allen

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After booting a school-record 54-yard field goal and totaling 11 points at Tennessee on Saturday, Kentucky freshman Austin MacGinnis has been tabbed the National Placekicker Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards, it was announced on Monday.

MacGinnis shares the CFPA National Placekicker of the Week title with Florida State’s Roberto Aguayo. In addition, Kentucky senior defensive end/linebacker Bud Dupree was tabbed an honorable mention defensive lineman performer of the week, after totaling a career high 14 tackles.

A native of Wedowee, Ala., MacGinnis tied his career high with three field goals made, including setting a new program record with a 54-yard field goal to end the second quarter. MacGinnis also connected from 32 and 30 yards in the game and finished with 11 total points.

On the year, MacGinnis has made 17 of his 23 field goal attempts and is a perfect 37-for-37 on point after touchdown attempts, owning a team-best 88 points. MacGinnis is one of three kickers in the NCAA to have three kicks of at least 50 yards in 2014, going 3-for-5 from beyond 50 yards. MacGinnis, who leads the Southeastern Conference in most field goals made with 17, ranks tied for fourth in the league in scoring for kickers, averaging eight points per game. The freshman also paces the league in field goal percentage at 73.9 percent.

Kentucky at Louisville Game Time on Six-Day Hold by ACC: The Atlantic Athletic Conference announced Monday that the game time and television selection for the Kentucky-Louisville game on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is on a six-day hold.

The game will be televised on one of the ABC/ESPN networks, but kickoff time and TV information will not be confirmed until after completion of the Nov. 22 games. Other ACC controlled games that are on six-day holds are Florida at Florida State, South Carolina at Clemson, Pittsburgh at Miami (Fla.) and Wake Forest at Duke.

This is the first season that Kentucky and Louisville will square off in the regular-season finale.

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Babe Parilli inducted into National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

Babe Parilli inducted into National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

Posted on 13 November 2014 by Allen

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UK legend Babe Parilli to be inducted in National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame: The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce its inductees and honorees for the XXXVII Annual Induction Ceremony and Celebration to take place on Saturday, November 15, at the InterContinental Chicago – Magnificent Mile.

The NIASHF Class of 2014 inductees include John Andretti, Jean Lenti Ponsetto, Babe Parilli, Scott Pioli, Angelo Pizzo and Frank Zamboni.

Richard Parrillo, Sr. will be honored as the 2014 Sportsman of the Year, while Lenti Ponsetto will also receive the 2014 Sportswoman of the Year in addition to her inclusion into the hall of fame.

Parilli is a former star football player at the University of Kentucky where he was an All-American quarterback under head coach, Bear Bryant. A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Parilli went on to success in the NFL as well. He was the fourth overall pick in the 1952 NFL Draft, chosen by the Green Bay Packers. After stints in both the NFL and Canadian Football League, Parilli landed in the American Football League and ended up as one of just 20 players to perform in the AFL during its entire 10-year existence between the Boston Patriots and the New York Jets. It was with the Jets that Parilli won a Super Bowl ring as Joe Namath’s backup in the Jets’ improbable Super Bowl III win over the Colts.

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Vols open as a 7.5 point favorite against Kentucky

Vols open as a 7.5 point favorite against Kentucky

Posted on 10 November 2014 by Allen

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Coming off a big win over South Carolina on the road and a bye week Tennessee has opened as a 7.5 point favorite against Kentucky at home Saturday. Some offshore sportsbooks have the line at 7 and it could go up and down a little as money comes in on both sides.

Tennessee is a sexy team right now with Josh Dobbs at QB. The sophomore QB gives UT a dual threat under center and he lit up the Gamecocks two weeks ago.

Kentucky has been up and down all year. After three straight wins against South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and ULM the Cats have lost four straight. Georgia ran it all over Kentucky last week thrashing UK 63-31 in Lexington.

Last season the Vols beat the Wildcats 27-14 in Lexington. If Kentucky doesn’t show up Tennessee the Vols could pick up their fifth win and take one step closer to a bowl game.

