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Monday Headlines: Deone Walker Excited for 2024 Edition

It’ll likely be his last as a Wildcat.

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Deone Walker. JJ Weaver. Trevin Wallace. Devin Leary. Dylan Ballard - A Sea Of Blue

It’s no secret the Kentucky Wildcats had a “down” year in 2023. Most college football programs in the country would probably love to have a winning record in the regular season, make the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, and play a thrilling postseason game against the Clemson Tigers.

But for Kentucky, that was short of their fans and their own expectations. Why? Likely because the level of talent Kentucky has (on paper) screams top-25 team — if not better.

Mark Stoops is the winningest coach in program history, Liam Coen is a highly regarded offensive coordinator, they have plenty of elite-level skill position players, their offensive line is considered above-average, and the team’s defense is full of very good-to-star players.

However, the Wildcats simply couldn’t put the pieces together this season.

As we enter 2024, though, there are so many reasons to be optimistic for next season. Headlining that list of reasons is All-SEC defensive lineman Deone Walker. In large part due to the fact that he’s Kentucky’s best player and loves playing for the program, but also because Walker himself is excited to see what 2024 holds for now this fall’s team. He had this to say about his team and what’s next following Kentucky’s loss to Clemson on Friday.

“Looking at the 2024 season, we’ve got a lot of additions,” Walker said. “We have a lot of experience. We’re looking bright with the pass rush. I love my D-line. We all work together, and you all can tell by the second half of the season we started clicking.”

Kentucky is blessed to have such a talented and productive player also be one of their best leaders. He loves the coaching staff, fans, his teammates and simply playing for Kentucky.

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Three straight wins for the Wildcats.

Headlines

Miles, Petty Lead Kentucky Past Samford on Sunday – UK Athletics

Kentucky (7-7) got a game-high 22 points from Ajae Petty. The senior from Baltimore added 13 rebounds, recording her seventh double-double of the season.

Freshman Malachi Wood has Made a Big Impression - Vaught’s Views

One of the bright spots heading into 2024.

Lamar Jackson records perfect rating as Ravens win AFC North - ESPN

Former Louisville star having another MVP season.

Josh Allen Sets Jacksonville Jaguars Single-Season Sack Record - KSR

Huge year for the former Wildcat.

Amarius Mims leaving Georgia to enter NFL draft - ESPN

Sizable loss for the Bulldogs.

49ers beat Commanders, get help to clinch NFC’s No. 1 seed - ESPN

Both byes are now locked up.

Kevin Knox scores 17 to help Detroit end record-losing streak - KSR

Incase you missed this over the weekend.

Conor McGregor returning to face Michael Chandler - USA Today

Says his return will be International Fight Week.