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UK Sports – UK Football Fan Day Set for Saturday, Aug. 8

Annual event to be held Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. at Nutter Field House

UK Helmet LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky football Fan Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. inside Nutter Field House, followed by an open practice at approximately 10:45 a.m. at the Tim Couch Practice Fields at the Nutter Training Center. Admission and parking for the event are free of charge.

Kentucky student-athletes and coaches will sign autographs at the annual event from 910:15 a.m. New 2015 posters and schedule cards will also be available for pickup. Please note that UK Athletics is requesting autographed items be limited to one per fan.

At the conclusion of the autograph session, fans are invited to attend an open practice at the Tim Coach Practice Fields at the Nutter Training Center that will last from approximately 10:45 a.m.12:15 p.m.

Parking and admission for both portions of the event are free. Parking will be available in the Glenn Nissan Red Lot, Glenn Infiniti of Lexington Green Lot and Glenn Hyundai Blue Lot adjacent to The New CWS and Nutter Field House. Fans may either walk to the open practice or park near the Tim Couch Practice Fields, in the C8 lot behind the right-field fence of Cliff Hagan Stadium, or the three (3) designated Employee lots on Sports Center Drive, north of Cooper.

 

The event will be part of the opening week of fall camp for the 2015 Kentucky Wildcats, who are scheduled to arrive for camp on Aug. 6 and will participate in UK’s annual media day on Aug. 7. The Wildcats will be preparing for the 2015 season, which opens vs. UL Lafayette at 7 p.m. on Sept. 5 at The New CWS, which will be hosting its first game after a $120 million renovation.

Fans can purchase season tickets, single-game tickets for home and away games, and 2015 mini-packs by visiting ukfootballtix.com.

For more information on Kentucky football, follow @UKFootball or @UKCoachStoops on Twitter.

UK Sports – Kentucky Football Has 23 Players in Recruiting Class

UK vs Georgia(note: NCAA rules do not allow media relations personnel to speak with prospects or coaches until after signing day;

this information is gleaned from internet, newspaper and other sources)

Josh Allen, Linebacker, 6-5, 210, Fr-HS, Montclair, N.J. (Montclair) – Explosive prospect led the state of New Jersey in quarterback sacks … A high school defensive end, his athleticism enables him to play linebacker or end in the collegiate ranks … An all-around athlete, playing wide receiver as well … Has been timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash … Had 23 receptions for 425 yards and four touchdowns his senior season at Montclair, including an 80-yard grab … As a defensive end, he had 75 total tackles with 21 tackles for loss plus 22.5 sacks … Also had six passes defended and one fumble recovery … Coached by John Fiore … Played first three years of high school in Alabama before moving back to his hometown his senior season … Helped Montclair claim its third-straight North 1, Group 5 Championship in 2014 … Named All-Super Essex Conference first-team defense in 2014 … Chose Kentucky over Buffalo and Monmouth.

Coach Stoops says: “Josh is a rangy athlete with great upside. He is a versatile player, there will be multiple options for him to play within our defense.”

 

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 … Name pronounced “ah-SAH-fo ad-JAY.”

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.”

Derrick Baity, Defensive Back, 6-3, 180, Fr-HS, Tampa, Fla. (H.B. Plant) – First-team all-state as a senior … Three-star prospect by ESPN.com, which ranks him as one of the top 200 players in the talent-rich state of Florida and 83rd-best cornerback in the nation … ESPN.com scouting reports says he “Is a solid run support player. Recognizes run and will set the edge. Is not a vicious tackler but gets the job done. Baity is of very good height for a corner. Sees the game well. Is quick to react to the run and will easily stay in his back pedal when it is pass. Knows how to key through the line into the QB. Baity is a good prospect because of his physical tools” … Florida High School Athletic Association 8A All-State First-Team Defense … Had 66 tackles his senior season with three tackles for loss, four interceptions, which he returned 77 yards, and three fumbles recovered … Had three interceptions, which he returned for 45 yards as a junior with one fumble recovery and 40 tackles … All-around athlete that also played wide receiver and had success his senior season with 33 receptions for 730 yards and six touchdowns, including a season-best 77-yard reception … Chose Kentucky after offers from Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, Minnesota, South Florida, Syracuse, UCF and Wisconsin … Name pronounced same as “Batey.”

