02/18/19 - (OT) - E.J. Price, rSo, 6-5, 305 Kentucky has lost one of its 2018 starting offensive linemen. Rising junior offensive tackle E.J. Price, who started 11 games at left tackle for Kentucky last season, has withdrawn from the university "to pursue other opportunities," a UK spokeswoman confirmed to the Courier Journal Monday. The decision marks the end of a tumultuous two years in Lexington for Price, who transferred to UK from Southern California prior to the 2017 season.
Price briefly quit the team during spring practice in 2018 after sitting out the 2017 season per NCAA transfer rules with a series of eyebrow-raising tweets criticizing the UK coaching staff. He was back on the team two days later and in an August interview with the Courier Journal, he thanked Mark Stoops and his coaching staff for helping him "through a rough patch." On Jan. 26, Lexington police were called to Price's residence for a "reported altercation between Price and his girlfriend" but that no charges had been filed, according to a police spokeswoman. - Louisville Courier Journal
02/16/19 - (OLB) - Kengera Daniel, rSr, 6-4, 235 Mark Stoops is preparing to sign a smaller-than-normal recruiting class in 2020. At his 2019 signing day news conference Wednesday, Stoops said he will need additional attrition from his current roster to sign more than approximately 17 players in the 2020 class and stay under the NCAA's 85-man scholarship limit. That number already includes three departures previously unknown from the 2018 roster. Senior running back Sihiem King and senior outside linebacker Kengera Daniel have both left the program after redshirting in 2018, a UK spokeswoman confirmed. Both players could play at another FBS program immediately next season as graduate transfers after finishing their degrees at UK. Junior cornerback Domonique Williams, who appeared in just one game in 2018 in his first season as a junior-college transfer, has also left the team. Those departures leave Kentucky with 10 seniors on the roster for 2019. - The Courier Journal
12/14/18 - (RB) - *Benny Snell Jr., Jr, 5-10, 223 RB Benny Snell, considered one of the best players in Wildcats' history, announced on Friday that he will skip his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
However, Snell said he first will play for the Wildcats against Penn State in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day. "To the BBN, you've become a part of my family," Snell said in a video posted on Twitter. "You took a kid in from Ohio and made it feel like home, but there comes a time you have to leave home to build a life of your own. That's what I'm about to do. I have decided to enter the NFL draft and pursue a dream I have had as long as I can remember. I will be taking some of the best memories of my life with me." Snell was an unheralded recruit who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons and helped the Wildcats to a bowl game for the third consecutive season. He has 3,754 yards in his career and was selected first-team All-Southeastern Conference this year. The Athletic ranks Snell as the No. 10 running back in the 2019 draft class.
12/05/18 - (OLB) - Josh Allen, Sr, 6-4, 258 2018 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Allen was named the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at the Charlotte (N.C.) Touchdown Club on Monday night. Allen became the first Kentucky player to win the award, which goes to the nation's top defensive player. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Allen received the honor over the following finalists: LSU safety Grant Delpit, Alabama nose guard Quinnen Williams, Michigan linebacker Devin Bush and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins. The award was won last year by former North Carolina State star Bradley Chubb, who was selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
Allen, who was also named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, recorded 14 of his 28.5 career sacks in 2018. His 11 career forced fumbles are even with former Wildcat and current Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan. Allen led Kentucky with 84 tackles and paces the SEC in sacks, tackles for loss (18.5) and forced fumbles (five). He is the fourth SEC representative to win the award, joining Georgia's Champ Bailey (1998), LSU's Glenn Dorsey (2007) and Alabama's Jonathan Allen (2016). Allen is a finalist for five other major awards: the Walter Camp National Player of the Year, the Butkus Award (nation's best linebacker), the Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), Lott IMPACT Trophy (defensive player of the year) and Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end of the year). - The Sports Xchange
12/04/18 - (OLB) - Josh Allen, Sr, 6-4, 258 LB Josh Allen was named the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at the Charlotte (N.C.) Touchdown Club on Monday night. Allen became the first Kentucky player to win the award, which goes to the nation's top defensive player.
