2017 Kentucky Wildcats football team

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2017 Kentucky Wildcats football
Kentucky Wildcats logo
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Eastern Division
2017 record 7–6 (4–4 SEC)
Head coach Mark Stoops (5th season)
Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran (2nd season)
Co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Matt House (1st; 2nd season)
Base defense 3–4 or 4–3
Home stadium Kroger Field
(Capacity: 61,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 2 Georgia xy$^   7 1         13 2  
South Carolina   5 3         9 4  
Kentucky   4 4         7 6  
Missouri   4 4         7 6  
Florida   3 5         4 7  
Vanderbilt   1 7         5 7  
Tennessee   0 8         4 8  
West Division
No. 10 Auburn xy   7 1         10 4  
No. 1 Alabama x#^   7 1         13 1  
No. 18 LSU   6 2         9 4  
No. 19 Mississippi State   4 4         9 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         7 6  
Ole Miss   3 5         6 6  
Arkansas   1 7         4 8  
Championship: Georgia 28, Auburn 7
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wildcats played their home games at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky played as a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. They were led by fifth-year head coach Mark Stoops. They finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in SEC play to finish in a tie for third place in the Eastern Division. They were invited to the Music City Bowl where they lost to Northwestern.

Previous season[edit]

In 2016, the Wildcats won seven out of their last ten games after starting the season 0–2, completing their fourth year under Mark Stoops at 7–5 and 4–4 in the SEC (3rd-East). They defeated in-state rival and ninth-ranked Louisville, 41–38, to end the regular season. In the postseason, the Wildcats competed in the TaxSlayer Bowl, losing to Georgia Tech 18–33.

Offseason[edit]

Spring Game[edit]

The spring game took place on April 14, in Lexington.

Date Time Spring Game Site TV Result Attendance
April 14 7:30 p.m. Blue vs. White Kroger FieldLexington, KY SEC Network 31–14 Blue
37,172

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Jeff Badet #13 WR 6'0" 182 Junior Orlando, FL Transferred to Oklahoma
Alvonte Bell #92 DE 6'5" 260 Junior Miramar, FL Kicked off team
Tanner Fink #49 TE 6'2" 251 Senior Louisville, KY Graduated
Nico Firios #40 LB 6'2" 245 Sophomore Longwood, FL Transferred
Jabari Greenwood #8 WR 6'3" 195 Sophomore Washington D.C. Transferred
J.D. Harmon #11 DB 6'2" 200 Senior Paducah, KY Graduated
Jojo Kemp #3 RB 5'10" 200 Senior DeLand, FL Graduated
De'Niro Laster #44 LB 6'4" 241 Junior Cleveland Heights, OH Transferred
Blake McClain #24 DB 5'11" 200 Senior Winter Park, FL Graduated
Marcus McWilson #15 DB 6'0" 210 Senior Youngstown, OH Graduated
Courtney Miggins #94 DT 6'5" 285 Senior Lithonia, GA Graduated
Zach Myers #57 C 6'3" 305 Senior Miamisburg, OH Graduated
Ryan Timmons #1 WR 5'10" 198 Senior Frankfort, KY Graduated
Jon Toth #72 C 6'5" 310 Senior Indianapolis, IN Graduated
Roland Walder #33 LB 6'3" 215 Freshman Dayton, OH Transferred
Kobie Walker #8 LB 6'3" 215 Sophomore Baltimore, MD Transferred
Stanley Williams #18 RB 5'9" 196 Junior Monroe, GA Entered 2017 NFL Draft
Zane Williams #78 DT 6'4" 290 Senior Lexington, KY Graduated

2017 signing class[edit]

Prior to National Signing Day in February 1, 2017, seven players enrolled for the spring semester in order to participate in spring practice and included six former high school seniors and one junior college transfer.[1] On National Signing Day, Kentucky signed an additional seventeen players out of high school and junior college that completed the 2017 recruiting class.[2]

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops enters his fifth season as the Wildcat's head coach for the 2017 season. During his previous four seasons he led the Wildcats to an overall record of 19 wins and 30 losses.

