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Kentucky officially hires Jovon Bouknight

“I really love the direction of the program and where it’s headed.”

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Kentucky Wildcats head football coach Mark Stoops has officially named Jovon Bouknight the team’s new wide receivers coach.

Bouknight comes to UK after one season as the wide receivers coach for the Oregon Ducks.

“I’m really excited about Coach Bouknight joining our staff,” Stoops said in a press release. “I had the opportunity to meet him on the recruiting trail and liked the way he handled himself. When I watched the tape of his games at Oregon and Utah State, it was evident his players play the right way and play with passion.”

At Oregon, Bouknight helped improve a wide receiver group that went from 246 catches for 3,222 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns in 2018 to 298 grabs for 3,615 yards and 35 scores in 2019, which helped Oregon go 12-2 and win the Rose Bowl.

“I have tremendous respect for this program and what Coach Stoops has done over the past seven years,” Bouknight said. “I’ve watched as Kentucky has gone to four straight bowl games, finished in the top 25 nationally and how they’ve excelled in recruiting. I met Coach Eddie Gran on the road, we built a relationship and I’m excited to be a part of this coaching staff. I really love the direction of the program and where it’s headed.”

Prior to Oregon, Bouknight had a three-month stint as Texas Tech’s wide receivers coach, which came after a 10-year stint at Utah State. While with the Aggies, Bouknight was primarily a receivers coach, but he also served as the passing game coordinator from 2014-15 and co-offensive coordinator in 2016.

As a college player, Bouknight was one of the top wide receivers in Mountain West history while at Wyoming. He became the school’s all-time leader in both all-purpose yards (5,921) and kickoff return yards (2,016). He also ranks second in career receptions and third for receiving yards after catching at least two passes in all 47 games of his collegiate career. That streak remained a Wyoming record up until 2014.

Bouknight was among the nation’s best receivers as a senior in 2005, as he was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award. He also earned honorable mention All-America honors from College Football News and first-team All-Mountain West honors after recording 1,116 receiving yards. He ended that season ranked ninth in the FBS for average receiving yards per game (101.5), 10th in all-purpose yards per game (160.45), 11th in kickoff return average (27.75), 12th in average receptions per game (7.0) and 15th in total receiving yards.

His name is pronounced Juh-vonn Bo-night.