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The Kentucky Wildcats are a college football program that competes in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and the East Division of the Southeastern ConferenceEver since existance, they have been owned by their biggest rival, the Tennessee Volunteers.

Eras (by coach)

Paul "Bear" Bryant EraAs a member of the football-heavy SEC, they compete against many of the top college football programs in the nation. They play at Commonwealth Stadiummarker, which replaced Stoll Field in 1973. Paul "Bear" Bryant was Kentucky's head football coach for eight seasons.

Under Bryant the Wildcats won the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl, lost the 1950 Orange Bowl, won the 1951 Sugar Bowl and the 1952 Cotton Bowl Classic. In final AP polls, the Wildcats were ranked #11 in 1949, #7 in 1950, #15 in 1951, #20 in 1952 and #16 in 1953. The final 1950 poll was taken prior to the bowl games; Kentucky then defeated undefeated and #1 ranked Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl and claims that this win earned them a national championship for the 1950 season, as they were ranked #1 in the Sagarin Ratings. The NCAA recognizes Kentucky as a co-national champion on its Past Football Bowl Subdivision National Champions Web site.

Fran Curci EraThe 1976 Wildcats retroactively claimed a share of the Southeastern Conference championship under coach Fran Curci via a loss later forfeited by Mississippi State (and despite losing at home to conference champion Georgia) and won the Peach Bowl, finishing #18 in the final AP poll. The 1977 Kentucky team went 10–1 and was undefeated in SEC play but, despite finishing the season ranked #6 in the AP poll, did not play in a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions. Kentucky finished at #6 and Penn State at #5 despite the fact that Kentucky defeated Penn State at Penn State during the regular season.

Jerry Claiborne EraCoach Jerry Claiborne led the Wildcats to the 1983 Hall of Fame Bowl. Kentucky returned to the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl and defeated a Wisconsin team ranked #20 in the polls to finish the season with a 9–3 record and a #19 ranking in the final AP and UPI polls.

Bill Curry EraThe Wildcats played in the 1993 Peach Bowl under coach Bill Curry.

Hal Mumme EraCoach Hal Mumme led the Wildcats to the 1998 Outback Bowl and the 1999 Music City Bowl but the program was hit with severe sanctions for infractions during Mumme's tenure.

Guy Morriss EraUnder coach Guy Morriss the Wildcats posted a 7–5 record in 2002 but were not eligible for postseason play due to NCAA sanctions. The most significant event of that season came in a loss to LSU. (See: Bluegrass Miracle)

Rich Brooks EraThe team's current coach is Rich Brooks, who led the team to an 8–5 regular season record in 2006, including a memorable upset over the defending SEC champion Georgia, snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Bulldogs. Brooks also led the football team to its first bowl game since 1999 and its first bowl game victory since 1984, as Kentucky defeated the Clemson University Tigers 28–20 in the Music City Bowl. [382894] On September 15, 2007. Brooks led UK to a 40–34 upset win over #9 Louisville. This marked UK's first win over Louisville since 2002 and the first win over a top 10 team since #4 Penn State in 1977. The Wildcats were ranked 8th in the nation before a loss to South Carolina on October 4. After the loss to South Carolina, Kentucky bounced back on October 13 to defeat #1 LSU in a historic triple overtime game.

The 2007 Kentucky Wildcats football defeated the Florida State Seminoles 35–28 in the 2007 Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 31, 2007. It was the Wildcats second straight bowl appearance after a drought dating back to 1999. Quarterback Andre' Woodson was named the Music City Bowl MVP for the second year in a row. The last three bowl appearances for the Cats have been in the Music City Bowl, which they have appeared in more than any other SEC team in the conference's affiliation with the game, which dates back to the inaugural game in 1998.

One obscure statistic illustrates the competitive challenge Kentucky has historically faced in football. The recruiting site recently pointed out that in the five seasons from 2003 through 2007, the Wildcats have only signed a total of six prospects who were rated by the site as four stars (out of five) or higher, (with the exception of Micah Johnson) none of them rated as five-star prospects. By contrast, Florida, who is grouped with Kentucky in the SEC East, signed 20 players rated four stars or higher by the same site in the 2007 class alone.

Logos and uniforms

Kentucky's uniform combinations

Bowl games

Date Game W/L Opponent PF PA
December 6, 1947 1947 Great Lakes Bowl W Villanova 24 14
January 2, 1950 1950 Orange Bowl L Santa Claramarker 13 21
January 1, 1951 1951 Sugar Bowl W Oklahoma 13 7
January 1, 1952 1952 Cotton Bowl W TCU 20 7
December 31, 1976 1976 Peach Bowl W North Carolina 21 0
December 22, 1983 1983 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl L West Virginia 16 20
December 29, 1984 1984 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl W Wisconsin 20 19
December 31, 1993 1993 Peach Bowl L Clemson 13 14
January 1, 1999 1999 Outback Bowl L Penn State 14 26
December 29, 1999 1999 Music City Bowl L Syracuse 13 20
December 29, 2006 2006 Music City Bowl W Clemson 28 20
December 31, 2007 2007 Music City Bowl W Florida State 35 28
January 2, 2009 2009 Liberty Bowl W East Carolina 25 19
Total 13 Bowl Games 8-5 255 215