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Bulldogs dominate Kentucky, 63-31

Bulldogs dominate Kentucky, 63-31

Posted on 08 November 2014 by Allen

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Senior Hutson Mason threw four touchdown passes and freshman Isaiah McKenzie posted two special teams scores as No. 17 Georgia defeated Kentucky 63-31 on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.

The Bulldogs had a season-best 559 total yards and improved to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the SEC, while the Wildcats fell to 5-5 and 2-5. Georgia improved to 54-12-2 against Kentucky, including five straight wins and 16 of the past 18.

Playing just three quarters, Mason went 13-of-16 for 174 yards and the career-best four touchdown passes. Mason fired two to receiver Chris Conley and one each to receiver Malcolm Mitchell and tight end Jeb Blazevich.

McKenzie sparked the Bulldogs as he returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, then added a 59-yard punt return for a score in the third quarter.

Tailback Nick Chubb rushed 170 yards — including 116 in the first half — and a touchdown. Tailback Sony Michel, returning from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for four games, added 84 yards and a touchdown.

Linebacker Ramik Wilson paced the defense with 12 tackles. Linebacker Lorenzo Carter added nine tackles, including three sacks, and linebacker Amarlo Herrera posted seven stops.

The Bulldogs built a 21-0 first-quarter lead on Saturday. McKenzie returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score just 11 seconds into the contest. Six minutes later, Mason hit Conley on a 15-yard touchdown pass. Georgia later added an 18-yard scoring run by Chubb to cap a season-best 91-yard scoring drive.

After Kentucky pulled within 21-10 in the second quarter, Mason drilled a 23-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell for a 28-10 edge. The Wildcats scored to make it 28-17, but the Mason-Conley connection worked again on a 4-yard scoring pass for a 35-17 lead. Kentucky found the end zone just before halftime as the Bulldogs led 35-24 at the break.

In the first half, Chubb had 116 yards on seven carries, giving him his fourth straight 100-yard game. Chubb also had a career-long 55-yard rush prior to intermission.

The Bulldogs methodically pulled away with 21 third-quarter points to go up 56-24. Mason hit Blazevich on a 10-yard scoring pass, McKenzie returned a punt for a 59-yard touchdown, and Michel had a 23-yard scoring run.

In the fourth quarter, quarterback Brice Ramsey found Blazevich on a twice-deflected pass that resulted in an 8-yard touchdown. The Wildcats added a late score for the 63-31 final.

The Bulldogs will return to action next Saturday as they entertain Auburn in their first home game in 42 days. The Georgia-Auburn kickoff time will be either 3:30 or 7:15 p.m. and will be announced on Sunday.

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Dupree on Hendricks Watch List

Dupree on Hendricks Watch List

Posted on 06 November 2014 by Allen

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The active Southeastern Conference leader in career sacks, Kentucky senior Bud Dupree has been tabbed one of 32 players on the midseason watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award – given annually to the nation’s top defensive end – it was announced.

A native of Irwinton, Ga., Dupree was listed as one of 32 players on the midseason watch list for the Hendricks Award, also joining SEC standouts Trey Flowers (Arkansas), Myles Garrett (Texas A&M), Dante Fowler Jr. (Florida), Markus Golden (Missouri) and Shane Ray (Missouri).

Dupree, a 6-foot-4, 264-pounder, leads all active SEC players with 21.5 career sacks, ranking second in Kentucky history. Dupree ranks third on the team in tackles (50) in 2014, adding 8.5 tackles for loss and a club-high 5.5 sacks. Dupree has also added a team-leading five quarterback hurries, blocked one kick, broken up a pass and returned an interception for a game-winning touchdown vs. South Carolina.

In his decorated career, Dupree has played in 44 games, totaling 223 tackles, 33 tackles for loss and 21.5 sacks. A midseason second-team All-SEC selection by Phil Steele, Dupree has nine quarterback hurries in his career, forcing a pair of fumbles and recovering two, defending six passes.

