The Kentucky Wildcats have three new scholarship players.
On Monday, the team awarded walk-ons Miles Butler, David Bouvier and Zach Johnson with scholarships. Head coach Mark Stoops posted the great news on Twitter:
One thing these three guys have in common is they are all former walk-ons! pic.twitter.com/pZqceGe2gu— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) August 14, 2018
Butler, a senior kicker and punter, is the early favorite to be Kentucky’s primary kicker this season. He was the primary punter at Vanderbilt last season while Matt Panton served a one-game suspension. was suspended. Butler had three punts downed inside the 20-yard line in that contest. He also had a brief stint as Kentucky’s kicker during the 2015 season.
Johnson, a junior running back, has contributed primarily on special teams and has two kick returns for 35 yards. Kentucky’s backfield depth is thin with just three returning scholarship running backs and two incoming true freshman, so Johnson could see more playing time this year.
Bouvier, a senior wide receiver, has worked as a punt returner and slot receiver during fall camp and could open as the Week 1 primary punt returner. He appeared in four games during the 2017 season.
Congratulations to all three men on this tremendous accomplishment!