On January 18, 2017 Defensive Coordinator D.J. Eliot announced he would not return to the program for the 2017 season as the defensive coordinator to instead continue his career at Colorado.[3][4] In his place Kentucky promoted special teams coordinator Matt House as Defensive Coordinator at Kentucky.[5]

Name Position Consecutive season at
Kentucky in current position
Mark Stoops Head coach 5th
Eddie Gran Offensive Coordinator, Running backs 2nd
Matt House Defensive Coordinator, Inside Linebackers 1st
Steve Clinkscale Defensive backs 2nd
Derrick LeBlanc Defensive Line 1st
Lamar Thomas Wide receivers 2nd
Vince Marrow Tight Ends, Recruiting Coordinator 5th
John Schlarman Offensive Line 5th
Darin Hinshaw Quarterbacks 2nd
Dean Hood Special Teams 1st
Corey Edmond Strength and Conditioning 1st
Reference:

Roster[edit]

2017 Kentucky Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Lynn Bowden Fr
WR 2 Dorian Baker Injured Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 3 Jojo Kemp Sr
WR 6 Blake Bone Sr
QB 7 Drew Barker Jr
WR 9 Garrett Johnson Sr
RB 10 A.J. Rose RFr
WR 11 Tavin Richardson So
QB 12 Gunnar Hoak RFr
QB 13 Danny Clark Fr
QB 14 Luke Wright Jr
QB 15 Stephen Johnson Sr
QB 17 Walker Wood Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 18 Clevan Thomas Fr
WR 19 Kayaune Ross Jr
WR 20 Ryan Kendall Jr
RB 22 Sihiem King Jr
WR 23 Brayden Berezowitz RFr
RB 24 Bryant Koback Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 25 Harold Turks RFr
RB 26 Benny Snell So
WR 27 Bryan Berezowitz RFr
RB 28 Zach Johnson RFr
WR 31 David Bouvier Jr
RB 32 William Mahone Sr
WR 42 Kynan Smith Fr
FB 48 Will Collins Sr
TE 49 Tanner Fink Sr
C 52 Drake Jackson RFr
OG 55 David Baumer Jr
OG 61 Austin Dotson Redshirt.svg Fr
OG 62 Dylan Greenburg Sr
OG 64 George Asafo-Adjei Jr
OG 65 Jervontius Stallings Jr
OT 66 Naasir Watkins Fr
OT 67 Landon Young So
OG 68 Nick Haynes Sr
OG 71 Logan Stenberg So
OG 72 E.J. Price Redshirt.svg So
OT 73 Kyle Meadows Sr
OG 74 Cole Mosier Injured Sr
OT 75 Tate Leavitt Jr
OT 76 Sebastien Dolcine Fr
OT 77 Mason Wolfe RFr
OT 79 Luke Fortner RFr
WR 80 JaVonte Richardson Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 81 Isaiah Epps Fr
WR 82 Josh Ali Fr
TE 83 Justin Rigg So
WR 84 Charles Moushey Sr
TE 85 Greg Hart Sr
TE 86 Darryl Long So
TE 87 C.J. Conrad Jr
WR 88 Charles Walker Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 3 Jordan Griffin So
DE 4 Joshua Paschal Fr
CB 5 Kendall Randolph Sr
S 7 Mike Edwards Jr
CB 8 Derrick Baity Jr
CB 9 Davonte Robinson RFr
CB 13 Zy'Aire Hughes RFr
LB 15 Jordan Wright Redshirt.svg Fr
S 16 Marcus Walker So
CB 17 Tobias Gilliam RFr
DE 20 Kengera Daniel Jr
CB 21 Chris Westry Jr
DB 23 Tyrell Ajian Redshirt.svg Fr
S 25 Darius West Jr
DB 26 Jack Jackson RFr
DB 26 Michael Nesbitt Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 27 Cedrick Dort Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 29 Yusuf Corker Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 30 Isaiah Brown Fr
LB 31 Jamar Watkins RFr
LB 32 Eli Brown So
LB 34 Jordan Jones Jr
DE 35 Denzil Ware Jr
DT 36 Jacob Hyde Sr
LB 37 Spencer Foy Jr
LB 38 William Nalty Fr
LB 39 Elijah Barnett So
LB 41 Josh Allen Jr
LB 43 Logan Blue Jr
LB 44 Jamin Davis Fr
LB 45 Jaylin Bannerman RFr
LB 46 Drew Schlegel RFr
LB 47 Jordan Bonner Jr
LB 48 Brett Slusher So
LB 51 Courtney Love Sr
LB 56 Kash Daniel So
LB 58 Alex King Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 59 Kordell Looney RFr
DE 60 Calvin Taylor So
DT 69 Matt Elam Sr
DT 77 Naquez Pringle Sr
DE 90 T.J. Carter So
DE 91 Kevin Kirby Fr
DT 92 Phil Hoskins Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 93 Ja'Quize Cross RFr
DT 95 Quinton Bohanna Fr
DE 96 Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 97 Chris Whittaker Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 98 Tymere Dubose Jr
DT 99 Adrian Middleton Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 42 Tristan Yeomans Jr
LS 53 Blake Best So
P 86 Grant McKinniss So
P 91 Tyler Pack RFr
P 93 Matt Panton Sr
PK 95 Miles Butler Jr
PK 99 Austin MacGinnis Sr
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
  • Matt House
    Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Derrick LeBlanc
    Defensive Line
  • Steve Clinkscale
    Defensive Backs

