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  01/01/22 - Chris Rodriguez Jr.rSr/2023, Kentucky, 5-11, 224 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  After falling behind in the fourth quarter, No. 22 Kentucky scored with less than two minutes to play then held on to beat No. 15 Iowa 20-17 on Saturday in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl. Kentucky went into its high-paced offense with just 3:31 to play in the game. The Cats drove down the field behind the Will Levis-to-Wan'Dale Robinson connection. Perhaps the biggest play came when those two connected on a 52-yard pass play down the left sideline that got UK to the one yard line. After a penalty, UK handed the ball to Chris Rodriguez Jr., who took it in from six yards out for the touchdown. Matt Ruffolo added the PAT and UK led 20-17 with 1:48 to play.

Iowa would go into its two-minute offense on the ensuing possession and the Hawkeyes were able to get near midfield pretty quickly. But on second and five from the UK 40, Yusuf Corker hit Petras, whose throw went high and was intercepted by DeAndre Square, sealing the victory with just 48 seconds to play. Levis connected on 17 of 28 through the air for 233 yards and a touchdown, with one interception. His primary target was Robinson, who caught 10 passes for 170 yards, including that crucial 52-yard reception in the fourth quarter that set up the go-ahead score. Rodriguez Jr. rushed 20 times for 107 yards and a score. C-Rod also caught a touchdown pass in the game. - Kentucky/AP College Football


(DS#2 RB) rSr/2023 RB Chris Rodriguez Jr.Kentucky
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  12/20/21 - Tayvion RobinsonrJr/2024, Kentucky, 5-09, 187 (DS#27 WR) + More +

  It didn't take long for the Kentucky football program to acquire a new wide receiver from the transfer portal following the decommitment of another. Tayvion Robinson, a former four-star recruit who started 29 games at Virginia Tech over the last three seasons, committed to UK on Wednesday following an official visit over the weekend. Robinson will have up to two years of eligibility with the Wildcats due to the NCAA's COVID-19 waiver. Robinson entered the transfer portal on Dec. 2. In his three seasons, he accumulated 1,555 yards and nine touchdowns for the Hokies, who finished 6-6 in the 2021 season and were invited to the Pinstripe Bowl. He's one of several Virginia Tech players who has opted out of the bowl game or entered the transfer portal. - Herald Leader

(DS#27 WR) rJr/2024 WR Tayvion RobinsonKentucky
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  12/16/21 - Tashawn ManningrSr/2023, Kentucky, 6-3, 335 (DS#56 OG) + More +

  Tashawn Manning will spend his final year of eligibility in the SEC - just not at Auburn. The former veteran Auburn offensive lineman, who entered the transfer portal two weeks ago, announced Monday afternoon that he will transfer to Kentucky for the 2022 season. Manning, a 6-foot-4, 335-pounder originally from Apopka, Fla., started every game at left guard for Auburn during the 2020 season but was relegated to a reserve role for much of the 2021 season as Brandon Council made the switch from right guard to the left side of the line and started eight games at that position. Manning got the nod at left guard for two of Auburn's final three games of the season -- against Mississippi State and South Carolina -- and started at right guard in the regular-season finale against Alabama. - Birmingham News

(DS#56 OG) rSr/2023 OG Tashawn ManningKentucky
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  12/12/21 - Tayvion RobinsonrJr/2024, Kentucky, 5-09, 187 (DS#27 WR) + More +

  Kentucky football appears to have found its new transfer wide receiver. Former Virginia Tech wide receiver Tayvion Robinson tweeted Saturday afternoon he had committed to the Wildcats. Robinson quickly deleted the tweet, but a source confirmed he is still expected to sign with Kentucky on Wednesday. The 5-foot-10, 187-pound receiver could serve as a like-for-like replacement for Kentucky wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson if UK's record holder for catches in a season declares for the NFL draft as expected. Tayvion Robinson led Virginia Tech with 44 catches and five receiving touchdowns this season. He ranked second on the team with 559 receiving yards in the regular season before announcing earlier this month he was entering the transfer portal. - Courier Journal

(DS#27 WR) rJr/2024 WR Tayvion RobinsonKentucky
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  12/12/21 - Tayvion RobinsonrJr/2024, Kentucky, 5-09, 187 (DS#27 WR) + More +

  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): SP - Tayvion Robinson, Virginia Tech, 57 votes,...Robinson (5-10, 187) earned third-team honors as a return specialist. He leads the ACC and ranks fifth in the nation with a 13.7-yard punt return average, while his 328 punt return yards this season rank third in the country. Robinson's 60-yard punt-return touchdown versus Richmond on Sept. 25 was the second-longest punt return in the conference this season and was one of four punt return TDs from an ACC player in 2021. The Virginia Beach, Virginia product earned ACC Co-Specialist of the Week honors on Sept. 27 and made ESPN's All-ACC Midseason Team as a specialist. - Virginia Tech Football

