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4 UK Football players participate in All-Star games

By: UK Media Relations
By: UK Media Relations

Conner, Lindley in Saturday’s Senior Bowl: Fullback John Conner and cornerback Trevard Lindley will play in the Senior Bowl, which will be held Saturday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. EST at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and will be televised by the NFL Network.

Conner showed a versatile array of talents during his time at UK as a punishing blocker, capable ball carrier, reliable receiver and special teams stalwart. Used primarily as a blocker, he rushed for 254 yards and four touchdowns as a Wildcat. His average of 4.6 yards per carry is an excellent number for a fullback. He also caught 25 passes for 147 yards and four TDs. He played in a school-record 54 games.

Lindley started all 48 games in which he played during his Kentucky career. He totaled 189 tackles, 10 interceptions and a school-record 43 pass breakups during his time as a Wildcat. Lindley specialized in big plays during his career, as seven of his 10 interceptions were key plays in UK victories and an eighth pickoff helped send a game into overtime. He had two interception returns for touchdowns during his career and also had a fumble return for a TD in a Wildcat comeback victory.

Lindley is the 30th Wildcat to accept an invitation to the Senior Bowl, which is in its 61st year.

Duncan, Smith in Texas vs. the Nation Game: Offensive lineman Zipp Duncan and tailback Alfonso Smith will play in the Texas vs. the Nation all-star game, slated for Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. EST in Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas.

The game will be televised by the CBS College Sports cable channel. It is sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Duncan was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference pick as a senior by SEC coaches and Phil Steele’s College Football. He started every game of the last three seasons, 39 consecutive starts, at left tackle, left guard and right guard. Duncan helped the Wildcats roll up a school-record 475 points during the 2007 season and the Wildcats ranked among the nation’s leaders in fewest quarterback sacks and fewest tackles for loss allowed in 2008 and ’09.

Smith is known for his blazing speed, having run the 40-yard dash in as fast as 4.24 seconds on the 2009 Pro Day. He rushed for 957 yards and eight touchdowns during his Kentucky career and caught 30 passes for 322 yards and two TDs. Smith also was a stalwart on special teams, making 28 tackles in kick coverage while averaging 22.5 yards on kickoff returns.

Texas vs. the Nation is in its fourth year of existence. Duncan and Smith will be the third and fourth Wildcats to participate in the event.

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