Coach Stoops says: “Because of Derrick’s size and range, he is an extremely versatile defensive back. He comes from a great high school program.”

 

Kei Beckham, Defensive Back, 5-11, 170, Fr-HS, Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison) – First-team all-state player had nine interceptions as a senior, returning five for touchdowns … A three-star prospect by all four major recruiting services … Rivals.com lists him as the 20th-best player in the state of Ohio and the 44th best cornerback  in the nation … Scout.com lists Beckham as the fourth-best safety in the state of Ohio and 81st-best safety in the nation … ESPN.com’s scouting report of Beckham says he “Plays with acceptable strength as he can body position himself vs. WRs. Speed is good as he will close on a receiver quickly. He is athletic enough to be an early contributor” … Added 34 tackles in 2014 with three fumbles forced and two fumbles recovered … Strong senior season led him to Southwest Ohio Division III Defensive Player of the Year honors and was a first team all-state selection … Justin Rowland from Rivals.com said this about Beckham in a scouting report, “Big players make big plays, and the difference between a great corner and a good one is sometimes the difference between an interception and a pass breakup. When Beckham had the opportunity to make a big play he made the best play that could be made, so he rose to the occasion” … Selected as a Fox 45 Top 22, which picks the best 22 seniors prior to the start of the season … Had eight interceptions his junior year with a pick six, 32 tackles and four fumble recoveries … Helped his team to state title his freshman and senior seasons … Picked Kentucky after offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Purdue and others … Name is pronounced “kee.”

Coach Stoops says: “Kei has great ball skills. He’s a big-play defensive back, as evidenced by his interceptions and his returns for touchdowns.”

 

Alvonte Bell, Defensive End, 6-5, 260, Jr-JC, Miramar, Fla. (Everglades/Pearl River Community College) – Played two years at Pearl River Community College … Had 16 tackles last season with two sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss and one fumble forced … Had 12 tackles his first season in juco, adding two sacks and one tackle for loss.

High School: Explosive defensive end at Everglades High School in Miramar, Fla., where he was coached by Rodney Rumph … The nation’s No. 24 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com … The No. 34 overall defensive end according to Scout.com … “Bell is a raw athlete with speed, length, and quickness that attracts attention his way. He has long arms to get into passing lanes, he can move well in space, and he really pursues the ball well,” according to Scout analyst Chad Simmons … Was timed at 4.88 in the 40 with a 27-inch vertical … Made 40 tackles as a junior, with his 18 total tackles for loss including 11 quarterback sacks … Helped led the team to the Florida Class 6A regional quarterfinals his freshman and sophomore seasons … Missed much of his senior season because of injury … Began high school career as a basketball star before making the move to football … Name is pronounced “al-VON-tay.”

Coach Stoops says: “We’re excited to get Alvonte back after signing him two years ago. He has great size and athleticism and is extremely quick off the ball.”

 

