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Former UK offensive line coach John Schlarman named Kentucky Sports Figure of the Year

Former University of Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman was named the 40th annual Kentucky Sports Figure of the Year, announced by the Lexington Herald-Leader. He was named the winner after a vote of 163 current and former media members around the Commonwealth, receiving 76 first-place votes. His 435-point margin over the runner-up in voting, UK women’s basketball standout Rhyne Howard,...

UK’s new-look offense to strive for more balance; Wildcats must replace seven offensive starters

When the University of Kentucky offense takes the field in 2019, the team will have a much different look about it. While the Cats will have four starters returning, a big part of the UK attack from recent years will be missing. The biggest missing piece from the last three seasons is Benny Snell Jr., who became the school’s all-time leading rusher during his career in Lexington. Over the past...

UK football team enjoys successful Fan Day on Saturday, welcoming huge crowd for annual event

The University of Kentucky football team enjoyed another successful Fan Day on Saturday, welcoming a huge crowd for the annual event. “Man, that was a fantastic turnout this morning for Fan Day,” UK head coach Mark Stoops said. “It’s great to see them all out there and for our players to see that. Hopefully, we got everybody accommodated and got all the signatures we could get.” UK’s...

University of Kentucky football to open 2019 season with noon contest against Toledo on Aug. 31

With football season just a few short months away, ESPN has announced the first three weeks of its 2019 college football slate. The Wildcats open the 2019 season with three straight home games and look to use the momentum created last year from their win over Penn State in the VRBO Citrus Bowl. The 10-3 record was Kentucky’s best season in 41 years and only the third 10-win season in school...

University of Kentucky alumnus Ed Berry turns passion for football into successful business career

Rebecca Longo University of Kentucky University of Kentucky football alumnus and now successful businessman Ed Berry did not always envision that he would end up where he is today. With a dream of playing in the National Football League (NFL), he got his start playing football at a very young age. Little did he know, his future career would grow from this passion. Competing on the gridiron was always...

Wildcats’ junior end Ware selected Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week

Kentucky junior defensive end Denzil Ware was named Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week it was announced by the league on Tuesday. Ware finished with two tackles, a tackle for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in the Wildcats’ 24-17 victory at Southern Miss. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder from Opp, Alabama turned in a critical play with under a minute remaining...

UK Football Game Day: Experience upgrades, operational changes coming to Kroger Field

Fan experience upgrades and operational changes will be coming to Kroger Field for the 2017 Kentucky football season. Ahead of the Wildcats’ home opener on Sept. 9 vs. Eastern Kentucky, UK Athletics informs fans of the following: • New bench-back seating – New bench-back seating has been installed in the South upper level of Kroger Field. • Social media on video boards – Social-media...

KHSAA state football finals moving from Western Kentucky University to UK’s Kroger Field

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Sack one up for University of Kentucky. The Kentucky High School Athletics Association moved the state football finals from Western Kentucky University’s Houchens-L.T. Smith Stadium to newly-named Kroger Field during its board of control meeting Wednesday. The KHSAA state football finals will be played at Kroger Field for the next two seasons. The event...

Kick-off time for Wildcats’ season-opener against Southern Miss set for 4 p.m. on CBS Sports Network

Kickoff for the University of Kentucky’s season-opening football game at Southern Miss on Saturday, Sept. 2 has been set for 4 p.m. ET at Carlisle-Faulkner Field in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The game will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network and broadcast live on the UK Sports Network. CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour home of CBS Sports. The Network airs more than 600 live games annually,...

Former UK football player Mack hosting Legacy Ball to benefit local charities, scholarships

Former University of Kentucky football player Ron Mack keeps up with sports. So imagine his surprise when he learned there were some great athletes from his neighborhood he’d never heard of. “Lexington is the ‘Horse Capital of The World.’ I grew up around the horse racing industry, but it wasn’t until recently I learned that without with historic contributions of African-Americans, we wouldn’t...

