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Phil Hoskins named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week

Hoskins is considering a seventh season of college football in 2021.

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Kentucky Wildcats senior defensive tackle Phil Hoskins has been named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week. The marks the first weekly league honor for Hoskins in his career and Kentucky’s eighth this season.

Hoskins, hailing from Toledo (OH), made four tackles, including one for loss, plus a quarterback hurry in Kentucky’s 41-18 win over South Carolina on Senior Day last Saturday. On the first possession of the game, on 3rd-and-5, his two-yard tackle for loss forced a field goal that was missed by the Gamecocks. His quarterback hurry came in a series that ended in a punt.

Hoskins was granted a 6th-year extension waiver by the NCAA prior to the 2020 season after missing all of 2019 with a knee injury. Off the field, he graduated in May of 2020 with a degree in community leadership and development and is currently working on a second degree in family science with a minor in communication.

Last week, Hoskins revealed that he’s considering a return to Kentucky for a seventh season after the NCAA decided all winter athletes get a free year of eligibility. If this SEC award is any indicator, that would be a huge boost for Kentucky’s defense next season.

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