Eli Brown, Linebacker, 6-2, 200, Fr-HS, Bowling Green, Ky. (Warren East) – Four-star recruit by all four major recruiting services … Scout.com ranks him the No. 1 outside linebacker in the state of Kentucky and the second-best overall prospect in the state … ESPN.com ranks Brown the 15th best outside linebacker in the nation and No. 244 in the ESPN Top 300 … ESPN.com’s scouting report says, “Brown is an athletic linebacker prospect with a lot of natural ability and upside. He can run, close and hit at an upper-tier level. May not be an immediate impact guy, but his upside is very high” … Picked for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, arguably the most prestigious high school football all-star game … Had a great senior season with 50 tackles, adding 10 tackles for loss, an interception, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery … Also had 50 tackles his junior season with two tackles for loss, two interceptions and a fumble forced … Solid running back for his high school team, rushing 83 times for 687 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014 and 132 times for 1,186 yards and 15 touchdowns his junior season … Caught 14 passes his junior and season seasons combined for 192 yards … Named to The Courier-Journal’s 2014 All-State Football Team … A 2014 Herald-Leader Class of the Commonwealth honoree … 2014 Associated Press All-State first-team selection … Helped his team to the state players all four years of high school, including the state semifinals his sophomore season … Chose Kentucky over Ohio State, Penn State, Louisville, WKU and Vanderbilt.

Coach Stoops says: “Eli is an extremely athletic linebacker – great speed and change of direction. He’s another great Kentucky player we’re proud to have stayed home.”

 

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 … Selected as one of only 20 “Buckeye Bluechips” by the Touchdown Club of Columbus … 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.

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 … Name pronounced “ken-JAIR-uh.”

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.”

 

Therrell Gosier, Wide Receiver, 6-6, 210, Fr-HS, Pompano Beach, Fla. (Blanche Ely) – Three-star wide receiver by ESPN.com who is one of the top 200 players in the talent-rich state of Florida and the 165th-best wide receiver in the nation … ESPN.com’s scouting report says he, “possesses outstanding overall measurables. Long arms and legs. Possesses a wide catch radius on a frame that is capable of carrying more bulk. Is a galloping strider that builds to top end speed. Is a big, rangy athlete” … Scout.com ranks him the 16th-best wide receiver in the state of Florida and 75th-best wide receiver in the 2015 class … Fine athlete also is a star for his high school basketball team … No. 33 in The Sun Sentinel’s Top 50 seniors … Named on watch list for The Opening 2014 … Chose Kentucky over offers from Clemson, Marshall, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, South Florida, Syracuse and West Virginia … Name pronounced “ther-RELL go-SEER.”

Coach Stoops says: “Therrell can be an impact player – a big-time talent with size, speed and big-play ability.”

 

Jabari Greenwood, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 195, Fr-HS, Washington D.C. (Gonzaga) – A three-star wide receiver prospect with great size … Scout.com ranks him the top wide receiver in the Washington, D.C. area and the No. 7 overall player in the area … Rivals.com ranks him the fourth-best player in the D.C. area and the 51st-best wide receiver in the nation … ESPN.com’s scouting report says, “He is tall and long with some functional strength and brings physicality to the game. There’s a lot to like about Greenwood. He makes plays when the ball comes his way” … Led high school in receiving each of his final three seasons … Had 50 receptions his senior year for 754 yards and nine touchdowns … Named All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference second team as a senior … A 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl nominee … Was named the team’s Outstanding Offense Player of the Week in the team’s 49-21 victory over Bishop O’Connell last season … Had 30 catches for 487 yards and four touchdowns his junior season and 31 catches for 437 yards and four touchdowns his sophomore season … Earned second-team All-WCAC honors as a junior and third-team honors as a sophomore … Picked Kentucky over Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Maryland, Pittsburgh and others.

Coach Stoops says: “With his size and physicality, he can be the presence you’re looking for as an inside receiver. He has big-play capability in the pass game as well.”

 

 

 

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.

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.”

 

Will Jackson, Defensive Back, 6-3, 200, Fr-HS, Washington D.C. (St. John’s College High) – Combination athlete in high school, playing cornerback and wide receiver … 247Sports.com lists him as an athlete and ranks him the 16th-best prospect in Washington D.C. … Named first-team Washington Catholic Athletic Conference as a defensive back in 2014 … Had 30 catches for 500 yards as a sophomore … Chose Kentucky over offers from Western Michigan, Connecticut, Nevada, North Carolina State, Old Dominion and Toledo.