11/20/18 - (OLB) - Josh Allen, Sr, 6-4, 258 Josh Allen of Kentucky and Devin Bush of Michigan are among the five finalists for the Butkus Award, which goes to the nation's best linebacker. The other finalists announced Monday were Tre Lamar of Clemson, Dylan Moses of Alabama and Devin White of LSU. The winner will be announced Dec. 6. Allen and Bush were also last week named finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy that goes to the country's best defensive player. Allen leads the Southeastern Conference and is third in the country with 13 sacks. Bush is the leading tackler on the nation's No. 1 defense. Moses is the top tackler for No. 1 Alabama. White is fifth in the SEC in tackles with 98 and Lamar an interception, two sacks and 60 tackles for Clemson. - AP College Football
11/17/18 - (SS) - Mike Edwards, rSr, 5-11, 204 Mike Edwards' early takeaways helped stake Kentucky to its initial lead. Linebacker Josh Allen then made sure the 20th-ranked Wildcats held on with clutch sacks late. Seniors are expected to stand out in their home finales, and veterans certainly factored in a tenser-than-expected victory against Middle Tennessee. Edwards' two turnovers led to Kentucky's first two touchdowns, and the Wildcats overcame a second-half lull to make several fourth-quarter defensive stops and escape with a 34-23 win on Saturday. Kentucky (8-3) ended a two-game slide but had to survive the Blue Raiders' rally within 31-23 early in the fourth. Allen, the Southeastern Conference's sacks leader, dropped Brent Stockstill for a 7-yard loss on fourth down and set up Miles Butler's 32-yard field goal with 4:01 remaining for an 11-point edge. - AP College Football
11/05/18 - (SS) - Mike Edwards, rSr, 5-11, 204 S Mike Edwards was in double figures in tackles for the first time this season with 11 stops against Georgia. It was his 10th double-digit effort in the senior's career and left him seven tackles short of the 300 mark for his stay with the Wildcats. He may have a bit more responsibility this week with S Darius West sitting out the first half after being ejected for targeting last week.
11/05/18 - (OLB) - Josh Allen, Sr, 6-4, 258 LB Josh Allen had only three tackles, but got the first fumble recovery of his career -- actually, two, which were Kentucky's only takeaways of the game. The Wildcats cashed in on one with a field goal, and the other kept Georgia from trying a long field goal in the closing seconds of the first half. "I saw a loose ball and I had to go get it for my team," Allen said. "It just happened to be me."
10/29/18 - (OLB) - Josh Allen, Sr, 6-4, 258 OCT 29 SEC DEFENSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky,...Totaled a career-high 11 tackles, including two quarterback sacks (-17 yards), in Kentucky's 15-14 win at Missouri...Both of his sacks came in the second half and also caused fumbles...Spearheaded an incredible team defensive effort...Did now allow Missouri a first down during the entire second half, eight straight three-and-outs, making it possible for UK's comeback victory...Limited Missouri to 14 points - 24.6 below the team average of 38.6...Limited Missouri to 249 yards total offense - 252.1 below the team average of 501.1...Leads the SEC and ranks in the top three nationally in sacks, tackles for loss and fumbles caused...Moved into second place in school history in career sacks with 24.5 and career tackles for loss with 34...Also named National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. - SEC Football
10/29/18 - (WR) - Lynn Bowden Jr., So, 6-0, 195 OCT 29 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Lynn Bowden, PR, Kentucky,...On the first punt return of his collegiate career, he zipped 67 yards for a touchdown...Trailing 14-3 in the fourth quarter, his punt return with 5:18 remaining sparked the comeback for UK's eventual 15-14 win at Missouri...Set career highs on offense with 13 pass receptions (second-most in school history) for 166 receiving yards (ninth-most in school history), including two catches on UK's game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter...Totaled a career-high 229 all-purpose yards...His punt return TD was UK's first vs. an SEC opponent in 15 years. - SEC Football
10/29/18 - (OLB) - Josh Allen, Sr, 6-4, 258 OCT 29 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JOSH ALLEN, KENTUCKY, Senior, Linebacker, Montclair, NJ/Montclair,...Josh Allen recorded 11 tackles (9 solo), two quarterback sacks and forced two fumbles, as 12th-ranked Kentucky defeated Missouri, 15-14. The Wildcats improved to 7-1, 5-1 in the Southeastern Conference, and clinched its first winning league record since 1977. Notes: Josh Allen is the first Kentucky player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
