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  10/14/21 - Eli CoxrSo/2024, Kentucky, 6-3, 293 (DS#31 OG) + More +

  OCT 11 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Eli Cox, OG, Kentucky,...Played every offensive snap and graded at 91 percent in Kentucky's 42-21 win over LSU...Helped UK to 330 rushing yards, averaging 7.3 per attempt (7.7 per attempt if you don't include two kneel-downs at the end of the game)...Led the offensive line with seven knockdown blocks and had 15 blocks at the point of attack, including Will Levis' quarterback sneak for a touchdown...Did not have any missed assignments and did not allow any quarterback sacks or pressures...Helped UK to 42 points, most ever for the Wildcats against LSU in a regulation-length game. - SEC Football

(DS#31 OG) rSo/2024 OG Eli CoxKentucky
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  10/14/21 - Octavious OxendineSo/2024, Kentucky, 6-1, 318 (DS#50 DT) + More +

  OCT 11 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Octavious Oxendine, DT, Kentucky,...Made three tackles, including the first two quarterback sacks of his career (-16 yards), in Kentucky's 42-21 win over LSU...His seven-yard sack in the second quarter helped force a punt...Credited with a nine-yard sack when he forced the LSU quarterback into an intentional grounding call, helping force another punt. - SEC Football

(DS#50 DT) So/2024 DT Octavious OxendineKentucky
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  10/11/21 - Octavious OxendineSo/2024, Kentucky, 6-1, 318 (DS#50 DT) + More +

  Kentucky defensive tackle Octavious Oxendine will miss the rest of the season with a lower leg injury sustained in the No. 11 Wildcats' 42-21 win over LSU. Coach Mark Stoops wasn't more specific about Oxendine's injury on Monday but called it a “big loss” considering Kentucky (6-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) has already lost nose guard Marquan McCall in the win over Florida with what he described as a lower extremity injury. Senior Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald is listed as the starter for Saturday's East Division showdown at top-ranked Georgia. The announcement comes as Oxendine was named SEC co-defensive line player of the week for his play against LSU. The sophomore recorded two sacks among three tackles, earning credit for a sack after forcing an intentional grounding call. He was eighth on the team with 15 tackles, including 3.5 for loss. - AP College Football

(DS#50 DT) So/2024 DT Octavious OxendineKentucky
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  10/10/21 - Will LevisrJr/2023, Kentucky, 6-2, 232 (DS#34 QB) + More +

  OCT 10 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WILL LEVIS, KENTUCKY, Junior, Quarterback, Madison, CT/Xavier HS,...Will Levis accounted for five touchdowns (3 passing, 2 rushing) as 16th-ranked Kentucky defeated LSU, 42-21. Levis threw for 145 yards (14-of-17) and three scores, and rushed for 75 yards and two more touchdowns as the Wildcats remained unbeaten (6-0, 3-0 in SEC). Notes: Will Levis joins teammate Jacquez Jones (Oct. 3, 2021) and former Wildcat linebacker Josh Allen (Nov. 4, 2018) as Walter Camp National Player of Week honorees since 2004 from Kentucky. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

(DS#34 QB) rJr/2023 QB Will LevisKentucky
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  10/10/21 - Will LevisrJr/2023, Kentucky, 6-2, 232 (DS#34 QB) + More +

  Will Levis' short touchdown passes stood out because his throwing touch has been a work in progress. The gutsy Kentucky quarterback continued to show how he can take and give hits rushing the ball, spinning free from several tackles during one run before carrying a few LSU defenders a few extra yards for a highlight-worthy clip. Both impressive skills helped the No. 16 Wildcats earn their most remarkable victory this season. Levis threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more scores and Kentucky dominated LSU throughout in a 42-21 blowout Saturday night.

The Wildcats have their first 6-0 start since 1950, improved to 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference and earned a second consecutive win over a conference heavyweight. Kentucky beat then-No. 10 Florida 20-13 last week. The Wildcats' biggest challenge looms at No. 2 Georgia next week in an East Division showdown, and they'll enter with their best performance since the season opener. Levis had a huge hand in that, with the QB bouncing back from a lackluster stretch to account for three second-half scores alone as Kentucky pulled away to a 35-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Penn State transfer sandwiched TD passes of 25, 11 and 3 yards between rushing scores of 5 and 1 yards as the Wildcats outgained the Tigers 475-408, though much of LSU's yardage came after the game was out of reach. - Kentucky/AP College Football


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  10/04/21 - Josh PaschalrSr/2022, Kentucky, 6-2, 278 (DS#22 DE) + More +

