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Alvin Dupree heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Steelers' eight picks: Round 1/22 - Bud Dupree, OLB, 6-4, 269, Kentucky...Steelers desperately need a pass rush - 33 sacks last season were their fewest since 1989 - and they believe Dupree will answer the bell on the left side of their defense. Not a projection, he played the position for the Wildcats, a three-year starter. Big, rangy, he can run, cover and get to the QB. - The Sports Xchange
John Conner heading into rSr season: 2008: 13 GP; 11 GS; Rush: 15-47-3.1-0; Rec: 10-91-9.1-0; KR: 1-17-17-0; 1 Sol-1 TT; Started the 11 games when UK opened with a fullback in the lineup. 2007: 13 GP; 4 GS; Rush: 6-37-6.2-2; Rec: 7-37-5.3-2; 2 Sol-2 TT. 2006: 13 GP; 3 GS; Rush: 2-5-2.5-0; Rec: 2-21-10.5-1; A very good lead blocker who split time with Terrell Bankhead and Maurice Grinter at fullback. 2005: Played in the first three games on special teams before sustaining a season-ending injury ... Received medical hardship to retain the year of eligibility.
Larry Warford heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 3/65 - Larry Warford, G, 6-3, 333, Kentucky...The Lions were soft in the middle of their line last year and this All-SEC player has a chance to start immediately at right guard. Coach Jim Schwartz said Warford was "built to play guard in the NFL." The Lions are comfortable with his talent and work ethic and don't expect his weight to balloon out of control. - The Sports Xchange
*Randall Cobb heading into Jr season: 2010: Cobb broke the SEC single-season record for all-purpose yardage with 2,396 yards. He led the SEC in receptions per game by catching 84 passes for 1,017 yards and seven touchdowns but his value far exceeded those contributions. He played quarterback in the "WildCobb" formation and rushed for 424 yards and five touchdowns and threw three TD passes in that role...Cobb's versatility as an all-purpose player is underscored by the fact that he was the only player in the nation who ranked first or second on his team in rushing, passing and receiving in 2010. He put points on the board eight different ways this season - rushing, receiving and passing for touchdowns; returning a punt for a TD; throwing for a TD on a fake field goal; and notching two-point conversions by rushing, passing and receiving...2009: First-team All-SEC as an all-purpose player by The Associated Press and ESPN.com ... Won team awards as UK's Most Valuable Player, Most Outstanding Offensive Player and Most Inspirational Offensive Player ... Ranked second in the SEC in touchdowns, third in punt returns, fourth in all-purpose yardage and seventh in scoring ... Also would have ranked fifth in the league in kickoff returns, but did not have enough returns to qualify ... Led the team in receiving with 39 catches for 447 yards and four touchdowns ...2008: Named to the SEC All-Freshman team at quarterback ... Played in 11 games, starting four games at wide receiver and then the last four games of the regular season at quarterback ... Won his first QB start at Mississippi State and is believed to be the first UK true freshman QB to start and and win an SEC road game since freshmen became eligible in the early 1970s.
Avery Williamson heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 5/151 - Avery Willimson, ILB, 6-1, 246, Kentucky...Williamson is a local product, having played high school football a couple of hours from Nashville in Milan, Tenn. He will also start on special teams, but projects to be an inside linebacker eventually. The Titans love his ability as a tackler, much like another former UK player on the roster, Wesley Woodyard. - The Sports Xchange
Winston Guy heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 6/181 - Winston Guy, SS, 6-2, 218, Kentucky...Guy will get a chance to compete for the backup strong safety job behind Kam Chancellor. - The Sports Xchange
Marcus McClinton heading into rSr season: 2007: 8 GP; 7 GS; 18 Sol-32 TT, 1 INT, 2 PBU; Missed most of 2007 with a fractured scapula (shoulder blade). Charged with wanton endangerment for setting off homemade explosives in March 2007, pled to second-degree disorderly conduct. The explosives were made of dry ice that was inserted into bottles of water…he suffered minor injuries to his hand when one bottle exploded in it. Suspended during process for violating team rules. Saw action in six games, making a career-high five tackles in the win at Vanderbilt … Logged 11 tackles on the season... 2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 47 Sol-65 TT, 2 TFL, 4 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FR, 5 FF; Led team in interceptions with four ... Forced five fumbles during the season, tying for the national lead for most fumbles caused ... Second on the team in pass breakups with six...2005: 2 GP; 2 GS; 4 Sol-7 TT; Started the first two games at free safety before enduring a season-ending knee injury vs. Idaho State ... Made seven tackles ... Will be able to get a medical hardship and retain the year of eligibility...2004: 11 GP; 3 GS; 25 Sol-27 TT, 2 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 2 FF; Played in all 11 games ... Started the last three at free safety after Muhammad Abdullah moved over to strong safety ... Made 27 tackles for the season, featuring two for loss.
