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Wednesday Headlines: Postseason Football Honors

The football Cats get recognized for a season full of hard work.

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Deone Walker. Maxwell Hairston Drew Brown - A Sea Of Blue

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The College Football regular season is officially over, and that means there are awards and recognitions that need to be sent out.

Four University of Kentucky football players have been recognized for their outstanding performances this season. Running back Ray Davis and defensive tackle Deone Walker were named to the All-Southeastern Conference first team by The Associated Press, while all-purpose player Barion Brown and defensive back Maxwell Hairston earned second-team honors.

Brown and Walker were also named third-team All-American by College Football Network, while Hairston and Davis were honorable mentions.

Davis made a significant impact with 1,066 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, alongside 317 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He holds the program’s single-season record for touchdowns and scoring.

Walker, with his impressive size and physicality, has been a key player on the defensive line, leading the team in tackles for loss, sacks, and quarterback hurries.

Brown and Hairston have also made remarkable contributions to the team. Brown, a sophomore, leads the SEC and ranks second nationally with an average of 31.7 yards per kickoff return.

He’s the only player in the SEC with two kickoff return touchdowns this season, also leading UK in pass receptions.

Hairston, another sophomore, has made a name for himself with five interceptions, ranking fifth in the nation and tying for fifth-most in a single season in Kentucky’s history. His performance includes two interceptions returned for touchdowns in a single game, tying an SEC record.

The Kentucky Wildcats, with a 7-5 record, are set to face No. 22-ranked Clemson in the 79th TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. This appearance marks Kentucky’s eighth consecutive bowl appearance under Coach Stoops, a school record and a notable achievement in the SEC.

There’s no denying the Cats had some serious talent this year.

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Headlines

Brown, Walker Named College Football Network All-Americans – UK Athletics

Walker finished the regular season with 51 tackles, most for a UK interior lineman since Cory Johnson in 2015.

Kentucky Volleyball Meets Arkansas in NCAA Sweet 16 – UK Athletics

As the Kentucky volleyball team prepares for their NCAA Volleyball Tournament matchup with Arkansas, there is good news and bad news.

Kentucky, Minnesota Square Off in Rupp Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET – UK Athletics

The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+, with Jeff Piecoro and former head coach Matthew Mitchell on the call.

With Brock Vandagriff in the transfer portal, Kentucky football’s QB situation clarifying - Lexington Herald Leader

It’s been a very eventful QB race for the Cats when the season ended

Ranking Kentucky’s freshmen through the first month of the college basketball season - Fan Nation

They’ve all been impressive!

Roger Goodell Says Football Will Become a Global Sport in a Decade - US News

This is something that we’ve seen coming for a while, very exciting.

Why Shohei Ohtani Signing With Blue Jays Would Make Sense - Sports Illustrated

The Ohtani sweepstakes continues...

NCAA Proposes New Framework to Pay Athletes at Richest Programs - Sports Illustrated

A VERY interesting proposal that will affect every school in America.

Did 49ers expose Jalen Hurts, Eagles? San Francisco flipped script with defensive game plan and here’s what it revealed about Philly - Yahoo Sports

The 49ers are looking very impressive.

Aaron Rodgers defends Zach Wilson, scolds Jets for leaks to media - ESPN

A crazy story that seems to have no legs.

USWNT vs. China live updates: How to watch final USWNT match of 2023 - USA Today

The USWNT needs this.

Why college football’s identity crisis resulted in Florida State being cheated

I don’t agree that they were cheated, but a lot of people do.