Coach Stoops says: “Will is a long, rangy corner, physical with great footwork. Having also played receiver in high school, he has good ball skills. It’s exciting to have this kind of size in the secondary.”

 

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.

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.”

Sihiem King, Running Back, 5-9, 185, Fr-HS, Colquitt, Ga. (Colquitt County) – Swift running back was the Georgia Offensive Player of the Year as selected by the Georgia Sports Writers Association … A three-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN.com … ESPN.com’s scouting report says,”(King) is an elusive threat at the RB position with quickness and speed. Goes from 0-to-60 in a hurry. Quick to get into second level and utilize his big-play speed. Displays powerful balance slipping arm tackles. King is a speedy all-purpose back with hybrid slot/RB skill set that could be ultra-productive in a spread offense. Best asset is his versatility and ability to motion out in the slot and produce in the passing game” … ESPN.com ranks him the 74th best running back nationally and one of the top 100 prospects in Georgia … Impressive senior stats featured 279 rushes for 2,090 yards in 15 games, scoring 37 TDs and totaling 11 100-yard rushing performances … Averaged 139.3 yards per game while leading Colquitt HS to the Class AAAAAA state championship … Rushed for 1,439 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior … Three-year career stats feature 601 carries for 3,781 yards and 55 TDs … Has an ability to be a threat in the passing game, totaling 94 catches for 796 yards and four TDs … Played on defense as a freshman … Coached by Rush Propst … Chose Kentucky over West Virginia, Wake Forest, Washington State and Middle Tennessee … Name pronounced “sah-HEEM.”

Coach Stoops says: “Sihiem is an explosive running back who can make plays in space and as a receiver, leading his team to a Georgia state championship and being named the state offensive player of the year.”

 

Levon Livingston, Offensive Lineman, 6-7, 250, Fr-HS, Washington D.C. (Ballou) –Three-star offensive line prospect by all four major recruiting services that played some defensive end as well … Scout.com ranks him the No. 1 offensive tackle in the Washington D.C. area … Rivals.com ranks him the ninth-best prospect in Washington D.C. area … ESPN.com scouting report says, “flashes good pull/trap ability and if can maintain mobility as he add size, can possess good range as run blocker” … A 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl nominee … Had a great junior season with 19.5 sacks on defense and helped the Ballou offense rush for over 1,300 yards and advance to the state playoffs … Strong junior season led to him being named second-team All-Metropolitan Area by The Washington Post … Invited to compete in the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio in January 2014 … Also named second-team All-Met after his senior season … Picked Kentucky over offers from Charlotte, North Carolina State and West Virginia … Name pronounced “luh-VON.”

Coach Stoops says:”Levon has great size and length who will fill out physically. He’s also athletic, with great footwork.”

 

Courtney Love, Linebacker, 6-2, 245, 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.

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.”

 

               Courtney Miggins, Defensive Tackle, 6-5, 285, Jr-JC, Lithonia, Ga. (Miller Groove/Pearl River CC) – Strong junior college prospect that originally signed with Louisiana Lafayette out of high school … Was a three-star recruit by ESPN.com out of high school before going to junior college … Had nine tackles his freshman season at Pearl River and four tackles last season with two pass breakups … First team all-region selection as a senior at Miller Grove High, playing for coach Damien Wimes … Had 36 tackles with four sacks and 13 TFL as a senior … Registered 40 tackles with eight quarterback sacks and 10 TFL as a junior to earn a spot in the RisingSeniors.com Junior Bowl … Among JUCO players, 247Sports.com ranks him 44th overall and the eight-best defensive tackle … Chose Kentucky over N.C. State and Mississippi State.                Coach Stoops says: “Courtney is an impact defensive lineman out of the junior college ranks. He has great size and quickness off the ball, the skills to come in and compete at a high level.”

