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  06/22/22 - Will LevisrSr/2023, Kentucky, 6-2, 232 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Kentucky football's Will Levis is one of the 45 quarterbacks participating in the Manning Passing Challenge at the Manning Passing Academy. Also among those on the list are Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young of Alabama, Ohio State's CJ Stroud, Georgia's Stetson Bennett, Tennessee's Hendon Hooker, Arkansas' KJ Jefferson and Western Kentucky's Jarret Doege. - Herald Leader

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  06/22/22 - Will LevisrSr/2023, Kentucky, 6-2, 232 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Few NFL Draft hopefuls received more 2023 hype - seemingly out of the blue - than Kentucky quarterback Will Levis. Some mocks have him as a legitimate top-10 pick despite a roller coaster first year as Kentucky's starter after transferring in from Penn State. The traits are there, with a huge arm and better running ability than most collegiate signal callers. He struggled a bit in 2021 against stronger competition and definitely needs to improve his consistency. The 2022 season offers him an opportunity to salve both issues and prove his worth. - Kentucky Sports

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  05/27/22 - Will LevisrSr/2023, Kentucky, 6-2, 232 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Game times and broadcast info for the University of Kentucky's first three home football games were released by the Southeastern Conference on Thursday. UK's season opener against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 3 will kick off at 7 p.m. and air only on digital networks. The game will be available on ESPN Plus, a premium subscription service, and SEC Network Plus, which is accessible via an ESPN Plus subscription or by providing log-in information available from one's cable provider. Kentucky's second game of the season, at Florida on Sept. 10, will also kick off at 7 p.m. That matchup, UK's only game in September against a Power Five program, will air on ESPN. UK's game against Youngstown State on Sept. 17 will air at noon on SEC Network. - Herald Leader

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  05/25/22 - J.J. WeaverrJr/2024, Kentucky, 6-5, 241 (DS#11 OLB) + More +

  2022 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: J.J. WEAVER, LB, Kentucky, Jr., 6-5, 241, Louisville: Rebounded from torn ACL in 2020 to make 3rd team All- SEC; Led Kentucky with six sacks and had 10 tackles for losses. - Lott IMPACT Trophy/The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

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  05/24/22 - Will LevisrSr/2023, Kentucky, 6-2, 232 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Former Kentucky QB Tim Couch said he's only met Will Levis once in person but that the two have texted some. He hopes to interact with him more in the coming months, over which Levis will be more closely watched than ever before. Levis is still raw and needs to demonstrate growth from last year to this season, Couch said, but based on what he saw from him over the course of UK's final five games in 2021, he thinks Levis has what it takes to be a first-rounder come April. "You look at the physical traits, his size, the arm strength obviously, his ability to run and make plays with his legs, his leadership, his toughness, he has all the qualities that you look for in a guy that's gonna be a high pick in the draft. He's got everything that you want. "You just want to see him this year take it to another level with his accuracy and decision-making, some things that every quarterback can improve on as they mature in the system and more opportunities to play. He's got all the potential in the world. He just has to go out and take advantage of it." - Herald Leader

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  05/23/22 - Will LevisrSr/2023, Kentucky, 6-2, 232 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  For those of us who actually watched Levis take every snap in 2022, the pro hype is no surprise. Levis has the size. He's 6-foot-3, 232 pounds and solid. He has the arm strength. He can grip-it-and-rip-it. He's mobile. He has the leadership abilities. Practically from the moment Levis stepped on campus, after transferring from Penn State, he has embraced being the face of the program. He also played in an NFL-style offense last year under then-coordinator Liam Coen, who brought Sean McVay's playbook to Lexington. And Levis will do so again in 2022, if in a slightly different NFL offense. After Coen returned to Los Angeles to be the Rams' offensive coordinator, Mark Stoops hired Kyle Shanahan's quarterbacks coach, Rich Scangarello, to add a San Francisco 49ers' twist to what Coen started.

