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Cats beat Ole Miss again, 84-70

Cats beat Ole Miss again, 84-70

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Now that, my friends, was a fun basketball game to watch… until the final five minutes. The Cats jumped out on Ole Miss early and fought off a late Rebel surge to hold on to a 84-70 victory. The first half was full of dunks and SportsCenter worthy plays, plus a double-double performance from Julius Randle. Kentucky’s star forward had 10 and 10 at the break, and finished with 25 and 13. The second half wasn’t as fun, but they got out alive.

Tyler will have more throughout the night from Oxford, so stick around. Use the comments section below to discuss the game and what it means going forward.

Talk to you soon. Cats.


Know Your Wildcat: Bud Dupree

Know Your Wildcat: Bud Dupree

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During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

 

#2 BUD DUPREE

Vitals

– Height: 6’4″

– Weight: 252 lbs.

– Class: Junior

– Experience: 2L

– Position: Defensive End

– Hometown: Irwinton, Ga.

– High School: Wilkinson County

Class of 2011 High School Ranking

– Rivals.com: NR TE, starstarstar

– Scout.com: #45 TE, starstarstar

– 247Sports.com: NR TE

– ESPN Recruiting: NR TE

How He Got Here

Dupree knew very little about the University of Kentucky until the Cats starting recruiting him in high school. He expected to play tight end when he committed to UK, picking Joker Phillips and Co. over Auburn, Georgia Tech and Jacksonville St.

Freshman Season, 2011

Dupree played in all 12 games his freshman season at linebacker, starting the final three, and made 21 total tackles on the year. He added 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Sophomore Season, 2012

He ranked 10th in the SEC with 91 tackles. His 12.5 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks were the seventh best totals in the conference.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He loves kids and dogs. Needless to say, he isn’t hosting Matt Jones’ birthday party tonight.

Something You We Made Up About Him

Bud Dupree moved from linebacker to defensive end because he couldn’t take another year of crouching down behind Mister Cobble and Donte Rumph. “They have uncontrollable farts and the smell can be lethal,” he told BlueWildcatChatCat.com

Unfair NFL Comparison

Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins

Outlook for 2013

Kentucky’s defensive line is its strength heading into the 2013 season and Bud Dupree is a big reason behind the hype. He and Za’Darius Smith make a ferocious duo coming off the ends and they both should expect to see a lot of opportunities to eat a sack lunch.


Know Your Wildcat: Jordan Aumiller

UK Football Media Day

During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

 

#86 JORDAN AUMILLER

Vitals

– Height: 6’4″

– Weight: 232 lbs.

– Class: Senior

– Experience: 3L

– Position: Tight End

– Hometown: Danville, Ky.

– High School: Boyle County

Class of 2009 High School Ranking

– Rivals.com: NR, starstar

– Scout.com: #66 TE, starstar

– 247Sports.com: NR

– ESPN Recruiting: #113 TE

How He Got Here

Aumiller committed to Kentucky early in the summer prior to his senior season of high school at Boyle County. He only held offers from UK and Marshall at the time but believed a Louisville offer was coming soon.

Freshman Season, 2009

Redshirted as a linebacker and earned Scout Team Player of the Week honors twice throughout the season.

Redshirt Freshman Season, 2010

Now at tight end, Aumiller played in all 13 games, starting in eight, and caught 18 passes for 193 yard and one touchdown. He was named First Team Freshman All-SEC and Fourth Team Freshman All-American.

Sophomore Season, 2011

Saw his playing time diminish behind senior tight end Nick Melillo; Aumiller started in one game but did not catch a pass on the year.

Junior Season, 2012

Played in three games but failed to record a reception for the second season in a row.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

His nickname is “Lank.”

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Unfair NFL Comparison

Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers

Outlook for 2013

After going two full seasons without a catch, Jordan Aumiller is ready to take over the starting tight end duties for the Wildcats again. Vince Marrow said last week that Aumiller has a slight edge over Anthony Kendrick at the position, but both can expect to get a lot of opportunities in the new Air Raid offense.


Know Your Wildcat: Ashely Lowery

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During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

 

#5 ASHELY LOWERY

Vitals

– Height: 6’1″

– Weight: 211 lbs.

– Class: Junior

– Experience: 2L

– Position: Safety

– Hometown: Cleveland, Ga.

– High School: White County

Class of 2011 High School Ranking

– Rivals.com: #59 S, starstarstar

– Scout.com: #89 S, starstarstar

– 247Sports.com: NR, starstarstar

– ESPN Recruiting: #136 S, starstarstar

How He Got Here

He chose Kentucky over Eastern Kentucky, Air Force, Illinois, UAB and Western Carolina.

Freshman Season, 2011

Lowery played all 12 games as a true freshman in 2011, finishing the year with 16 tackles and one start at strong safety in his home state against Georgia. He recorded a season-high five tackles that game.

