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  10/22/20 - Quinton BohannaSr/2021, Kentucky, 6-3, 357 (DS#17 DT) + More +

  Kentucky will be without senior nose guard Quinton Bohanna in Saturday's trip to Missouri. "Quinton will be out for a bit," Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. "Nothing major, thank goodness for him and for us. I'm not sure how long that will be, but he will be out this week." Bohanna, a likely NFL draft prospect and key anchor to UK's front seven, suffered a knee injury shortly before halftime of Kentucky's 34-7 win over Tennessee. SEC Network cameras showed him in considerable pain on the field after the play, and he had to be helped by trainers to limp to the sideline. Bohanna was then taken to the locker room on a cart. After the game, Bohanna tweeted, "I'm good ima be back."

Bohanna's injury came one week after he forced two interceptions by pressuring Mississippi State's quarterbacks. "We wouldn't say he's a finished product, but every day he works," UK defensive coordinator Brad White said of Bohanna on Wednesday. "He's been getting better throughout the season. It happened to sort of culminate on Saturday for everybody to see, but he's had some really, really solid rushes throughout the first two weeks." On the season, Bohanna has been credited with five tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup, but his ability to take up multiple blockers at 6-foot-4, 357 pounds often brings benefits not evident in the box score. - Courier Journal


(DS#17 DT) Sr/2021 DT Quinton BohannaKentucky
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  10/20/20 - Terry WilsonrSr/2021, Kentucky, 6-2, 202 (DS#45 QB) + More +

  As a runner, Wilson is one of Kentucky's best big-play threats. As a passer, he and a group of inconsistent receivers remain very much remain a work in progress. Wilson's statistics at Tennessee could have been even better if not for a touchdown pass that was dropped by sophomore tight end Keaton Upshaw and a deep pass down the sideline to senior wide receiver Josh Ali that was overturned on replay review. Even after those miscues, Wilson bounced back to lead Kentucky on an 11-play, 76-yard touchdown drive on its first possession of the third quarter. During that drive, he completed 3 of 4 passes for 31 yards, including a perfect pass to Allen Dailey for a touchdown on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

"We've got to help out the quarterback," Stoops said. "That (Upshaw drop) should have been a touchdown pass, but then it puts a little bit of pressure on you...Then we came right back and completed some and got some momentum going. I thought it was really important." With drops remaining a problem for the receivers and Wilson yet to show the type of touch needed to trust calling more than a few deep passes per game, UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran rarely asks Wilson to take over games through the air. - Courier Journal


(DS#45 QB) rSr/2021 QB Terry WilsonKentucky
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  10/19/20 - Landon YoungSr/2021, Kentucky, 6-6, 321 (DS#15 OT) + More +

  OCT 19 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Landon Young, OT, Kentucky,...Graded at 90 percent in Kentucky's 34-7 win at No. 18/17-ranked Tennessee...Had 10 knockdown blocks...Did not allow any sacks or quarterback pressures and had no missed assignments or penalties...Had 22 blocks at the point of attack, including Chris Rodriguez' two-yard touchdown run. - SEC Football

(DS#15 OT) Sr/2021 OT Landon YoungKentucky
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  10/18/20 - Quinton BohannaSr/2021, Kentucky, 6-3, 357 (DS#17 DT) + More +

  UK closed out the win without senior nose guard Quinton Bohanna, who was sidelined with a knee injury just before halftime. SEC Network cameras showed him in considerable pain on the field after the play, and he had to be helped by trainers to limp to the sideline. Bohanna was then taken to the locker room on a cart. After the game, Bohanna tweeted he was OK, and Davis said he thought his teammate was fine. His injury came one week after Bohanna forced two interceptions by pressuring Mississippi State's quarterbacks. "We wouldn't say he's a finished product, but every day he works," UK defensive coordinator Brad White said of Bohanna on Wednesday. "He's been getting better throughout the season. It happened to sort of culminate on Saturday for everybody to see, but he's had some really, really solid rushes throughout the first two weeks."