Still, the guess here is that those bullish on Levis expect him to take another step forward next season. He was 233-of-353 last year for 2,826 yards with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The scouts would love to see a rise in the TD numbers and a decline in the turnovers. Levis says his goal is to raise his completion percentage from 66 percent last year to 70 percent this season. It's a worthy goal. Seven FBS quarterbacks completed 70 percent of their passes in 2021. Eight did so in 2020, including two quarterbacks now starting in the NFL - New England's Mac Jones and the New York Jets' Zach Wilson. Levis will be breaking in a nearly new receiving corps. Gone is Wan'Dale Robinson, a second-round pick of the New York Giants in the 2022 NFL Draft. Gone too is the dependable Josh Ali. - Herald Leader


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  05/19/22 - Deuce HoganrSo/2025, Kentucky, 6-3, 212 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Scoping SEC QB transfers: Eleven quarterbacks transferred to 10 SEC schools this offseason, with South Carolina's Spencer Rattler the lone guaranteed starter of the entire group. Here are On3.com ratings No.9 - Deuce Hogan, Kentucky (from Iowa). The former 4-star prospect out of Texas in the 2020 class threw one pass in two seasons for the Hawkeyes. He left the program in December due to what his mom described in a Facebook post as a slanderous statement by Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz earlier in the season. The Wildcats have a bonafide 1-2 with Levis and backup Beau Allen, but Hogan is a quality 3rd-string, insurance option for Mark Stoops. - On3.com

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  05/18/22 - Tayvion RobinsonrJr/2024, Kentucky, 5-09, 190 (DS#16 WR) + More +

  Poised for a 2022 standout season: Wide receiver Tayvion Robinson, a Virginia Tech transfer, is among several looking to fill the huge void left by the departure of receiving leader Wan'Dale Robinson to the NFL draft after a 104-catch, 1,334-yard season. Tayvion Robinson totaled 1,555 yards and 113 receptions in 36 games with the Hokies. - AP College Football

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  05/17/22 - Chris Rodriguez Jr.rSr/2023, Kentucky, 5-11, 224 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  After he was arrested for careless driving and operating a vehicle while under the influence, Kentucky junior running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. has seen a significant decrease in his On3 NIL Valuation. Rodriguez now has an On3 NIL Valuation of $227,000, which is a decrease of $76,000 from previous weeks. Rodriguez, who is projected to be a major piece in the Wildcats' offense, saw a rise in his NIL value throughout the spring. His NIL value climbed from $99,000 to $303,000 buoyed by the news of his return and expected impact in the SEC. Yet, the On3 NIL Valuation algorithm considered Rodriguez's arrest and 8.5% drop in social media followers and engagement in the new valuation released on Tuesday.

The On3 NIL Valuation is an index that looks to set the standard market value for both high school and college-level athletes. The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete's value at a certain moment in time. And at this moment, it's clear Rodriguez's value on the NIL market is dropping because of the off-the-field issue. The On3 NIL Valuation is an index that looks to set the standard market value for both high school and college-level athletes. The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete's value at a certain moment in time. And at this moment, it's clear Rodriguez's value on the NIL market is dropping because of the off-the-field issue. - On3.com


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  05/17/22 - Chris Rodriguez Jr.rSr/2023, Kentucky, 5-11, 224 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez' warrant is set aside following mistake by his lawyer. Rodriguez was arrested on May 8 for careless driving, having no tail lamps and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, according to the Kentucky arrest report. He was stopped by police in Fayette County, Ky. Originally, it was reported Rodriguez failed to appear at his arraignment. That led to a warrant for his arrest and also a $200 fine. However, there was a scheduling mishap on the attorney's part. The attorney told Rodriguez not to attend, according to Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones. The new court date will take place this coming Friday in Lexington. "We have confirmed with Chris' attorney's that this was a scheduling mistake in their office," Kentucky Sports Information Director Susan Lax said. "Chris was specifically advised by his attorneys not to attend because they would take care of it. They are diligently working to get it corrected."

According to Lax, "take care of" refers to having his attorneys attend on Rodriguez's behalf. Rodriguez returns to Kentucky for his fifth season in the program after a career-best 1,378 yards on the ground in 2021. In 32 career games, he has 417 carries for 2,739 yards and 27 touchdowns. He added 15 receptions for 75 yards and three touchdowns. The former three-star recruit came to the Wildcats in the 2018 class as an unheralded prospect. He ranked No. 1082 in the country according to the On3 Consensus, also ranking No. 83 among running backs and No. 110 in his home state of Georgia. - On3.com


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  05/15/22 - Chris Rodriguez Jr.rSr/2023, Kentucky, 5-11, 224 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  A warrant was issued for University of Kentucky football player Chris Rodriguez after he failed to appear in court Friday afternoon. Judge Denotra Gunter issued a warrant for Rodriguez's arrest and imposed a $200 fine, according to a report by LEX-18, the official television partner of UK. Rodriguez, the team's returning starter at running back, faces three charges - operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and no tail lamps - stemming from an arrest early Sunday morning. His arraignment was scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday.