Sophomore Season, 2012

Now a full-time starter in the secondary, Lowery played in eight games but missed four due to injury. He totaled 43 tackles, good enough for fifth on the team, plus one interception, the only pick of his career.

Something You Might’ve Forgotten About Him

He can jump.

Unfair NFL Comparison

Ryan Clark, Pittsburgh Steelers

Outlook for 2013

Lowery has a pretty firm grasp on that starting spot at free safety and will be the leader of Kentucky’s very young and unproven secondary. Mark Stoops recently called him the “one constant” from the group during fall practice.


Know Your Wildcat: Ryan Timmons

UK Football Media Day
Photo by Regina Rickert for KSR

During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

Previous profiles: Javess Blue, Fred Tiller, A.J. Legree, Landon Foster, Patrick Towles, Kory Brown, Tyler Robinson, Donte Rumph, Demarco Robinson, Raymond Sanders, Mister Cobble, Maxwell Smith, Avery Williamson, Steven Borden, Daryl Collins, Cody Quinn, Za’Darius Smith and Alex Montgomery.

 

#1 RYAN TIMMONS

Vitals

– Height: 5’10″

– Weight: 185 lbs.

– Class: Freshman

– Experience: HS

– Position: Athlete

– Hometown: Frankfort, Kentucky

– High School:  Franklin County

Class of 2013 Rankings

– Rivals.com: #68 WR, #5 player in Kentucky starstarstar

– Scout.com: #46 WR, starstarstar

– 247Sports.com: #23 RB, #4 player in Kentucky, starstarstarstar

– ESPN Recruiting: #28 Athlete, #4 player in Kentucky, starstarstarstar

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How He Got Here

Timmons and fellow in-state talent Jason Hatcher were Mark Stoops’ top priorities when he took over at UK, and DJ Eliot spent his first day on the staff recruiting the speedy Franklin County star. When Neal Brown came on board, he took over Timmons’ recruitment and Timmons says one the reasons he chose Kentucky was Brown’s offense, which is similar to what he played in high school. On February 5th in front of his friends and family, Timmons committed to Kentucky, choosing the Cats over Illinois, Florida, Ohio State, and others.

High School Senior Year, 2012

During his senior year, Timmons rushed for 1,306 yards for 25 touchdowns and caught 33 balls for 1,004 yards and 16 touchdowns at Division 5A Franklin County. How ridiculous are those stats? He averaged almost 16 yards per carry and over 30 yards per reception. According to ElevenWarriors.com, Timmons led the nation in yards per touch (23.8 yards) two years in a row and also scored a touchdown every 2.3 times he touched the ball in 2012. He played running back, wide receiver, and returned kicks, and was named First Team All-State by the Courier Journal the Associated Press. He was also a five-time state champion in track, specializing in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He likes to do the Cousin Terio dance in Wal-Mart. Maybe he learned it from John Wall?

Something We Made Up About Him

He learned it from John Wall, who taught him the moves during a trip to Lexington this summer.

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(13 days ’til kickoff)

Unfair NFL Comparison

Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

Outlook for 2013

The sky’s the limit for Timmons, who is exactly the type of playmaker Neal Brown needs. Because Franklin County’s offense is so similar to the Air Raid, he already has a leg up on his teammates in learning the system. He’s super fast and explosive in the open field, and is turning heads in camp. The staff has mentioned him as one of the standout wide receivers so far, and he’s also taking reps at running back. Neal Brown loves dual threat players, so get used to seeing Timmons and Raymond Sanders in that role often this season.


Know Your Wildcat: Alex Montgomery

Know Your Wildcat: Alex Montgomery

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During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

Previous profiles: Javess Blue, Fred Tiller, A.J. Legree, Landon Foster, Patrick Towles, Kory Brown, Tyler Robinson, Donte Rumph, Demarco Robinson, Raymond Sanders, Mister Cobble, Maxwell Smith, Avery Williamson, Steven Borden, Daryl Collins, Cody Quinn, and Za’Darius Smith.

 

#17 ALEX MONTGOMERY

Vitals

– Height: 6’2″

– Weight: 210 lbs.

– Class: Freshman

– Experience: HS

– Position: Wide Receiver

– Hometown: Weston, Florida

– High School: Cypress Bay

Class of 2013 Rankings

– Rivals.com: #51 WR, #81 player in Florida starstarstar

– Scout.com: #173 WR, starstarstar

– 247Sports.com: #137 WR, #141 player in Florida starstarstar

– ESPN Recruiting: #12 Tight End-H, starstarstar

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Montgomery celebrating his commitment to Kentucky with Mark Stoops and his high school coach

How He Got Here

Montgomery had offers from over a dozen major programs, including Louisville, Ole Miss, and Wisconsin. He ended up choosing Kentucky over Louisville in January, a great first step in his career as a Wildcat.

