It’s 12:12:12 on 12/12/12, so why not join the rest of the world in celebrating the number 12?
Here are KSR’s 12 favorite 12s in UK history…
12.) Bo Lanter
Bo Lanter played a total of 41 basketball games at Kentucky from 1979 to 1982. The product of Versailles, Kentucky scored 43 career points as a Wildcat.
His best UK accomplishment?
Giving us his son, Tod.
11.) Derrick Ramsey
Derrick Ramsey was a quarterback and tight end at UK, where he was part of the team that won the 1976 SEC Championship and the 1976 Peach Bowl. He was first team All SEC and third-team All-American as Kentucky’s quarterback in 1977 when the Cats finished with a 10-1 record and No. 4 ranking in the final AP poll. Ramsey also played two games on the basketball team as a walk-on in 1976.
10.) Ralph Beard
Ralph Beard was a member of Adolph Rupp’s “Fabulous Five” and a three-time All-American at Kentucky. He scored over 1,500 points during his college career and helped lead the Wildcats to two national championships. His jersey is retired in Rupp Arena.
9.) Jim & Preston LeMaster
The only father/son duo to wear No. 12 at Kentucky. How could they not make the list?
And Preston never missed in practice.
8.) Bernard Cote
It’s no secret: KSR loves Canada.
7.) Ryan Harrow
Harrow makes the list because he’s going to step up and be the point guard John Calipari needs him to be, while leading Kentucky to its ninth national championship this season.
If he doesn’t, we’ll still love him for trying.
6.) Derek Abney
Abney is former wide receiver and consensus All-American kick returner for your University of Kentucky Wildcats. He left Kentucky with the second-most receiving yards in team history, and the second-most all-purpose yards in SEC history.
“Don’t kick it to Abney!!!!” ~ Opposing coaches
5.) Dicky Lyons Jr.
Because he’s Dicky. Everyone loved Dicky.
Except this guy:
4.) Deron Feldhaus
Feldhaus is one-fourth of “The Unforgettables” and a former Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky. He scored 1,232 points during his UK career.
Mason County, stand up!
3.) Randall Cobb
Cobb caught two touchdown passes in the final 4:15 to give Kentucky a dramatic 21-20 come-from-behind victory over the Razorbacks while wearing, yup, the No. 12…
We miss you.
2.) Brandon Knight
(See Kentucky’s 2011 NCAA Tournament highlight reel.)
We miss you, too.
1.) Mark Krebs
Because he’s our friend, a former KSR radio co-host, and our favorite Hollywood actor not named Josh Hopkins.
*** Honorable Mention: Rodrick Rhodes, Morgan Newton, Todd Tacket