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Mark Stoops, Cats taking game ball to Marco Shemwell’s family

Mark Stoops and Josh Allen run off the field after Saturday’s win. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Before Kentucky’s 28-7 win over Mississippi State Saturday night there was a moment of silence at Kroger Field in honor of 4-year-old Marco Shemwell.

A week earlier he had been hit by a car leaving Kroger Field after watching the UK-Murray State game and died.

“I’m glad we played good for Marco and the Shemwell family. We’re going to bring this game ball to them tomorrow for Marco and the Shemwell family and I’m so glad that we played well in honor of him and that family,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after the game.

Kentucky could have given out game balls to Benny Snell, who ran for four touchdowns. Or maybe Josh Allen, who was a disruptor on defense. But Stoops made the right choice.

“Benny gets cheated a lot (on game balls) but he is okay with this one,” Stoops said.  “We are proud to play good for him (Marco) and his family.”

Stoops prefers to keep private what contact the Kentucky football team has had with the Shemwell family.

What we have done and all that because I, just out of respect for that family it’s important for us, I’m glad we played well to bring them that ball, but what we have done and all that, I would rather, out of respect for them, just kind of keep that in-house,” Stoops said.

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