In the latest NFL Draft “Big Board” projections from’s Mel Kiper, Dupree is tabbed as the No. 23 player available and as the fourth-best outside linebacker prospect. In’s latest mock draft, Dupree is projected as the 26th pick overall, going to the Dallas Cowboys. tabs Dupree as the 18th-best player and the fifth-best defensive end prospect available in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Kentucky (5-4, 2-4 SEC) will return to action on Saturday in its home finale, hosting No. 17 Georgia for a 12 p.m. kickoff in the final game played at Commonwealth Stadium. The game will be televised live on ESPN and will be broadcast live on the UK Radio Network, with Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel voicing the action.

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Stoops gets contract extension

Stoops gets contract extension

Posted on 31 October 2014 by Allen

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The contract of University of Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops has been amended to extend through the 2019 season, UK Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart announced Friday.

The new agreement extends the term from June 30, 2019, to June 30, 2020. It gives the coach five seasons remaining on his contract following the current campaign.

“Mark is guiding our program in the direction we all want it to go and we are proud to reward that,” Barnhart said. “I was confident Mark was right for this job when I hired him, but he has exceeded my expectations. From leading a group of young men, to recruiting, to fundraising, to becoming an important part of the Lexington community, Mark has embraced and excelled in all facets of being Kentucky football head coach.”

Now in his second year with the Wildcats, the efforts of Stoops and his coaching staff are becoming apparent on the field of play. Currently sporting a 5-3 record, UK already has won more games this season than the previous two seasons combined (two each in 2012 and 2013).

“Under Coach Stoops’ leadership, the UK football program is experiencing an incredible upward trajectory in the classroom and on the field,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “That continued progress, led by Coach Stoops, is critical in competing in the nation’s strongest conference while maintaining one of a small number of self-sustaining athletic programs in the nation – one that supports the University’s academic mission in dynamic ways, including $65 million to support the construction of a new Academic Science Building. As important, Coach Stoops and his staff put students first in everything they do. The facility improvements underway in our football program will support the athletic and academic success of our students and the long-term health of the program.”

In addition to the win-loss record, progress is obvious on both offense and defense. UK is averaging 31.6 points per game, well ahead of the 17.9 points per game average in 2012, the season before Stoops arrived. Defensively, the Cats are allowing 24.8 points per game, down from 31 points per game in 2012.

“I am excited about the progress our team has shown on the field, but this is as much about the next five years as it is the last one and a half,” Barnhart said. “As I’ve said before, I believe we can compete at the highest level in the toughest conference. Mark is the coach to take us there.”

The future is bright for continued progress, given the recruiting success of Stoops and staff. When Stoops took over the program in December 2012, UK’s recruiting class was ranked in the 60s by the national evaluation services. But, in the next two months, the coaches were able to secure 14 additional commitments, moving the needle for the 2013 signing class as high as No. 29 nationally.

With a full year to recruit the 2014 signing group, the Kentucky coaches landed a consensus national top-25 class, including a No. 17 ranking by, UK’s highest-rated class in the Internet era of recruiting evaluation.

UK’s recruiting effort for the signing class of 2015 continues the trend. The Wildcats are currently projected to finish as high as No. 20 in the national recruiting rankings.

Fans are responding to the team’s efforts. Attendance has jumped significantly since 2012, including the nation’s second-largest improvement during the 2013 season. The two Blue/White Spring Games under Stoops have drawn the two largest spring attendances in school history.

Additional momentum has been generated with UK’s football facilities. A $120 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium has begun and is slated for completion for the 2015 season and a $45 million football complex has been approved and construction will begin in January.

In the classroom, UK’s scholarship football players posted a 2.43 grade-point average in the fall of 2012, the final semester under the previous staff. Since Stoops’ arrival, the Wildcats have surpassed that mark in all three semesters, peaking at 2.81 in the spring of 2014.

“I greatly appreciate the support shown for our program by President Capilouto, the University administration and Mitch Barnhart,” Stoops said. “I am more excited than ever about the future of Kentucky football and the challenge and opportunity of building this program for our players and the Big Blue Nation.”