  OCT 4 SEC CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Josh Paschal, DE, Kentucky,...Made the game-changing play - a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown - in Kentucky's 20-13 win over No. 10/9-ranked Florida...With UK trailing 10-7 in the third quarter, Paschal swatted a 48-yard attempt that was caught by Trevin Wallace and returned 76 yards for the TD, giving the Wildcats a lead that they did not relinquish...Also made seven tackles, including 2.5 for loss, from his defensive end position...Helped limit Florida to 171 rushing yards and 382 yards total offense, well below their season averages of 322.5 rushing yards (third nationally) and 540.8 total offensive yards (ninth nationally). - SEC Football

(DS#22 DE) rSr/2022 DE Josh PaschalKentucky
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  10/04/21 - Jacquez JonesSr/2022, Kentucky, 6-0, 235 (DS#43 ILB) + More +

  OCT 4 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jacquez Jones, LB, Kentucky,...Had nine tackles, including one for loss, a quarterback hurry and a game-saving pass breakup in Kentucky's 20-13 win over No. 10/9-ranked Florida...His fourth-down pass breakup in the end zone with 18 seconds left preserved the victory...Had two shared tackles for loss, one on a three-yard loss that helped force a punt and also on a one-yard loss leading up to UK's decisive game-changing blocked punt...The UK defense limited Florida to 171 rushing yards and 382 yards total offense, well below their season averages of 322.5 rushing yards (third nationally) and 540.8 yards total offense (ninth nationally)...The UK defense ended the Florida streak of 14 consecutive games of 400+ yards total offense, the nation's longest active streak. - SEC Football

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  10/03/21 - Jacquez JonesSr/2022, Kentucky, 6-0, 235 (DS#43 ILB) + More +

  OCT 3 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JACQUEZ JONES, KENTUCKY, Senior, Inside Linebacker, Tuscaloosa, AL/Hillcrest,...Jacquez Jones had nine tackles, including one for a loss, and added one pass break up on the game's final play, and one quarterback hurry as 23rd-ranked Kentucky (5-0, 3-0 in SEC) defeated 9th-ranked Florida, 20-13. It was the Wildcats' first win over the Gators in Lexington since 1986. Notes: Jacquez Jones is the second Kentucky player since 2004 to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors, joining former Wildcat linebacker Josh Allen (Nov. 4, 2018). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

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  10/03/21 - Josh PaschalrSr/2022, Kentucky, 6-2, 278 (DS#22 DE) + More +

  Trevin Wallace returned a blocked field goal 76 yards for the go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter, Chris Rodriguez Jr. had a 9-yard scoring run early in the fourth and Kentucky made a final defensive stand to hold off No. 10 Florida 20-13 on Saturday night. The Southeastern Conference East Division showdown was more of a slog than a slugfest for much of the night, and the Gators (3-2, 1-2) were poised to add Jace Christmann's 48-yard field goal attempt to their 10-7 lead. Kentucky defensive end Josh Paschal got a hand on the low kick that sent the ball fluttering the line to Wallace, who jetted past a tackle on the left sideline and cut back through a small seam to race for the game-changing TD.

The Wildcats (5-0, 3-0) turned it over on downs at the Florida 34 to start the fourth quarter but created another opportunity when linebacker J.J. Weaver intercepted Emory Jones' pass for a first down at the Gators 29. Rodriguez took over from there, rushing three times for 22 yards including the 9-yard TD for a 20-10 cushion with 11:32 remaining. Florida got within seven on Christmann's 33-yard field goal with 6:23 left before getting the ball again a couple of minutes later and driving to the Kentucky 5 with the help of a defensive facemask penalty. A 4-yard loss on a pass play and false start penalty moved the Gators back to the 14, but they had a final chance from the 8 before Jacquez Jones swatted away a fourth-down pass with 18 seconds left to seal the win. Fans stormed the field as Kentucky beat Florida at home for the first time since 1986 and took a big step toward challenging Georgia in the East. - Kentucky/AP College Football


(DS#22 DE) rSr/2022 DE Josh PaschalKentucky
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  09/28/21 - Vito TisdaleSo/2024, Kentucky, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  A grand jury in Fayette County, Kentucky, has declined to indict six University of Kentucky football players on first-degree burglary charges. The charges were brought last month following a police investigation of an incident last March at a private party. Lexington police arrested Reuben Adams, Robert McClain, Devito Tisdale, Joel Williams, Earnest Sanders IV and Andru Phillips on Aug. 19. Tisdale was also charged with first-degree wanton endangerment for allegedly pointing a gun at one of the victims. All six second-year players pleaded not guilty on Aug. 20 and later waived their cases to a state grand jury, which dismissed the charges on Tuesday. The wanton endangerment charge against Tisdale was also dismissed. The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported the grand jury's decision. - AP College Football

