LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky football junior defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree and senior linebacker Avery Williamson have been honored for their first-half success as Phil Stele College Football has tabbed the two defensive stars to the publication’s Midseason All-Southeastern Conference Teams, it was announced Thursday.
Dupree was named a second-team defensive lineman while Williamson was a second-team linebacker. During the preseason the publication named Dupree a fourth-team preseason All-SEC honoree, while Williamson was tabbed second-team preseason All-SEC. Both players are on the College Football Performance Awards Defensive Awards Watch Lists, while Williamson is on the Butkus Award Watch List for nation’s best linebacker.
Phil Steele’s College Football Preview is one of the nation’s most informative preseason football magazines and has always released Preseason, Midseason and Postseason All-American teams as well as All-Conference teams. For a full list for All-Conference teams, visit www.philsteele.com.
Dupree is having a great year for Kentucky sitting tied for the team lead with 4.5 tackles for loss, adding 3.5 sacks and 28 total tackles. The native of Buford, Ga., has also forced a fumble this season and has two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup. Before missing the Alabama game due to injury, Dupree had started 20 consecutive games for the Wildcats. Dupree ranks fifth in the SEC and 34th nationally in sacks per game.
Williamson is off to another great start for Kentucky leading the team with 64 tackles, which ranks him first in the SEC in total tackles. The senior has also added 1.5 tackles for loss, a quarterback hurry and two fumble recoveries. The native of Milan, Tenn., ranks top 10 in the nation in tackles this season after an impressive 13 tackles last week against Alabama. Williamson has three games of double-digit tackles this season and has 11 in his career.
Kentucky is currently in its second bye week of the season before a short week next week when it travels to Mississippi State on Thursday, Oct. 24 for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN.
Practice Schedule: Listed below is a tentative practice schedule for the next two weeks leading up the Mississippi State game. Practice times are subject to change. Media desiring interviews after practice should gather in the lobby of the Nutter Training Center and register requests with media relations staff by the interview request deadline.
Note to Media Covering Practice: When coming for interviews at the end of practice, media should enter the Nutter Training Center through the front doors on Sports Center Drive or the side doors next to the Shively building. Please do not enter from the practice field gates or set up tripods before the end of practice. Thanks for your help with this.
Thurs. Oct. 17 No availability
Fri. Oct. 18 No availability
Sat. Oct. 19 No availability
Sun. Oct. 20 Defensive coaches/players after practice, interview request deadline 5:15 p.m. (tentative)
Mon. Oct. 21 Coach Stoops news conference at Wildcat Den
Offensive coaches/players after practice, interview request deadline 5:15 p.m. (tentative)
Tues. Oct. 22 Coach Stoops after practice, approx. 5:15 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 23 No availability
Thurs. Oct. 24 Kentucky at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. CDT in Starkville)