On the season, Bohanna has been credited with four tackles, one-half tackle for loss and one pass breakup, but his ability to take up multiple blockers at 6-foot-4, 357 pounds often brings benefits not evident in the box score. "So many people, they go right to the stat sheet," White said. "It's the effect he has on the quarterback, the effect those guys up front have on the vision points for the quarterback. If you can put a big body in a pass lane, you can put a big paw up...Really pleased with his progression and the fact that he's owned up to sort of his deficiencies (in the pass rush) and known in the past that we needed more in that area. "The other thing that's probably not being talked enough about is his conditioning and how many snaps he can play at full speed and still get out of the stack. He runs and he hustles. It's been impressive." - Courier Journal


(DS#17 DT) Sr/2021 DT Quinton BohannaKentucky
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  10/17/20 - Kelvin JosephrSo/2023, Kentucky, 6-1, 192 (DS#23 CB) + More +

  Kelvin Joseph and Jami Davis returned interceptions for touchdowns in the first half and Kentucky shut out No. 18 Tennessee in the second half to bury the Volunteers 34-7 Saturday. It was Kentucky's first win in Neyland Stadium since 1984, the Wildcats' largest margin of victory in Knoxville since 56-0 in 1893 and their most lopsided victory in the series since 1935. After getting six interceptions and allowing only a safety against Mississippi State last week, Kentucky (2-2) picked off three passes against the Vols (2-2). Tennessee has now followed up an eight-game winning streak with a two-game losing streak. Joseph's 41-yard touchdown and Davis' 85-yard return - both off interceptions thrown by Jarrett Guarantano - helped put Kentucky up 17-0 in the second quarter. With about 5 minutes left in the third quarter and trailing by 20, Tennessee went three-and-out for a second consecutive possession and was showered with boos from the sparse crowd of 22,519. Earlier in the season, Kentucky had shown signs of having difficulty recovering from adversity. Against Ole Miss, a missed field goal was followed by 21 straight Ole Miss points and a 42-41 loss. Kentucky seemed to solve that Saturday. - Kentucky/AP College Football

(DS#23 CB) rSo/2023 CB Kelvin JosephKentucky
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  10/17/20 - JuTahn McClainFr/2024, Kentucky, 5-08, 197 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  It is time for Kentucky football fans to learn how to pronounce freshman running back JuTahn McClain's first name. It's "juh-TAWN" with the emphasis on the second syllable and the first syllable pronounced like "Justin." During UK's coronavirus-shortened spring practice, McClain opened his first interview session with local reporters by asking they clarify the pronunciation. After recording his first career carry in the fourth quarter against Mississippi State, McClain is poised to have his name called more frequently moving forward. "It's kind of like one of those things we always talked about with Benny (Snell)," UK offensive coordinator and running backs coach Eddie Gran said of McClain this week. "When a player comes in and asks, 'Coach, why am I not playing?' you pop on the film and say, 'Make me play you.' This young man is going to make me play him. A lot like Benny. Here we are going into our fourth game and the kid is ready. He's ready to go."

McClain was one of the most consistent targets of praise from UK coaches during preseason practices, but the Wildcats were loaded with returning contributors at his position. Now three games into the season, sophomore running back Kavosiey Smoke is out with a broken rib. Senior starter A.J. Rose and sophomore Chris Rodriguez are available but both dealing with minor injuries, UK coach Mark Stoops said on his radio show Monday. "JuTahn will get a few carries this week for sure," Stoops said. "He's just one of those guys that just has such a strong attitude. His attention to detail for a young player is through the roof. He picks things up." - Courier Journal


(DS#999 RB) Fr/2024 RB JuTahn McClainKentucky
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  10/15/20 - Josh PaschalrJr/2022, Kentucky, 6-2, 278 (DS#9 DE) + More +

  Kentucky coach Mark Stoops expects junior defensive end Josh Paschal to be available for the Wildcats' game at Tennessee on Saturday. "He's day to day," Stoops said at his Monday news conference. "He'll be out there at some point this week. We'll be glad to have him back when he's ready. Nothing major there." Paschal did not play in the second half against Mississippi State after suffering a knee injury shortly before halftime. Before the injury, Paschal grabbed his first career interception and returned it 76 yards to set up a 2-yard touchdown run from UK running back Chris Rodriguez. On the season, Paschal, who moved from outside linebacker to defensive end during the offseason, has totaled 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and one interception. "The first two games he was our defensive player of the week, so that tells you what we think of him and the way he's playing," Stoops said after UK's 24-2 win over Mississippi State. "He's done some really good things. He's been disruptive all year." - Courier Journal

