With only three SEC games taking place on Saturday, Kentucky dominated the league’s weekly awards. FOUR Wildcats were earned SEC Player of the Week honors for their performances vs. Vanderbilt:
- Defensive Player of the Week: Linebacker Jamin Davis
- Special Teams Player of the Week: Kicker Chance Poore
- Freshman of the Week: Linebacker J.J. Weaver
- Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week: Offensive Tackle Landon Young
Davis had a career-high 15 tackles in the win over Vanderbilt and a tackle for loss. This was his fifth-straight game with double-figure tackles, making him the first Wildcat to do so since Danny Trevathan in 2010. The 15 tackles marked the second consecutive game Davis set a new career-best for tackles and he now leads the team with 73 stops on the season, which ranks fifth in the SEC and 22nd nationally.
Filling in for Matt Ruffolo, Poore had a perfect day, making all six kicks (one field goal, five extra points), and his 28-yard field goal came on the final play of the first half, giving the Cats some much-needed momentum going into halftime. Weaver had four tackles, a tackle for loss, and a pass breakup, the latter of which came in the fourth quarter and helped force a Vanderbilt punt. He currently leads the team with 5.5 tackles for loss to go along with 24.0 total tackles on the season.
Young, who wore No. 65 in honor of the late John Schlarman, graded at 91 percent, leading the team in knockdown blocks with 10, and had 14 blocks at the point of attack. He didn’t have any missed assignments or penalties, nor did he allow any quarterback sacks or pressures. He also served as Kentucky’s game captain. This is Young’s second SEC Player of the Week honor. Previously, he was the SEC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Cats’ 34-7 win at No. 18 Tennessee on Oct. 17 and the 38-17 win over Eastern Michigan in 2019. The Big Blue Wall helped Kentucky rush for 308 yards, or 8.8 yards per attempt.