The University of Kentucky announced football season ticket and parking pass information last week. Seven home games are on the slate which means that a select number of elite football players will be visiting Commonwealth Stadium this fall. In this post we’ll discuss the best player from each visitor or as we like call it, the “All Season Ticket Team.”
September 9th, Eastern Kentucky University
There are individual stars for the Colonels. But, for the purposes of this post, let’s think back to just how fortunate Kentucky was to beat its Dean Hood led neighbors 34-27 in overtime. Eastern out-toughed, played, coached, and executed UK in all three phases of the game. While personal grudges and tempers may have subsided since the Richmond bar and dormitory incident, there will be no love lost between the Cats and Colonels. The stars for this game are the grudges, player and coach familiarity, and retribution.
September 23rd, Florida
Offensive Guard Martez Ivey
With Florida searching for its quarterback, running back, and replacing a large portion of its defense; we’re going with an offensive lineman here. Ivey has started 20 games in two seasons as a Gator. He twice earned SEC OL of the Week honors for his play against Georgia and South Carolina a year ago. The All-SEC guard was the nation’s top offensive lineman coming out of Apopka HS.
September 30th, Eastern Michigan
Linebacker Kyle Rachwal and strong safety Jason Beck combined for 213 total tackles in 2016. 213 stops is an extraordinarily high number. Comparatively, UK’s Jordan Jones and Mike Edwards are the SEC’s top two returning tacklers and managed 209 last season.
October 7th, Missouri
QB Drew Lock
Lock led the Tigers’ offense by completing 237 passes for 3319 yards, 23 TDs, 10 INTs, and 283 yards passing per game. The SEC’s top returning passer will try to snap Mizzou’s two-game losing skid to the Wildcats.
October 28th, Tennessee
RB John Kelly
Kelly was the 3rd RB in the rotation a year ago. Jalen Hurd’s surprise departure from the team and Alvin Kamara’s injury forced the rising junior into the starting role. He didn’t disappoint: 98 rushes, 630 yards, 5 TDs, 8.17 yards per carry. Tennessee will travel to CWS minus several household names that have since moved on from the program. 2016 was supposed to be the year for Tennessee’s return to national prominence. That didn’t happen. Several new faces will be holding down key positions for Butch Jones in 2017.
November 4th, Ole Miss
QB Shae Patterson was the nation’s top QB prospect coming out of high school. The 5-star signed with Ole Miss and sat behind Chad Kelly until week 9. The true freshman started the Rebel’s final three games and put up respective numbers: 72/132, 880 yards, 6 TDs, 3 INTs, and completed 54.5% of his passes. Patterson is considered the future of the Ole Miss football program.
November 25th, Louisville
Quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy and was named to several All-American teams as a sophomore. Jackson rolled up eye-popping numbers all while playing behind a subpar offensive line: Rushing-260 attempts, 1,571 yards, 21 TDs. Passing-230/409, 3543 yards, 30 touchdowns.
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner and several other future NFL players will venture into Commonwealth Stadium in 2017. For a refreshing change, Kentucky will have its own share of standouts and future professionals as well. Could be a fun fall in Lexington.