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Top 10 UK Football’s Most Underappreciated Players

The advent of the internet has enabled fans an unprecedented amount of access to today’s players. However, there are some that warrant mentioning that happened to play prior to Al Gore’s invention.

Here are my Top 10 most underappreciated Wildcats from Claiborne to Stoops:

1. RB Rafael Little

2. Claiborne LB’s: Chris Chenault, Jeff Kremer, and Randy Holleran

3. RB Anthony White

4. TE James Whalen

5. QB Mike Hartline

6. DE Dean Wells

7. DT Joey Couch

8. C Jon Toth

9. OT Kris Comstock

10. DT Vincent “Sweet Pea” Burns

Please note, above players have yet to be recognized by having their jerseys retired. All were great players that had significant impact on the football program.

Just like All Time Top 10 Players, this list was tough. Thoughts?

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

32 Comments for Top 10 UK Football’s Most Underappreciated Players



  1. Dallas Cat Fan
    4:15 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    These were good players. I agree Dean Wells, Joey Couch, and Kris Comstock were under-appreciated but may linemen are under-appreciated. I’m not sure how you have concluded the others were under-appreciated.



  2. Jeff
    4:16 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    Couldn’t agree more about Little! That dude did so much offensively for UK. My friends and I called him LaDainian Little because of everything he did for that team. Woodson was great and so was Tamme, Burton, Johnson, etc. but that guy got the tough yards, eeked out first downs when they were needed and never went down on the first hit.



  3. Charlie Waite
    4:22 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    I would add Derek Homer to this list…



  4. uk 78
    4:30 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    Paul Calhoun



  5. Duff
    4:31 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    Agree that Little & Hartline were good players but to say they played before the advent of the internet is a stretch. They both went to UK in the late 2000’s and Facebook was definitely entrenched in the mainstream by then.



  6. DylanG
    4:34 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    I’d add Dicky Lyons Jr



  7. Kevin Reams
    4:40 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    I would have to add Moe Williams. He rushed for over 1600 yards his junior year and had around 800 yards each of his first two years. I will never forget is 299 yard rushing game against South Carolina in 1995. Probably the best running back I have ever seen at UK. Artose Pinner would make my list as well.



  8. Gary Rawlings
    4:55 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    Frank LeMaster
    Tommy Ehlers
    David Roller
    Joe Federspiel



  9. Gary Rawlings
    4:56 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    And Ray Barge



  10. J-Dub421
    5:04 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    Jon Toth is our current center, so he isn’t eligible to have his jersey retired. However, I agree that linemen are generally under-appreciated.



  11. Hartline All Day Long
    5:17 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    Kid threw for over 3,000 yards his senior season if I recall correctly. He’s actually on another level than others on the list in that he wasn’t just under appreciated, he was actually villified. It didn’t matter how many stats or facts you threw at his detractors they knew beyond a shadow of a doubt he was the antichrist. And it was a majority of BBN by a wide margin. Proving once again the average fan has no clue what he is watching. Well that as well as exemplifying mob mentality. “Well my barber who never played a team sport in his life but once cut the hair of Jerry Claiborne’s gardener says he sucks. If that isn’t proof he’s terrible I don’t know what is!”



  12. PaddyMac
    5:22 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    I would add Artose Pinner.



  13. Lorenzen's Gut
    5:35 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    Mike Hartline was a bum! He was the Michael Porter of football!



    • Hey
      5:48 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

      Didn’t I see your dad on To Catch a Predator with Chris Hansen? Yep, that was most definitely him!

      Off to Card Chronicle you go!



  14. fatbrat
    5:56 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    If Collins is not in the top ten best of all time then he must be on the on the Unappreciated list, and Calhoun.



  15. Logan
    6:23 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    How does saying a player isn’t that good automatically make someone a troll/ville fan? This fan base is getting so sensitive.



    • Brian
      10:05 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

      Because you’re a troll. Nice try.



  16. billyb1944
    7:04 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    Marlon McCree



    • UKBlue1!
      9:52 am July 22, 2015 Permalink

      Great player.



  17. tippytoe
    7:20 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    Bill Ransdell
    Doug Kotar
    Mike Sigonos
    Doug Pelfrey
    Marty Moore



    • LemonTree
      7:48 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

      Marty Moore appreciated himself enough for the rest of us.



    • Trini Lopez
      8:44 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

      Cmon, still holding a grudge for Peach Bowl?



    • Lemon Tree
      9:19 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

      I am but this isn’t about that. It’s about ego. Although that play supports my argument.



  18. Jpbky2
    7:23 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    Andy Murray



  19. Duck Fuke
    8:42 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    Danny Travathan people forget how good he was can you imagine just how horrible those mike brown defenses would have been without him. I think playing at UK on those bad teams might have taken years off of his life.



  20. paul moore
    9:21 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    Tom Ranieri Jim Kovack both in medical school with me ,



  21. ukmd81
    9:38 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    tom ranieri jim kovak



  22. Dastudboy
    10:34 pm July 21, 2015 Permalink

    Chris Derry. Fullback that opened holes for both George Adams and Mark Higgs. 2 bowl games. Most pancake blocks of the Claiborne era.



  23. seefus
    7:51 am July 22, 2015 Permalink

    john rader de/mlb



  24. steve
    8:05 am July 22, 2015 Permalink

    Dusty Bonner. The guy that was QB for 1 year after Couch and before JLo. Don’t get me wrong, Lorenzen was great and fun to watch, but Bonner led the SEC in QBR and total yards. I still think Mumme kind of screwed him by not letting him get the start the next year, especially after beating out Lorenzen in spring practice for the spot.



  25. kyle heavy
    9:11 am July 22, 2015 Permalink

    I’ve got a good one for you –

    Muhammad Abdullah. He was a great safety who did a little bit of everything. He and Quentus Cumby took care of business.

    Stats:
    2003: 4 INT
    2004: 58 tackles, 3 INT
    2005: 81 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 FF

    Grabbed 10 Turnovers in his career including 3 fumble recoveries.



  26. Two Pennies
    10:38 am July 22, 2015 Permalink

    Jeff Snedegar
    Kenny Roark
    Tony Massey