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Wednesday Headlines: Football Wildcats Honored Edition

Kentucky’s freshman class had an impressive season.

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It’s not every season or certainly every team that has a significant amount of freshmen contribute to their football team. With the rules in place that require football players to remain in college longer than basketball players, college football tends to be a “grown man” sport and heavily impacted by older players with more maturity and stronger bodies.

If you watched Kentucky football this season, they didn’t exactly knock your socks off with heroic wins or massive blowouts. In fact, they had more than enough of disappointing games that led to a 7-5 regular season record instead of the 9-3, 10-2 or even 11-1 finish some fans had hoped for.

However, one bright spot of the entire season was the unusual production from Kentucky’s freshman class. Barion Brown, Dane Key, Deon Walker, Jordan Dingle and Jordan Lovett all received College Football News Freshman All-America Honors.

A lot of the preseason hype was centered around big-time recruit Kiyaunta Goodwin. And while he could very well end up being a star, the Wildcats have clearly found several other stars, too.

In addition to the success of Kentucky’s young players, Keidron Smith — a senior transfer from Ole Miss — was voted All-SEC Second Team by the conference’s coaches.

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Deone Walker earns 2nd Team All-SEC honor - Vaught’s Views

He’s such a special young player.

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He could also start Thursday night.

Sydney McLaughlin named 2022 World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year - KSR

Pretty awesome feat.

Phillies, RHP Taijuan Walker reach 4-year, $72M deal - ESPN

World Series runner-ups continue to spend big.

Kentucky Transfer Portal Watch: Michigan TE Erick All - KSR

Could be another weapon for the Wildcats.

49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo might be OK for playoffs - ESPN

Major news for San Fran.

Jamin Davis records back-to-back 10-tackle games - KSR

Big two weeks for the former Wildcat.

Cowboys have concerns after meeting with Odell Beckham Jr. - ESPN

Will fans see OBJ on the field this year?