Za'Darius Smith heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Ravens' nine picks: Round 4/122 -- Za'Darius Smith, OLB, 6-4, 274, Kentucky...Smith was the Most Valuable Player in the East-West Shrine all-star game. He's an edge-setter who has similar traits to former Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee. - The Sports Xchange
Micah Johnson heading into Sr season: 2008: 11 GP; 11 GS; 60 Sol-93 TT, 13 TFL, 2.5 SK, 2 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FF; Received multiple All-SEC honors, including first-team laurels from the league coaches ...Was the team’s second-leading tackler with 93 stops ...Would have had well over 100 tackles had he not missed two and one-half games because of injury ... Ranked third in the SEC in tackles per game with 8.7 per contest ... Led the team while ranking sixth in the conference with 13 tackles for loss. 2007: 12 GP; 1 GS; 30 Sol-58 TT, 4 TFL, 2 INT, 5 PBU; Suspended in spring 2007 for academic reasons ... Shared the middle linebacker post with Braxton Kelley ... Underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Oct. 22 and showed his toughness by missing only one game, making six stops in his return against Vanderbilt ... Made four tackles, plus an interception and a pass breakup, in the Music City Bowl. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 2-1-0.5-1; KR: 1-17-17-0; 20 Sol-29 TT, 1 FR, 1 FF; Selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team by league coaches ... Made a surprise entry at running back in the Music City Bowl, crashing in from the one-yard line for Kentucky’s first touchdown of the win over Clemson. Personal: Father, Nathaniel, played football at Bishop College and was stationed in Iraq … Brother, Christian, is an offensive lineman at UK.
Derrick Locke heading into Sr season: 2010: Locke rushed for 887 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010 despite missing four games due to an injury. He had five 100-yard rushing efforts this year and one 100-yard receiving game. A threat in the return game as well, Locke totaled 395 yards in kickoff returns for an average of 26.3 yards per return...During his UK career, Locke rushed for 2,618 yards and 22 touchdowns and caught 95 passes for 883 yards and three TDs. He also holds the school career record for kickoff return average at 27.1 yards per return, including a pair of 100-yard touchdowns...2009: Second-team All-SEC by AP as an all-purpose player ... Led the team and ranked sixth in the SEC in rushing with 907 yards and six touchdowns ... Had 100-yard games against Auburn (126), Mississippi State (103) and a career-best 144 at Vanderbilt ...2008: Incurred a season-ending knee injury against Arkansas ... In just seven games, he rushed for 303 yards on 63 carries with a score ... Became the fifth Wildcat in school history to return a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Western Kentucky ... Averaged 28.5 yards per kickoff return and was among the SEC and national leaders in that category when he was injured ...2007: Earned the team's Most Outstanding First-Year Player Award as picked by the coaches ... Team's second-leading rusher with 521 yards and paced the team in rushing touchdowns (five) ... Made 13 tackles in kick coverage, including a career-high three against South Carolina and Tennessee ... Had to miss the Music City Bowl after sustaining a cracked rib in practice in December.