High School Senior Year, 2012

In his senior year, Montgomery helped lead Cypress Bay to the Florida 8A (!!) State Championships and ended his high school career on a high note, pulling in nine catches for 199 yards (a state finals record) and three touchdowns. Alex also played defensive back in high school, and had what appeared to be the game-winning interception in the State Championship, but it was nullified by a late penalty. He was named First Team All-State, and finished the season with 42 catches for 892 yards and seven touchdowns.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He hates the Celtics.

Something We Made Up About Him

He hates the Celtics because he lost to Rajon Rondo in Connect Four.

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Unfair NFL Comparison

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

Outlook for 2013

Montgomery has already made a name for himself during fall camp, with Stoops and Neal Brown repeatedly calling him one of the most impressive freshmen. In fact, Brown said that he’s probably “made as many plays as anybody we’ve had in camp.” Because of the lack of depth at wide receiver, he’ll have every opportunity to shine. Montgomery is not only impressing the coaches, he’s challenging the veterans to play harder in order to keep their starting spots. Neal Brown put it like this: “They’re either going to get better, or those guys [the freshmen] will be the first ones that roll out there against Western.” Go get ‘em, young fella.


Know Your Wildcat: Za’Darius Smith

UK Football Fan Day

During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

 

#94 ZA’DARIUS SMITH

Vitals

– Height: 6’6”

– Weight: 254 lbs.

– Class: Junior

– Experience: JC

– Position: Defensive End

– Hometown: Greenville, Ala.

– High School: Greenville

– Junior College: East Mississippi CC

2013 JUCO Ranking

– Rivals.com: NR, starstarstarstar

– Scout.com: NR

– 247Sports.com: #2 WDE, starstarstarstar

– ESPN Recruiting: #2 DE, starstarstarstar

How He Got Here

When Mark Stoops hired Jimmy Brumbaugh from East Mississippi Community College to coach his defensive line, the decision for Za’Darius Smith became very easy. Brumbaugh coached Smith for two seasons at EMCC, so the two know each other very well. Not to mention, Stoops recruited Smith out of high school at Florida State.

Za’Darius chose Kentucky over Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, and Texas.

Before He Got Here

Smith recorded 19 tackles and five sacks as a freshman at East Mississippi C.C.  He followed that up with 46 tackles, 6.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception in 2012.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He never played a snap of football until 2010, his senior year of high school. He played basketball his whole life and had dreams of playing at the D-1 level. But after being pressured to try his hand at football all through high school, he walked into Greenville High’s head football coach’s office and asked to join the team, just weeks before the season opener.

Something We Made Up About Him

Za’Darius saved 73 elementary school students when their bus blew out a tire while crossing a bridge, sending the vehicle and its passengers over the edge and spiraling down toward a river below. Za’Darius, then just a 3-year-old boy, was passing by in the other lane and jumped out to save the day. Witnesses say Za’Darius caught the school bus with his right hand, holding it by its rear axel, and pulled it back up to the bridge to safety. When all the students were evacuated and the bus was completely empty, he picked it up again and ripped out 20 bicep curls for fun.

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Unfair NFL Comparison

Julius Peppers, Chicago Bears

Outlook for 2013

Pain, insufferable pain, for anyone who gets in his way.


Know Your Wildcat: Cody Quinn

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During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

 

#16 CODY QUINN

Vitals

– Height: 5’10”

– Weight: 170 lbs.

– Class: Sophomore

– Experience: 1L

– Position: Cornerback

– Hometown: Middletown, Ohio

– High School: Middletown

Class of 2012 Ranking

– Rivals.com: NR starstarstar

– Scout.com: #90 CB starstarstar

– 247Sports.com: #86 CB, #70 player in Ohio starstarstar

– ESPN Recruiting: #68 CB, #64 player in Ohio starstarstar

How He Got Here

Cody originally committed to Illinois, but opened up his recruitment after Ron Zook was fired. He became interested in Kentucky in part due to his relationship with Mike Cassity, the defensive backs coach. Quinn committed to Kentucky on January 15, 2012, picking the Cats over Illinois, West Virginia, Purdue, and Cincinnati. In high school, he was named third-team All-Ohio by the Associated Press, and excelled in track, evident in his 4.37 40-time.

Freshman Season, 2012

Quinn played in eleven games, starting six. He had 25 tackles, including a season-high seven against Arkansas. He also led the team in pass breakups with five. Quinn really burst onto the scene against Florida, starting for an injured Cartier Rice. The true freshman didn’t back down against the Gators in the Swamp, challenging receivers and deflecting a pass that forced Florida to punt on its first drive of the game. As the season wore on, Quinn never gave up, and got plenty of opportunities to play.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He was born with six fingers on one hand.