According to a citation, Rodriguez's speech was slurred and there was "an odor of alcoholic beverages coming from within the vehicle" after he was pulled over at a gas station off Nicholasville Road. Rodriguez agreed to a horizontal gaze test but refused to perform other field tests while outside of the vehicle, according to the citation. He displayed "the involuntary jerking of the eyes indicating alcohol consumption" during the gaze test, according to the citation. The officer wrote that Rodriguez, 21, admitted to having consumed "one or two shots of alcohol" at Belle's Cocktail House, a bar located downtown near the intersection of Church and Market streets. He was transported to the Fayette County Detention Center, where he refused an evidential breath test. - Herald Leader


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  05/09/22 - Chris Rodriguez Jr.rSr/2023, Kentucky, 5-11, 224 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  A Kentucky football player has been charged with drunken driving, university police said. Running back Chris Rodriguez Jr., 24, was arrested Sunday and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and driving without tail lamps, news outlets reported, citing a police citation. A University of Kentucky Police officer pulled over a black Dodge Durango that was "not maintaining its designated operating lane" and did not have its taillights activated, the arrest citation filed with Fayette District Court said.

Rodriguez had slurred speech and there was "an odor of alcoholic beverages coming from within the vehicle," the officer wrote. He was taken to the Fayette County jail. The senior was the team's leading rusher and finished with 1,238 yards and eight rushing touchdowns in 11 games last year. - AP College Football


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  05/07/22 - Will LevisrSr/2023, Kentucky, 6-2, 232 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Kentucky's Will Levis is projected as a first-round NFL pick in most early mock drafts for 2023. "It's cool, but I mean, it doesn't matter," he said. "It's random media people with their own opinions. Obviously, anything you see with that doesn't guarantee anything. If anything, it's just kind of cool to hear and see. But I don't want to spend time and attention on that." That's a wise attitude to have for a litany of reasons, but especially because we're just barely less than a year away from next year's draft. Most of last year's "way-too-early" mocks had North Carolina's Sam Howell as the best quarterback in the draft class and projected as a top-10 selection; he ended up getting picked in the fifth round and was the sixth quarterback selected. A lot can change in a year.

Stoops said Levis deserves the preseason hype. "I know this, I know Will," Stoops said. "I know how motivated he is. It'll drive him to see any quarterback taken in front of him because I believe he believes he can be the No. 1 quarterback taken. He has that kind of ability and I think he's gonna have that kind of year." The trickle-down effect of having a quarterback with that kind of outlook matters, too. "They make people around them better," Stoops said. "He's a great leader, he's competitive. It's not just about him, it's about the team. Those kind of guys make a difference. I really like where we're at." - Herald Leader


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  05/05/22 - Will LevisrSr/2023, Kentucky, 6-2, 232 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  With a 10-win season on his resume, Will Levis has already cemented his status as one of the most successful quarterbacks in Kentucky football history. But a year from now, Levis could make a different kind of impact on the UK record book. No Kentucky quarterback has been picked in the NFL draft since Andre Woodson in the sixth round in 2008. Only three UK quarterbacks have been drafted since 1966. No former UK quarterback has thrown a touchdown pass in the NFL since Tim Couch in 2003.

In January, ESPN tabbed Levis as a "potential Day 2 pick next year," but is there room for even more growth as an NFL prospect? "He's got everything they're looking for to be a high pick, to be a franchise quarterback," Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said in April. "The sky is the limit for him there." In his first season as a full-time starter - after two years as a backup at Penn State - Levis completed 66% of his passes for 2,827 yards and 24 touchdowns for Kentucky last season. He also rushed for 376 yards and nine more touchdowns. - Courier Journal


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  05/05/22 - Keaton UpshawrSr/2023, Kentucky, 6-5, 245 (DS#24 TE) + More +

  If not for an injury that cost him the entire 2021 season, Upshaw might have left for the draft this spring. Instead, he will look to prove he is fully healthy in an offense that should make heavy use of the tight end. Kentucky's tight end room is deep, but the 6-foot-6, 246-pound Upshaw has the most well-rounded skillset of the group. No Kentucky tight end has been drafted since Jacob Tamme in 2008. - Courier Journal

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