01/02/18 - (QB) - Drew Barker, rJr, 6-2, 222 Kentucky junior quarterback Drew Barker says on Twitter that he will play his final season elsewhere as a graduate transfer. Barker thanked coaches, teammates and staff in a tweet Tuesday night but did not say where he will play. His decision was confirmed via text by Wildcats football spokeswoman Susan Lax. The QB added, "Football has taken me places that I have never dreamed of and I'm excited to see where it takes me next!" The Burlington, Kentucky, native played four games this season as Stephen Johnson's backup after missing the final nine contests of 2016 with a back injury that required surgery. Barker completed 53 of 106 passes for 698 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games with five starts before his injury opened the door for Johnson. - AP College Football
12/15/17 - (RB) - Benny Snell Jr., So, 5-10, 223 2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB Benny Snell, Kentucky,...Snell, from Westerville, Ohio, was a first-team selection by The Associated Press and a second-team pick by the league coaches. Snell led the SEC in rushing touchdowns (18) and total rushing yardage (1,318) and ranked second in rushing yards per game (109.8) during the regular season. The 1,318 rushing yards set a new school record for most rushing yards by a sophomore. He also became the first player in school history to record 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. - Kentucky Football
12/05/17 - (ILB) - Courtney Love, rSr, 6-1, 242 2017 WUERFFEL TROPHY WINNER: University of Kentucky senior linebacker Courtney Love was named the winner of the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy, an award that honors college football's top community servant, it was announced Tuesday at the National Football Foundation's Press Conference at the New York Hilton Mid-town Hotel in New York. The Wuerffel Trophy, known as "College Football's Premier Award for Community Service," is present-ed annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach Florida. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academ-ic achievement.
Love, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, leads the team in community service hours and has a passion for mentoring children especially those living in a one-parent household or children who have parents who are incarcerated. Because of his passion, he currently volunteers at Amachi Central Kentucky, a mentoring program that seeks to pair caring, positive adults with children and youth in the Bluegrass who have one or both parents in state or federal prison or are affected by incarceration in some way. He also has served in a Skype mentoring program with area high school students, and has taken part in many events with the UK Children's Hospital, Read Across America, and Special Olympics, along with many other service activities. In the classroom, Love was named to the 2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll, graduating in May with a de-gree in community and leadership development. He is currently working on a second degree in com-munications. He also serves as one of UK football's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) repre-sentatives for the second straight season. - SEC Football
11/20/17 - (TE) - C.J. Conrad, Jr, 6-4, 245 Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says starting tight end C.J. Conrad will miss the rest of the season, including the Wildcats' bowl game, after injuring his foot during last week's 42-13 loss at No. 7 Georgia. Stoops announced Conrad's status on Monday, saying he will undergo surgery Tuesday. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound junior was Kentucky's third-leading receiver, with 16 catches for 286 yards and a team-high four touchdowns. Conrad's yardage ranked second behind senior Garrett Johnson (500). Kentucky's depth chart lists senior Greg Hart as Conrad's backup for Saturday's regular-season finale against in-state rival Louisville. Stoops noted that Hart has battled injuries on both wrists this season but said, "Hopefully, he'll be healthy this week." - AP College Football
11/13/17 - (OLB) - Denzel Ware, rJr, 6-1, 245 NOV 13 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Denzel Ware, DE/LB, Kentucky...Made three tackles, including two quarterback sacks (-13), plus a pass interception, in Kentucky's win at Vanderbilt...Two sacks tied his career high...The interception was an alert play; while Ware was rushing the QB, a teammate tipped a pass that Ware tracked down and caught...Had a tackle for no gain and a sack on the same possession in the third quarter, forcing a punt that set up a UK touchdown drive...Added another sack in the third quarter. - SEC Football
11/11/17 - (RB) - Benny Snell Jr., So, 5-10, 223 Running back Benny Snell rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns, and Kentucky intercepted Kyle Shurmur four times as the Wildcats ran over Vanderbilt 44-21 on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. Kentucky (7-3, 4-3 SEC) will have its first back-to-back seasons with at least seven wins since 2008-2009. Vanderbilt dropped to 4-6, 0-6. Leading by 13 at the break, Kentucky picked up where it left off on the first possession of the second half. Quarterback Stephen Johnson hit wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. with a 35-yard pass to the Vanderbilt 23 before Commodores corner Tre Herndon forced a fumble from behind. The ball bounced to the Vanderbilt 2, where wide receiver Charles Walker recovered it. That set up an easy 2-yard run by Snell for a 27-7 lead. After a Commodores punt, running back Sihiem King ran 7 yards untouched for another touchdown. Shurmur answered with a 14-yard scoring run, but Bowden returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards to the Vanderbilt 6. Snell scored out of the wildcat formation on the next snap for a 41-14 advantage. - The Sports Xchange
10/31/17 - (OLB) - Josh Allen, Jr, 6-4, 230 The Wyoming quarterback isn't the only Josh Allen on the minds of NFL scouts. Kentucky junior LB Josh Allen (6-4, 210, 4.70, #41) leads the Wildcats in tackles for loss (9.5), sacks (7.0) and forced fumbles (two) and has been one of the more consistent defenders in the SEC this year. While productive, his versatility is even more valuable for coach Mark Stoops because he has the skill-set to rush off the edge, play the run and cover receivers in the slot. There is difference between being "versatile" and being a "tweener" and that is what NFL scouts will be figuring out with Allen if he decides to declare for the NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/30/17 - (SS) - Mike Edwards, rJr, 5-11, 200 S Mike Edwards has been on a remarkable run in recent games. His 10 tackles against Tennessee marked the fourth time in his last five games that he has been in double digits in tackles.
