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How UK’s Seniors Treat Postseason Accolades ahead of Belk Bowl

It’s officially college football award season.

Thursday night Max Duffy will be in Atlanta to accept the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best punter. It’s not official yet, but come on. If Duffy does not win the award it will be a crime against humanity. The same goes for Lynn Bowden and the Hornung Award.

The week began with All-SEC honors from the AP and Pro Football Focus. Logan Stenberg received first team and third team nods respectively, although he doesn’t get too worked up over the process.

“No, not really. I’m being honest with y’all,” he said Sunday. “All I see is on Twitter like ‘Oh you know, Kentucky’s offensive line up for Joe Moore Award.’ I have absolutely no idea what that entails or how we got recommended for that or anything, but hey, I hope we win it. That’d be cool.”

There aren’t selfish motives to win the Joe Moore Award. Stenberg wants his unit to earn the honor for his coach, John Schlarman.

“It would be huge. Growing up in Coach Schlarman’s position room for these past five years has been great. I think it would just be honestly perfect to give that back to him and show him like, ‘Hey man, all of this hard work, all of this stuff you’re going through it paid off,” and we appreciate him. It would mean everything to us.”

A man Stenberg has blocked a few times in practice, Calvin Taylor Jr., isn’t up for any postseason awards. However, PFF’s third team All-SEC defensive lineman could retake the SEC lead in sacks with two in the Belk Bowl.

“I definitely want to go in and get them,” said Taylor, “but you know, I’m just a team guy so whatever spots our coach puts me in because when you start pushing, you kind of get out of position and just kind of play selfishly. So, I always pride myself on being selfless and doing whatever comes with the team. If it falls within the scheme, then so be it.”

The two seniors spoke shortly after learning Virginia Tech would be their Belk Bowl opponent. Neither knew exactly what this Tech team will bring to Charlotte at the end of the month.

“They have a very storied program,” Taylor said. “It’s definitely a notable program so just getting on the national stage and being able to show how we fare against other teams is always important.”

Virginia Tech has a brand name, one that plays in the ACC. Stenberg enjoyed his last experience against an ACC team. When asked which conference is better, Stenberg was straight, to the point.

“I think history speaks for itself. I think we’re a pretty dominant program and dominant conference, so that’s about all I’ll say on that.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

2 Comments for How UK’s Seniors Treat Postseason Accolades ahead of Belk Bowl

  1. JASUN74
    5:39 pm December 9, 2019 Permalink

    Man. I would’ve never thought Logan or Calvin would’ve turned out like they did. Honestly, They went from two kids with size and some athletic ability, and they went to work and turned into draft picks in the NFL!! Talk about how much our Staff has put into developing those kids!! It’s unbelievable the transformation between when they stepped on campus and today.

    I say all the time that I believe we have the best staff in the country at developing kids!! I mean that. Just these two guys are a great example of that, not to mention Bowden or Snell or ALLEN! Lol. I don’t have the space on here to give all the examples of what they’ve done here.

    Also, the way this staff can choose the RIGHT kids!!! It’s truly amazing what we’re doing at Kentucky now and it really seems like we’re just getting started. Stoops is growing every year and becoming a better all around Coach. He’s made huge strides with in game calls and we’re now bringing in talent that non of us thought could be done.

    Anyway, to say I’m proud and impressed is an understatement, I’m looking for a big jump this year guys and gals and it’s getting better every day. Wooo. Go Cats!!

  2. BluKudzu
    5:48 pm December 9, 2019 Permalink

    I have been through the MANY years where you could not find a UK football player on the SEC first team with a search warrant.

    This is unreal, and we actually deserved more. That speaks to the strength of the SEC. UK will be loaded next year.