2016 Kentucky Wildcats football team

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2016 Kentucky Wildcats football
Kentucky Wildcats logo
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Eastern Division
2016 record 7–6 (4–4 SEC)
Head coach Mark Stoops (4th season)
Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw (1st season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator D. J. Eliot (4th season)
Base defense 3–4 or 4–3
Home stadium Commonwealth Stadium
(Capacity: 61,000)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 14 Florida x   6 2         9 4  
No. 22 Tennessee   4 4         9 4  
Georgia   4 4         8 5  
Kentucky   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         6 7  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Missouri   2 6         4 8  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 24 Auburn   5 3         8 5  
No. 13 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Arkansas   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 7  
Championship: Alabama 54, Florida 16
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 Kentucky Wildcats football team (variously "Kentucky", "UK", or "Wildcats") represented the University of Kentucky in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The season was the program's 123rd overall and 83rd as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), they were led by fourth-year head coach Mark Stoops and the played home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. They finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in SEC play to finish in a three-way tie for second place in the Eastern Division, they were invited to the TaxSlayer Bowl where they lost to Georgia Tech.

Pre-season[edit]

Previous season[edit]

In 2015, the Wildcats lost six out of their last seven games after starting the season 4–1, completing their second year under Mark Stoops at 5–7 and 2–6 in the SEC (6th-East), they lost to in-state rival Louisville, 38–24, to end the season, missing out on their fifth consecutive bowl game since the 2010 season.

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Daron Blaylock #7 LB 6'1" 226 Senior Marietta, GA Graduated
Zack Blaylock #17 DB 6'0" 193 Junior Marietta, GA Graduated
Glenn Faulkner #18 DB 6'2" 201 Junior East St. Louis, IL Graduated
Ryan Flannigan #33 LB 6'2" 225 Senior Missouri City, TX Graduated
Josh Forrest #45 LB 6'3" 230 Senior Paducah, KY Graduated
Jason Hatcher #6 DE 6'3" 247 Junior Louisville, KY Transferred to West Georgia
Khalid Henderson #22 LB 6'1" 235 Senior Austell, GA Graduated
Farrington Huguenin #91 DE 6'4" 271 Senior Columbia, SC Graduated
Cory Johnson #67 DT 6'3" 300 Senior Columbia, SC Graduated
Jabari Johnson #47 LB 6'1" 250 Senior Stone Mountain, GA Graduated
Melvin Lewis #90 DT 6'4" 311 Senior Compton, CA Graduated
Cody Quinn #16 DB 5'11" 185 Senior Middletown, OH Graduated
A.J. Stamps #1 DB 6'1" 205 Senior Vicksburg, MS Graduated
Jordan Swindle #70 OL 6'7" 304 Senior Jacksonville, FL Graduated
Fred Tiller #3 DB 6'0" 196 Senior Homerville, GA Graduated
Patrick Towles #14 QB 6'3" 235 Junior Fort Thomas, KY Transferred to Boston College
Zach West #67 OL 6'3" 305 Senior Lexington, KY Graduated

2016 signing class[edit]

Prior to National Signing Day in February 3, 2016, five players enrolled for the spring semester in order to participate in spring practice and included four former high school seniors and one junior college transfer.[1]

On National Signing Day, Kentucky signed an additional twenty players out of high school and junior college that completed the 2016 recruiting class, the class was highlighted by three Army All-American's as well as Kentucky's Mr. Football.[2]

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops enters his fourth season as the Wildcat's head coach for the 2016 season. During his previous three seasons he led the Wildcats to an overall record of 12 wins and 24 losses.

On December 18, 2015 Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson announced he would not return to the program for the 2016 season as the offensive coordinator;[3][4] in his place Kentucky hired Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran as the assistant head coach of offense at Kentucky. Cincinnati quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw has also joined the UK staff as quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator.[5][6]

Name Position Consecutive season at
Kentucky in current position
Mark Stoops Head coach 3rd
Eddie Gran Offensive Coordinator, Running backs 1st
D. J. Eliot Defensive Coordinator, Inside Linebackers 3rd
Steve Clinkscale Defensive backs 1st
Jimmy Brumbaugh Defensive Line 3rd
Lamar Thomas Wide receivers 1st
Vince Marrow Tight Ends, Recruiting Coordinator 3rd
John Schlarman Offensive Line 3rd
Darin Hinshaw Quarterbacks 1st
Corey Edmond Strength and Conditioning 1st
Reference:

2016 signing class[edit]

Returning starters[edit]

Offense[edit]

Roster[edit]