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Breaking Down Kentucky at Missouri

Breaking Down Kentucky at Missouri

Posted on 28 October 2014 by Allen


The Missouri Tigers (6-2 overall, 3-1 in SEC play) look for their third-straight win this Saturday afternoon
as they play host to the upstart Kentucky Wildcats (5-2, 2-3) at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium.

Mizzou enters this weekend on a two-game win streak, after posting a workmanlike 24-14 home win over Vanderbilt last Saturday, which followed a rousing 42-13 win at Florida the week before. Last week, the Tigers rode their stellar defense and got improved production from its offense, including a key touchdown pass from QB Maty Mauk to WR Bud Sasser to put the game on ice and push MU to bowl eligibility for the 10th time in Head Coach Gary Pinkel’s 14 seasons. Mizzou’s defense held Vandy to just 240 yards of offense (an opponent season low against MU), while the offense mustered 385 yards on the day (its highest output since a 503-yard game against Indiana on Sept. 20).

Kentucky is one of the more improved teams in the SEC this season, and they’re looking to break a two-game losing streak after dropping consecutive games at LSU (L, 41-3) and at home this past Saturday to #1-ranked Mississippi State (L, 45-31). The Wildcats gave the top-ranked Bulldogs all they wanted, as they pulled to within one touchdown four different times in the game, including the last one with just over two minutes left. The Wildcats have a high-powered offense that put up 504 total yards against Mississippi State.

It’s an old adage in football – “Those who win in November will be remembered.” It’s a saying that Tiger Coach Gary Pinkel espouses every year with his team, that if they want to contend for championships, they have to fi
nish strong.

Pinkel’s message has gotten through to his troops in recent years, as Mizzou is 21-7 in the month of November from 2007-13. It’s no coincidence that Mizzou has won four conference divisional championships in those previous seven years (2007, 2008, 2010, 2013). If the 2012 season is blacked out (MU’s only non-bowl season in that stretch, when the Tigers went 1-3 in November), Mizzou’s November record stands at a sterling 20-4.

Making the last of his four straight starts for the injured James Franklin, redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk tied the MU single-game passing touchdown record by tossing for five scores on the road as the Tigers cruised to a 48-17 win in Lexington, Ky. to improve to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in SEC play on the year.

Four of those TD strikes went to WR Dorial Green-Beckham, as Mauk ended the day 17-of-28 passing for 203 yards overall. Mizzou outgained Kentucky by a 426-to-369 margin in total offense, and used seven sacks and a fumble recovery by its defense to pull away for the win. After Kentucky opened the scoring with a field goal, the Tigers responded to the upset bid by scoring 28 straight points to take a 28-3 halftime lead.

The Wildcat offense found its footing in the third quarter, posting a pair of long TD drives to pull to within 18 points twice, but both times, the Tiger offense responded with a scoring drive of its own to hold UK at bay. Junior TB Henry Josey put the exclamation point on the day, when he burst free for an 86-yard TD run with 10:00 minutes left in the game to account for the final score. Josey ended the day with 113 rushing yards and 2 TDs, and he also caught a TD pass. Running back “Boom” Williams will likely return against the Tigers. He didn’t play last week due to injury.

Kentucky head Coach Mark Stoops is concerned about the Tigers defense. “He does and that’s been their staple the last couple years,” said Stoops. “They have two “D” ends again this year, Shane (Ray) and Markus (Golden), but last year as well, I thought they were really disruptive and that’s what they do and that’s what I remember about them from playing in person last year and, again, seeing that on film, I know Coach (Dave) Steckel, their defensive coordinator does a great job and that whole defensive staff has been together for a while. They’re disruptive, they do a nice job of creating negative yardage plays and being disruptive up front and twisting and stunting and just playing hard.”

Saturday’s game will kick at 3 p.m., and is set for telecast on the SEC Network.