Dieting in Reverse: Wildcat QB Johnson trying to grow into his job as team’s No. 1 signal-caller

By Guy Ramsey Special to KyForward Stephen Johnson is dieting, but not like a normal person would. His diet basically consists of eating as much as possible. “Not anything and everything, but they really have me eating a lot of food. I have two smoothies right now with a goodie bag to take home,” Johnson said as he left Kentucky’s football facility on Tuesday. “So I’m just trying to eat really...

Following bowl run, UK athletics announces slight increase in prices for season football tickets for 2017

With the Wildcats riding the momentum of their first bowl berth since 2010 and another strong recruiting class, UK Athletics announced football ticket and parking information for the 2017 season on Monday. Season tickets for Kentucky’s seven-game home schedule will be available for $310, a $30 increase from 2016 prices. Season-ticket prices offer an average savings of $135 over single-game prices...

Despite success on pro football field and in business, Terry Samuels wanted to finish his UK degree, too

By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward Terry Samuels was playing tight end for the University of Kentucky Wildcats football team in 1994 when he was drafted by the NFL to play for the Arizona Cardinals. The University of Kentucky College of Social Work major was just one semester shy of graduating. At the time, graduating didn’t seem all that important, but years later something tugged at his heart...

Kentucky by Heart: Recruiting ‘rockstar’ David Armstrong paid his dues on road to success

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist No one should ever question David Armstrong, former Western Kentucky Hilltopper quarterback, UK coaching staff member, and now a football recruiting scout’s willingness to pay his dues—and to be patient–in order to find eventual lasting success. That practice started as a youngster growing up in his Brentwood neighborhood in Nashville, where David’s...

Jamie Vaught: Pirates’ star Josh Harrison has some strong family ties to UK athletics

Josh Harrison has pretty strong ties with Lexington and UK. Wait, before you get the wrong idea, the friendly and personable Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman didn’t play for the Wildcats. But his family members did. His cousins from Lexington — John T. Shelby and JaVon Shelby — were baseball standouts at UK. Both were All-SEC performers and moved on to professional ranks. John was...

Wildcats’ latest football poster honors four players who helped integrate Southeastern Conference

The 2016 Kentucky football poster, unveiled to members of the team at a special meeting last week, is modeled after a statue honoring the four UK players who integrated Southeastern Conference football in the late 1960s – Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg. Northington and Hackett were in attendance as the poster was unveiled at a team meeting following early-morning workouts...

Pregame concert prior to UK-EKU matchup Saturday to feature three bands with state ties

Halfway to Hazard will play starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, DJ Warren Peace will follow at 5 p.m. and the Bebo Baxter Band will close the concert following the Cat Walk (UK Athletics Photo)   With Kentucky’s Homecoming game versus in-state foe Eastern Kentucky set for Saturday at 7:30 p.m., UK’s Athletics department will host a pregame concert featuring the Bebo Baxter Band, DJ Warren Peace...

Jamie Vaught: Wildcats’ improving defense could provide the difference against Mizzou

The Wildcats’ defense only gave up 245 total yards against Florida compared to 479 and 417 total yards produced by Lafayette and South Carolina, respectively. Scoring-wise, the foes have gone from 33 to 22 to 14 points (UK Athletics Photo)   Less three weeks ago, after UK had kicked off its football campaign with a 40-33 victory over Louisiana Lafayette, many folks weren’t too thrilled...

Jamie Vaught: Wildcats' improving defense could provide the difference against Mizzou

The Wildcats’ defense only gave up 245 total yards against Florida compared to 479 and 417 total yards produced by Lafayette and South Carolina, respectively. Scoring-wise, the foes have gone from 33 to 22 to 14 points (UK Athletics Photo)   Less three weeks ago, after UK had kicked off its football campaign with a 40-33 victory over Louisiana Lafayette, many folks weren’t too thrilled...

The New CWS: Fans will notice lots of changes and not just inside the stadium

The New CWS will see its first game action Saturday when Louisiana Lafayette comes to town for a 7 p.m. contest (UK Athletics Image)   With the beginning of football season Saturday, the University of Kentucky together with the city of Lexington announced changes and issued several reminders concerning game day operations on Saturdays in an around The New Commonwealth Stadium this fall.   To...