2016 Kentucky Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Timmons, RyanRyan Timmons Sr
WR 2 Baker, DorianDorian Baker Jr
RB 3 Kemp, JojoJojo Kemp Sr
WR 6 Bone, BlakeBlake Bone Jr
QB 7 Barker, DrewDrew Barker So
WR 8 Greenwood, JabariJabari Greenwood Fr
WR 9 Johnson, GarrettGarrett Johnson Jr
RB 10 Rose, A.J.A.J. Rose Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 11 Richardson, TavinTavin Richardson Fr
QB 12 Hoak, GunnarGunnar Hoak Fr
WR 13 Badet, JeffJeff Badet Jr
QB 14 Wright, LukeLuke Wright Redshirt.svg So
QB 15 Johnson, StephenStephen Johnson Jr
QB 16 Mattingly, DavisDavis Mattingly Fr
WR 17 Montgomery, AlexanderAlexander Montgomery Jr
RB 18 Williams, StanleyStanley Williams Jr
WR 19 Ross, KayauneKayaune Ross So
WR 20 Kendall, RyanRyan Kendall So
RB 22 King, SihiemSihiem King So
RB 24 Johnson, ZachZach Johnson Fr
RB 25 Turks, HaroldHarold Turks Fr
RB 26 Snell, BennyBenny Snell Fr
RB 30 Tabler, DitalianDitalian Tabler Fr
WR 31 Bouvier, DavidDavid Bouvier So
RB 32 Mahone, WilliamWilliam Mahone Jr
WR 42 Smith, KynanKynan Smith Fr
FB 48 Collins, WillWill Collins Sr
TE 49 Fink, TannerTanner Fink Sr
C 52 Jackson, DrakeDrake Jackson Fr
OG 55 Baumer, DavidDavid Baumer So
OG 57 Myers, ZachZach Myers Sr
OG 61 Salyer, TristenTristen Salyer Fr
C 62 Greenburg, DylanDylan Greenburg Jr
OG 63 Purdom, WellsWells Purdom Fr
OG 64 Asafo-Adjei, GeorgeGeorge Asafo-Adjei So
OG 65 Stallings, JervontiusJervontius Stallings So
OT 67 Young, LandonLandon Young Fr
OG 68 Haynes, NickNick Haynes Jr
OG 69 Meyers, RamseyRamsey Meyers Jr
OG 71 Stenberg, LoganLogan Stenberg Fr
C 72 Toth, JonJon Toth Sr
OT 73 Meadows, KyleKyle Meadows Jr
OG 74 Mosier, ColeCole Mosier Jr
OT 75 Leavitt, TateTate Leavitt Jr
OT 77 Wolfe, MasonMason Wolfe Fr
WR 80 Robinson, MarvinMarvin Robinson Fr
WR 81 Holtzclaw, DakotaDakota Holtzclaw Fr
TE 83 Rigg, JustinJustin Rigg Fr
WR 84 Moushey, CharlesCharles Moushey Jr
TE 85 Hart, GregGreg Hart Jr
TE 86 Long, DarrylDarryl Long So
TE 87 Conrad, C.J.C.J. Conrad So
WR 88 Walker, CharlesCharles Walker Jr
WR 89 Hughes, Zy'AireZy'Aire Hughes Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 3 Griffin, JordanJordan Griffin Fr
S 4 Walker, MarcusMarcus Walker Fr
CB 5 Randolph, KendallKendall Randolph Jr
LB 8 Walker, KobieKobie Walker So
CB 9 Robinson, DavonteDavonte Robinson Fr
CB 11 Harmon, J.D.J.D. Harmon Jr
LB 14 Hendrix, DorianDorian Hendrix Fr
S 15 McWilson, MarcusMarcus McWilson Sr
CB 16 Quinn, CodyCody Quinn Sr
CB 17 Gilliam, TobiasTobias Gilliam Fr
DE 20 Daniel, KengeraKengera Daniel So
CB 21 Westry, ChrisChris Westry So
DB 23 Tucker, JaredJared Tucker So
DB 24 McClain, BlakeBlake McClain Sr
S 25 West, DariusDarius West So
S 27 Edwards, MikeMike Edwards So
CB 28 Beckham, KeiKei Beckham Fr
CB 29 Baity, DerrickDerrick Baity So
CB 29 Baity, DerrickDerrick Baity Fr
CB 30 Brown, IsaiahIsaiah Brown Fr
LB 31 Watkins, JamarJamar Watkins Fr
LB 32 Brown, EliEli Brown Fr
LB 33 Walder, RolandRoland Walder Fr
LB 34 Jones, JordanJordan Jones So
DE 35 Ware, DenzilDenzil Ware So
DT 36 Hyde, JacobJacob Hyde Jr
LB 37 Foy, SpencerSpencer Foy So
LB 38 Brownell, AlexAlex Brownell Fr
LB 39 Barnett, ElijahElijah Barnett Fr
LB 40 Firios, NicoNico Firios So
LB 41 Allen, JoshJosh Allen So
LB 43 Blue, LoganLogan Blue So
LB 44 Laster, De'NiroDe'Niro Laster Jr
LB 45 Bannerman, JaylinJaylin Bannerman Fr
LB 46 Schlegel, DrewDrew Schlegel Fr
LB 47 Bonner, JordanJordan Bonner Fr
LB 51 Love, CourtneyCourtney Love Jr
DT 59 Looney, KordellKordell Looney Fr
DE 60 Taylor, CalvinCalvin Taylor Fr
DT 69 Elam, MattMatt Elam Jr
DT 77 Pringle, NaquezNaquez Pringle Jr
DT 78 Williams, ZaneZane Williams Sr
DE 90 Carter, T.J.T.J. Carter Fr
DE 91 Kirby, KevinKevin Kirby Fr
DE 92 Bell, AlvonteAlvonte Bell Jr
DT 93 Cross, Ja'QuizeJa'Quize Cross Fr
DT 94 Miggins, CourtneyCourtney Miggins Sr
DE 98 Dubose, TymereTymere Dubose So
DT 99 Middleton, AdrianAdrian Middleton So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 53 Best, BlakeBlake Best Fr
P 80 McKinniss, GrantGrant McKinniss Fr
P 93 Kirshe, BryanBryan Kirshe So
PR 1 Timmons, RyanRyan Timmons Sr
PR 88 Walker, CharlesCharles Walker Jr
PK 95 Butler, MilesMiles Butler So
PK 99 MacGinnis, AustinAustin MacGinnis Jr
KR 22 King, SihiemSihiem King So
KR 26 Snell, BennyBenny Snell Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Eddie Gran
    Offensive Coordinator/Running backs
  • Darin Hinshaw
    Quarterbacks Coach
  • Lamar Thomas
    Wide Receivers
  • Vince Marrow
    Tight Ends
  • John Schlarman
    Offensive Line
  • D. J. Eliot
    Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Jimmy Brumbaugh
    Defensive Line
  • Steve Clinkscale
    Defensive Backs