 

Javon Provitt, Defensive Tackle, 6-3, 305, Fr-HS, Warren, Ohio (Warren G. Harding) – A three-star defensive line prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com, 247Sports.com and ESPN.com … ESPN.com ranks him he 37th-best prospect in the state of Ohio and the 61st-best defensive tackle in the nation … ESPN.com scouting report says, “Provitt possesses very good size at this stage with a build that can support additional good mass with time in a college weight program and allow him to play comfortable in the 300-pound range. Displays very good playing strength. Flashes a good initial burst.” … Helped a pass rush that only allowed 111.1 passing yards per game and only 24.6 points per game in 2014 … Named to the 2014 Ohio High School Football Players Watch List … Picked Kentucky over Cincinnati, Purdue and Toledo … Name is pronounced “jah-VON PRO-vit.”

Coach Stoops says: “Javon is a big, powerful defensive lineman who is also explosive. With his quick first step, he could be extremely disruptive.”

 

Tavin Richardson, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 218, Fr-HS, Duncan, S.C. (Byrnes) – Three-star recruit …  ESPN.com ranks him the 12th-best player in the state of South Carolina and 72nd-best wide receiver in the 2015 class … ESPN.com scouting report says he, “possesses height, length and bulk. Is athletics and rangy with good overall flexibility and body control given his size. Possesses really good, strong hands. Secures the football with purpose. Can contort his body and adjust to poorly thrown balls. Catches the ball with his hands extended away from his frame, but will cradle and use his frame to secure the ball in traffic if necessary” … Rivals.com ranks him the ninth-best player in South Carolina and 20th-best tight end in the 2015 class … Played in the prestigious Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … Had 43 receptions his senior season for 457 yards and five touchdowns … Returned kicks in high school, including 21 kick returns for 457 yards his senior season and 10 returns his junior season for 836 yards … Strong junior season with 63 receptions for 836 yards and eight touchdowns … Had 600 receiving yards as a sophomore with four touchdowns …  No. 17 on High School Sports Report Top 100 Rising Senior List … All-Region II-4A selection … Named second-team All-Area … Was named to the High School Sports Report All-Rookie Team in 2012 … Chose Kentucky over offers from Central Florida, Arkansas, Florida, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State and Ole Miss … Name pronounced “TAY-vin.”

Coach Stoops says: “Tavin is a big, strong wide receiver with great hands. He also excels at getting yards after the catch.”

Logan Stenberg, Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 330, Fr-HS, Madison, Ala. (James Clemens) – A three-star offensive line prospect by all four major recruiting services … Scout.com ranks him the second-best offensive tackle in the state of Alabama … ESPN.com lists Stenberg as the 42nd-best prospect in the state of Alabama and the 134th-best offensive tackle in the nation … ESPN.com’s scouting report says, “massive o-line prospect with very good height and a lot of bulk packed on his frame. Displays very good playing strength. Has size and strength to engulf and maul defenders at times and will try to deliver a blow and as well as finish at times” … Behind his strong blocking his high school team rushed for nearly 2,000 yards last season while totaling over 3,300 yards of total offense … Named second-team all-state in 2014 by Alabama Sports Writers Association … Cleared the way for his running back to rush for over 1,300 yards in 2014 and earn first-team all-state honors by the Alabama Sports Writers Association … Played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 2014 and impressed there …  … Chose Kentucky over offers from Southern Miss and Troy.

Coach Stoops says: “Logan has the size you look for, a physical offensive lineman who is also very athletic. He’s a big presence.”