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

Roster
Last update: August 1, 2017

Schedule and results[edit]

The Wildcats' 2017 schedule consisted of seven home games and five away games. Kentucky hosted three of its four non-conference games—against Eastern Kentucky from the Ohio Valley Conference, Eastern Michigan from the Mid-American Conference, and Louisville from the ACC. They traveled to Southern Miss for their only road non-conference game. The Wildcats played eight conference games, hosting Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, and Ole Miss and traveling to South Carolina, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and Georgia.

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 4:00 p.m. at Southern Miss* M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS CBSSN W 24–17   22,761
September 9 12:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky* Kroger FieldLexington, KY SECN W 27–16   54,868
September 16 7:30 p.m. at South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC SECN W 23–13   82,493
September 23 7:30 p.m. No. 20 Florida Kroger Field • Lexington, KY SECN L 27–28   62,945
September 30 4:00 p.m. Eastern Michigan* Kroger Field • Lexington, KY SECN W 24–20   50,593
October 7 7:30 p.m. Missouridagger Kroger Field • Lexington, KY SECN W 40–34   57,476
October 21 3:00 p.m. at Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS (Rivalry) SECN L 7–45   58,963
October 28 7:30 p.m. Tennessee Kroger Field • Lexington, KY (Rivalry) SECN W 29–26   57,543
November 4 4:00 p.m. Ole Miss Kroger Field • Lexington, KY SECN L 34–37   55,665
November 11 4:00 p.m. at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN (Rivalry) SECN W 44–21   27,346
November 18 3:30 p.m. at No. 7 Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA CBS L 13–42   92,746
November 25 12:00 p.m. Louisville* Kroger Field • Lexington, KY (Rivalry) SECN L 17–44   56,186
December 29 4:00 p.m. vs. No. 23 Northwestern* Nissan Stadium • Nashville, TN (Music City Bowl) ESPN L 23–24   48,675
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[7]

Game summaries[edit]

at Southern Miss[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2016 Southern Miss, 44–35
Kentucky vs. Southern Miss
1 2 34Total
Wildcats 0 14 10024
Golden Eagles 0 3 7717

at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

  • Date: September 2, 2017
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 86 • Wind: N 4 mph • Weather: Mostly Sunny; 48%hum
  • Game attendance: 22,761
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV: CBSSN
  • [8]

Eastern Kentucky[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
4–0 2015 Kentucky, 34–27 OT
Eastern Kentucky vs. Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Colonels 7 6 3016
Wildcats 3 7 71027

at Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: September 9, 2017
  • Game time: Noon EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 70 • Wind: 9 MPH E • Weather: Mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 54,868
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV: SEC Network
  • [9]

at South Carolina[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
10–17–1 2016 Kentucky, 17–10
Kentucky vs. South Carolina
1 2 34Total
Wildcats 7 7 3623
Gamecocks 6 0 0713

at Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Date: September 16, 2017
  • Game time: 7:30pm EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 85 • Wind: NNE 4mph • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 82,483
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV: SEC Network
  • [10]

Florida[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
17–50 2016 Florida, 45–7
Florida vs. Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Gators 0 14 01428
Wildcats 7 7 10327

at Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: September 23, 2017
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 80 • Wind: 6 mph • Weather: Clear
  • Game attendance: 62,945
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV: SEC Network
  • [11]

Eastern Michigan[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
First meeting
Eastern Michigan vs. Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Eagles 7 7 0620
Wildcats 7 7 3724

at Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: September 30, 2017
  • Game time: 4:00pm EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 71 • Wind: 12 ENE • Weather: Sunny, breezy
  • Game attendance: 50,593
  • Referee: Steve Marlowe
  • TV: SEC Network
  • [12]