(DS#27 WR) rJr/2024 WR Tayvion RobinsonKentucky
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  12/11/21 - Josh PaschalrSr/2022, Kentucky, 6-2, 278 (DS#14 DE) + More +

  2021 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Josh Paschal, Kentucky,...Paschal, a 6-3, 275-pound defensive end from Prince George's County, Maryland, is the only three-time full-season team captain in Kentucky football history. The All-America candidate is having his best season yet in 2021, leading the team and ranking second in the SEC with 15.5 tackles for loss. He also has 53 tackles, 5.5 sacks, a team-high eight quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal. - Kentucky Football

(DS#14 DE) rSr/2022 DE Josh PaschalKentucky
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  12/11/21 - *WanDale RobinsonJr/2022, Kentucky, 5-10, 185 (DS#11 WR) + More +

  2021 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR Wan'Dale Robinson, Kentucky,...Robinson, a 5-foot-10, 183-pounder from Frankfort, Kentucky, has been one of the most electric players to ever come through the Kentucky football program. The transfer from Nebraska has caught a team-high 94 passes, a school single-season record, and his 1,164 receiving yards are second on UK's single-season list. In 12 games this season, Robinson has five 100-yard games which ranks second on UK's single-season list. - Kentucky Football

(DS#11 WR) Jr/2022 WR *WanDale RobinsonKentucky
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  12/11/21 - Chris Rodriguez Jr.rSr/2023, Kentucky, 5-11, 224 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  2021 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB Chris Rodriguez Jr., Kentucky,...Rodriguez Jr., a 5-11, 224-pound running back out of McDonough, Georgia, ranks 12th nationally and second in the SEC in rushing this season, averaging 106.0 yards per game. In 12 games this season, he has 1,272 rushing yards, which ranks seventh on UK's single-season list. Overall, he has 2,633 career rushing yards for seventh on the school's all-time rushing list. He has 14 100-yard games in his career (third all-time) and a school-record tying eight this season, including each of the last four contests. - Kentucky Football

(DS#2 RB) rSr/2023 RB Chris Rodriguez Jr.Kentucky
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  12/11/21 - Luke FortnerrSr/2022, Kentucky, 6-5, 300 (DS#4 C) + More +

  2021 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Center Luke Fortner, Kentucky,...Fortner is a "super senior" and a 6-6, 297-pound center from Sylvania, Ohio. The two-time Campbell Trophy semifinalist has played in 54 career games for Kentucky, starting 35 in a row. After switching from right guard to center prior to the season, Fortner found his niche, excelling in his new role on the "Big Blue Wall." - Kentucky Football

(DS#4 C) rSr/2022 C Luke FortnerKentucky
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  12/11/21 - Darian KinnardSr/2022, Kentucky, 6-5, 345 (DS#3 OG) + More +

  2021 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Darian Kinnard, Kentucky,...Kinnard, 6-foot-5, 338-pound mountain from Knoxville, Tennessee, is one of the nation's top offensive tackles. The two-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, also was a semifinalist for both the 2021 Rotary Lombardi Award, given to an offensive or defensive lineman who combines outstanding performance on the field with the character and discipline of NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, and the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman. This season, Kinnard led the team with 30 knockdown blocks and allowed only one quarterback sack in more than 350 pass plays. - Kentucky Football

(DS#3 OG) Sr/2022 OG Darian KinnardKentucky
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  12/08/21 - Darian KinnardSr/2022, Kentucky, 6-5, 345 (DS#3 OG) + More +

  2021 SEC JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY AWARD WINNER (COACHES): Darian Kinnard, Kentucky,...Kinnard leads Kentucky with 30 knockdown blocks and has allowed only one quarterback sack in more than 350 pass plays this season. The two-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week was a semifinalist for both the 2021 Rotary Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy. - SEC Football

(DS#3 OG) Sr/2022 OG Darian KinnardKentucky
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  11/27/21 - Will LevisrSr/2023, Kentucky, 6-2, 232 (DS#36 QB) + More +

  Will Levis rushed for career highs of four touchdowns and 113 yards, and Kentucky scored on its first four possessions to cruise past rival Louisville 52-21 on Saturday night and win the Governor's Cup for the third consecutive time. Big contributions by his feet and arm helped the Wildcats' junior quarterback outgain Louisville by himself (195-144) by halftime. Levis rushed for TDs of 29 and 7 yards on their first two possessions, then followed Matt Ruffolo's 43-yard field goal with a 5-yard score with 1:53 remaining in the second quarter. He added a 1-yard TD early in the third to put Kentucky (9-3) up 31-7 on the way to topping his previous rushing best of 108 yards against Rutgers on Nov. 30, 2019 while at Penn State.

