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UK standout Rhyne Howard selected preseason SEC Player of the Year by media; Cats picked third in poll

By Evan Crane University of Kentucky Southeastern Conference media have tabbed University of Kentucky women’s basketball junior guard Rhyne Howard as the preseason SEC Player of the Year and projected the Wildcats to finish third in the league standings. Earlier this week, league coaches also named Howard the SEC Preseason Player of the Year and picked UK to finish second in the conference...

WKU basketball standout Charles Bassey named preseason All-American by Lindy’s Sports Magazine

It’s been a while since Charles Bassey stepped on the court for a game, but national pundits haven’t forgotten what he can do. The Western Kentucky University junior center has been named a preseason second team All-American by Lindy’s Sports Magazine. Bassey – a 6-foot-11, 235-pound native of Lagos, Nigeria – was named a first team preseason All-American as a sophomore in 2019-20...

Former EKU All-America running back Markus Thomas on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Former Eastern Kentucky University All-America running back Markus Thomas is a candidate for the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation has announced. Thomas played four seasons at EKU from 1989 to 1992. He earned All-America honors his senior season after running for 1,494 yards and scoring 17 rushing touchdowns. The two-time Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the...

UK standout John Rhodes named national co-Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball News

University of Kentucky freshman infielder/outfielder John Rhodes has been named national co-Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball News. The publication previously named him a third team All-American last month. Rhodes shared the national honor with Virginia’s Chris Newell. He is the Wildcats’ first freshman to be named an All-American from a national outlet since Zack Thompson in...

Former Western Kentucky center Chris Marcus passes away at 40; led nation in rebounding in 2001

Former Western Kentucky star center Chris Marcus passed away last week in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C. He was 40. One of the most dominant Hilltopper big men ever, Marcus was chosen last year as one of the 15 finest players in program history as a representative of the WKU All-Century Team. Former WKU center Chris Marcus passed away last week at the age of 40. (WKU Athletics photo) He received Associated...

Louisville offensive coordinator excited for standout tackle Mekhi Becton’s NFL Draft night

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville Junior offensive tackle Mekhi Becton is special. Just ask University of Louisville offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford. If anyone knows special offensive linemen, it’s Ledford, who has had a propensity of producing some of the top offensive linemen in the college game. If Becton is drafted on Thursday night, Ledford has the...

National Football League taking notice as Kentucky senior Josh Allen sets example for teammates

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Josh Allen’s decision to return for one last season is paying dividends and the Kentucky defensive end is earning praise from the National Football League for making the most of his senior campaign. “I was just talking to a couple pro scouts (last week) and they’re using him as a reference to other juniors across the country,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said....

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky sophomore Benny Snell Jr. joins impressive list of Wildcat running backs

Over the years, Kentucky has had a good handful of All-SEC or All-American football standouts who are among the school’s career rushing leaders. Remember the glamorous Wildcat stars like Sonny Collins, Moe Williams, Rafael Little, Mark Higgs, Derrick Ramsey, George Adams, to name several? I have seen them all and they are among UK’s career leaders in rushing yardage with Collins, who played for...

Kentucky's Cauley-Stein chosen first-team All-American by Associated Press, NAABC

UK junior Willie Cauley-Stein became the program’s 25th consensus All-American this week, earning first team status (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Willie Cauley-Stein became Kentucky’s 25th consensus first team All-American this week after the Associated Press and National Association of Basketball Coaches each selected the 7-foot junior as one of the nation’s top five players.   The...