Something We Made Up About Him

Despite cutting the extra finger off so he wouldn’t be mocked growing up, his parents decided it was a sign from God that he was going to be a professional athlete or musician one day. He keeps the extra finger in a bag in a drawer in his bedside table to remind him of his dream.

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Attaboy.

Unfair NFL Comparison

Brandon Flowers, Kansas City Chiefs

Outlook for 2013

Kentucky is as thin in the secondary as they are at wide receiver, and Quinn is one of three returning scholarship corners from last season. He’s added about fifteen pounds of muscle in the weight room over the summer, and sits atop the depth chart along with fellow sophomore Fred Tiller. Quinn will have every opportunity possible and no excuses to capitalize on a promising freshman season.


Know Your Wildcat: Daryl Collins

UK Football Fan Day

During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

 

#23 DARYL COLLINS

Vitals

– Height: 5’11”

– Weight: 205 lbs.

– Class: Sophomore (RS)

– Experience: JC

– Position: Wide Receiver

– Hometown: Gadsden, Ala.

– High School: Gadsden City

Class of 2011 Ranking

– Rivals.com: #84 WR starstarstar

– Scout.com: #62 WR starstarstar

– 247Sports.com: NR starstarstar

– ESPN Recruiting: #45 WR starstarstar

How He Got Here

Collins gave a verbal commitment to the University of Alabama, his lifelong favorite team, in the spring of his junior year of high school. But when Nick Saban asked him to grayshirt his freshman season, the wide receiver reconsidered his commitment to Alabama and jumped at the opportunity to play right away at the University of Kentucky.

Freshman Season, 2011

The hope was Daryl Collins would make an immediate impact during his freshman season in Lexington, but a season-ending knee injury suffered in practice the week before Kentucky’s 2011 season opener forced him to redshirt.

Redshirt Freshman Season, 2012

Collins started 2012 with a bang, catching seven passes in his first career game, on the road versus Louisville. But he would simmer down after the opener, only catching 10 more balls for the rest of the year. He finished the season with 10 receptions for 171 in 12 games. He also returned six kickoffs and three punts.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He loves science.

Something We Made Up About Him

If he could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, it would be Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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Unfair NFL Comparison

Desean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

Outlook for 2013

Collins is one of four players currently in the running to be the Cats’ punt returner this fall. On offense, he thinks he can be “the guy” in Neal Brown’s spread offense. He’ll definitely get a lot of run in the receiving corps, although his presumed starting job will be tough to hold on to if the newcomers continue to play well in practice. He’ll get plenty of looks, though, and could have a breakout season.


Know Your Wildcat: Steven Borden

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During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

 

#85 STEVEN BORDEN

Vitals

– Height: 6’3”

– Weight: 237 lbs.

– Class: Junior

– Experience: JC

– Position: Tight End/Wide Receiver

– Hometown: Waxahachie, Tx.

– High School: Waxahachie

– Junior College: Kilgore College

2013 JUCO Ranking

– Rivals.com: starstar

– Scout.com: starstar

– 247Sports.com: NR

– ESPN Recruiting: starstarstar

How He Got Here

Kentucky fans have Neal Brown to thank for Steven Borden. Brown recruited Borden at Texas Tech and then convinced him to pick the Cats over the Red Raiders when came to Lexington.

He enrolled at UK prior to the 2013 spring semester to get a head start on football.

Before He Got Here

Borden spent his freshman year at Texas NAIA school Southwestern Assemblies of God University, where he played defensive end.

He was named second-team all-conference tight end as a sophomore at Kilgore College last fall. He caught 11 passes for 181 yards, a 16.5-yard average, and four touchdowns.

Things He’s Probably Tired Of Hearing

“Dude, your dad is Sting?!”

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

Borden played eight-on-eight football his first three years of high school at Santa Clarita Christian outside Los Angeles, before moving to Texas his senior year. He was Santa Clarita’s quarterback in eight-man ball.

Something We Made Up About Him

He thinks professional wrestling is real.

Unfair NFL Comparison

Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos

Outlook for 2013

Borden did a lot of bouncing back and forth from tight end and slot receiver during spring ball and he can expect to do the same throughout the season. Neal Brown said Borden will give the offense immediate help in the passing game.


Know Your Wildcat: Avery Williamson

Know Your Wildcat: Avery Williamson

UK Football
Photo by Regina Rickert for KSR

During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

Previous profiles: Javess Blue, Fred Tiller, A.J. Legree, Landon Foster, Patrick Towles, Kory Brown, Tyler Robinson, Donte Rumph, Demarco Robinson, Raymond Sanders, Mister Cobble, and Maxwell Smith.

 

#40 AVERY WILLIAMSON

Vitals

– Height: 6’1″

– Weight: 238 lbs.