Trevard Lindley heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; 24 Sol-39 TT, 0.5 TFL, 4 INT, 11 PBU; Second-team All-American at Walter Camp Football Foundation, CollegeFootballNews.com … Consensus first-team All-SEC honoree … Was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back … UK's Most Valuable Player for 2008 as elected by his teammates … led the SEC and ranked in the top 20 nationally in total passes defended per game … Returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown against South Carolina. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 50 Sol-66 TT, 3 TFL, 3 INT, 11 PBU, 1 FR, 2 FF; Chosen third-team Sophomore All-America by CollegeFootballNews.com … Led the team in interceptions and pass breakups and was second in tackles … Scooped up a fumble and raced 66 yards for a touchdown at Arkansas … Enjoyed an outstanding effort against LSU - recorded seven tackles; snatched an interception that set up the game-tying field goal; added two pass breakups … Had a career-best three pass breakups and caused a fumble in the Music City Bowl win over Florida State. 2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 42 Sol-52 TT, 2 INT, 12 PBU, 2 FR; First-team Freshman All-America as chosen by Rivals.com, the Football Writers Association of America, and The Sporting News … Coaches selected him as the team's Most Outstanding First-Year Defensive Player for 2006 … Fourth in the SEC in pass breakups with 12 … Named to the "All-Bowl Team" by Rivals.com for his performance in the win over Clemson; made an outstanding one-handed interception in the end zone, recovered a Tiger fumble, and played excellent pass coverage … Made game-clinching interception to seal upset victory over Georgia; also tipped a Bulldog pass that was intercepted by Roger Williams and had a career-high seven tackles in that game; named SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance. 2005: Entered UK in January 2005 as a “grayshirt” … Originally signed with UK in Feb. 2004, he delayed enrollment to help rehabilitate an injury … Redshirted the 2005 season. Personal: His brother, Terry, played football at Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Danny Trevathan heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 6/188 -- Danny Trevathan, LB, 6-0, 237, Kentucky...The scouting report on Trevathan is similar to fellow Kentucky alum Wesley Woodyard in 2008: prolific tackler, too small, gets lost in traffic. Look for the Broncos to develop the energetic Trevathan as they did Woodyard -- on special teams first. - The Sports Xchange
Myron Pryor heading into Sr season: 2007: 12 GP; 10 GS; 14 Sol-27 TT, 0.5 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 FR; Suspended for opener for a violation of team rules. Registered a season-high four stops in Kentucky's win over Arkansas … Matched a season-high with four tackles against Florida …Played 12 games, starting 11, with a total of 27 tackles...2006: 12 GP; 10 GS; 30 Sol-42 TT, 6.5 TFL, 5 SK, 1 INT, 1 FR, 4 FF; Played in 12 games, starting 10 … Caused four fumbles, ranking in the nation's top 10 in that category … Led the team in quarterback sacks with five … Turned in a dominant performance in the win over Ole Miss, recording two tackles, one sack, one interception, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in the win over the Rebels... 2005: 11 GP; 2 GS; 9 Sol-13 TT, 2 TFL, 2 SK, 1 QBH; Played in all 11 games ... Started the last two games ... Tallied 13 tackles, with a season high of three against Florida and Georgia.
T.C. Drake heading into Sr season: 2007: Saw action in all 13 games ... Played on special teams and as the backup to All-SEC tight end Jacob Tamme ...2006: Played in 12 games, including one start against Louisiana-Monroe in place of the injured Jacob Tamme ... Made one tackle on special teams.
Chris Matthews heading into Sr season: 2009: Played in all 13 games, starting 12 ... Team's No. 2 receiver with 32 catches for 354 yards and three touchdowns ... Coaches praised him often for his dedication to blocking for running plays...JUCO: Among the nation's top 10 junior-college prospects and the No. 2 wide receiver, as ranked by Rivals.com ... Tall receiver posted huge numbers at Los Angeles Harbor College ... Caught 80 balls as a sophomore, good for 1,235 yards and 11 touchdowns in only nine games ... His 80 receptions was tops among all 72 California junior colleges that compete in football ... First-team junior-college All-America and All-California ... Caught 32 passes for 529 yards and four TDs as a freshman...Cousin of the late Reggie White, who played his college football at Tennessee and enjoyed a long NFL career with Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina.
Johnny Williams heading into Sr season: 2007: 12 GP; 8 GS; 25 Sol-43 TT, 1 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 FF; Had 43 tackles, best of his career ... Struggled with plantar fasciitis in his foot during the season, missing the LSU game because of the condition ...2006: 13 GP; 7 GS; 21 Sol-35 TT, 2 TFL, 1 INT, 2 FF; Totaled 35 tackles, with a career-high six at LSU and against Georgia... Played in all 13 games, starting seven...2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; 11 Sol-14 TT, 2 TFL; Played in all 11 games as a reserve linebacker … Totaled 14 tackles, with a season high of three vs. Louisville.
Ricky Lumpkin heading into rSr season: 2009: Started all 13 games ... Totaled 26 tackles, with a season high of four vs. Alabama...2008: Appeared in 11 games while making two starts ... Battled a high-ankle sprain throughout the season ... Posted 17 tackles on the year, including 3.5 stops for a loss ...2007: Had 18 tackles in only seven games of action, including two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack ... Missed six games because of a hip injury ...2006: Redshirted.