 

Marcus Walker, Defensive Back, 6-1, 190, Fr-HS, Lake Wales, Fla. (Lake Wales) – A four-star recruit by ESPN.com that ranks him the 214th-best prospect in their Top 300 … ESPN.com ranks him the 39th-best player in the talent-rich state of Florida and the 15th-best safety in the class of 2015 … ESPN.com scouting report says, “Tall, athletic safety with very good height, length and a strong build. Plays with great functional strength and should continue to fill out well and develop. Runs well; closes fast and displays very good range. Speed and movements are somewhat straight-line but faster than his testing times indicate. Has good play speed” … Rivals.com Justin Rowland says, “Explosive, ball hawk, physical. Describe him however you want. Walker can play. From an athletic and skills standpoint Walker is one of the best safeties Kentucky has had in the modern era. He’s the definition of Florida speed,” … A Bright House Sports Network Top 20 football player in the Tampa Bay area at No. 17 … Missed some of his senior season with an injury but returned and helped Lake Wales to the regional quarterfinals … Had five interceptions his junior season … Saw a lot of time as a kick returner and did well with nearly 600 all-purpose yards his junior season … Named second-team all-state by Herald-Tribune …  Picked Kentucky after offers from Tennessee, Arkansas, Michigan State, Florida, Ole Miss, UCLA, Mississippi State and many others.

Coach Stoops says: “Marcus is extremely talented. He’s a prototypical safety – great instincts, ball skills and a good tackler.”

 

Chris Westry, Defensive Back, 6-4, 180, Fr-HS, Orange Park, Fla. (Oakleaf) – Three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com, 247Sports.com and ESPN.com … Evaluated as a safety in high school, he also could play cornerback in college … Scout.com ranks him the 17th-best safety in the state of Florida … ESPN.com ranks him the 55th-best safety in the nation … ESPN.com’s scouting report says, “Westry has very good size for a DB. He is what the power conference schools look for in a DB. Long in body and arms. Plays with good strength as he continually defeats stack blocks to make the tackle. His top end speed is very good. Westry is the kind of player the big time power conference schools like” … Had 34 total tackles his senior season with one interception and 12 passes defended … Blocked two field goals his senior season … Named Times-Union’s 2014 All-First Coast honorable mention … A Super 24 selection  … Picked Kentucky over offers from Auburn, Florida, South Florida, UCF, FIU, Ohio and Charlotte.

Coach Stoops says: “Chris has exceptional size for a cornerback and good footwork. He has the potential to develop into a shutdown corner.”

Mason Wolfe, Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 325, Fr-HS, Henderson, Ky., (Henderson County) – A three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com, 247sports.com and ESPN.com … Helped his team to the state playoffs all four years of high school, including the quarterfinals his freshman season … Scout.com ranks him the No. 1 offensive tackle in the state of Kentucky and sixth-best overall player in the state … Rivals.com ranks him the fifth-best player in the state … ESPN.com scouting report on Wolfe says, “good height and bulk at this stage with room to rework body comp some and still add good mass to frame” … His blocking helped Henderson County rush for 1,592 yards his senior season with 23 rushing touchdowns … Helped the Colonels rush for 1,863 yards his junior season and 26 rushing touchdowns … Named first-team all-state by The Associated Press in 2014 …  Named to The Courier-Journal’s 2014 All-State Football Team … A 2014 Herald-Leader Class of the Commonwealth honoree … Picked Kentucky over California, Louisville, Missouri and Purdue.

Coach Stoops says: “We’re happy to have Mason, a great in-state player. With his size and length, he has tremendous upside.”

 

In addition to the signees, five players have confirmed their commitment to join the Wildcats as non-scholarship players in 2015

 

            Elijah Barnett, Linebacker, 6-3, 220, Fr-HS, Lexington, Ky. (Henry Clay) – First-team all-city selection … Had 14 tackles for loss and 7.5 quarterback sacks … Son of Oliver Barnett, member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame and the all-time sacks leader at UK.

 

Blake Best, Long Snapper, 6-2, 247, Fr-HS, Suwanee, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge) – Three-year letterman and team captain … Winner of Gwinnett Touchdown Club Award … Member of student leadership team.

 

Alex Brownell, Linebacker, 6-2, 205, Fr-HS, Union, Ky. (Ryle) – Member of Northern Kentucky All-Star Team … Four-year starter … Team captain.

