Five Wildcats – tight end Jacob Tamme, linebacker Wesley Woodyard, quarterback André Woodson, defensive end Jeremy Jarmon, and offensive tackle Garry Williams – were named to the All-Southeastern Conference squad selected by league coaches.
Tamme (Danville, Ky.) and Woodyard (LaGrange, Ga.) are first-team selections, with Woodyard being one of only five unanimous choices on this year’s team. Woodson (Radcliff, Ky.), Jarmon (Collierville, Tenn.), and Williams (Louisville, Ky.) are second-team picks.
Tamme, Woodyard, and Woodson are repeating their honors from the 2006 season. Tamme is the first tight end in Kentucky history to be named first-team All-SEC for two seasons. (Note: the position name “tight end” was first used at Kentucky in 1971. Prior to that, wide receivers and tight ends were known simply as “ends.”) Woodyard is the first Wildcat linebacker to earn first-team All-SEC laurels for two seasons since Randy Holleran in 1988 and 1990. Woodson is the first UK QB to get consecutive All-SEC accolades since Tim Couch in 1997-98.
Here is more information on their seasons:
Tamme caught 53 passes for 584 yards and five touchdowns. He often was the go-to receiver in clutch situations, with crucial receptions in the wins over Louisville, LSU, and Vanderbilt. He is the all-time leading pass catcher among UK tight ends and second in SEC history.
Woodyard leads the SEC in tackles with 124 stops, his third consecutive season reaching the century mark in tackles. He was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week in the win at Arkansas. He has an active streak of 36 games with at least four tackles.
Woodson has thrown for 3,351 yards and 36 touchdowns, leading the SEC in both categories. He was named National Player of the Week following three games this season and set an NCAA record with 325 consecutive passes without an interception. He has led Kentucky to its first back-to-back seven-win seasons in 30 years.
Jarmon has nine quarterback sacks, second in the SEC in that category. For the season, he has 58 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, two fumbles caused, two pass breakups, and a fumble recovery. He was SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week in the win at Vanderbilt.
Williams has blocked for an offense that has posted a school-record 440 points. UK also is averaging 438.6 total offensive yards per game, one of the best in school history. He was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week by the league office following the win over Florida Atlantic.