10/22/18 - (OG) - George Asafo-Adjei, Sr, 6-4, 315 OCT 22 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: George Asafo-Adjei, OT, Kentucky...Graded at 89 percent in Kentucky's 14-7 win over Vanderbilt...Had three knockdown blocks and 23 blocks at the point of attack...Played every offensive snap without an assignment error; also did not have any penalties or allow any quarterback sacks or pressures...Helped Benny Snell rush for 169 yards, including a key block on Snell's game-winning seven-yard touchdown run. - SEC Football
10/20/18 - (RB) - *Benny Snell Jr., Jr, 5-10, 223 Benny Snell Jr. rushed for 169 yards, including the go-ahead 7-yard run with 8:04 remaining that helped No. 14 Kentucky pull away for a 14-7 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday night. The Wildcats (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) clinched bowl eligibility for a third consecutive season and stayed in contention in the East division with their third straight victory over the Commodores (3-5, 0-4). But it took linebacker Kash Daniel's fourth-down forced fumble that Quinton Bohanna recovered at the 20 midway through the fourth quarter to jump-start Kentucky from game-long inconsistency. Snell took control from there, rushing 10 times for 74 yards on the drive that ended with his ninth TD run. The junior rushed 32 times for his 16th career 100-yard game on a blustery night that Kentucky had to work hard to outgain Vanderbilt 298-284. Daniel's play was one of four forced four fumbles with two recoveries, the second by Mike Edwards with 1:04 left that sealed the outcome. - AP College Football
10/03/18 - (RB) - Sihiem King, Sr, 5-08, 172 RB Sihiem King will not play the rest of the year and take a redshirt season. The senior was No. 3 on the depth chart behind Benny Snell Jr. and A.J. Rose after logging just 12 rushes for 58 yards in the first four games. King had not taken a redshirt season his first three years on campus and is eligible for one because of the new NCAA rule that allows a player to appear in up to four games without it costing him a year's eligibility.
10/03/18 - (SS) - Darius West, rSr, 5-11, 207 FS Darius West has recorded two of Kentucky's six interceptions and is tied with LB Kash Daniels for the team lead in tackles with 37 stops, 21 of them solo. West had a big interception in the third quarter of the win over South Carolina. He also has broken up five other passes for the season. "He definitely has a strong mentality," Stoops said, "and he has a great passion and desire to win."
10/03/18 - (OLB) - Josh Allen, Sr, 6-4, 258 LB Josh Allen has become a terror on defense for the Wildcats. He had three sacks in the win over the Gamecocks, giving him six for the season. That leads the SEC and is tied for fifth nationally with his average of 1.2 sacks per game. "He is double-teamed a lot," coach Mark Stoops said. "There are certain things we can do to try and free him up."
10/03/18 - (RB) - *Benny Snell Jr., Jr, 5-10, 223 RB Benny Snell Jr. continues to carry the load for the Wildcats' offense. He has rushed for an SEC-best 639 yards, which ranks No. 3 in FBS statistics. His average of 135 yards a game also is third in the nation.
10/01/18 - (OLB) - Josh Allen, Sr, 6-4, 258 OCT 1 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky...Played a dominant defensive role in UK's 24-10 win over South Carolina...Totaled eight tackles, set career highs with four tackles for loss (-19 yards) and three quarterback sacks (-17 yards), caused a fumble and had a quarterback hurry...His sack in the third quarter was almost a safety and helped force a punt...Had two sacks and a TFL in the fourth quarter as UK fought to preserve its lead...His QB hurry forced a fourth-down incompletion, a turnover on downs, on South Carolina's last offensive play of the game...Led a UK defense that has allowed only 11 points per game in three SEC games. - SEC Football
10/01/18 - (OG) - George Asafo-Adjei, Sr, 6-4, 315 OCT 1 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: George Asafo-Adjei, OT, Kentucky...Graded at 90 percent in Kentucky's 24-10 win over South Carolina...Had two knockdown blocks and 19 blocks at the point of attack...Had no missed assignments and did not allow a quarterback sack or pressure...Had a key block to help spring A.J. Rose's 24-yard touchdown run...Scoring 24 points in this game, it is the first time since 1997 that UK has scored at least 24 points in each of its first three SEC games. - SEC Football
09/30/18 - (RB) - *Benny Snell Jr., Jr, 5-10, 223 Benny Snell Jr. ran for 99 yards and one of Kentucky's three consecutive first-half touchdowns before the No. 17 Wildcats held on for a 24-10 victory over South Carolina on Saturday night. Kentucky (5-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) quashed initial concerns about a letdown following their first Top 25 ranking since November 2007 by scoring on four straight drives to lead 24-3 at halftime. The Wildcats ended up needing that cushion to offset a scoreless second half and Jake Bentley's 58-yard, third quarter TD pass to Deebo Samuel that kept the Gamecocks (2-2, 1-2) within striking distance.
