LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky football head coach Joker Phillips has announced that senior offensive lineman Larry Warford and junior linebacker Avery Williamson have been named game captains for Kentucky’s Southeastern Conference matchup on Saturday vs. Vanderbilt at Noon ET on ESPNU.
Game captains are usually chosen on the basis of performance in the previous game. Warford is playing as good as anyone they have ever coached, according to Phillips and position coach Mike Summers. The native of Richmond, Ky., has played in 43 career games and made 33 consecutive starts. This is the fourth time this season Warford has been named game captain, also getting the honors for the Louisville, Georgia and Missouri games. The senior has been on the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Trophy Watch Lists, while he was named SEC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week after his performance vs. Kent State. Warford was also chosen second-team mid-season All-America and a first-team midseason All-SEC selection by Phil Steele’s College Football.
Williamson has had a great season for UK at linebacker, totaling a team-high 95 tackles on top of 2.5 tackles-for-loss, one sack, one interception, two pass breakups, one quarterback hurry, one fumble forced and one fumble recovered. Williamson leads the SEC in tackles at 95, while he ranks second in the conference and 10th nationally in tackles per game at 10.6. The native of Milan, Tenn., has six games this season of double-figure tackles, including a career-high 14 stops twice.
Warford and Williamson will join permanent game captains Matt Smith and Collins Ukwu at the pregame coin toss.
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