Alex Poythress named Academic All-American

-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky senior men’s basketball player Alex Poythress has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America Second Team. He is the first Wildcat to take home the honor since Mark Pope in 1995.

Poythress is the 12th different Kentucky player to earn Academic All-America honors in program history, joining legends such as Louie Dampier, Larry Conley, Dan Issel, Mike Pratt and Kyle Macy.

The Clarksville, Tenn., native graduated in just three years with a degree in business marketing. He earned a 3.517 undergraduate grade-point average and is now pursuing a master’s of science in kinesiology and health promotion with an emphasis on sport leadership. He finished his first semester of grad school with a 4.0 GPA.

Ulis and Murray challenge BBN to game of HORSE

Kentucky All-American candidates Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray challenged the Big Blue Nation to a game of HORSE.

12 Cats will participate in Pro Day Friday

Josh Forrest makes a tackle against Louisville. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Josh Forrest makes a tackle against Louisville. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky’s annual NFL Pro Day will be held Fridayin the Nutter Indoor Field House. Twelve draft-eligible former Wildcats will showcase their skills to the NFL teams scheduled to attend.

PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN PRO DAY
• All were seniors in 2015 unless noted otherwise
• Heights and weights were from the 2015 season unless noted otherwise

Joey Herrick, WR, 6-1, 203
• Earned a scholarship after coming to UK as a walk-on
• Played his freshman season at Kilgore (Texas) College
• Was a vital performer on special teams in punt and kickoff coverage and return
• SEC Academic Honor Roll

National titles, Final Fours two different but exciting UK experiences for cheerleader Emily Sawyer

By LARRY VAUGHT

Emily Sawyer with UK's national championship trophy.

Emily Sawyer with UK’s national championship trophy.

Emily Sawyer graduated a semester early at West Jessamine High School in Nicholasville so she could pursue her goal of becoming a University of Kentucky cheerleader.

Not only did she make the team, but she’s been part of two national championship teams and cheered in two Final Fours — and is hoping for a third. She’ll cheer for the final time at Rupp Arena Saturday, so I asked her how winning a national championship compares with going to a Final Four.

The Story of a Titan: Life After UK Football

By ALEX OTTE

Avery Williamson #54 of the Tennessee Titans sacks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at LP Field on November 17, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Avery Williamson (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Avery Williamson is a football player born in 1992 in Cleveland, Ohio. Williamson began his football career and attended high school in Milan, Tenn. The young linebacker was named Region Defensive Player of the Year as both a junior and a senior, and was named one of the top 15 players in Tennessee by Rivals.com (a popular website documenting the ratings of popular athletic recruits).

As a junior, Williamson set a state championship record with 22 tackles in the title game. As a senior, the Jackson Sun named Williamson West Tennessee Player of The Year.

Kentucky at Florida Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

UK signees Adebayo, Monk finalists for Wooten Player of the Year

Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A pair of University of Kentucky men’s basketball signees have been selected as finalists for the McDonald’s All American Game’s Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award. Edrice “Bam” Adebayo and Malik Monk are two of the final five finalists for the boys’ award, which will be announced March 9.

The award recognizes a male and female recipient for outstanding character, leadership, and the values he embraces while being a student-athlete in the classroom and in the community.

How about some AJ Reed Nachos at UK baseball

By BRENT INGRAM, UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky.  — A smorgasbord of new concession items will be available throughout the 2016 Kentucky baseball home schedule, including the debut of “AJ Reed Nachos” honoring the UK great and his passion for nachos as a ballpark snack, it was announced on Tuesday

Also featured will be a daily special, including “Taco Tuesdays”, “Wing Wednesdays”, “2 Buck Thursdays” ($2 tickets & $2 drinks), “$1 Hot Dog Fridays”, “Cheesesteak Saturdays” and “Sundae Sundays”. The complete promotions schedule is here.

AJ Reed Nachos/AJ Reed Nachos with UK Baseball Helmet

Poythress: “You always want to step up and play big”

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is what Alex Poythress said to the media Tuesday night after scoring 10 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking one shot in the win over Florida.

On how much they wanted to show what the bigs were capable of with this game …
“Just coming off a loss, you always want to step up and play big. You always want to get that bad taste out of your mouth.”

On if this was the “tweak” Coach Cal talked about …
“No, we can’t answer that question.”

Epps, Thompson, Akhator, Morris earn all-SEC honors

Vicky Graff Photo

Makayla Epps/Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior guard Makayla Epps, senior guard Janee Thompson, junior forward Evelyn Akhator and freshman guard Maci Morris have been named All-Southeastern Conference performers for their success on the court this season, the league office announced Tuesday.

Epps was named to the All-SEC First Team, becoming the third player in the Matthew Mitchell era to be named to the first team multiple times, joining Victoria Dunlap and A’dia Mathies. The honor is the first of its kind for Thompson and Akhator, who were named to the All-SEC Second Team, while Morris was tabbed to the eight-member All-SEC Freshman Team.