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LISTEN: Mike ‘Donut’ Drennen plans on being “something special” at Kentucky

Drennen wore a donut shirt to announce his commitment to UK, via @Scott_Schrader.

Drennen wore a donut shirt to announce his commitment to UK, via @Scott_Schrader.

On the first day official of his career as a Kentucky Wildcat, Mike Drennen made a splash.

Shortly after submitting his National Letter of Intent, the Kentucky-bound athlete explained to Matt Jones on Kentucky Sports Radio why chose UK over USC, Florida and Michigan.

“I’ve been coming to Kentucky since I was 13-years old,” Drennen said. “Me and Coach Marrow, Coach Gran, Coach Stoops, we all have a great relationship. They’ve seen me get hurt throughout my five years, since I’ve known them for five years. They’ve seen me get hurt and they’ve had five years to come up with a plan for me and they stuck with it. I feel like it was a great move, it was a great fit and a great school.”

Drennen first received a scholarship offer from Vince Marrow and the UK coaching staff after he attended a camp in Lexington in-between his eighth grade and freshman year of high school. That early offer played a significant role in his recruitment, along with the recent rise of stars on UK’s offense.

“They had Benny Snell a few years back and then they had Lynn Bowden this past year. I’m trying to come in and be like one of them. They put the ball in those players’ hands and let them do their work, let them showcase their talent. I feel like Kentucky would really give me that opportunity because I feel like I’m trying to do it at the next level. Let’s do it in Lexington first.”

The four-star athlete from Dublin, Oh. is the tenth-ranked all-purpose back in America according to Rivals. His versatility has already drawn comparisons to Lynn Bowden. He sees less Bowden and more Alvin Kamara in his style of play. Those names draw lofty expectations and he’s not shying away from any of them.

“Expect to hear a lot of Donut. When you look around everybody’s going to be wearing Donuts,” he said. “I’m going to be something special, just know that.”

You should also probably know why they call him ‘Donut.’

“My name’s Donut. It’s been like that since I was four-years old, honestly. When you’re four-years old you’re about three-feet tall. It looked like I was a little Donut running down the field. My first carry ever, my first time ever carrying the ball I scored, so it was meant to be.”

Donuts and Kentucky Football. Name a more iconic duo. I’ll wait.

Hear the entire five-minute conversation between Donut Drennen and Matt Jones on Kentucky Sports Radio.  

Article written by Nick Roush

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

4 Comments for LISTEN: Mike ‘Donut’ Drennen plans on being “something special” at Kentucky



  1. bbn606
    12:34 pm February 6, 2020 Permalink

    I see free doughnuts in our future at Kroger Field.



  2. JASUN74
    4:58 pm February 6, 2020 Permalink

    Woooo. I love this kid already. We’ve missed on a play maker the last couple years with us missing on Wan’Dale and Moore, it’s been the only type of player that we’ve failed to get. Not any more folks!! This kid could end up helping more off the field than on, and he’s going to help on the field a lot.

    I’m more excited about our program right now, at this very moment, as I’ve ever been in my whole life. It’s consistently been improving every year the last six or more years and we’re at the point that we 100% have a legitimate chance to win every game we play! Both sides of the ball have the players and game plan to win!

    Let’s keep supporting the Cats and we’re in for big things the next few years. No other fan base deserves to have a great Football program more that the University of Kentucky, we’ve paid more than our fair share of dues, we’ve stuck with the Cats when not many fans would and it’s finally paying off.

    Let’s get this SEC EAST TITLE this year, or at the very least next year. It’s coming my brothers and sisters!! I’m just soo thankful for this program and it’s been a dream for a long time to be where we are. I will selfishly say, since we’re come this far, why not take it to another level? Go Cats!



  3. ukkatzfan
    5:16 pm February 6, 2020 Permalink

    Now it’s time for our offensive line to open up some donut holes. Go Cats !!! All In !!!



  4. psychebilly
    7:20 pm February 6, 2020 Permalink

    Gang signs = trouble.