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Kentucky has a new wide receivers coach

Meet Scott Woodward.

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Jovon Bouknight, who has had an embattled offseason, is no longer the Kentucky Wildcats’ wide receivers coach.

While Bouknight will continue to serve on staff as a Quality Control Analyst, Kentucky now has its fourth different wide receivers coach in five years, according to its official website.

Enter Scott Woodward.

Woodward has a history with offensive coordinator Liam Coen, serving as the backup QB to Coen at UMass and was hired at Kentucky this year as a quality control analyst. He worked in the same position at Pittsburgh.

Before that, Woodward was the tight ends coach at UMass, where he also served as an offensive analyst and worked with the quarterbacks and wide receivers.

He’s also a former offensive coordinator at Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham (2013-15).

A shakeup this close to the opening game seems a little unusual, considering Kentucky has known about Bouknight’s off-field issue for a while now.

Bouknight was suspended over the summer following a drunk driving arrest in northern Kentucky. He pleaded guilty to two charges, driving at least 26 miles over the speed limit and possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle.

However, he avoided a DUI conviction by refusing to submit to a sobriety test.

Kentucky’s had very little continuity at the wide receiver coach position, a position group that has had its share of struggles over the last few years. This year’s group might have the most potential of any over the last couple of seasons, so it’ll be interesting to see how the change is handled.

Here is Woodward’s coaching history, courtesy of UK Athletics.

  • 2010-13 - Westfield State - Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • 2013-15 - Fairleigh Dickinson - Offensive Coordinator/QBs
  • 2015 - Massachusetts - Graduate Assistant/WRs
  • 2016 - Massachusetts - Offensive Analyst/QBs
  • 2017 - Massachusetts - Quarterbacks
  • 2018-19 - Massachusetts - Tight ends
  • 2019-20 - Pittsburgh - Offensive Quality Control