– Class: Senior

– Experience: 3L

– Position: Linebacker

– Hometown: Milan, Tennessee

– High School: Milan

– Twitter: @awill40

Class of 2010 High School Ranking

– Rivals.com: #14 in Tennessee, starstarstar

– Scout.com: #151 OLB, starstar

– 247Sports.com: NR

– ESPN Recruiting: #56 ILB starstar

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How He Got Here

Williamson committed to Kentucky on November 23, 2009, choosing the Cats over Arkansas State and New Mexico. He also had interest from Memphis, Middle Tennessee State ,Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He was a first team all-state linebacker, and led his team to the state championship, only to lose to Alcoa High School (alma mater of Randall Cobb and Tyler Robinson). At the time, ESPN said that Avery had the “athletic ability to be a major contributor to his team at the next level.” Turns out they were right.

Freshman Season, 2010

Avery played in all thirteen games his freshman year, and settled in to his role as middle linebacker. He had ten tackles and one pass breakup.

Sophomore Season, 2011

In 2011, Avery also played in every game, racking up 49 tackles, with at least two in every game. He had a season-high seven tackles in UK’s win over Jacksonville State, an interception against Florida, and caused a fumble at South Carolina.

Junior Season, 2012

Avery really hit his stride in his third year, starting all twelve games and finishing with 135 tackles, the second-highest in the SEC, and seventh-highest in the nation. As a result, he was named to a number of All-SEC lists, and preseason All-SEC lists for 2013. Williamson had eight double-figure tackle games in 2012, with a career-best 20 tackles against Vanderbilt. He became the first Cat in 22 years to go four straight games with thirteen tackles in each. He also had 4.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, four pass breakup, caused two fumbles, one fumble recovery, and an interception against Western Kentucky.

In his own words:

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

Avery was one of three Cats to go to Ethiopia this past summer on a service trip, and the experience meant so much to him he’s planning to go back next year. He said that seeing the poverty in person made him grateful for what he has, and he actually gave most of his clothes and belongings away to people he met along the way. Wait, you already knew that? Well, I bet you didn’t know that Avery can cook a really, really good omelet.

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Something We Made Up About Him

It’s no secret that Avery is comfortable in front of a crowd. He’s represented Kentucky at SEC Media Days, as well as co-hosted most of the Women’s Clinic this past year. Avery’s talent on the stage has prompted him to start doing stand-up at local comedy clubs in his spare time. He’s also been voted “Best Smile” by the girls of Chi Omega at UK three years in a row.

Unfair NFL Comparison

Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers

Outlook for 2013

Both Mark Stoops and DJ Eliot have said repeatedly that Williamson is one of the best players on defense, and is “miles ahead” of the other linebackers. That’s good, because he will play a key role in the defense’s switch from 3-4 to Eliot’s 4-3. More importantly, he’s stepped up as a leader, drawing praise from Stoops for his positive influence on the team. After Joker left, there was some concern that out of loyalty, not all of the returning players would be “Stoops’ guys,” but Avery has led the way in bridging the gap between the veterans and freshmen. In his senior year, expect Avery to leave it all out on the field, and get on his teammates that don’t.


Know Your Wildcat: Javess Blue

UK Football Media Day

During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

 

#8 JAVESS BLUE

Vitals

– Height: 6’0”

– Weight: 190 lbs.

– Class: Junior

– Experience: JC

– Position: Wide Receiver

– Hometown: Babson Park, Fla.

– High School: Lake Wales

– Junior College: Butler CC

2013 JUCO Ranking

– Rivals.com: starstarstar

– Scout.com: NR

– 247Sports.com: NR

– ESPN Recruiting: #5 WR, starstarstar

How He Got Here

Originally a Texas Tech commit out of high school, Blue took the junior college route and attended Butler Community College in Wichita, Kansas. Once his two years of JUCO were up, he renewed his commitment to former Texas Tech assistants Neal Brown, Tommy Mainord and Chad Scott, this time at Kentucky, though.

Blue chose UK over West Virginia, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Arizona State and a handful of others for his final two seasons of college football.

Butler Community College (JUCO), 2011-2012

As a freshman in 2011, Blue caught 27 passes for 586 yards and three touchdowns for Butler. He led the Grizzlies in 2012 with 65 receptions for 1,064 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore. He finished the year fourth overall in receiving yards and touchdowns in the NJCAA last season.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He’s really good at backflips.

But I think you knew that already.

Something We Made Up About Him

Blue chose to attend Butler C.C. after spending time with friends and family at Wichita’s Sedgwick County Zoo and Museum of World Treasures during summer vacation following his senior year of high school. They ate dinner at the original Pizza Hut and caught the Diamond W Wranglers show as a nightcap.