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: May 7, 2015

Schedule[edit]

Kentucky announced its 2016 football schedule on October 29, 2015, the 2016 schedule consists of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Wildcats will host SEC foes Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt, and will travel to Alabama, Florida, Missouri, and Tennessee.[8]

The team will host three out of four of its non–conference games which are against Austin Peay from the Ohio Valley Conference, New Mexico State Aggies from the Sun Belt Conference, Louisville from the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Southern Miss Golden Eagles from Conference USA.

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:30 p.m. Southern Miss* Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY ESPNU L 35–44   57,230
September 10 3:30 p.m. at Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL CBS L 7–45   85,821
September 17 4:00 p.m. New Mexico State* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY SECN W 62–42   49,669
September 24 7:30 p.m. South Carolina Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY SECN W 17–10   51,702
October 1 7:00 p.m. at No. 1 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL ESPN L 6–34   101,821
October 8 4:00 p.m. Vanderbilt Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY (Rivalry) SECN W 20–13   55,030
October 22 7:30 p.m. Mississippi State Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY (Rivalry) SECN W 40–38   50,414
October 29 12:00 p.m. at Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, MO SECN W 35–21   50,234
November 5 7:30 p.m. Georgia Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY SECN L 24–27   62,507
November 12 12:00 p.m. at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Rivalry) SECN L 36–49   101,075
November 19 4:30 p.m. Austin Peay* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY SECN W 49–13   48,948
November 26 12:00 p.m. at No. 11 Louisville* Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY (Governor's Cup) ESPN W 41–38   54,075
December 31 11:00 a.m. vs. Georgia Tech* EverBank FieldJacksonville, FL (TaxSlayer Bowl) ESPN L 18–33   43,102
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[9]

Game summaries[edit]

Southern Mississippi[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0[10] 1986 Kentucky, 32–0
Southern Mississippi vs. Kentucky
1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Eagles 7 10 21 6 44
Wildcats 21 14 0 0 35

at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: September 3, 2016
  • Game time: 7:32 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 76 °F • Wind: ENE 7 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 57,230
  • Referee: Ken Antee
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Anish Shroff (play-by-play), Ahmad Brooks (analyst)
  • Game Recap[11]

