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  SEPT 26 SEC CO-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Barion Brown, WR, Kentucky,...True freshman caught four passes for a career-high 102 yards and two touchdowns in UK's 31-23 win over Northern Illinois...On the first possession of the second half, he caught a crossing pattern at midfield and outran the defense for a 70-yard TD, UK's longest offensive play of the season...In the first quarter, he caught a screen pass and weaved his way through the defense for a 15-yard touchdown...His other two catches, for 11 and 6 yards, came on touchdown drives...This is the second game this season he has made a game-changing play on the first possession of the third quarter - in the season opener, leading 13-10, his 100-yard kickoff return gave UK a 20-10 cushion. - SEC Football

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  Will Levis tied a career best with four touchdown passes, including critical scores of 70 and 40 yards to Barion Brown and Tayvion Robinson, respectively, after halftime, and No. 8 Kentucky held off Northern Illinois 31-23 on Saturday night. After allowing the pesky Huskies a tying touchdown seconds before halftime, Levis put the Wildcats (4-0) ahead 21-14 just 58 seconds into the third quarter by hitting Brown across the middle on third and 10. Coming a snap after the senior quarterback was nearly intercepted, it was just what Kentucky needed to gain room from a NIU squad unfazed by being 26-point underdogs. Matt Ruffolo's 49-yard field goal later in the third provided a 10-point cushion and came during a hot stretch in which Levis completed eight consecutive attempts. Levis later found Tayvion Robinson, who spun off a tackle and ran 40 yards for his second TD to make it 31-17 with 8:46 remaining.

That cushion helped as the Huskies fought back to within 31-23 with 2:47 left on Justin Lynch's 2-yard run after a defensive holding penalty. Ethan Hampton's two-point conversion pass failed, Kentucky recovered the onside kick and Levis knelt to seal the win. Levis overcame five sacks to complete 18 of 26 passes for 303 yards, his third 300-yard effort this season, with chunk plays comprising each TD. Robinson (seven catches, 147 yards) also had a 69-yard score on a crossing pass just as Levis was a second away from a crushing sack. Brown caught four passes for 102 yards and two scores, including a 15-yarder on Kentucky's first possession. NIU (1-3) drove 75 yards on the opening possession for Hampton's 2-yard TD pass to Tristan Tewes, who also snagged a 3-yard score from Shemar Thornton six seconds before halftime. The Huskies made it a one-score game late but lost their third in a row and second in as many weeks to a Southeastern Conference school. - Kentucky/AP College Football


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  University of Kentucky's offensive line lost a pair of NFL Draft choices (Luke Fortner and Darian Kinnard) and a third starter (Dare Rosenthal). Eli Cox moved from guard to center. Kenneth Horsey moved from guard to left tackle. With right guard Tashawn Manning absent Saturday because of an injury, UK has played just one game (Florida) with its expected starting line - Horsey at left tackle; Jager Burton at left guard; Cox at center; Manning at right guard; Jeremy Flax at right tackle. - Herald Leader

rSr/2023 OG Tashawn ManningKentucky
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  Will Levis accounted for three touchdowns, Kavosiey Smoke ran for a score and No. 9 Kentucky shook off a slow start to shut out Youngstown State 31-0 on Saturday. Boosted by its first top-10 ranking since October 2007, the Wildcats (3-0) followed up last week's Southeastern Conference win at Florida by physically dominating the FCS Penguins (2-1) in the inaugural meeting. Kentucky outgained YSU 480-192 on the way to its first shutout since beating Miami (Ohio) 42-0 on Sept. 5, 2009. The Wildcats gave coach Mark Stoops a victory over his hometown school.

Levis posted his second 300-yard effort in three games, completing 27 of 35 attempts for 377 with sparkling catches by his receivers. He hit Dane Key and Chris Lewis with TD passes of 3 and 2 yards, respectively, and rushed for a 1-yard TD early in the second quarter. That run jump-started the Wildcats after a scoreless opening period in which promising drives stalled and Youngstown's Troy Jakubec intercepted Levis at the 3. Tayvion Robinson's 15-yard catch-and-run across the middle and attempted hurdle over a defender helped set up Levis' TD on third down. Kentucky scored on four of its next five possessions, a stretch split up by a fumble on a day it committed three turnovers with two interceptions by Levis. - Kentucky/AP College Football


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  SEPT 12 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Dane Key, WR, Kentucky,...A true freshman, he caught three passes for a game-high 83 yards and a touchdown in Kentucky's 26-16 win at No. 12/19 Florida...Began UK's scoring with a fiercely contested leaping grab for a 55-yard touchdown, the longest play of his young collegiate career...Since freshmen became eligible in 1972, he is the first Wildcat freshman to catch a touchdown pass in each of his first two games (also had a TD last week vs. Miami). - SEC Football

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  SEPT 12 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jordan Wright, LB, Kentucky,...Made a game-changing interception while totaling six tackles, a quarterback sack, another tackle for loss, and caused a fumble in Kentucky's 26-16 come-from-from behind win at No. 12/19 Florida...With Kentucky trailing 16-7 late in the second quarter, he made a spectacular one-handed interception and returned it to the Florida six-yard line, setting up a UK touchdown that swung the momentum in favor of the Wildcats...From that point, UK limited Florida to no points, five first downs and 91 total yards in the second half; it was the first time UF had been shut out in the second half since 2017...In the third quarter, stopped a possession with an eight-yard sack, forcing a punt...Also credited with a five-yard tackle for loss and a caused fumble. - SEC Football