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Unfair NFL Comparison

Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers (1999-2012)

Outlook for 2013

Mark Stoops and Neal Brown are very confident in Blue’s ability and they expect him to make an immediate impact at receiver, despite missing summer workouts in Lexington. Blue is also confident in his game; he told WHAS’s Adam Lefkoe he wants to be the best wide receiver in Kentucky football history.


Know Your Wildcat: Fred Tiller

Know Your Wildcat: Fred Tiller

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During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

 

#3 FRED TILLER

Vitals

– Height: 6’0”

– Weight: 171 lbs.

– Class: Sophomore

– Experience: 1L

– Position: Cornerback

– Hometown: Homerville, GA

– High School: Clinch County

Class of 2012 High School Ranking

– Rivals.com: #45 ATH, starstarstar

– Scout.com: #71 CB, starstarstar

– 247Sports.com: #109 ATH, starstarstar

– ESPN Recruiting: #82 ATH, starstarstar

How He Got Here

A couple days after taking an official visit to the University of Kentucky in September of 2011, Tiller called up Joker Phillips and told him he was ready to commit to the Wildcats. Tiller told Rivals.com at the time that he talked to his teachers and coaches after visiting Lexington and they all encouraged him to go ahead and get it over with if he felt so good about UK.

He also had offers from several other schools including Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Kansas, East Carolina, and Marshall. Immediate playing time was a major selling point in his recruitment.

Freshman Season, 2012

Tiller played in 11 games as a true freshman at backup cornerback in 2012. He broke up two passes, both against Mississippi State, and recorded 27 tackles on the year, including a career-high eight tackles against his home state Georgia Bulldogs.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He can throw down a windmill dunk:

Something We Made Up About Him

Tiller’s amateur status was in jeopardy last fall when it was discovered he appeared on three episodes of the hit musical television show, Glee, as an extra during his junior year of high school. And as you know, new NCAA law prohibits any student-athlete from appearing in any musical comedy-drama, regardless of role or duration of on-screen appearances. But Tiller was able escape to Mark Emmert’s twisted gavel of justice by paying back the $67.55 he made from the Fox Network and delivering singing telegrams to all NCAA employees as their Christmas bonuses.

Unfair NFL Comparison

Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears

Outlook for 2013

Tiller is listed as a starter at one of the cornerback spots on the preseason depth chart. Cornerback is arguably the weakest position on the entire roster so he’ll be expected to step up and lead the group as one of the most experienced, sadly, in coverage. With the status of Nate Willis and possibly JD Harmon currently up in the air, depth could be very, very thin at corner so he’ll also have to avoid injury or a slow start to the season.


Know Your Wildcat: A.J. Legree

Know Your Wildcat: A.J. Legree

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During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

 

#6 A.J Legree

Vitals

– Height: 6’1″

– Weight: 189 lbs.

– Class: Sophomore

– Experience: 1L

– Position: Wide Receiver

– Hometown: Ft. White, Florida

– High School: Fort White

– Twitter: @ajizzal20

Class of 2012 Ranking

– Rivals.com: NR, starstarstar

– Scout.com: N/A

– 247Sports.com: #89 Athlete, starstarstar

– ESPN Recruiting: #89 WR, starstarstar

How He Got Here

Mr. Legree is a Floridian that had to go out of his way to standout amongst the talent rich area. A state champion high jumper in high school, Legree proved that despite not being the biggest guy on the field, he can make enough plays with his legs to be an SEC WR. After looking at some local Florida schools, and being spurned by his birthplace Gainseville, A.J. signed to play for a fellow undersized wideout, Joker Phillips.

Freshman Season, 2012

A.J. had the opportunity to immediately contend for playing time last year at the WR position. The optimistic wideout showed the staff that he had the desire and determination to be on the football field as a true freshman, playing in all 12 games. Legree worked his way up through special teams to become a regular slot receiver, catching 12 passes for 113 yards on the year. Despite the lack of opportunities to catch the ball last season, Legree made the most of it accumulating a significant amount success as a true freshman.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

I’m not exactly sure when he ‘dreamed a dream’, but Legree’s secret aspiration in life is to become a professional wrestler. We aren’t talking backyard brawling, we’re talkin about becoming a WWE superstar. Legree isn’t the build of your normal wrestler, but I’m sure he can fly all over the ring. If he’s smart, he’ll become really close with Steven Borden and his family.

Something We Made Up About Him

A.J. suffers from a severe case of arachnophobia. While teammates believe this to be extremely amusing, frequently putting fake spiders in his locker, he can never overcome the scars of a terrible memory from his youth involving a tarantula, a plunger, and a horse tranquilizer.