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Towles honored after Miss State Game

Towles honored after Miss State Game

Posted on 27 October 2014 by Allen

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After rushing for a career-high 76 yards and two rushing touchdowns and passing for a career-best 390 yards with two touchdowns through the air, University of Kentucky sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Week Nine Honor Roll, it was announced Monday morning by the Louisville Sports Commission.

This is the first time Towles has been named to the honor roll, which honors student-athletes each week before giving out a season-end award to the most versatile player in major college football. Towles was named to the list along with Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and Utah State running back/linebacker Nick Vigil.

Towles had a career outing with 477 total yards in Kentucky’s loss to top-ranked Mississippi State. Towles was 24-of-43 passing for 390 yards with two touchdowns and connected with nine different receivers. He logged 76 yards on 23 attempts and a pair of scores on the ground, which included a career-long rush of 48 yards in the third quarter. He also caught one pass for 11 yards. Towles accounted for four plays of more than 40 yards, including a pair of touchdown tosses that went for 58 yards or longer.

The sophomore’s big game placed him in elite company as he became only the third quarterback in program history to pass for 365 yards or more three different times in the same season. The other two quarterbacks to claim that honor were Jared Lorenzen and All-American Tim Couch.

For the season, Towles is 163-for-271 for 2,077 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those numbers are the best for a UK quarterback since Mike Hartline in 2010. Led by Towles, Kentucky has posted 440+ yards of total offense in three games vs. Southeastern Conference foes this season for the first time since 2001. UK’s 253 points scored this season in just eight games is also more than it posted each of the last three seasons.

The season-end award is voted on by fans, who can vote as often as once every 24 hours at for players who were on the preseason watch list or who have been named to a weekly honor roll. A finalist will be chosen in mid-November with fans then getting a chance to vote from a group of finalists.

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UK Football Launches Interactive iPhone App

UK Football Launches Interactive iPhone App

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Allen

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Fans of the University of Kentucky football program can now follow the Wildcats right at their fingertips as UK has released an iPhone application featuring interactive content, social media and more.

The app, which can be downloaded by visiting, features a social media wall, organizing all Kentucky football social media platforms in one place, including @UKStoopsTroops on Twitter and Instagram, Kentucky Football on Facebook and KYWildcatsTV on YouTube. The app also gives fans a look inside Kentucky football with easy access to tickets, schedules and more.

An exciting feature of the app is the UK Power Optix, which works similar to a QR code reader. The UK Power Optix scans images using the iPhone camera and directs fans to videos associated with that image (images attached can be scanned for videos.)

The app was developed by JumpForward in conjunction with UK football’s social media hub at JumpForward provides custom software and fanatical customer support to help college athletics departments reach the goals of their strategic plan. JumpForward’s Unified Athletics(tm) Department provides a single platform for coaches, student-athletes, and the entire athletics department staff to share access-based information, create paperless forms workflows, and communicate with the rest of the department.

Last month, UK Athletics announced a new social-centric mobile app that enhances the game day experience. The Kentucky Gameday App is packed with robust social, on-campus and stadium features that enhance the game-day experience by delivering free live game audio; real-time Instagram and Twitter feeds from the team; the official game-day guide with key times, events and need-to-know information including stadium maps and parking to plan the day; enhanced location-aware maps for fans attending both home and away games; live conference and top 25 scores, real-time stats; opt-in alerts for weather updates, pre-game events, play-by-play information and more.

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Dupree named quarterfinalist for 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy

Dupree named quarterfinalist for 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy

Posted on 22 October 2014 by Allen

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University of Kentucky senior defensive end/linebacker Alvin “Bud” Dupree, who leads all active Southeastern Conference players in sacks, has been named a quarterfinalist for the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy, it was announced Wednesday.

Dupree is one of 20 student-athletes across the nation to be named a quarterfinalist for the prestigious award, which honors a student-athlete that best embodies Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity (IMPACT). Dupree is one of four SEC student-athletes on the list, joining Landon Collins (Alabama), A.J. Johnson (Tennessee) and Deterrian Shackelford (Ole Miss).

Dupree, who was named to the midseason All-SEC Team by Phil Steele earlier this week, is having a great season with Kentucky with 35 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, a team-best three sacks, one interception, one pass breakup and three quarterback hurries.