Mike Edwards' interception with 3:47 remaining snuffed one chance by the Gamecocks before they turned the ball over on downs in the final minute. That sealed Kentucky's fifth consecutive series win and continued its best SEC start since 1977. "I would've liked to finish better," Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. "We shot ourselves in the foot and got a little reckless with some penalties and just a little bit of sloppy play, or we'd really have a chance to put that away much earlier than we did. "I loved the way our team started, we knew we had to start fast. ... I thought our defense did an exceptional job limiting big plays." Snell's rushing yardage on 28 carries also made him the third Wildcat to break 3,000 career. His 4-yard score with 4:53 remaining in the second quarter extended his TD record to 40. - AP College Football
09/25/18 - (OLB) - Josh Allen, Sr, 6-4, 258 SEPT 24 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky...Totaled six tackles, two tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry in UK's 28-7 win over Mississippi State...In the fourth quarter, with MSU moving to the UK 25-yard line and threatening to tie the game, he dominated the next series: first down, Allen four-yard tackle for loss; 2nd-and-14, Allen draws holding penalty on pass rush; 3rd-and-34, false start penalty in front of Allen before play begins...On MSU's next possession, again with a chance to tie in the fourth quarter, he notched a six-yard quarterback sack, forcing a pass on the next play that UK intercepted...Had a QB hurry on third down in the first quarter, forcing a punt. In the third quarter, on third-and-two, he helped stop the ballcarrier for a one-yard gain, forcing a punt...UK limited MSU to 201 yards total offense, with MSU entering the game averaging 587 yards per game. - SEC Football
09/25/18 - (OG) - Bunchy Stallings, rSr, 6-3, 317 SEPT 24 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jervontius "Bunchy" Stallings, OG, Kentucky...Graded at 93 percent in Kentucky's 28-7 win over Mississippi State...Had four knockdown blocks and 21 blocks at the point of attack...Had no penalties or missed assignments and did not allow a quarterback sack...Helped Benny Snell rush for 165 yards and a school record-tying four touchdown runs...Contributed an effective block on all four of Snell's touchdown runs. - SEC Football
09/25/18 - (OG) - Bunchy Stallings, rSr, 6-3, 317 SEPT 10 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jervontius "Bunchy" Stallings, OG, Kentucky...Graded at 91 percent, with nine knockdown blocks, in Kentucky's 27-16 win at Florida...Had no missed assignments or penalties and did not allow a quarterback sack or pressure...Had 23 blocks at the point of attack as UK rushed for 303 yards, averaging 7.4 yards per attempt...On 3rd-and-1, with approximately 2:30 remaining and UK clinging to a 21-16 lead, Stallings pulled left and delivered a crushing block that sprang Benny Snell for a 20-yard gain. That enabled UK to run another couple of minutes off the clock, forcing Florida to take over its final possession with only 29 seconds remaining...UK had two players rush for 100 yards, second game in a row that has been accomplished; first time UK has done that in 39 years. - SEC Football
09/25/18 - (OLB) - Josh Allen, Sr, 6-4, 258 SEPT 10 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky...Totaled five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, one fumble caused, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry...His QB sack on the game's final play caused a fumble that UK returned for a touchdown, clinching the win for the Wildcats...Had a key pass breakup on a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter...Shared a tackle for loss in the first quarter that helped force a punt. - SEC Football