Unfair NFL Comparison

Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks

Outlook for 2013

When most critics (including myself) have looked to put down the thin WR core for this upcoming season, they rarely mention A.J. Legree. He doesn’t do anything flashy or have the body of a freak of nature, but A.J. is determined to get it done in the fall. Listed as a starter, Legree values the opportunity to become part of the foundation of Neal Brown’s Air Raid. With 4.4 speed, A.J. is quick enough to become a master in the slot position. With a little work in the fall camp, you might have to get more familiarized with #6.


Know Your Wildcat: Landon Foster

Know Your Wildcat: Landon Foster

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During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

Previous profiles: Patrick Towles, Kory Brown, Tyler Robinson, Donte Rumph, Demarco Robinson, Raymond Sanders, Mister Cobble, and Maxwell Smith.

 

#9 LANDON FOSTER

Vitals

– Height: 6’1″

– Weight: 208 lbs.

– Class: Sophomore

– Experience: 1L

– Position: Punter

– Hometown: Franklin, Tennessee

– High School: Independence

– Twitter: @iPuntFootballs9

Class of 2012 High School Ranking

– Rivals.com: starstar

– Scout.com: #8 Kicker, starstarstarstar

– 247Sports.com: #12 Kicker, #40 in Tenn. starstar

How He Got Here

The Tennessee all-state superstar Punter/Kicker had the chance to follow in his father Cliff’s footsteps, by playing football for the University of Tennessee. Luckily, Foster is much smarter than his father, spurning Rocky Top (and the Toppers of WKU) for the Blue and White. Foster brings credentials worthy of admission into #PunterU: he was named his high school team’s MVP (odd for a specialist), while earning the honor of being named to the state’s “Dream Team” as the best Punter in Tennessee.

Freshman Season, 2012

Foster began the season with high expectations. Not only was he a Freshman, he was the only Punter on the depth chart on an SEC team that punted the ball often ALL of the time. Foster not only exceeded Punter U expectations, he had the best freshman season EVER at UK. His 42.9 average earned him a spot in the UK record books, as well as being named Freshman All-SEC and Freshman All-American. Rarely do you see fans applaud when the Punt team trots onto the field on the 4th down, but when he stepped on the field last season he was the best player in blue and white.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

As seen above, Mr. Foster possesses one of the best boots in the game, but that isn’t his only trick. Landon is also carrying a cannon (sort of). After a Spring Practice, the collegiate punter challenged DLine Coach Jimmy Brumbaugh’s 8th grade-son, Legend to a throwing competition. Legend is proud pocket passer that couldn’t let a measly Punter defeat him, but Foster wasn’t phased, screaming, “Punter’s got throws BABY!” as I left the facility. Something smells like the unofficial 6th string QB may pull off a nice fake down the road…

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Landon Foster (right) and other teammates visited Kelly Melton
(as in ‘Kickin it 4 Kelly) and other kids at Indian Summer Camp last week.

Something We Made Up About Him

When Landon was 10 years old, he was selected to participate in a “Punt, Pass, and Kick” competition during halftime of the Tennessee Titans game. Needing to make a field goal after covering 100 yards with a punt and pass, Landon made it through the uprights on his first punt. The Titans accused him of using PEDs, keeping him from winning the ultimate prize of lifetime subscription to the Jelly of the Month Club.

Unfair NFL Comparison

Ray Guy, Oakland Raiders Punter that perpetually invented the stat ‘hang time’

Outlook for 2013

The sky is the limit for Landon Foster. Foster has already proved that he can thrive amidst adversity, pulling off the best year possible when being asked to perform more often than any other should. While the Big Blue Nation is keeping their fingers crossed that he will not be used as much, he will still be an invaluable weapon for the team. The term “weapon” is rarely applied to a Punter, however Foster has the ability to change the field for a team. This defense can use every advantage they can this year, with Foster’s extra 15 yards deciding the difference between a Touchdown or a Field Goal. Foster is an outgoing person on and off the field (he deserves an award for “Best UK Twitter Follow”) and with a year under his belt, Foster is looking to become a veteran leader of the Special Teams Unit. At Punter U, expectations are always high, expect Landon to meet them.

 


Know Your Wildcat: Patrick Towles

Know Your Wildcat: Patrick Towles

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During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

Previous profiles: Kory Brown, Tyler Robinson, Donte Rumph, Demarco Robinson, Raymond Sanders, Mister Cobble, and Maxwell Smith.

 

#14 PATRICK TOWLES

Vitals

– Height: 6’5″

– Weight: 225 lbs.

