LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior running back Rafael Little has been named to the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back.
Little has led the Wildcats in rushing the last two seasons, going for 1,065 yards as a sophomore in 2005 and 673 yards while being hampered by injuries last year. The multi-talented Little is an accomplished pass receiver and holds the school single-season and career records for punt return average. He averaged 22.4 yards per punt return last season and would have led the nation in that category, but did not play in enough games to qualify.
The award is named in honor of Doak Walker, the great running back at Southern Methodist University and the Detroit Lions, and is presented by the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum of Dallas, Texas.
Jones out Because of Appendectomy: Junior cornerback David Jones will be sidelined at least two weeks because of an emergency appendectomy, Coach Rich Brooks announced following practice Wednesday morning.
Jones was on the second team at cornerback and also plays a key role in kickoff and punt coverage.
Brooks also announced that starting free safety Marcus McClinton is being evaluated day-to-day because of a sprained ankle.
Friday Aug. 31 is “College Colors Day”: Sometimes holidays can be a bit complex to celebrate. There might be travel involved, gifts to purchase, and tough decisions to make on which costume to wear. For those looking for an alternative to the more challenging holidays, look no further than College Colors Day. This holiday is so easy to participate, it’s been broken down into one easy step.
Are you ready? Here it is:
Wear blue and white on Friday, August 31, 2007.
It’s that easy! Reach into your closet, throw on your UK gear, and head to campus or work. Show your school spirit by wearing your Wildcat hats, earrings, T-shirts, ties, watches – anything blue and white – on August 31, and you’ll be a part of one of the easiest, yet spirited, holidays in America.
Don’t have anything to wear? Make a quick stop at a local retailer for all your College Colors Day needs or visit www.ukteamshop.com.
Think of it as a dress rehearsal for the college football season! For more information on College Colors Day 2007, visit www.collegecolorsday.com.
Kentucky Football Ticket Sales Continue to Surge: The excitement over the 2007 Kentucky football team continues to spark ticket sales, as more than 51,000 season tickets have been issued. For the general public, less than 200 sideline season tickets remain at a cost of $248 each. Among end zone season tickets ($199 each), only scattered single seats remain.
The 51,000 number includes 4,831 season tickets purchased by students, shattering the old student record of 3,549 set in 2005. That number continues to grow as the student season tickets sell at a brisk pace this week.
The UK Athletics Ticket Office, located in the Joe Craft Center, has extended hours through Fri. Aug. 31. The ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week.
Tickets also can be purchased on-line at www.ukathletics.com, www.ticketmaster.com, and TicketMaster outlets statewide. Additional ticket and game-day information is available at www.ukathletics.com/tickets.
Any unsold student tickets to the Kentucky – Louisville game on Sept. 15 will be made available to the general public on Wed. Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. via the ukathletics.com and ticketmaster.com websites. The UK – UofL tickets cost $70 each and there will be a limit of two.