Former Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver/kick returner Derek Abney has been named to the Football Writers Association of America 75th Anniversary Team.
Abney, who finished his career breaking or tying seven NCAA records, was named the third-team kick returner on the team. The 5-10, 175-pound Abney played for the Wildcats from 2000-03 while earning first-team All-America honors as a junior and second-team All-America as a senior.
"I want to thank the Football Writers Association. It's a really nice honor to be considered one of the top returners of the past 75 years," Abney said in a press release. "I also want to thank my coaches and teammates. We worked together to make it happen. They believed in me and had the confidence that we could score on special teams."
A three-year first-team All-SEC pick, Abney broke or tied six NCAA kickoff return records and another for all-purpose yardage. Abney is the only kick returner in the NCAA record book in all three touchdown categories - TD returns in a game, season and career. He also set 14 Kentucky records and 11 SEC records in his career. Abney also became the first player in NCAA history with 2,000 receiving yards, 2,000 kickoff return yards and 1,000 punt return yards.
Abney finished his four-year college career with 197 catches for 2,339 yards, with 18 receiving TDs. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns as a junior and returned a total of six punts for TDs over his last three seasons. He still holds the UK record for all-purpose yardage, totaling 5,856 receiving, kick return and rushing yards.