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  09/27/21 - Luke FortnerrSr/2022, Kentucky, 6-5, 300 (DS#6 C) + More +

  SEPT 27 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Luke Fortner, C, Kentucky,...Anchored the offensive line that helped UK rush for 230 yards in the win at South Carolina...Graded at 84 percent, with 26 blocks at the point of attack, no missed assignments and did not allow any quarterback sacks or pressures...With Kentucky clinging to a 16-10 lead late in the game, the Wildcats ran out the clock with five straight rushing plays, earning two first downs, with Fortner having a block at the point of attack on all five plays...Helped Chris Rodriguez Jr. rush for 144 yards, moving into 11th place in UK career history. - SEC Football

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  09/26/21 - Chris Rodriguez Jr.rJr/2023, Kentucky, 5-11, 224 (DS#7 RB) + More +

  Matt Ruffolo made three field goals to help Kentucky beat South Carolina 16-10 on Saturday night. Despite its three turnovers, Kentucky (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) beat South Carolina (2-2, 1-1) for the seventh time in eight years, and set up a collision course toward next week's matchup at home against No. 11 Florida. "We just have to worry about ourselves. We got to prove to each other and the team that we can go out there and compete with anybody who steps on the field," said Kentucky linebacker DeAndre Square, who led the Wildcats with eight tackles. "It's not about anybody else, it's about us." Chris Rodriguez Jr. ran for 144 yards on 26 carries for the Wildcats.

Will Levis was 15-of-22 passing for 102 yards and threw an interception. Kavosiey Smoke scored on 15-yard touchdown run on the first series of the game, capping a 12-play, 75-yard drive for Kentucky. Ruffolo's 41-yard field goal to end the second quarter gave the Wildcats a 10-0 lead. Luke Doty threw a threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Brooks early in the third quarter for South Carolina. Ruffalo made field goals from 21 and 27 yards before Parker White's 54-yard field goal capped the scoring with 2:31 remaining. Doty was 17-of-25 passing for 158 yards. Kevin Harris was held to just 38 yards rushing on 12 carries. - Kentucky/AP College Football


(DS#7 RB) rJr/2023 RB Chris Rodriguez Jr.Kentucky
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  09/18/21 - Will LevisrJr/2023, Kentucky, 6-2, 232 (DS#34 QB) + More +

  Will Levis overcame two interceptions to throw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Izayah Cummings, safety Tyrell Ajian returned an interception 95 yards with 7:40 remaining, and Kentucky rallied past Chattanooga 28-23 on Saturday. Considered overmatched in their first meeting against the Southeastern Conference school, the FCS Mocs (1-2) slowly turned a seven-point deficit into a 16-14 lead early in the fourth on Aaron Sears' 30-yard field goal.

The Wildcats (3-0) awoke to drive 77 yards for the go-ahead TD, helped by Levis' 21-yard run and a defensive pass interference penalty before the QB hit Cummings with a 31-yard TD pass with 10:18 left. Kentucky's TD was huge considering it had either turned it over or punted the six previous possessions. For a minute the Wildcats appeared on the brink of becoming this season's latest upset victim to an FCS school, a concern Levis sensed during Friday's practice. - Kentucky Football/AP College Football


(DS#34 QB) rJr/2023 QB Will LevisKentucky
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  09/14/21 - Chris Rodriguez Jr.rJr/2023, Kentucky, 5-11, 224 (DS#7 RB) + More +

  SEPT 13 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chris Rodriguez Jr., RB, Kentucky,...Had 27 rushes for 206 yards - both career highs - and also had two rushing touchdowns...Caught a five-yard touchdown pass, finishing the game with three total TDs...Became the eighth player in school history to rush for at least 200 yards in a game and it is the most ever for a Wildcat in an SEC opener...Two weeks into the season, he leads the SEC in rushing with 165.5 yards per game...Helped lead Kentucky to a 35-28 win over Missouri. - SEC Football

(DS#7 RB) rJr/2023 RB Chris Rodriguez Jr.Kentucky
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  09/13/21 - Chris Rodriguez Jr.rJr/2023, Kentucky, 5-11, 224 (DS#7 RB) + More +

  Kentucky's Chris Rodriguez Jr. was the fifth FBS player to rush for at least 200 yards in a game, setting career highs with 27 carries for 206 yards against Missouri. He tied his career best with three touchdown runs and also caught a 5-yard touchdown pass for his first collegiate receiving TD. Rodriguez, the first Kentucky player since Benny Snell in 2018 to rush for 100 yards in each of the first two games, has 331 for the season. His 166 yards per game is second nationally behind Brandon Thomas' 169 for Memphis. - AP College Football

(DS#7 RB) rJr/2023 RB Chris Rodriguez Jr.Kentucky
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