The star has made a habit of making game-changing plays this season as his interception against South Carolina was Kentucky’s first game-winning interception for a touchdown since 1998. The following week, Dupree blocked a ULM field goal attempt that helped spark 45 unanswered points from the Wildcats.

In his career, Dupree has played in 42 games with 208 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 19 sacks and five pass breakups. His 19 career sacks lead all active SEC players and ranks tied for second best in UK history.

Eight semifinalists will be chosen Nov. 11, with ballots then sent to more than 400 national voters, a panel that includes former coaches and players, members of the media, past Lott IMPACT Trophy winners and finalists as well as members of the Board of Directors for the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the sponsors of the award.

The four finalists will fly to Newport Beach for a black-tie gala at the Pacific Club on Dec. 14 where the winner will be announced. The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a $25,000 donation to the general scholarship fund of the winner’s university and $5,000 to each of the schools of the runner-ups.

In 10 years, the Foundation has now donated more than $1 million, including nearly $500,000 to universities throughout the country.

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Kentucky picked to win SEC

Kentucky picked to win SEC

Posted on 22 October 2014 by Allen


Kentucky was predicted to win the 2015 Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.

The Wildcats, who are the overall preseason favorite for the 10th time since the 1998-99 season, tallied all 20 first-place votes.

Kentucky sophomore Aaron Harrison was the choice of the media for SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Aaron Harrison was one of five Wildcats that received votes in the preseason Player of the Year voting, joining Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress and Karl-Anthony Towns. Georgia’s Charles Mann, LSU’s Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey along with Ole Miss’ Jarvis Summers also received votes in the Player of the Year voting.

Aaron Harrison, Mickey and Summers were each All-SEC First Team selections along with Arkansas’ Bobby Portis and Florida’s Michael Frazier II.

Points were compiled on a 14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each media member also voted for a five-player All-SEC Team.

The 2014-15 campaign begins November 14, with conference play set to begin January 6. The 2015 SEC Tournament will be March 11-15 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

First Team All-SEC
Bobby Portis – Arkansas, F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.
Michael Frazier II – Florida, G, 6-4, 194, Jr., Tampa, Fla.
Aaron Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas
Jordan Mickey – LSU, F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas
Jarvis Summers – Ole Miss, G, 6-3, 186, Sr., Jackson, Miss.

Second Team All-SEC
Charles Mann – Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.
Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.
Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 210, So., Richmond, Texas
Alex Poythress – Kentucky, F, 6-8, 238, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Karl-Anthony Towns – Kentucky, F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.

SEC Player of the Year: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

Preseason Media Poll Pts
1. Kentucky (20) 280
2. Florida 258
3. Arkansas 226
4. LSU 223
5. Georgia 204
6. Ole Miss 168
7. Missouri 123
8. Auburn 113
9. Texas A&M 111
10. Alabama 109
11. Vanderbilt 89
12. South Carolina 86
13. Tennessee 75
14. Mississippi State 35
First-Place Votes in Parentheses

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4 Cats earn midseason honors

4 Cats earn midseason honors

Posted on 20 October 2014 by Allen

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Kentucky football standouts Alvin “Bud” Dupree, Landon Foster, Darrian Miller and A.J. Stamps have been named midseason All-Southeastern Conference by Phil Steele, it was announced.

Miller, a senior offensive tackle, earned second-team honors, along with Dupree – a senior defensive end/linebacker. A junior safety, Stamps was also tabbed second team, along with Foster, UK’s junior punter.

A native of Irwinton, Ga., Dupree leads all SEC players in career sacks with 19, including 4.5 as a senior in 2014. Dupree has 208 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, five pass break-ups and one interception in his four-year career. He ranks tied for second in UK history with 19 sacks.

Foster, a 6-foot-1 product of Franklin, Tenn., ranks third in UK career history with a 41.9 average, also downing 45 punts inside the 20-yard line. As a junior in 2014, Foster has punted 34 times for a 41.3 yard average, with his 17 punts downed inside the 20 a career high and ranking third in UK history, dating back to 2004.

