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Wednesday Quickies: Citrus Bowl Victory Edition

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The Cats are celebrating their 10th victory and a win in the Citrus Bowl

NCAA Football: Citrus Bowl-Kentucky vs Penn State Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the day after, but we’re still celebrating Kentucky’s Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State yesterday.

The victory capped off a historic season for Kentucky, as Benny Snell broke the school’s all-time rushing record, Josh Allen cemented himself as the best defensive player in the country, and the Wildcats picked up their first bowl win of the Mark Stoops era.

It was the perfect end to a season that few saw coming. In the preseason, the consensus was that Kentucky would win between 5-7 games, with a chance of an 8th win.

Kentucky defied those expectations and that seemed to become a mantra that this team fully embraced from the beginning of the season.

They thrived when someone on TV said that they couldn’t beat Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Missouri, and Penn State.

They thrived when the “experts” dismissed their early success.

This Kentucky team captured the hearts of fans across the Bluegrass. Whether it was Benny Snell’s electric personality, Josh Allen being can’t-miss television, Kash Daniel capturing the heart and pride of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, Lynn Bowden making everyone stop and stare when he touched the ball, or CJ Conrad being the epitome of a team leader in every way on and off the field, there’s no doubt this team will go down as one of the most beloved Wildcats teams in history.

Yesterday, they just put the cherry on top of their legacy. A legacy in which they’ll be remembered as legends.

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What an awesome moment.

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Quickies

Benny Snell, Josh Allen cement their legacies at Kentucky - Herald Leader

Two guys that didn’t have to play in the game ended up making all the difference.

To cap the season, Kentucky turned to its stars - Courier Journal

No way Josh Allen and Benny Snell were going out with a loss.

Finishing was important for Kentucky - Herald Leader

Penn State tested them, but the Wildcats were able to finish them off when they had to.

Wildcats prove they aren’t the Kentucky of old - Kentucky Sports Radio

Just when you thought the old was about to rear its ugly head...

Josh Allen campaigning for #1 pick - Cats Pause

Pay attention Arizona Cardinals.

Lynn Bowden’s performance foreshadows a bright future - Kentucky Sports Radio

Bowden is showing he has the talent to be a top-level SEC wide receiver.

CJ Conrad leaving his mark at Kentucky - Chronicle Telegram

An interesting read on Kentucky’s senior tight end.

Tyler Herro named CBS Sports Freshman of the Week - CBS Sports

Herro’s performance against Louisville bolted him up the rankings.

Neal Brown reportedly a candidate for West Virginia job - Smoking Musket

Brown would seemingly be a great fit in Morgantown with the personnel there.

NCAA could see wave of signees seeking freedom after coaching changes - CBS Sports

More than 60 signees at Houston, Miami, West Virginia, and Temple could seek freedom from their recently signed letters of intent. Something to watch for sure.

Urban Meyer says he’s done coaching - Bleacher Report

*Yawn. Believe it when I see it.

Antonio Brown reportedly requests trade from Steelers - Cincy Jungle

Could the Steelers actually trade one of the best receivers in the NFL?

Why the Steelers won’t trade Antonio Brown - Sports Illustrated

The Steelers aren’t new to player drama.

Ranking the top NFL head coach candidates - Bleacher Report

Bruce Arians, Vic Fangio, and Josh McDaniels are the hot candidates this cycle.

Five most interesting NBA players of 2019 - The Ringer

Anthony Davis trade talk will continue to be a major rumor in 2019.