(DS#9 DE) rJr/2022 DE Josh PaschalKentucky
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  10/15/20 - Terry WilsonrSr/2021, Kentucky, 6-2, 202 (DS#45 QB) + More +

  One week after Kentucky's senior quarterback played the best game of his UK career (completing 14 of 18 passes; running for 129 yards and three touchdowns) vs. Mississippi, the Oklahoma City product came back with a lackluster showing (eight of 20 passing; 50 yards rushing) against Mississippi State. To have a shot at winning at Tennessee, Kentucky needs the better version of Wilson. - Herald Leader

(DS#45 QB) rSr/2021 QB Terry WilsonKentucky
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  10/13/20 - Max DuffySr/2021, Kentucky, 6-0, 190 (DS#3 P) + More +

  UK's Max Duffy, the 2019 Ray Guy Award winner as college football's best punter, was excellent as normal. He averaged 44.9 yards per punt on eight punts, downing three inside the opponents' 20-yard line. He booted three punts of at least 50 yards. Mississippi State punter Tucker Day might have been even better though, averaging 59.6 yards on five punts. Day had three punts of at least 60 yards, two of which were downed inside the UK 15-yard line. Bulldogs No. 2 punter Reed Bowman even contributed a 33-yard punt from midfield that was downed at the Kentucky 13-yard line.

Mississippi State's lone points actually came off a punting miscue with a bad snap from Kentucky long snapper Cade Degraw that Duffy was forced to kick out of the back of the end zone, resulting in a 48-yard loss and a safety. Duffy bounced back from that play by flipping the field with a 75-yard free kick. "He takes great pride in what he has to do," Stoops said of Duffy. "If everybody in your organization took the pride in his job like he does, you'd be really good. He really cares. He cares about his teammates. He cares about bailing us out when we're backed up. He loves that." - Courier Journal


(DS#3 P) Sr/2021 P Max DuffyKentucky
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  10/12/20 - Max DuffySr/2021, Kentucky, 6-0, 190 (DS#3 P) + More +

  OCT 12 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Max Duffy, P, Kentucky,...Made a huge impact in Kentucky's 24-2 win over Mississippi State...Placed three punts that were downed at the MSU 5, 11 and 2 yard lines...In the third quarter, a high punt snap sailed over his head into the UK end zone; instead of picking up the ball and running with it (which would have likely given MSU the ball near the UK goal line), he alertly booted the ball out of the end zone, giving up a safety instead of a possible touchdown...On the ensuing free kick, he flipped the field by launching a 75-yard rocket that was returned only 11 yards, a net of 64 yards that had MSU starting at its own 16-yard line...For the game, he averaged 44.9 yards on eight punts, a solid average despite having to kick three punts on short fields (note that the 75-yard free kick did not count in his punting average). - SEC Football

(DS#3 P) Sr/2021 P Max DuffyKentucky
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  10/12/20 - Jordan WrightrJr/2022, Kentucky, 6-4, 233 (DS#23 OLB) + More +

  OCT 12 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jordan Wright, LB, Kentucky,...Key part of the Kentucky defense that held Mississippi State without an offensive score in UK's 24-2 win...Game totals featured a pass interception returned for a touchdown; six tackles; two tackles for loss (-9 yards), including a quarterback sack; and a pass breakup...With UK ahead 14-2 in the fourth quarter, his pick-six clinched the win for the Wildcats...His five-yard tackle for loss in the first quarter helped push MSU back, preceding a 56-yard missed field goal...Had a tackle for no gain on a 3rd-and-1 play in the third quarter...Added a four-yard sack in the fourth quarter. - SEC Football

(DS#23 OLB) rJr/2022 OLB Jordan WrightKentucky
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  10/07/20 - Kavosiey SmokerSo/2023, Kentucky, 5-09, 201 (DS#28 RB) + More +