Missouri[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
4–3 2016 Kentucky, 35–21
Missouri vs. Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Tigers 0 14 13734
Wildcats 10 10 71340

at Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: October 7, 2017
  • Game time: 7:30pm EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 75 • Wind: S10 • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 57,476
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV: SEC Network
  • [13]

at Mississippi State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
22–22 2016 Kentucky, 40–38
Kentucky vs. Mississippi State
1 2 34Total
Wildcats 0 7 007
Bulldogs 7 10 72145

at Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, Mississippi

  • Date: October 21, 2017
  • Game time: 4:00p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature:83 • Wind:SE @ 12 • Weather:partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 58,963
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV: SECN
  • [14]

Tennessee[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
24–79–9 2016 Tennessee, 49–36
Tennessee vs. Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Volunteers 6 14 3326
Wildcats 7 14 0829

at Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: October 28, 2017
  • Game time: EST
  • Game weather: Temperature:38 • Wind:5mph NW • Weather:Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 57,543
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV: SECN
  • [15]

Ole Miss[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
14–27–1 2011 Kentucky, 30–13
Ole Miss vs. Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Rebels 7 10 101037
Wildcats 3 17 7734

at Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Date: November 4, 2017
  • Game time: EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 65 • Wind: 6mph S • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 55,665
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV: SECN
  • [16]

at Vanderbilt[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
44–42–4 2016 Kentucky, 20–13
Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt
1 2 34Total
Wildcats 7 13 21344
Commodores 7 0 14021

at Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: November 11, 2017
  • Game time: EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 61 • Wind: S6 • Weather: PARTLY CLOUDY
  • Game attendance: 27,346
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV: SECN
  • [17]

at Georgia[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
12–56–2 2016 Georgia, 27–24
Kentucky vs. Georgia
1 2 34Total
Wildcats 6 0 7013
Bulldogs 7 14 71442

at Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia

  • Date: November 18, 2017
  • Game time: EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 68 • Wind: 9 SW • Weather: Overcast
  • Game attendance: 92,746
  • TV: CBS
  • [18]

Louisville[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
15–14 2016 Louisville, 41–38
Louisville at Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 17 14 31044
Wildcats 7 3 0717

at Kroger FieldLexington, Kentucky

Northwestern–Music City Bowl[edit]

Overall record Last Meeting Result
0–1 1928 Northwestern, 7–0
Music City Bowl
1 2 34Total
KU Wildcats 7 0 7923
NU Wildcats 3 14 0724

at Nissan StadiumNashville, Tennessee

  • Date: December 29, 2017
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 48,675
  • TV: ESPN

Awards and milestones[edit]

SEC honors[edit]

All-SEC First Team[edit]

  • Benny Snell Jr., RB (AP)[19]

All-SEC Second Team[edit]

Freshman All-SEC[edit]

  • Lynn Bowden Jr., RS[20]

School records[edit]

  • Most touchdowns scored in a season: 18, Benny Snell Jr. (ongoing)
  • Most rushing touchdowns in a season: 18, Benny Snell Jr. (ongoing)[19]
  • Most career rushing touchdowns: 31, Benny Snell Jr. (ongoing)[19]
  • Most points scored in a season: 110, Benny Snell Jr. (ongoing)[19]
  • Most career points scored: 354, Austin MacGinnis (ongoing)
  • Most field goals in a season: 21, Austin MacGinnis (ongoing; ties own record from 2016)
  • Most career field goals: 71, Austin MacGinnis (ongoing)

National awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Roberts, Ben (2017-02-01). "Meet UK's football signees for the recruiting class of 2017". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  3. ^ Hale, Jon (January 18, 2017). "Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot leaving UK". The Courier-Journal. Louisville. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ Crawford, Eric (2017-01-19). "Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot leaving Kentucky for Colorado, according to reports". WDRB. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
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  15. ^ "TENNESSEE (3-5 , 0-5) -VS- KENTUCKY (6-2 , 3-2)". Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  16. ^ "OLE MISS (4-5 , 2-4) -VS- KENTUCKY (6-3 , 3-3)". Retrieved 13 November 2017. 
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  19. ^ a b c d e f "Kentucky's Josh Allen and Benny Snell Jr. Earn All-SEC Honors" (Press release). Kentucky Wildcats. December 5, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Bowden Jr. Named to Freshman All-SEC Team" (Press release). Kentucky Wildcats. December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  21. ^ "2017 College Football Awards: Baker Mayfield takes Davey O'Brien, Maxwell Awards". ESPN.com. December 8, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.