Big Blue Insider countdown to kickoff

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19 is the number for…  Keenan Burton, Kevin Coleman, Ryan Hockman, Howard Schnellenberger, Chris Jacobs.

Defensive tackle CJ Johnson made 19 stops in the win over EKU last season, including 2.5 tackles-for-loss… Against U of L in 2015, LB Josh Forrest picked off a pass at the UK 19 and ran 81 yards for a touchdown in his final game as a Wildcat… Transfer LB Courtney Love had 19 sacks in his senior season at Cardinal Mooney high school… Kentucky forced 19 fumbles last year, recovering nine… UK went for it on fourth down 19 times in 2015, converting 13… Wideout Blake Bone averaged 19 yards per catch (on 20 receptions) in 2015…  PK Joey Worley kicked a school-record 19 field goals in 28 attempts in 1985…  Fullback Rod Stewart carried 19 times (104 yds.) in the 1976 Peach Bowl.  He was named the offensive Most Valuable Player…

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20 is the number for… Kengera DanielDerrick Locke, Rick Massie, Chris Tolbert, Joe Bryant, Shipwreck Kelly

Safety Mike Edwards picked off a pass at the Charlotte 20-yard line and ran it in for a TD last season… Blake Bone made 20 catches in 2015… In 2014, South Carolina was on its own 20-yard line with 2:36 left to play and the score tied, 38-38, when UK’s Alvin “Bud” Dupree snatched a deflected pass out of the air and ran it in for the game-clinching TD in UK’s 45-38 upset win over the Gamecocks and Steve Spurrier…  Wide receiver Larry Seiple averaged nearly 20 yards per catch (19.7) from 1964-66. He would go on to an 11-year career in the NFL as a punter for the Miami Dolphins; he was part of the undefeated Super Bowl championship team of 1972…    All-America tight end James Whalen was averaging nearly 20 yards per catch (four for 79 yards) against Syracuse in the 1999 Music City Bowl when he was sidelined by a dislocated elbow… In the first matchup with Louisville in modern-day history, the Cats scored 20 points, beating U of L 20-14 in Commonwealth Stadium in 1994, winning the first game in the Governor’s Cup series. It would be their only win of the season…

 

21 is the number for… Chris WestryRodger Bird, Doug Pelfrey, Joe Dipre, Winston Guy.

It was on the 21-yard-line that CJ Johnson sacked Arien Beasley in overtime, ending the Wildcats’ comeback win over EKU last year… The Wildcats attempted 21 field goals in 2015, connecting on 17… Miles Butler, subbing for Austin MacGinnis, kicked three field goals vs. Charlotte, starting with a 21-yarder in the first quarter…  Tim Couch had a total of 21 games in which he passed for 300 yards or more… UK beat North Carolina, 21-0 in the 1976 Peach Bowl… UK was on the Arkansas 21-yard line late in the game when Mike Hartline connected with Randall Cobb for the game-winning TD against the Hogs in 2008…  The Wildcats beat Tennessee, 21-10 in Commonwealth Stadium in the last game Fran Curci ever coached for UK. By coincidence, it happened on Nov. 21, 1981…

22 is the number for…  Sihiem KingMark Higgs,  Rafael Little, J Lo, Kerry Baird, Don “Dopey” Phelps.

UK scored a total of 22 touchdowns last season… Boom Williams’ longest catch last year went for 22 yards in the win over Charlotte…  Walk-on Charles Walker returned three punts for 22 yards last season… LB/DE Denzil Ware made 22 solo tackles in 2015…  Art Still (1974-77) still holds the UK single-season record for tackles-for-loss with 22…  Kentucky’s first touchdown in its 13-7 upset of Oklahoma in the ’51 Sugar Bowl came on a 22-yard pass from Babe Parilli to Shorty Jamerson, who also scored the Cats’ other TD on one-yd run… Kentucky beat Penn State 22-6 in Commonwealth Stadium in 1976…

23  is the number for… Nat Northington, Donnie Redd, Alfred Rawls.

Corey “CJ” Johnson scooped up a fumble on the UK 23 last year and ran 77 yards for a touchdown against Tennessee… Sihiem King led the Wildcats with 23 kickoff returns last season… In 2015, UK scored 23 red zone TDs in 42 possessions (55%)… Because of the injury to Austin Macginnis, backup kicker Miles Butler scored a total of 23 points last year. MacGinnis attempted 23 PATs last season, hitting 22…  Freshman defensive back Chris Westry made 23 solo tackles last season; nose guard Matt Elam made 23 total stops… Missouri was ranked #23 when Kentucky pulled off the upset victory over the Tigers… Babe Parilli threw 23 TD passes in 1950, his junior season, which ended with a victory in the Sugar Bowl.  As head coach at UK, Bear Bryant lost only 23 games, winning 60, with five ties…

24  is the number for… Blake McClainDicky Lyons, Sr., David “DJ” Johnson, Gordon Jackson, Anthony Wajda

Freshman tight end C.J. Conrad last season made his first career TD catch from 24 yards out against Missouri, giving the Cats a lead they would never relinquish in a 21-13 win over the Tigers…  UK was on the Clemson 24 when Dicky Lyons, Jr., caught a TD pass from Andre’ Woodson in the 2006 Music City Bowl, giving the Cats a 21-6 lead in the 3rd quarter…  UK has had 24 players named All-America a total of 28 times (Babe Parilli, Bob Gain, Steve Meilinger and Lou Michaels each was named twice)…  In the 10-7 streak-snapping win over Tennessee in 2011, receiver-turned-quarterback Matt Roark carried 24 times for 124 yards…   In 2006, Kentucky upset Matthew Stafford and Georgia, 24-20, on its way to its first bowl bid under Rich Brooks…  The Cats beat Joe Paterno and Penn State by the same score, 24-20, in 1977 in Lexington…

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