– Class: Sophomore

– Experience: 1L

– Position: Quarterback

– Hometown: Ft. Thomas, Kentucky

– High School: Highlands

– Twitter: @patty_ice14

Class of 2012 High School Ranking

– Rivals.com: #9 pro-style QB, #1 in Kentucky, starstarstarstar

– Scout.com: #33 QB, starstarstarstar

– 247Sports.com: #10 pro-style QB, #1 in Kentucky starstarstar

– ESPN Recruiting: #32 athlete (yes, really), #1 in Kentucky, starstarstarstar

How He Got Here

Towles committed to UK over Arkansas, Cincinnati, Illinois, Louisville, and Vanderbilt, and had interest from Georgia, Notre Dame, and UCLA. He was one of Joker Phillips’ highest-rated recruits ever, and is a life-long Kentucky fan. He was named Mr. Football, a Parade All-American, and led Highlands to three consecutive state championships. With former UK QB and fellow Highlands alum Jared Lorenzen as his mentor, expectations were sky high for Towles when he arrived in Lexington.

Freshman Season, 2012

The plans were for Towles to redshirt, but injuries at QB forced him into service. He played in five games last season, completing 19 of 40 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown. Towles’ first career drive against Mississippi State lived up to his epic expectations; he completed 5-5 passes for 71 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown pass. Unfortunately, in only his second career series, he suffered an ankle injury that hampered him throughout the rest of the season.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

Strong arms run in Towles’ family. His grandfather is Jim Bunning, the Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and US Senator. His brother also played baseball at Transy.

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Something We Made Up About Him

Jared Lorenzen served as Towles’ QB coach at Highlands, and the two still train together. During a training session with Jared his senior year, Towles looked across the field at Highlands wistfully, and said, “Betcha I can throw a football over those buildings.” (For those of you who don’t know, Highlands’ stadium is adjacent to the three-story school.) Jared turned to Towles, nodded solemnly, and Towles got into his stance, cocked his arm, and launched the football into the air. It cleared the top of the building by a mere three inches, and landed in a yard next to the school, where an eight-year-old boy picked it up in wonder, vowing to be the next great UK quarterback from Northern Kentucky.

Unfair NFL Comparison

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Outlook for 2013

Fortunately, Towles decided to stay at Kentucky after Joker Phillips was fired, and entered the spring in a three-way QB battle with Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell Smith. After an impressive performance in the Spring game, Whitlow emerged as the slight leader over Smith and Towles, but anything can happen once fall camp starts. At the Women’s Clinic this past weekend, Towles looked much leaner, thanks to Erik Korem’s high performance program. Word is that he’s still third on the depth chart behind Whitlow and Smith, and will really need to focus on learning the new offense and sharpen his decision-making skills in the pocket, something he struggled with last season. However, if he can put it all together, he’s the type of quarterback who could flourish in the Air Raid offense.


Know Your Wildcat: Kory Brown

Know Your Wildcat: Kory Brown

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During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…

 

#34 KORY BROWN

Vitals

– Height: 6’0″

– Weight: 203 lbs.

– Class: Junior

– Experience: 1L

– Position: Linebacker

– Hometown: Moncks Corner, South Carolina

– High School: Berkeley

– Junior College: East Central Community College

– Twitter: @KoryBrown34

Class of 2012 Junior College Ranking

– Rivals.com: NR, starstarstar

– Scout.com: NR

– 247Sports.com: #103 JuCo player in the nation, #4 safety starstarstar

– ESPN Recruiting: NR

How He Got Here

Kory’s journey to Kentucky has been a long one. A self-proclaimed bad student, Kory spent two years in a community college after high school to get his grades up, and four games into his first year, tore his ACL, which scared off recruiters from South Carolina. During those four games, he had 26 tackles, an interception and caused two fumbles. He redshirted 2011 to recover from his injury and focused on his studies, finally getting his grades up to the point where Kentucky was able to offer him a spot. Brown says that when he visited Kentucky, it just felt like home: “When I arrived for my visit I was speechless. I’ve been to many places and on visits before, but there was something about Kentucky that made me feel at home.”

Sophomore Season, 2012

The staff turned Brown into a hybrid safety/linebacker in the mold of fellow dreadlockian Winston Guy. Last season, he played in eight games as a linebacker and on special teams, racking up eleven tackles, seven against Kent State. He also had a tackle for loss against Louisville.

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

Other than the NFL, Kory says his dream job is coaching and mentoring high school kids. He’s very open about the attitude problems he had in high school, and says that he was very close to taking the wrong path a few times. However, with a lot of hard work, he now has a second chance, something he says he never takes for granted.

Something We Made Up About Him

Kory’s dreadlocks have healing powers. It’s said that he will break some off to give out to ailing teammates after a tough game. Donte Rumph credits one of Kory’s dreads for helping him recover from his shoulder surgery this spring.

Unfair NFL Comparison

James Harrison, Cincinnati Bengals

Outlook for 2013

Kory is listed at the top of the depth chart at strongside linebacker after a good spring. He’s very fast, but at 203 lbs., needs some more bulk to play strongside. Hopefully a summer in Erik Korem’s program has changed that.