10/30/17 - (RB) - Benny Snell Jr., So, 5-10, 223 OCT 30 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky...Rushed 27 times for 180 yards and three touchdowns - season highs in all categories - in Kentucky's win over Tennessee...His fourth 100-yard game of the season and ninth of his career...His three touchdowns were each set up by his own long runs of 27, 48 and 23 yards...Also caught a two-point conversion pass...Only a sophomore, he broke into UK's all-time top-10 rushing list with 1,812 career yards. - SEC Football
10/30/17 - (ILB) - Jordan Jones, Jr, 6-1, 221 OCT 30 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jordan Jones, LB, Kentucky...Had a game-high 13 tackles, including two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack, in Kentucky's win over Tennessee...His tackle for loss stalled a UT drive and helped force a missed field goal...Made all three tackles on one possession, including his QB sack, that forced a punt...It is his fifth career game of at least 10 tackles. - SEC Football
10/30/17 - (ILB) - Courtney Love, rSr, 6-1, 242 Former Jets scout Jeff Bauer wrote that he's "anxious to see if (Kentucky senior ILB Courtney Love) can play at the next level" after watching him Saturday night against Tennessee. - InsidetheLeague.com
10/30/17 - (ILB) - Jordan Jones, Jr, 6-1, 221 Kentucky OLB Jordan Jones, a junior, "has burst and explosion" and showed it against Tennessee according to former Jets scout Jeff Bauer, writing for @ITLScoutsNotes Saturday. - InsidetheLeague.com
10/30/17 - (OLB) - Josh Allen, Jr, 6-4, 230 Despite making "not a lot of plays" early against Tennessee Saturday, Kentucky OLB Josh Allen, a junior, "has talent" and a "good first step" with "good length," wrote Inside the League's Jeff Bauer at @ITLScoutsNotes. - InsidetheLeague.com
10/30/17 - (RB) - Benny Snell Jr., So, 5-10, 223 Former Jets scout Jeff Bauer said Tennessee had trouble finding an answer for Kentucky RB Benny Snell Saturday, and wrote for @ITLScoutsNotes that the sophomore is "strong" and has "good speed (and) great vision." - InsidetheLeague.com
10/30/17 - (WR) - Tavin Richardson, rSo, 6-2, 214 Writing at @ITLScoutsNotes, former Jets scout Jeff Bauer wrote that Kentucky WO Tavin Richardson, a sophomore, wins with his "big frame" (6-3) and "big-time extension" with a "great toe drag" as exhibited against Tennessee on Saturday. - InsidetheLeague.com
10/28/17 - (RB) - Benny Snell Jr., So, 5-10, 223 Kentucky escaped an SEC rivalry matchup with Tennessee 29-26 on Saturday in Lexington, Ky., in a chippy contest that almost opened with a melee. Trash talk and shoving invited unsportsmanlike penalties against the entirety of both teams early in the contest. That set the tone in a physical, back-and-forth contest won when Wildcats quarterback Stephen Johnson rushed for an 11-yard touchdown with 33 seconds left to cap a 10-play, 72-yard drive. Johnson's two-point conversion pass to running back Benny Snell gave Kentucky a three-point lead. Snell rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson was 6-for-15 passing for 46 yards. The Wildcats (6-2, 3-2 SEC) trailed much of the second half in this back-and-forth contest. Snell's touchdowns powered Kentucky to a 21-20 lead. Tennessee (3-5, 0-5) responded out of intermission, keeping Kentucky out of the end zone for 29 of the half's 30 minutes. However, the Volunteers offense could not capitalize, scoring only on a pair of Brent Cimaglia field goals. Cimaglia went 4-of-6 on field goals for the night. - The Sports Xchange
10/16/17 - (QB) - Stephen Johnson, Sr, 6-1, 185 QB Stephen Johnson has increased his accuracy with a 63.9 percent completion rate (99-of-155) after completing just 54.7 percent of his passes last year. He is well over halfway to his passing yardage total for 2016 (2,037) with 1,238 yards this season and nine touchdowns, only four short of last year's total. He has been picked off only twice.
