A.J. Rose stole the show from Benny Snell.
With Snell’s carries limited and Sihiem King in concussion protocol, the redshirt freshman running back rose to the occasion. A.J. rushed for 134 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 11 carries. He also caught a pair of passes for 12 yards. The star of the spring game, he played with a bounce and explosiveness that gave Kentucky fans something to cheer for after a sluggish start.
The signal-callers gave fans plenty to consider until September. Gunnar Hoak was efficient, but struggled to make medium-range throws. Wilson showed off a big arm and incredible speed, but could not consistently connect with his weapons. Hoak finished 14-of-25 for 121 yards and a touchdown; Wilson threw an interception and completed 10-of-24 passes for 131 yards.
To no surprise, Josh Paschal’s pass rushing was incredible, Kash Daniel led the team in tackles and Mike Edwards picked off a pass. However, a pair of local wide receivers — Zy’Aire Hughes and David Bouvier — made a few surprising plays. Bouvier, a Lex Cath product, caught three passes for 35 yards and McCracken County’s Hughes reeled in four receptions for a game-high 56 yards and a touchdown.
It was not an efficiently executed spring game, but it had enough great moments to make 36,090 fans hungry for September 1.