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There Isn’t a Better Name in Sports Than ‘Kavosiey Smoke’

Kentucky running back Kavosiey Smoke is making a name for himself already. Or rather, his own name is making him a name for himself.

The redshirt freshman is a part of the Wildcats replacement plan for Benny Snell, who was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Smoke, along with AJ Rose and Chris Rodriguez, form Kentucky’s new three-headed monster rush attack.

The three backs combined 176 rushing yards on 28 carries with Smoke recording 78 of those yards on seven carries, highlighted by this 40-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that put Kentucky up by 14.

But it was his actual name that caught fire on social media. After all, it’s not often a 5-foot-9 bolt of lightning is named Kavosiey.

And now I’m wondering… Does Smoke have the best name in all of college football?

Bleacher Report compiled a list back in 2011 of what they believed to be the best names college football has ever produced. Familiar names such as Ndamukong Suh and Colt McCoy made the top of the list while other, more random and obscure names such as Sonny Sixkiller (badass name, I’ll admit it) and Tank Carder were also listed near the top.

Smoke’s only current competition is De’coldest Crawford, a high school wide receiver out of Lousiana.

In my completely, 100 percent, unbiased opinion, Kavosiey Smoke blows them all out of the water (there’s a “Smoke on the water” joke here somewhere… Help me out). It even sounds eerily similar to the word Courvoisier, a popular brand of cognac. Smoke is literally built (both physically and according to his birth certificate) to be a modern-day social media darling. Update your list, B/R.

It also helps that Smoke played an excellent game in Kentucky’s season opener.

“I just felt like it was my time to shine,” Smoke said following the game. “Nobody was stopping me from getting to the endzone.”

Get ready to say (and hear) Kavosiey Smoke’s name a lot more this season. If he keeps breaking out for 40-yard touchdown runs, his clout amongst the Twitterverse is only going to continue to skyrocket.

What are some other memorable sports names that stuck out to you?

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

13 Comments for There Isn’t a Better Name in Sports Than ‘Kavosiey Smoke’



  1. Wade
    5:50 pm September 1, 2019 Permalink

    Bronislau bronko nagurski or dick Butkus



  2. Wade
    5:52 pm September 1, 2019 Permalink

    #1 is undoubtedly kavosiey smoke



  3. Wade
    5:54 pm September 1, 2019 Permalink

    Rusty Kuntz played baseball for the white Sox! Obviously I’m having to much fun with this sorry



  4. sprtphan
    5:57 pm September 1, 2019 Permalink

    Smoke em if you got em.



  5. tvor03
    6:30 pm September 1, 2019 Permalink

    The pep band should play “Smoke on the Water” after every one of his touchdowns.



  6. sincitycat
    6:38 pm September 1, 2019 Permalink

    And change the lyrics to “Smoke in the End Zone”.



  7. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    7:35 pm September 1, 2019 Permalink

    If he keeps playing like he did he may see his name on the top of the depth chart.



  8. mashburnfan1
    9:57 pm September 1, 2019 Permalink

    10-12 years ago I think it was Ark that had a QB last name of Dick. We had a blast with that one. Dick hits the hole hard. Dick to the sideline for a blow. Coach takes Dick out. The LB was holding onto Dick. Defensive lineman could not hold onto Dick. To be good this team really needs Dick to perform. We had about 100 of them.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      6:02 am September 2, 2019 Permalink

      Dick pulls out at the last second. Dick looks stiff. Dick goes limp after taking a beating.



  9. RexRox
    11:20 am September 2, 2019 Permalink

    For those of us in a certain age group, Sonny Sixkiller is not an ‘obscure name’. Guy was a very good college QB at University of Washington in the early 70’s.



  10. rasputin_UK4573
    11:28 am September 2, 2019 Permalink

    At the Arkansas team photo the players sat in this order Love, More, Dick.

    I’m sure the pic is out there somewhere



  11. Blue4Life
    1:06 pm September 2, 2019 Permalink

    Pass the kovosiey!



  12. Led Weappelin
    7:01 pm September 2, 2019 Permalink

    We need more Smoke.