Springtime in Memphis — Once synonymous with De’Aaron Fox’s destruction of Lonzo Ball will now be known as a second home for former Kentucky footballers.
Last week we learned Cole Mosier will play left tackle for Mike Singletary’s Memphis team in the Alliance of American Football. Mosier will not be the only Wildcat in West Tennessee. He’ll be joined by former UK wide receiver Ryan Timmons and defensive back Blake McClain.
In four years at Kentucky, Timmons caught 112 receptions for 1,254 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Franklin County product signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2017. The NFL didn’t work out, but he was still able to play football this summer in the experimental “Your Call Football” league.
McClain also stayed in football shape by playing alongside Timmons in the Your Call Football league. A four-year starter as UK’s nickel back, McClain accumulated three interceptions, 18 passes defended and 180 tackles in his career. McClain’s greatest claim to fame is the unofficial award for “Hardest Hit of the 2014 Season.”
The three Wildcats aren’t the only local connections in the AAF. Remember Andrew Jackson? Not the president; this Jackson is the WKU linebacker who said, “They ‘pose to be SEC.” He’ll play alongside McClain on the Memphis defense. A few other names you might know in the AAF:
- Atlanta: Shaq Wiggins, UofL cornerback,
- Birmingham: Nick Seither, Georgetown College defensive end
- Memphis: Brett Harrington, WKU defensive back
- Phoenix: Chris Johnson, WKU defensive tackle
- Salt Lake City: Steve Donatell, WKU tight end
- Orlando: K.D. Humphries, Murray State quarterback
AAF games will be televised on CBS when the action begins one week after the Super Bowl.