 

Davis Mattingly, Quarterback, 6-4, 225, Fr-HS, Louisville, Ky. (Male) – Kentucky Class 6A Player of the Year … Threw for 2,300 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior … Had a 23-3 record as starting quarterback.

 

Sullivan Simpson, Offensive Lineman, 6-3, 280, Fr-HS, Lexington, Ky. (Henry Clay) – Two-time all-state and  three-time all-city performer … Team Most Valuable Player as a senior  … His father, Sam, played for Kentucky in the 1970s and his brother, also named Sam, played for UK in recent years and is currently a graduate assistant coach.

UK Sports – Six New Football Wildcats Enroll

Four High School Graduates, Two Transfers From Nebraska Join UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. – 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 DecemUK Change the Gameber – 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 Observernamed 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.”

Towles Named to Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll

Sophomore quarterback honored after career day rushing and passing against No. 1 Bulldogs

UK QB Patrick Towles - Photo by Tammie Brown - Camen Media
UK QB Patrick Towles – Photo by Tammie Brown – Camen Media

LEXINGTON, Ky. – 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 atwww.paulhornungaward.com 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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Wildcats give #1 Mississippi St. all they can handle

Cats give Number 1 ranked Mississippi St. a scare in Lexington.

UK vs Miss. St - Photo by Tammie Brown - Camen Media
UK vs Miss. St – Photo by Tammie Brown – Camen Media

It did’t look good early for U.K. as Mississippi St, jumped out to an early 17-7 2nd quarter lead before finishing off a greatly improved Wildcat team 45-31. Heisman candidate Dak Prescott accounted for 3 scores as he threw for one score and ran for 2 more. UK QB ran for two touchdowns of his own and connected on two more for a 67 yard strike and a 58 yard bomb. Statistically, Towles far outshined Prescott, but in the end, it comes down to wins and losses, and Prescott has not lost this season. Towles rushed for 123 and passed for another 390, while Prescott ran for 104 and passed for 216. UK continues it is vastly improved and will be a force to reckon with in upcoming years.

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Football Announces 2015 Schedule, Including 8 Home Games

UK football team to play eight home games at The New CWS in 2015

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – 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

Kentucky Black Magic Knocks out Gamecocks

By Ricky Blair – Could lightning actually strike twice?  In the case of Kentucky pulling off a big win while wearing their black jersey uniforms – the answer on Saturday was a resounding – Yes!

The last time the Wildcats wore the black jersey uniform, they ended a 26-game losing streak to the Tennessee Volunteers (2011) using a wide receiver with the #3 (Matt Roark) at quarterback.  Well, once again, it took a #3 lining up at quarterback to pull off the magic of a big win. This time it was running back Jo Jo Kemp who lined up as quarterback out of the ‘Wildcat’ formation, providing the offensive spurt that led to a 45-38 UK win over the visiting South Carolina Gamecocks.

Kemp rushed 17 times for 131 yards and three touchdowns on the night.  On this magical night – all five of Kentucky’s offensive touchdowns came out of the ‘Wildcat’ formation.  In addition to the three that Kemp scored, there was also a 38-yard touchdown run by Brandon Heard in the first half. Then, in the second half, Ryan Timmons pulled in a 48-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Patrick Towles after Kentucky ran a double reverse pitch back pass out of the formation.

The Wildcats’ determination came through as they overcame a 14-point deficit in both the first and second half.  South Carolina jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but the Wildcats were able to even the score at 17 apiece going into the halftime intermission.

In the second half, the Wildcats took a seven point lead when Towles hit Timmons on the 48-yard pass play, but the Gamecocks came storming back with 21 unanswered points to go up by 14 points for a second time.

Just when it looked like the game may be over for the ‘Cats, they turned to Kemp and the ‘Wildcat’ formation to score back-to-back touchdowns and tie the game at 38 with 2:46 left in the contest.  However, unlike in times past where the home team fostered hope for Big Blue fans only to have it stripped away with a heartbreaking loss, this time the magic was on Kentucky’s side.  South Carolina’s pass attempt by quarterback Dylan Thompson was batted up in the air by UK senior defensive lineman Mike Douglas and intercepted by fellow senior defensive lineman Bud Dupree, who ran six yards for the game-winning touchdown.

