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Landon Young among 4 Wildcats to earn weekly SEC awards

Landon Young was honored for his performance as he honored John Schlarman.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are racking up SEC awards following their win over Vanderbilt.

On Monday, the league announced that linebacker Jamin Davis was the Defensive Player of the Week, kicker Chance Poore was the Special Teams Player of the Week, linebacker J.J. Weaver was Freshman of the Week, and best of all, left tackle Landon Young was the Offensive Lineman of the Week.

The award for Young is really special, as he had a standout game for the Cats while wearing the No. 65 jersey, which was worn by offensive line coach John Schlarman during his playing career at Kentucky in the 90s.

Schlarman tragically passed away last week following his two-year bout with cancer. In his honor, Kentucky’s offensive line stepped up in a big way Saturday as they paved the way for 458 yards of total offense, including 8.3 yards per offensive play — Kentucky’s highest average per play vs. an SEC opponent since 2010.

Kentucky also rushed for 308 yards, averaging 8.8 yards per attempt, and did not lose yardage on any offensive play in the game while not surrendering a sack.


Here are some more notes on Kentucky’s weekly SEC award winners from the league:

Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

  • Totaled a career-high 15 tackles in Kentucky’s win over Vanderbilt.
  • Also had a tackle for loss.
  • Fifth-straight game with double-figure tackles, first Wildcat to do that since 2010.
  • Second-straight game with a career high, as he had 13 tackles vs. Georgia.

Chance Poore, K, Kentucky

  • Had a perfect day, making all six kicks in Kentucky’s 38-35 win over Vanderbilt.
  • Made one field goal and five extra points.
  • His field goal came on the final play of the first half, giving the Wildcats momentum heading into halftime.
  • His first kickoff of the game hugged the sideline and ended with Vanderbilt starting on its own one-yard line, setting up a punt which UK turned into a touchdown on the ensuing possession

J.J. Weaver, LB, Kentucky

  • Totaled four tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup in Kentucky’s win over Vanderbilt.
  • His pass breakup in the fourth quarter helped force a Vanderbilt punt

Landon Young, OT, Kentucky

  • Wore jersey No. 65 in honor of Schlarman, who passed away on Thursday and had worn that number during his playing days at UK.
  • Played superbly, while honoring the memory of offensive line coach John Schlarman, in Kentucky’s 38-35 win over Vanderbilt.
  • Graded at 91 percent, led the team in knockdown blocks with 10, and had 14 blocks at the point of attack.
  • Did not have any missed assignments or penalties, and did not allow any quarterback sacks or pressures.
  • Helped Chris Rodriguez Jr. to a career-high 149 rushing yards