Garry Williams heading into Sr season: 2007: Selected second-team All-SEC by league coaches … Named the SEC Offensive Lineman of theWeek for his performance vs. Florida Atlantic … Graded at 88 percent for that game … Part of the offensive line that has helped theWildcats set a school record for most points in a season...2006: Coaches named him the team's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman for the 2006 season ... Started the final 12 games of the season at left tackle...2005: Played in eight games, starting the last three at left tackle after Fatu Turituri went out with injury ... Earned his first varsity letter ... Originally signed with UK in Feb. 2004, he enrolled at UK in Aug 2005.
Zipp Duncan heading into rSr season: 2009 Texas vs the Nation Invite…2007: Started the LSU, Florida, and Florida State games at right guard while opening the other 10 games at left guard … The UK offense set a school record by scoring 475 points during the season … UK averaged 155.5 rushing yards per game, the team’s best mark in a dozen years …2006: Backup tight end … Member of the PAT team … Played in 12 games…2005: Redshirted as a defensive end.
DeQuin Evans heading into Sr season: 2009: A fourth-team All-SEC selection ... Named the team's Most Outstanding First-Year Defensive Player by the coaching staff ... Started every game ... Led the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks ... Ranked fifth in the league in TFL and ninth in sacks ...JUCO: The nation's No. 15 junior-college prospect by Rivals.com ... Listed No. 33 in the juco ranks by SuperPrep ... Played at Los Angeles Harbor College ... Participated in 15 games during his two seasons at Harbor, totaling 63 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 quarterback sacks, four pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery.
Justin Jeffries heading into Sr season: 2008: Started nine games after missing four contests because of a knee injury … UK’s offensive line yielded just 13 sacks, which was the best in the SEC and ranked fourth nationally … Team also ranked 11th in fewest tackles for loss allowed. 2007: Started all 13 games ... The UK offense set a school record by scoring 475 points this season. 2006: Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team by league coaches ... Played in 12 games ... Member of the PAT team who also played in several offensive series during the year ... Began preseason practice at defensive tackle before moving to offensive tackle ... Played defensive tackle at LSU, staying at the position only one game, when injuries struck that position in October ... Made two tackles in that LSU game. Personal: Father, Curtis, played pro football with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Sam Maxwell heading into Sr season: 2007: Totaled 27 tackles on the season, including five tackles for loss ...2006: Played in 12 games, serving as a backup behind defensive leader Wesley Woodyard ... Recorded six tackles on the season and also recovered a fumble ... Member of the kickoff return and kickoff coverage units.
Tony Dixon heading into rSr season: 2007: 11 GP; 2 GS; Rush: 72-411-5.7-4; Rec: 13-91-7-0; KR: 8-183-22.9-0; Played in 11 games, starting twice ... Limited the last month of the season because of hip, shoulder, and ankle injuries ... Carried the ball 72 times for a career-best 411 yards, with an excellent average of 5.7 yards per carry ... Recorded his first multi-touchdown game against Eastern Kentucky, rushing the ball for two scores ... 2006: 12 GP; 5 GS; Rush: 87-303-3.5-4; Rec: 17-138-8.1-0; Played in 12 games, starting five with Rafael Little limited by injury problems ... Although hobbled by a hamstring strain, showed determination in helping lead UK on the game-winning drive vs. Georgia ... 2005: Missed the season after sustaining a broken bone in his leg during preseason practice...2004: 8 GP; 6 GS; Rush: 54-244-4.5-1; Rec: 8-61-7.6-0; Played in eight games ... Broke into the starting lineup for six games before being sidelined by injury ... Rushed 54 times for 244 yards, a 4.5-yard average per carry, and one touchdown ... Also caught eight passes for 61 yards.
Ventrell Jenkins heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 1 GS; 17 Sol-34 TT, 5.5 TFL, 4 SK, 1 PBU, 2 QBH; Played in all 13 games ... Started in the win over Louisville and pulled down a career-high six tackles against the Cardinals, including a quarterback sack ... Made three stops in the victory over top-ranked LSU, including a career-high two sacks ... Has a streak of at least one tackle in 15 consecutive games...2006: 12 GP; 1 GS; 8 Sol-19 TT, 4.5 TFL, 1 SK, 1 QBH; Played in 12 games ... Got first career start vs. LSU and responded well, tallying six tackles and two for a loss ... Had five tackles, two for a loss, and one sack vs. hometown school South Carolina ... Had 19 tackles on the season...2005: 8 GP; 0 GS; 1 Sol-6 TT, 2 TFL, 2 SK; Played in eight games ... Made six tackles, highlighted by quarterback sacks against Florida and Vanderbilt...First name is pronounced "ven-TRELL".
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