Levis also completed 14 of 18 passes for 149 yards to outshine Louisville counterpart Malik Cunningham in a matchup of mobile quarterbacks. Cunningham rushed for 2-yard TD to tie the game at 7-apiece and completed 12 of 20 passes for 145 yards before being taken to the dressing room with 10 minutes left. Evan Conley came in and threw an 8-yard TD pass and Maurice Burkley rushed for an 7-yard TD with eight seconds left for the Cardinals (6-6). Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed 16 times for 121 yards and a 2-yard TD, Kavoisey Smoke added a 13-yard score and La'Vell Wright one from 41 yards. Wan'Dale Robinson caught nine passes for 97 yards. - Kentucky/AP College Football


(DS#36 QB) rSr/2023 QB Will LevisKentucky
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  11/20/21 - Will LevisrSr/2023, Kentucky, 6-2, 232 (DS#36 QB) + More +

  Will Levis overcame an early fumble to throw for four touchdowns and 419 yards as Kentucky cruised past New Mexico State 56-16 in Saturday's home finale. The Wildcats (8-3) earned their 14th consecutive nonconference victory behind Levis, who completed 21 of 31 passes to become the first Kentucky quarterback to surpass 400 yards since Andre Woodson against Tennessee in 2007. Things didn't start so well for the junior QB, who couldn't corral a high snap on the first series and fumbled, which Trevor Brohard ultimately returned 25 yards to give the Aggies a 7-0 lead.

Kentucky outscored NMSU 56-9 from there, including Quandre Mosley's 38-yard interception return to make it 14-7. Levis threw touchdown passes of 32 and 2 yards to Justin Riggs and 9 and 62 yards to Josh Ali. Wan'dale Robinson had eight receptions for 181 yards and became Kentucky's first 1,000-yard receiver under coach Mark Stoops. Chris Rodriguez Jr. overcame a fumble inside the Aggies' 5 to rush for 119 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown as the Wildcats rolled up a season-high 707 yards. The Aggies (1-10) did move the ball effectively at times, but settled for three Ethan Albertson field goals before halftime. New Mexico State managed just 282 yards. - Kentucky/AP College Football


(DS#36 QB) rSr/2023 QB Will LevisKentucky
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  11/19/21 - Darian KinnardSr/2022, Kentucky, 6-5, 345 (DS#3 OG) + More +

  NOV 15 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky,...Played every offensive snap and graded at 88 percent in Kentucky's win at Vanderbilt...Helped UK to 236 rushing yards, 6.6 per carry (7.1 per attempt if you don't include two kneel-downs at the end of the game)...Had four knockdown blocks and 16 blocks at the point of attack...Did not have any missed assignments or penalties and did not allow any quarterback sacks or pressures. - SEC Football

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  11/14/21 - Chris Rodriguez Jr.rSr/2023, Kentucky, 5-11, 224 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Chris Rodriguez Jr. ran for 114 yards and a touchdown, Will Levis threw for two scores and Kentucky used a fast start to beat Vanderbilt 34-17 in a Southeastern Conference matchup on Saturday night. The Wildcats (7-3, 5-3) ended a three-game losing streak and have won the last six games against Vanderbilt (2-8, 0-6). The Commodores have lost five in a row and 19 consecutive SEC games. Kentucky scored on its first four possessions. "We played more complimentary football in the first half than we have in some time," Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. "We did what we had to do to win. You know this was big for us coming on the road and getting another SEC East win." Levis hit Wan'Dale Robinson in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown and Izayah Cummings for a 22-yard score. Jalen Geiger returned an interception 31 yards into the end zone. Rodriguez, who has rushed for over 100 yard five times this season, added a 5-yard touchdown run that stretched the Wildcats' lead to 28-3 with 10:43 remaining in the second quarter.

Mike Wright took over for Vanderbilt starting quarterback Ken Seals to start the second half and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass Chris Pierce Jr. with 5:53 left in the third quarter. Wright later capped a 75-yard drive with an 8-yard TD pass to Amir Abdur-Rahman with 7:33 remaining. "Ken was hurt in the first half," Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea said. "We will have to see the extend of his injury. We were pleased with what Mike did in the second half. He knew during the first defensive series he was coming in. He was ready. I think he made good decisions. We have a lot to build on." The Wildcats offense was shut down for most of the second half. Matt Ruffolo's 32-yard field goal with 13:26 left in the game broke the drought. - Kentucky/AP College Football


(DS#2 RB) rSr/2023 RB Chris Rodriguez Jr.Kentucky
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