LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky football head coach Joker Phillips has announced that senior wide receiver Aaron Boyd, sophomore linebacker Miles Simpson and junior defensive back Dakotah Tyler have been named game captains for Kentucky’s in-state contest Saturday against Western Kentucky University at 7 p.m. ET.
Game captains are usually chosen on the basis of performance in the previous game. Boyd had a career game for Kentucky last week against Kent State, leading the team in receiving with a career-high 11 catches for a career-most 100 yards. Boyd also caught his first collegiate touchdown pass in the game, which was a 14-yard reception. Boyd entered the game with nine career catches for 82 yards, leaving the game with more than twice as many in both categories.
Simpson gave UK a strong performance defensively against Kent State, earning a career-best seven stops, while adding a sack and a fumble recovery. Simpson ranks second on the team this season in tackles with 13. Tyler also played well against Kent State delivering some powerful hits. The junior had three tackles in the game, including a pass breakup.
Boyd, Simpson and Tyler will join permanent game captains Matt Smith and Collins Ukwu.
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Cat Walk at 4:45 p.m. ET: Fans wishing to participate in the “Cat Walk,” greeting the players when they enter Commonwealth Stadium, should be at Gate 1 of the stadium, next to the Nutter Field House, at 4:45 p.m. ET.
UK Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees to be Honored at Halftime: Fans are encouraged to stay in their seats at halftime of Saturday’s game for a special tribute to the six members of the 2012 UK Athletics Hall of Fame class. All six 2012 hall of fame inductees will be joined on the field with family and introduced to fans. The 2012 class includes football star Derek Abney (2000-03) along with Leroy Edwards (men’s basketball; 1935), J.B. Holmes (men’s golf; 2002-05), Jeff Keener (baseball; 1980-81), Clayton Moss (swimming and diving; 1999-2003) and Nancy Scranton (women’s golf; 1983-84).
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