The honors keep rolling in for the football Cats.
The latest come from the SEC Coaches teams, which include three Cats drawing significant honors. Benny Snell Jr. and Logan Stenberg have been named to the SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman Team.
But the biggest honors came for Jon Toth who was voted first-team All-SEC by the Associated Press, while Jordan Jones and Mike Edwards earned second-team All-SEC honors.
Toth is the first UK player to be tabbed first-team AP All-SEC since Bud Dupree and Austin MacGinnis earned the honor in 2014. The 6-5, 310-pound senior center leads the team with 69 knockdown blocks and has been credited with 195 blocks at the point of attack this season, per UK Athletics.
He’s also a big reason why UK has or is on pace to break several school rushing records. Toth has already been selected to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl in January, and he should hear his name called during the 20178 NFL Draft.
Jones, a 6-2, 220-pound linebacker, finished the regular season with 100 total tackles to rank third in the SEC in tackles per game (8.3) and his 70 solo tackles led the league and ranked 11th nationally. He is the only player in UK history to have at least 100 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks in a single season.
Edwards, a 6-foot, 200-pound safety, had four double-digit tackle games this season and tied for the team lead with three interceptions, including two on Lamar Jackson in the Cats’ 41-38 win at Louisville.
Snell, a 5--11, 220-pound running back, ran for a freshman school-record 1,057 yards and 13 touchdowns. That included a UK-freshman record five 100-yard rushing games, including 192 at Missouri and 152 vs Austin Peay. He burst onto the scene with 136 yards and four touchdowns on just 17 carries against New Mexico State, which was UK’s first win of the season.
Speaking of, UK finished with a 7-2 mark in games which Snell touched the ball 12-plus times. They went 0-3 when that did not happen, which really speaks to how important he was to this team, even as a true freshman playing in the deepest conference in college football.
But Snell can’t take all of the credit. After all, you need a good offensive line to put up the kind of numbers he did, which Stenberg was a big part of. The 6-6, 318-pound guard had 37 knockdown blocks and allowed just one quarterback pressure on the season.
While he didn’t start full time, he did get 20-30 snaps per game and made a big impact with his limited playing time. He’s a big reason why the Cats are averaging 5.52 yards per rush this season, which would break the school record.
All told, these honors were well deserved by these Cats, and they’re a big reason why UK is bowling for the first time since 2010.