Florida[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
17–49[10] 2015 Florida, 14–9
Kentucky vs. Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 0 7 7
Gators 14 10 14 7 45

at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida

  • Date: September 10, 2016
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Game attendance: 85,821
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst)

New Mexico State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
New Mexico State vs. Kentucky
1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 21 14 7 0 42
Wildcats 14 21 14 13 62

at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: September 17, 2016
  • Game time: 4:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Game attendance: 49,669
  • TV: SEC Network

South Carolina[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
9–17–1[10] 2015 Kentucky, 26–22
South Carolina vs. Kentucky
1 2 3 4 Total
Gamecocks 0 7 3 0 10
Wildcats 0 3 7 7 17

at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: September 24, 2016
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Game attendance: 51,702
  • TV: SEC Network

Alabama[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
36–2–1[10] 2013 Alabama, 48–7
Kentucky vs. Alabama
1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 0 0 3 6
#1 Crimson Tide 3 14 14 3 34

at Bryant–Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Date: October 1, 2016
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Game attendance: 101,821
  • TV: ESPN

Vanderbilt[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
42–42–4[10] 2015 Vanderbilt, 21–17
Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky
1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 3 0 7 3 13
Wildcats 7 10 0 3 20

at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: October 8, 2016
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Game attendance: 55,030
  • TV: SEC Network

Mississippi State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
21–22[10] 2015 Mississippi State, 42–16
Mississippi State vs. Kentucky
1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 14 10 14 38
Wildcats 0 6 21 13 40

at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: October 22, 2016
  • Game time: 7:30pm EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Game attendance: 50,414
  • TV: SEC Network

Missouri[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–3[10] 2015 Kentucky, 21–13
Kentucky vs. Missouri
1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 14 7 7 35
Tigers 0 7 0 14 21

at Faurot Field, Columbia, Missouri

  • Date: October 29, 2016
  • Game time: 12:00 NOON EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Game attendance: 50,234
  • TV: SEC Network

Georgia[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
55–12–2[10] 2015 Georgia, 27–3
Georgia vs. Kentucky
1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 6 3 11 27
Wildcats 7 7 7 3 24

at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: November 5, 2016
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Game attendance: 62,507
  • TV: SEC Network

Tennessee[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
78–24–9[10] 2015 Tennessee, 52–21
Kentucky vs. Tennessee
1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 10 3 3 20 36
Volunteers 14 7 14 14 49

at Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: November 12, 2016
  • Game time: 12:00 NOON EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Game attendance: 101,075
  • TV: SEC Network

Austin Peay[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting[10]
Austin Peay vs. Kentucky
1 2 3 4 Total
Governors 7 6 0 0 13
Wildcats 0 21 21 7 49

at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: November 19, 2016
  • Game time: 4:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Game attendance: 48,948
  • TV: SEC Network

Louisville[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
14–14[10] 2015 Louisville, 38–24
Kentucky Wildcats at #11 Louisville Cardinals
1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 14 7 10 10 41
#11 Cardinals 7 17 7 7 38

at Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, Kentucky

Game information

Georgia Tech[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
7–11–1[10] 1960 Georgia Tech, 23–13
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Kentucky Wildcats
1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 10 10 3 10 33
Wildcats 0 3 0 15 18

at EverBank FieldJacksonville, Florida

  • Date: December 31, 2016
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. EST
  • TV: ESPN
  • Source:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hale, Jon (2016-01-16). "UK adds five early enrollees from 2016 class". Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  2. ^ Moore, Josh (2016-01-08). "UK adds five early enrollees from 2016 class". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  3. ^ Hale, Jon (December 18, 2015). "Shannon Dawson out as Kentucky OC". The Courier-Journal. Louisville. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ Smith, Jennifer (December 18, 2015). "Kentucky's Shannon Dawson won't return next season". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ Hale, Jon (December 19, 2014). "Gran, Hinshaw join Kentucky football staff". The Courier-Journal. Louisville. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ Smith, Jennifer (December 29, 2015). "UK football hires Cincinnati's Eddie Gran to be assistant head coach of the offense". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Football – 2015 Coaches". University of Kentucky Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Football's 2016 Schedule Announced" (Press release). University of Kentucky Department of Athletics. October 29, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ "2016 Kentucky Wildcats Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "UK 2016 Media Guide". University of Kentucky Department of Athletics. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  11. ^ Moore, Deb (September 3, 2016). "Wildcats Drop Opener to Southern Miss". University of Kentucky Department of Athletics. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  12. ^ http://www.espn.com/college-football/boxscore?gameId=400869071 ESPN Box Score: Kentucky at Louisville