Miller, a product of Lexington’s Bryan Station High School, played in his team-leading 43rd game on Saturday at LSU. A 6-foot-5, 292-pound offensive tackle, Miller entered his senior season having started 24 consecutive games and has started 30 of UK’s last 31 games. Following UK’s win over Vanderbilt on Sept. 28, Miller was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after grading out at 89 percent with four knockdown blocks.

A native of Vicksburg, Miss., Stamps is starring for the UK secondary in his first season after transferring from East Mississippi Community College, which claimed the national title in 2013. A six-foot, 199-pounder, Stamps is tied for the team lead with three interceptions, helping pace a UK defense that ranks fifth in the NCAA in interceptions. Stamps has 32 tackles and three pass break-ups on the year, with interceptions in wins over Vanderbilt, South Carolina and in the season lidlifter vs. UT Martin.

UK at Missouri Set for 4 pm ET Kickoff: Kentucky’s game at Missouri on Nov. 1 has been selected for a 4 p.m. ET kickoff, with the game televised live on the SEC Network. The game will also be broadcast live on the UK Radio Network, with Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel voicing the action.

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Kentucky announces 2015 Football Schedule

Kentucky announces 2015 Football Schedule

Posted on 17 October 2014 by Allen

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The fall of 2015 will start a new chapter for the University of Kentucky football program with the opening of The New CWS, and fans can now start making plans for fall trips to Lexington as the Wildcats’ 2015 schedule, including eight home games, was released Tuesday night.

The challenging 2015 schedule includes non-conference home games against UL Lafayette, EKU, Charlotte and Louisville. Kentucky will play an eight-game Southeastern Conference schedule, facing SEC Eastern Division opponents Florida, Missouri and Tennessee at home and South Carolina, Georgia and Vanderbilt on the road. UK will host Auburn on a Thursday night in Lexington, before traveling to Mississippi State the following weekend to complete play against SEC Western Division opponents.

Kentucky will start its 2015 season at home on Sept. 5 against UL Lafayette, marking the second straight season UK has opened a season at home after neutral-site or true road game season openers the previous six seasons. The Wildcats start SEC play at Williams-Brice Stadium against South Carolina on Sept. 12, before returning to Lexington to start a four-game home stretch, including contests against Florida on Sept. 19 and Missouri on Sept. 26 to complete the month of September.

The Wildcats will leave conference play to start October, hosting in-state foe EKU on Oct. 3, before an open date on Oct. 10 and a Thursday home game vs. Auburn on Oct. 15. It will be Kentucky’s first-ever Thursday home game. Kentucky concludes the month of October by traveling to Mississippi State on Oct. 24 and hosting Tennessee on Oct. 31. It will be the earliest UK and UT have met since 1909.

UK starts November on the road, traveling to Georgia on Nov. 7 and Vanderbilt on Nov. 14. The VU game will conclude SEC action for the Wildcats as they play host to Charlotte on Nov. 21 and in-state rival Louisville on Nov. 28 to conclude regular-season play. It will be the first time UK has ended the regular season with consecutive non-conference games since joining the SEC in 1933.

For the 24th consecutive year, the 2015 regular season will culminate with the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, December 5 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The complete 2015 schedule and notes about the schedule are below.

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2015 Schedule Notes:

* UK has eight home games in 2015, the most in a single season since UK also had eight in 2007.

* It will be Kentucky’s first-ever meeting against UL Lafayette and Charlotte. Charlotte is currently a FCS Independent school, but will play its first season as an FBS team (Conference USA) in the fall of 2015.

* For the second consecutive season, the UK-UofL game will be on the final weekend of the regular season. Prior to 2014, the UK-UofL game had been played early in the season since the series renewed in 1994. The 2015 game will be the 22nd straight year the two rivals have met.

* Kentucky and Tennessee will face off in the month of October for the first time since 1909. It will only be the fourth time in UK’s 125-year history it has faced Tennessee in the month of October.