Most of the season high 62,135 crowd stormed the field after the win in celebration of a truly amazing victory.  With that win, the Wildcats move to 4-1 on the season and 2-1 in the SEC.

WHY NOT KENTUCKY

The UK Wildcat football team is riding high after a hard fought victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks in Lexington. The Cats fought back on three different occasions to include trailing by 14 in the 4th quarter. JoJo Kemp nearly single handedly carried UK to their win. Kemp,

Why Not UK
Why Not UK

running the Wildcat offense, ran at will through the Gamecock defense. UK overcame a horrible call on a South Carolina fumble and a defense that allowed 500 yards in total offense and 282 yards rushing. South Carolina would go away from their running game when it mattered in the 4th quarter only to have UK intercept a SC pass for a pick 6 to take the lead for good. UK would intercept another pass in the waining moments of the game to seal the victory.

Kentucky is 4-1 and could easily be 5-0 if not for a missed call at Florida. It is still early on in the season, but the Wildcats have shown they have changed the atmosphere in Lexington in regards to their football program. Kentucky will now face UL Monroe before they start the true tough part of their schedule that includes 4 of their last 6 games on the road. Their remaining schedule has UK at #15 LSU, at Home against #12 Mississippi St., at #24 Missouri, home against #13 Georgia before traveling to Tennessee and at Louisville. Assuming UK can win next week at home against UL Monroe to go to 5-1, they would have to win at least one of their remaining 5 games to qualify for a bowl bid. Not bad for a team who hadn’t won an SEC game since 2011 and only won 2 games all of last year. Things are looking up for the Kentucky Wildcat football team and has fans throughout the State of Kentucky saying, WHY NOT KENTUCKY!!!

Kentucky gets 1st SEC win since 2011

By Ricky Blair

Not since 2011 had the Kentucky football team walked off the field with a win over a conference foe; but this past Saturday the Wildcats put that shameful streak to rest with a 17-7 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores.

While this game wasn’t nearly as exciting as the last SEC victory – a game in which receiver-turned-quarterback Matt Roark was carried off the field by teammates and fans after leading the Wildcats to their first triumph over the Tennessee Volunteers in 26 years — it was none-the-less important for this coaching staff and young team as they try to turn a corner for this football program.

The Wildcats’ offense scored a touchdown on its first possession when quarterback Patrick Towles hit receiver Ryan Timmons on a 20-yard pass across the middle.  Timmons lost the ball, but it was ruled that he crossed the goal line before fumbling.  It was a close call for the Wildcats, who struggled for most of the game to move the football and to put points on the board.

Kentucky finished the first quarter up 7-0, but it wasn’t long before Vanderbilt took advantage of a Towles miscue. Towles threw a slant pass that was intercepted at UK’s own 10-yard line by Commodore cornerback Darrius Sims, who then trotted into the endzone for a touchdown. The Vanderbilt score tied the game at seven apiece.

In response, the Wildcats added a 44-yard Austin MacGinnis field goal, followed by a 12-play, 66-yard touchdown drive just seconds before halftime, which was capped by a 1-yard Towles run.

While the offense struggled for most of the day, the defense shined during this victory.  The defense was led by middle linebacker Josh Forrest, defensive end Bud Dupree, and cornerback J.D. Harmon, who each had five or more tackles.

The defense was also opportunistic, intercepting three passes in the game, which matches last year’s season total.  Marcus McWilson, Ashley Lowery and A.J. Stamps each had a take away during the fourth quarter to preserve the win.

Regarding the win, UK coach Mark Stoops said, “It was a thing of beauty.”

While it wasn’t always pretty to watch for most of the fans, at this point any conference win is a beautiful thing.