A look back at the predictions made by the national preseason magazines shows that the Kentucky football team exceeded the projections by the publications that forecast a final record.
Kentucky finished 7-5 during the regular season, tied for fourth place in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division. Two magazines, The Sporting News and Scout.com, picked a 6-6 record for the Wildcats. Athlon Magazine forecast a 4-6 mark with two games designated as unpredicted swing games.
Blue Ribbon, Street and Smith’s, CBS SportsLine, Lindy’s, and Phil Steele’s College Football did not predict a record. All eight of the magazines forecast the Wildcats to finish fifth in the SEC East.
Six Wildcats Named to Rivals All-SEC Team: Six Kentucky Wildcats – tight end Jacob Tamme, defensive end Jeremy Jarmon, linebacker Wesley Woodyard, quarterback André Woodson, wide receiver Steve Johnson, and offensive guard Jason Leger – were named to the All-Southeastern Conference squad selected by Rivals.com
Tamme (Danville, Ky.), Woodyard (LaGrange, Ga.), and Jarmon (Collierville, Tenn.) are first-team selections. Woodson (Elizabethtown, Ky.), Johnson (San Francisco, Calif.), and Leger (Brodhead, Ky.) are second-team picks.
Here is more information on their seasons:
Tamme caught 53 passes for 584 yards and five touchdowns. He often was the go-to receiver in clutch situations, with crucial receptions in the wins over Louisville, LSU, and Vanderbilt. He is the all-time leading pass catcher among UK tight ends and second in SEC history.
Woodyard leads the SEC in tackles with 124 stops, his third consecutive season reaching the century mark in tackles. He was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week in the win at Arkansas. He has an active streak of 36 consecutive games with at least four tackles.
Jarmon has nine quarterback sacks, second in the SEC in that category. For the season, he has 58 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, two fumbles caused, two pass breakups, and a fumble recovery. He was SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week in the win at Vanderbilt.
Woodson has thrown for 3,351 yards and 36 touchdowns, leading the SEC in both categories. He was named National Player of the Week following three games this season and set an NCAA record with 325 consecutive passes without an interception. He has led Kentucky to its best back-to-back seasons in 30 years.
Johnson has caught 54 passes for 928 yards. He leads the SEC with 11 touchdown receptions, including game-winning TDs in the victories over two top-10 ranked teams, Louisville and LSU.
Leger was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice this season, following the wins over Kent State and Arkansas. He has blocked for one of the most potent offenses in school history, as UK averages 36.7 points and 438.6 total offensive yards per game.
Bowl-Game Ticket Reservations due Thursday: The deadline for the University of Kentucky Athletics Ticket Office to receive advance bowl-game ticket applications from UK season-ticket holders is Thursday, Nov. 29.
UK season-ticket holders have two options for filing their bowl-game applications:
fax to the ticket office at 859-323-1269
take to the ticket office (open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)