  University of Kentucky running back Kavosiey Smoke will likely miss at least a couple weeks with a rib injury. Smoke rushed for 29 yards on five carries against Ole Miss on Saturday. He suffered the injury as a result of a horse-collar tackle during the 42-41 loss, Stoops said. Smoke usually is listed alongside Chris Rodriguez with an "OR" designation as the backup to senior A.J. Rose. He was absent from this week's depth chart. "He broke a rib, or cartilage in his ribs, or whatever," Stoops said. "It's a pretty painful injury. It just depends how long he'll be out. We'll see how the pain goes." Rodriguez was the only backup listed behind Rose this week, but redshirt freshman Travis Tisdale or true freshman JuTahn McClain could get carries against the Bulldogs on Saturday. McClain has appeared on special teams in both games; Tisdale, who scored his first career touchdown against last season, returned a kickoff for 13 yards against Ole Miss. - Herald Leader

(DS#28 RB) rSo/2023 RB Kavosiey SmokeKentucky
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  10/05/20 - Kavosiey SmokerSo/2023, Kentucky, 5-09, 201 (DS#28 RB) + More +

  Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says reserve running back Kavosiey Smoke is out "a couple of weeks" after breaking a rib during Saturday's overtime home loss to Mississippi. Smoke was not listed on the Wildcats' depth chart for Saturday's Southeastern Conference home game against Mississippi State (1-1, 1-1). Stoops revealed the sophomore was injured on a horse-collar tackle during his weekly news conference and added, "We'll see how the pain goes" in determining the length of his absence. Smoke rushed five times for 29 yards before halftime, including a 19-yard run to the Rebels' 6 to set up the Wildcats' first touchdown, but did not return in the 42-41 loss. Known for his explosives, Smoke is Kentucky's No. 4 rusher with 91 yards and a TD at Auburn on 12 carries for the Wildcats (0-2, 0-2 SEC). - AP College Football

(DS#28 RB) rSo/2023 RB Kavosiey SmokeKentucky
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  10/05/20 - Asim RoserSr/2021, Kentucky, 6-1, 214 (DS#22 RB) + More +

  Rose opened the game with a 72-yard carry on Kentucky's first offensive play, but he was brought down from behind short of the end zone after he appeared to slow while celebrating his impending score. Two plays later, Rose lost a fumble while trying to extend over a pile into the end zone. "We will certainly point out and show him, and he understands that, that it's not acceptable," Stoops said. "That's not how we do things. That's not how we're going to do it." The embarrassing sequence could have easily relegated Rose to the bench for the rest of the game, especially considering UK's other talent at running back, but he was back in the huddle just two drives later and rewarded offensive coordinator Eddie Gran's loyalty with 20 yards on two carries, including a 2-yard touchdown earned with an extra effort to fight through tacklers. Rose, a fifth-year senior, has to know better than to make a mistake like celebrating too early, but he showed why UK coaches have raved about his progress with the way he responded. "It definitely has an impact," Stoops said. "It definitely is not the right message. It's not OK, but I'm not going to give up on him for one mistake." - Courier Journal

(DS#22 RB) rSr/2021 RB Asim RoseKentucky
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  10/02/20 - Joey GatewoodrSo/2023, Kentucky, 6-4, 221 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  Kentucky football's options at quarterback are increasing after a week-one loss to Auburn. Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood has been cleared to play the rest of the season by the Southeastern Conference, UK coach Mark Stoops announced on Wednesday. The SEC approved Gatewood's waiver request and others for players transferring from one league school to another due to "current circumstances resulting from disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic." Stoops had previously indicated Gatewood had been approved for a NCAA waiver to play this season instead of sitting out the normal year required of FBS transfers, but the SEC also had to approve a waiver for him to play since he was transferring from one conference program to another.

Gatewood, a former top-50 recruit in the 2018 high school class, could push Wilson for the starting job if additional snaps are not enough for Wilson to fix the mistakes of the opener. For now, he will compete with freshman Beau Allen for the primary backup position. Stoops said after Thursday's practice that Allen had taken the majority of the second-team quarterback reps the last two weeks, but Gatewood had been used extensively in preseason practice. He declined to speculate on how the backup quarterback spot might be used moving forward. The No. 1-ranked athlete in the 2018 high school class according to the 247Sports Composite, Gatewood lost the Auburn starting job to freshman Bo Nix, the No. 1-ranked quarterback in the 2019 class and son of Auburn legend Patrick Nix, last fall. - Louisville Courier Journal


(DS#11 QB) rSo/2023 QB Joey GatewoodKentucky
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