* It will mark the 111th all-time meeting between Kentucky and Tennessee, the most for UK vs. any one opponent. The two teams have met annually since 1919, except for 1943, when Kentucky did not field a team.

* Kentucky will start SEC play against South Carolina for the first time in program history. UK had opened SEC play each of the past six seasons against Florida.

* The Wildcats will have a four-game home stretch from Sept. 19 to Oct. 15, marking the longest home stand since the 2001 team started the season with four straight home games.

* UK’s open date will be Saturday, Oct. 10. UK has had two open dates each of the past two years.

* Kentucky’s game against Auburn will be on Thursday, Oct. 15. It will be the first Thursday home game in program history. UK has played several Thursday road games over the past few seasons (2007 at South Carolina; 2011 vs. WKU in Nashville, Tenn.; 2013 at Mississippi State).

* It will be Kentucky’s first meeting against Auburn since the Tigers’ National Championship season in 2010.

* UK’s permanent SEC West opponent, Mississippi State is on the schedule for the 26th straight season.

* Kentucky and EKU will meet for the first time since 2009. UK leads the series 3-0.

* UK ends the regular season with consecutive non-conference games for the first time since it entered the SEC in 1933.

2015 Kentucky Football Schedule

Date Opponent 2014 Record 2014 Ranking (as of Oct. 12)

Sept. 5 UL LAFAYETTE 2-3 not ranked

Sept. 12 at South Carolina 3-3 receiving votes in AP

Sept. 19 FLORIDA 3-2 not ranked

Sept. 26 MISSOURI 4-2 not ranked

Oct. 3 EKU 6-0 No. 12 in FCS Coaches’ Poll

Oct. 10 Open date – -

Oct. 15 (Thu.) AUBURN 5-1 No. 6 AP; No. 8 USA Today

Oct. 24 at Mississippi State 6-0 No. 1 AP; No. 1 USA Today

Oct. 31 TENNESSEE 3-3 not ranked

Nov. 7 at Georgia 5-1 No. 10 AP; No. 10 USA Today

Nov. 14 at Vanderbilt 2-5 not ranked

Nov. 21 CHARLOTTE 3-4 not ranked

Nov. 28 LOUISVILLE 5-2 receiving votes in AP

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Forrest Honored; UK vs. No. 1 MSU on CBS

Forrest Honored; UK vs. No. 1 MSU on CBS

Posted on 13 October 2014 by Allen

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Kentucky junior Josh Forrest has been tabbed an honorable mention for Linebacker Performer of the Week after totaling two tackles for a loss and a game-winning interception return for a touchdown in UK’s win over Louisiana-Monroe, it was announced by the College Football Performance Awards on Monday.

A native of Paducah, Ky., Forrest totaled five tackles, including two tackles for loss and half a sack in UK’s win over ULM. Forrest totaled his second career interception, returning it 29 yards for a touchdown, with his score accounting for the game-winning points and pushing UK to a 17-14 lead. It marked the second consecutive week that the Wildcats scored the game-winning points on an interception return for a touchdown as Bud Dupree picked off a pass vs. South Carolina and trotted into the end zone for the win.

A 6-foot-3, 236-pounder, Forrest has started all six games for the Wildcats at middle linebacker in 2014, leading the team with 46 tackles. Forrest has added a sack and five tackles for loss, breaking up two passes and charting one QB hurry. In his three-year career, Forrest – who began his time at UK as a wide receiver – has 75 tackles in 27 games.

Kentucky (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) is off to its best start since the 2007 season and has won three consecutive games. UK will return to action on Saturday, traveling to LSU for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff on the SEC Network. The game will also be broadcast live on the UK Radio Network, with Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel voicing the action.

UK vs. No. 1 Mississippi State at 3:30 p.m.: Kentucky’s matchup with No. 1 Mississippi State on Oct. 25 at Commonwealth Stadium has been selected for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff with the game televised nationally on CBS. It will mark UK’s first appearance on CBS since traveling to Alabama in 2008.

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