10/16/17 - (RB) - Benny Snell Jr., So, 5-10, 223 RB Benny Snell Jr. has posted three 100-yard rushing games this season after going for 117 in the win over Missouri. He has rushed for 523 yards this season, more than halfway to a second consecutive 1,000-yard season.
10/09/17 - (WR) - Lynn Bowden, Fr, 6-0, 190 OCT 9 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Lynn Bowden, WR/KR, Kentucky...Led UK with 128 all-purpose yards in the Wildcats' 40-34 win over Missouri...Caught three passes for 49 yards...All three catches went for first downs on UK scoring drives...In the fourth quarter, he caught a pass in the flat and apparently was tackled for no gain when he broke the tackle, zig-zagged all the way across the field, and broke another tackle before finally being stopped for a 20-yard gain...Returned three kickoffs for 79 yards, a 26.3-yard average. - SEC Football
10/03/17 - (ILB) - Jordan Jones, Jr, 6-1, 221 LB Jordan Jones likely will miss a fourth consecutive game because of a shoulder injury. He was Kentucky's leading tackler last year with 109 stops.
10/03/17 - (OL) - Naasir Watkins, , 6-4, 283 OL Naasir Watkins, one of the key members of February's recruiting class, may be headed for a redshirt year as a freshman, but with seven games left, "we'll see what happens," coach Mark Stoops said.
10/02/17 - (OLB) - Joshua Paschal, Fr, 6-2, 270 OCT 2 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Josh Paschal, DE, Kentucky...Blocked a punt that set up the eventual game-winning touchdown in Kentucky's 24-20 win over Eastern Michigan...With UK clinging to a 17-14 lead in the fourth quarter, Paschal deftly broke through the line and punter shield, also deducing the correct place and time to block a running rugby punt...The blocked punt went for an 18-yard loss back to the EMU 12-yard line, setting up Benny Snell's 12-yard TD run on the next play...On the play before the blocked punt, Paschal forced a third-down incompletion with a quarterback hurry...In the first quarter, he shared a third-down quarterback sack with Josh Allen, forcing a punt. - SEC Football
09/30/17 - (RB) - Benny Snell Jr., So, 5-10, 223 Kentucky took advantage of two special teams mishaps by Eastern Michigan in the second half to beat the Eagles 24-20 in a non-conference game in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday. The Wildcats (4-1) took a 17-14 lead with 6:17 left in the third quarter on Austin MacGinnis' 39-yard field goal after Tristan Yeomans recovered a muffed punt return by Eastern Michigan's Eddie Daugherty at the Eagles' 42-yard line. Kentucky's Joshua Paschal blocked an Eastern Michigan punt with 13:43 left in the game, and he recovered at the Eagles' 12-yard line. Kentucky running back Benny Snell, who finished with 75 yards on 21 carries, scored on the next play to increase the Wildcats' lead to 24-14 with 11:56 left. Eastern Michigan (2-2) cut the lead to 24-20 on a 2-yard run by Ian Eriksen with 2:34 remaining, but kicker Paul Fricano missed the extra-point try. The Eagles had one last chance after starting a possession at their 12 with 44 seconds remaining following a Kentucky punt. - The Sports Xchange
09/18/17 - (CB) - Derrick Baity, Jr, 6-2, 186 SEPT 18 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Derrick Baity Jr., CB, Kentucky...Responsible for three defensive takeaways in the second half of Kentucky's 23-13 win at South Carolina, including a pair of tackles on 4th-and-1 and a pass interception...On the first possession of the third quarter, on 4th-and-1 from the UK 49-yard line, he crashed from the corner to tackle running back A.J. Turner, who was brought down for no gain; the change of possession set up a UK drive for a field goal In the fourth quarter, on 4th-and-goal at the UK 1-yard line, he again crashed from the corner to tackle running back Rico Dowdle, who was brought down for no gain to give the ball back to the Wildcats...Grabbed a pass interception on South Carolina's final possession...Led UK with eight tackles...UK limited South Carolina to 13 points; it is the first time in nine years that the Wildcats have held three consecutive opponents to 17 points or less...UK limited South Carolina to 54 rushing yards; it is the first time in nine years that the Wildcats have held three consecutive opponents under 100 yards rushing. - SEC Football
09/18/17 - (K) - Austin MacGinnis, rSr, 5-10, 185 SEPT 18 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Austin MacGinnis, PK, Kentucky...Enjoyed a perfect night by making all three field goals and both PATs, totaling 11 points, in UK's 23-13 win at South Carolina...Scored all of UK's points in the second half with his trio of field goals, keeping South Carolina at bay...Field goals were 27, 44 and 21 yards...His 21-yard field goal with 2:07 to play gave UK a two-possession lead, sealing the win for the Wildcats...His six pin-point kickoffs kept the ball out of the hands of Gamecock return ace Deebo Samuel...Has made 6-of-7 field goals this season, with the only miss coming from 48 yards. - SEC Football