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  No. 20 Kentucky beat No. 12 Florida, 26-16, in The Swamp, making Mark Stoops the winningest head coach in Kentucky football history. Stoops passed Bear Bryant on Kentucky's all-time wins list with 61. With the win, the Wildcats jumped 10 spots to No. 10 in this week's USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches poll. - American Football Coaches Association

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  No. 20 Kentucky intercepted Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson twice, including one Keidron Smith returned 65 yards for a touchdown, and the Wildcats toppled 12th-ranked Florida 26-16 on Saturday in the Swamp to notch consecutive wins in the series for the first time in 45 years. Richardson was off all night, a stark contrast from last week's three-touchdown, turnover-free performance against then-No. 7 Utah. He had two throws in this one that were complete head-scratchers, and the Wildcats (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) made him pay dearly.

Linebacker Jordan Wright, cleared to play Thursday after sitting out the opener, made a one-handed catch on Richardson's pass to the flat late in the second quarter. Will Levis scored three plays later. Richardson's second pick was more egregious. He seemingly misread a defensive alignment and threw a pass to the wide side of the field that Smith easily picked off. Smith returned it down the sideline and had to juke only Richardson to make it to the end zone. It was the third of three big plays that gave Kentucky back-to-back wins over Florida (1-1, 0-1) for the first time since 1976-77. Levis connected with Dane Key for a 55-yard score in the first half, a throw that showed why Levis is projected to be a first-round draft pick in 2023. - Kentucky/AP College Football


rSr/2023 CB Keidron SmithKentucky
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  SEPT 5 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Barion Brown, KOR, Kentucky,...Playing in his first collegiate game, the true freshman's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the key play of UK's 37-13 win over Miami (Ohio)...Coming out of halftime leading 13-10, Brown took the second-half kickoff, zipped up the middle, then veered to the left sideline and exploded past the competition for the TD...First UK player to score on a kickoff return in 13 years...Had a 21-yard kickoff return in the first quarter that opened a touchdown drive...Also caught three passes for 45 yards at wide receiver. - SEC Football

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  Ahead but inconsistent after 30 minutes of play, No. 20 Kentucky needed just 62 seconds to right things and earn a significant win for coach Mark Stoops. Barion Brown returned the second-half kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, Keidron Smith's fumble return less than a minute later set up another score and the Wildcats pulled away to beat Miami (Ohio) 37-13 on Saturday night in the opener for both teams.

Stoops' 60th victory tied him with Paul "Bear" Bryant as the Wildcats' winningest coach after 10 seasons with the program. Kentucky's longest-tenured coach was happy to win but downplayed the milestone afterward, as he had all week. "You can't put my name in the same (sentence) as Bear Bryant's," Stoops said. "Let's compete for six national championships, talk about that. But I am grateful to win that many games, to be here this long." Kentucky certainly needed those game-changing plays to make this win possible for Stoops after leading only 13-10 at halftime behind several missed opportunities deep in Miami territory. The Wildcats quickly snatched momentum after the break as Brown dashed left, found a seam and turned the corner down the sideline for the big score just 13 seconds in. That TD included replay drama as the freshman appeared to let go of the football as he crossed the goal line. It was confirmed, putting Kentucky up by 10. - Kentucky/AP College Football


rSr/2023 CB Keidron SmithKentucky
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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 41. Chris Rodriguez Jr., RB, Kentucky, Senior. Notable 2021 stats:1,379 yards, 9 TDs. Last year's ranking: NR. The only question with Rodriguez is his status and whether or not he will miss any games after pleading guilty in July to a DUI charge. He has been one of the SEC's most productive running backs each of the past two seasons and needs 1,134 yards to break Benny Snell's school record of 3,873 career rushing yards. The 5-11, 224-pound Rodriguez has 26 career rushing touchdowns. - ESPN.com

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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 33. Will Levis, QB, Kentucky, Senior, Notable 2021 stats: 2,826 yards, 24 TDs. Last year's ranking: NR. After being used primarily as a runner at Penn State, Levis enters his second season at Kentucky projected to be one of the top quarterbacks taken in the 2023 NFL draft. He's still a major threat to run the ball with his 6-3, 232-pound frame, but showed last season with his 2,827 passing yards and 24 touchdowns that he's equally effective at beating teams with his strong right arm. - ESPN.com

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM: WR - Tayvion Robinson, Kentucky,...Robinson comes to the Bluegrass after three seasons and 36 games at Virginia Tech. He compiled 113 receptions for 1,555 yards and nine touchdowns (eight receiving, one punt return TD) in his career as a Hokie. - Kentucky Fotball

Sr/2023 WR Tayvion RobinsonKentucky
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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM: QB - Will Levis, Kentucky,...Levis, a 6-foot-3, 232-pound senior from Madison, Connecticut, is entering his second year as the starter at quarterback. He had an impressive debut season for the Wildcats after transferring from Penn State in 2021. In 13 games, he threw for 2,827 yards and 24 scores, while rushing for 376 net yards and nine touchdowns. His 24 TD passes were the most since Andre' Woodson had 40 in 2007. He totaled 3,203 yards of total offense, the seventh player in school history to reach 3,000 yards of total offense in a season. - Kentucky Fotball

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM: LB - DeAndre Square, Kentucky,...Square (49 career games, 35 career starts) was third-leading tackler in 2021 with 80 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. He also had three quarterback hurries. Square hauled in the game-clinching interception in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl vs. Iowa. - Kentucky Fotball

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