University of Kentucky Wildcats
|Sept. 1||Central Michigan||3:30 PM|
|Sept. 8||# @ Florida||7:30 PM|
|Sept. 15||Murray State||12:00 PM|
|Sept. 22||# Mississippi State||TBD|
|Sept. 29||# South Carolina||TBD|
|Oct. 6||# @ Texas A&M||TBD|
|Oct. 20||# Vanderbilt||TBD|
|Oct. 27||# @ Missouri||TBD|
|Nov. 3||# Georgia||TBD|
|Nov. 10||# @ Tennessee||TBD|
|Nov. 17||Middle Tennessee||TBD|
|Nov. 24||@ Louisville||TBD|
# Denotes SEC Games
* Four University of Kentucky football players earned a spot on the 2018 Preseason Media Days All-Southeastern Conference teams, it was announced Friday by the league office. Junior running back Benny Snell Jr., was named first-team offense, while senior linebacker Josh Allen and senior safety Mike Edwards were second-team defense. Senior tight end C.J. Conrad was third-team offense.
* Kentucky senior Mike Edwards has been named to the 2018 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List for the second consecutive season. The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award annually recognizes the best defensive back in college football and is based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character. As such, it is considered one of the most coveted awards in college football. Edwards, a safety from Cincinnati, Ohio, led Kentucky and ranked ninth in the Southeastern Conference in tackles per game in 2017 with 7.5. He also had a team-high four interceptions to go along with a team-high seven pass breakups. Edwards is also on the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which has been presented to the top defensive player in college football since 1995.
* Kentucky senior Josh Allen has been named to the 2018 Butkus Award® Preseason Watch List for the second consecutive season. Allen is one of 51 collegiate linebackers on the 34th annual list. As a 6-foot-5, 260-pound linebacker, Allen totaled 65 tackles in 2017, ranking fourth on the team. He also had a team-high 9.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, a team-high four quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one interception. Allen, a native of Montclair, N.J., was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award in 2017. He also was named second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press last season and was a third-team All-SEC choice by Phil Steele. Allen is also on the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which has been presented to the top defensive player in college football since 1995.
* Kentucky senior C.J. Conrad has been named to the 2018 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List for the second consecutive season. The Mackey Award recognizes the most outstanding tight end in college football. Conrad, who hails from LaGrange, Ohio, is considered one of the most gifted tight ends in the country, having averaged a touchdown every five times he has caught a pass in his career. In 2017, Conrad ended the season ranking second on the team with 286 receiving yards on 16 catches to go along with a team-high four touchdowns despite his season-ending prematurely on Nov. 18 due to a foot injury. His 17.9 yards per catch average ranked second on the team.
* Kentucky junior running back Benny Snell Jr., has been named a preseason candidate for the 2018 Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s top college running back. Snell Jr., is from Westerville, Ohio. He led the Southeastern Conference in rushing touchdowns (19) and ranked third in total rushing yardage (1,333) and rushing yards per game (102.5) in 2017. His 1,333 rushing yards set a school record for most rushing yards by a sophomore. He also became the first player in school history to record 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. Snell is also a preseason candidate for the Maxwell Award, given to the college Player of the Year.
* UK was picked to finish 5th in the SEC East this season in the pre-season media poll. Reigning national champion Alabama was picked to win the Southeastern Conference championship. Georgia, last year’s SEC champion which lost to Alabama in the national championship game, was second with 69 votes. Auburn received 14 votes. South Carolina, the choice of four voters, and Florida, with two, were the only other teams named on more than one ballot. The predicted order of finish in the SEC West was Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi and Arkansas. Georgia was picked first in the East, followed by South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.