Southeastern Conference championships

Year Coach Record
1950 Paul "Bear" Bryant 11-1-0
1976 Fran Curci 9-3-0
Conference Titles: 2
Note: Bold year indicates outright conference title


Year Player Position
1942 Clyde Johnson Tackle
1949 Bob Gain Tackle
1950 Bob Gain Tackle
1951 Babe Parilli Quarterback
1951 Doug Moseley Center
1952 Steve Mellinger Defensive End
1953 Steve Mellinger Defensive End
1953 Ray Correll Guard
1955 Howard Schnellenberger Defensive End
1956 Lou Michaels Tackle
1957 Lou Michaels Tackle
1961 Irv Goode Center
1963 Herschel Turner Tackle
1965 Sam Bell Tackle
1965 Roger Bird Half Back
1965 Rick Norton Quarterback
1974 Elmore Stephens Tight End
1974 Rick Nuzum Center
1976 Warren Bryant Tackle
1977 Art Still Defensive End
1989 Mike Pfeifer Offensive Tackle
1998 Tim Couch Quarterback
1999 James Whalen Tight End
2002 Derek Abney Kick Returner
2002 Glenn Pakulak Punter
2008 Tim Masthay Punter
UK All-Americans
Note: Bold name indicates unanimous choice

First Team All-SEC

Year Player Position
1993 Marcus Jenkins Safety
1993 Marty Moore Linebacker
1994 Melvin Johnson Free Safety
1995 Moe Williams Half Back
1997 John Schlarman Offensive Guard
1998 Kris Comstock Offensive Guard
1998 Tim Couch Quarterback
1998 Craig Yeast Wide Receiver
1999 Andy Smith Punter
1999 Jeff Snedegar Lineback
1999 James Whalen Tight End
2000 Derek Smith Tight End
2000 Omar Smith Offensive Tackle
2001 Derek Abney Kick Returner
2001 Dennis Johnson Defensive End
2001 Glenn Pakulak Punter
2002 Derek Abney Kick Returner
2002 Antonio Hall Offensive Tackle
2002 Glenn Pakulak Punter
2002 Artose Pinner Running Back
2003 Derek Abney Kick Returner
2003 Antonio Hall Offensive Tackle
2005 Rafael Little All-Purpose
2006 Keenan Burton All-Purpose
2006 Jacob Tamme Tight End
2006 Wesley Woodyard Linebacker
2007 Jacob Tamme Tight End
2007 Wesley Woodyard Linebacker
2008 Micah Johnson Linebacker
2008 Trevard Lindley Defensive Back
2008 Tim Masthay Punter
First Team All-SEC Selections
Note: Bold name indicates unanimous choice

Note: Selections are after the SEC split into East/West divisions in 1992

Players currently in the NFL

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Hometown Draft Year NFL Team
QB Shane Boyd 6'1" 230 Lexington, KYmarker U.S.marker 2005 California Redwoods (UFL)
WR Keenan Burton 6'1" 200 Louisville, KYmarker U.S.marker 2008 St. Louis Rams
DE Otis Grigsby 6'3" 260 San Antonio, TXmarker U.S.marker 2003 Free Agent
DE Jeremy Jarmon 6'2" 250 Memphis, TNmarker U.S.marker 2009 Washington Redskins
WR Steve Johnson 6'3" 210 San Francisco, CAmarker U.S.marker 2008 Buffalo Bills
K/P Tim Masthay 6'2" 198 Murray, KYmarker U.S.marker 2009 Free Agent
K/P Glenn Pakulak 6'3" 220 Pontiac, Michmarker U.S.marker 2009 Washington Redskins
RB Artose Pinner 5'10" 232 Hopkinsville, KYmarker U.S.marker 2003 Free Agent
DT Myron Pryor 6'0" 320 Louisville, KYmarker U.S.marker 2009 New England Patriots
WR Jacob Tamme 6'4" 220 Danville, KYmarker U.S.marker 2008 Indianapolis Colts
QB Andre Woodson 6'6" 230 Elizabethtown, KYmarker U.S.marker 2008 Free Agent
LB Wesley Woodyard 6'1" 230 LaGrange, GAmarker U.S.marker 2008 Denver Broncos

Hall of Famers


Inductee Position(s) Class Team(s), Years
George Blanda Quarterback
1981 Chicago Bears, 1949, 1950-58
Baltimore Colts, 1950
Houston Oilers, 1960-66
Oakland Raiders, 1967-75


Inductee Position(s) Class Year(s)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Head Coach 1986 1946-53
Jerry Claiborne Head Coach 1999 1982-89
Bob Gain Guard
1980 1947-1950
Lou Michaels Tackle 1992 1955-57
Babe Parilli Quarterback 1982 1949-51

Individual award winners

Outland Trophy

Future schedules

2010 schedule

2011 schedule


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