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Ray Davis could still play in Gator Bowl; JuTahn McClain will play in it

Could Kentucky have its offensive game-changer in the Gator Bowl vs. Clemson?

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When Ray Davis declared for the 2024 NFL Draft, it looked like he’d play his final game with the Kentucky Wildcats.

However, now that we know Kentucky will play in a big bowl game against the No. 22 Clemson Tigers, might that change his mind?

During his Monday press conference, head coach Mark Stoops revealed that there’s still a chance Davis will play in the bowl game.

Stoops also revealed that backup running back JuTahn McClain will play in the bowl game, despite entering the transfer portal.

That would be massive for Kentucky, whose offense relied heavily on Davis this season. He’s currently at 186 runs for 1,066 yards (5.7 avg) and 13 touchdowns while catching 29 passes for 317 yards (10.9 avg) and seven more scores. He’s the school record-holder for total touchdowns in a single season (20).

So yeah, having that vs. a great Clemson defense would be very beneficial. But if not, it should be pointed out that Ramon Jefferson showed flashes as a backup who didn’t play much until toward the end of the year. He has 24 runs for 175 yards (7.3 avg).

As for McClain, he’s played mostly on special teams this year and has 26 runs for 138 yards and one score.