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Mikel Horton Will Transfer

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Sources have informed KSR that junior running back Mikel Horton will transfer from Kentucky.

Horton rushed for 624 yards and five touchdowns in his first two seasons as the Cats’ power back, but he only has 3 carries for 12 yards in 2016.  The role of power back has changed from Horton to true freshman Benny Snell this season.  Horton was not happy at the end of the New Mexico State game after seeing Snell score four touchdowns.


A West Chester, Oh. native, Horton was a 4-star recruit in the class of 2014 out of Lakota West High School.

UPDATE: UK officials confirmed that Horton is leaving the program.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

30 Comments for Mikel Horton Will Transfer



  1. david8577
    8:53 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    This is a real bummer, but I wish him the best. In the end, you have to perform on the field.



  2. Rixter
    8:58 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    Who?



    • InigoMontoya
      9:03 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

      Cold.



    • ClutchCargo
      1:26 pm September 28, 2016 Permalink

      Maybe Horton heard a Who.



  3. bigbluefred
    8:59 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    Hate to see it happen, however it is the nature of the business. Wish him the best where ever he lands!



  4. kycats13
    9:03 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    Good luck..



  5. blueballs80
    9:04 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    Benny is a beast and can plow through. Horton just didn’t have that mentality and his attitude also shows it.



  6. shelby
    9:37 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    I like Horton; he’s a beast in his own right. But I support his decision and wish him nothing but the best.



  7. Sarahvah
    9:46 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    I like Horton, he’s a huge power back. Hopefully he finds somewhere where he fits in.



    • Luether
      2:16 am September 28, 2016 Permalink

      We’ll miss him next year after Boom goes to the NFL…



  8. jimlowe7
    9:55 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    He served a very important purpose here for a couple years but there is NO DOUBT Snell is better. The sad part is that the NEXT power back committed to us broke BOTH bones in his lower leg so we gotta make sure Benny has a replacement by 2018 (since he will SURELY be drafted after 3 years here).



  9. Cousins Fake Tooth
    9:56 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    So after seeing someone play against a bunch of scrubs and u didn’t get to play, you are taking your ball and going home…..don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya.



  10. will.risner
    10:07 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    Hate to see Mike Horton transfer. He should have waited one more year and had a break out senior season. Likely would have competed with Snell for the starting spot as Boom likely goes pro after this season and Jojo graduates.



  11. aj007
    10:21 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    That’s extremely disappointing. But it makes sense with Snell stepping up and Boom/Kemp cemented in. There’s just not enough room. Best of luck Mikel. Gonna miss ya.



  12. 3 fan
    10:31 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    Well…bye



  13. kinghh
    11:12 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    I won’t miss him. Never liked him from the start. So slow. Even slower behind the line shuffling and waiting to run. Good luck on his future though



  14. KYcats11
    11:25 pm September 27, 2016 Permalink

    I wish horton the best of luck, but I have I have no doubt that snell is better. Wish horton would stay but it is definitely in his best interest to move on. I knew he would transfer going in to the season. There is no room for his attitude on this team (but I can understand why he has it) Also, I would like to see king get a few reps, there was a lot of hype around him in the spring game.



  15. porkchawp
    12:05 am September 28, 2016 Permalink

    hey if he wants to quit on us LET HIM. football is a sport of grit and perserveerance, two things that mr Horton obviously doesn’t have. Im personally glad a quitter like Horton is gone, I think more UK players that don’t belive in our system should quit. at least that way we could recruit and replace them with kids that care about the glroy of uk football



    • Sentient Third Eye
      8:38 am September 28, 2016 Permalink

      Good programs frequently have players transferring after they haven’t produced and are recruited over. This is actually a sign of health for the program.



  16. ZombieLibrarian
    2:12 am September 28, 2016 Permalink

    This is what these guys do nowadays…when the choice is compete or run away when someone challenges me, they run away and look for a ‘better opportunity’ or a ‘better fit’ all too often instead of looking for a challenge. I don’t have hard feelings and wish him well, but I with kids had the attitude of ‘OK, I got challenged by someone else with talent, it’s time to work harder and answer the call’ as opposed to ‘here’s someone else with talent, better run to another (easier) opportunity.’



    • Luether
      2:18 am September 28, 2016 Permalink

      Like Towles?



    • Catsby80
      8:25 am September 28, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t think that is necessarily true at all. If Horton has dreams of playing in the NFL, then he needs to have an opportunity to get exposure. If his style doesn’t fit in with our style, then it is in his best interest to go elsewhere where he can fit in… I agree that this generation does have a lot of quitters, but just because someone is doing something to try and better their future does not make them a quitter.

      If you’re unhappy with your current employer, would you stay or would you try to find a better opportunity that makes you happier?



    • ClutchCargo
      1:31 pm September 28, 2016 Permalink

      Catsby, you have a point, but the whole bit about sulking on the sidelines as his teammates are making winning plays on the field says bad things about his attitude. I hope it works out for him, but he will need to change his attitude for that to happen.



  17. Jesus H. Chrysler
    6:51 am September 28, 2016 Permalink

    Horton will land at Cincy



  18. za
    8:51 am September 28, 2016 Permalink

    Mikel is an ideal fullback in a Paul Johnson style offense



  19. BLUEVADER
    10:00 am September 28, 2016 Permalink

    S powerback that has no power. WOW he was a 4* that makes me think that was a down class top to bottom. Ive seen alot of 3* talent better tgen him. He ran to up right and it took him 5 yards to get going. I never was that high on him. It seems he would make a better TE then a back. Oh well we have Snell way better vack. Snell is Looking like a 5* . I think scouts etc.. missed on his Ranking.



  20. Realme
    10:08 am September 28, 2016 Permalink

    He should have at least stuck around to finish out the season. Boom always gets hurt, so he likely would have gotten his chance with a little patience and a can do / team first attitude.



  21. It was me Stoops the whole time
    11:37 am September 28, 2016 Permalink

    Um this is a once in a lifetime deal. After his eligibility is up he never gets to play football again. (I don’t think the NFL is realistic if you can’t get on the field for this trainwreck of a team.) It’s not like a marriage where he stays for the kids sake and then can move on. If he is unhappy here, he absolutely should leave and is not a quitter, soft or any of the other things being said about him. Sometimes things just don’t work out and when the clock is ticking you don’t have time to tough it out. Good luck to him wherever he lands. If we’re lucky Stoops will transfer next.



  22. Rsn2GoBlu
    2:58 pm September 28, 2016 Permalink

    Not sure what year is the Wales kid at WKU, but Horton could be a good fit at RB for a Brohm offense, Provided Brohm is still at WKU in 2 years.



  23. UK Fan In Nashville
    6:28 pm September 28, 2016 Permalink

    My thought is this is another failure by Stoops. Another 4 star athlete gone. Either Stoops cannot capitalize on the talent he recruits, or he recruits only the guys with high stars and low character.