In 44 days, UK will kick off its 2018 season.  There are other things UK football fans should know about the number 44…

44 is the number for…  Mike Siganos, Tim Masthay, David Ginn, Chris Derry, Terry Samuels, John “Shipwreck” Kelly

  Kentucky’s team-high point total in 2017 was 44 in a win over Vandy… Kayuone Ross caught three passes for 44 yards vs. Louisville last season… Punter Grant McKinnis averaged 44.7 yards per kick at Alabama in 2016… In the 2016 win over Vanderbilt, on the last drive of the game freshman RB Benny Snell ran the ball eight times for 44 yards… Last season, in the victory at Vandy, Derrick Baity picked off a pass and returned it 44 yards, setting up a UK touchdown… DB Mike Edwards in 2017 assisted on 44 tackles, second-highest on the team (Courtney Love, 58)… WR Howard Schnellenberger had 44 career catches during his career. He was a first-team All-America in 1955… Quarterback Andre’ Woodson attempted 44 passes, completing 30, vs. Louisville on Sept. 15, 2007.  Four of those strikes went for touchdowns, including one on his last pass of the night – the game-winner to wideout Stevie Johnson in a 40-34 UK victory…  Down 10-0 at Arkansas in 2007, Johnson threw a 44-yard pass to Johnson, setting up the Wildcats’ first touchdown in eventual 42-39 upset victory in Fayetteville…  Jeff Bedet caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Max Smith in the season-opening win over Miami (O.) in 2013… In the history of UK football, there have been 44 ties… UK owns 44 wins over Vandy (and 42 losses)… 

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45 is the number for…  Marty Moore, Chris Chenault, Lamont Smith, Randy Brooks, Jay Rhodemyre, Mike Kamphake.

Last season, Derrick Baity returned an interception for 45 yards against Vanderbilt… In 2016, Josh Allen had seven sacks for 45 yards in losses… In 2016, long snapper Blake Best was perfect on all 45 extra-point attempts… WR Blake Bone made a spectacular 45-yard catch at Georgia last season… Punter Matt Panton averaged 45.8 yards per kick on four punts in the 2017 Music City Bowl… All-American Glenn Pakulak averaged 45.6 yards per punt in 2002… Receiver Jeff Badet’s longest catch went for 45 yards in 2015, against Florida… Austin MacGinnis kicked a 45-yard field goal against the Gators last year with 10:57 left to play; alas, they were the last points scored by the Wildcats in a 14-9 setback… Mark Stoops coached defensive backs for the 2001 national champion Miami Hurricanes, who set a school record with 45 defensive take-aways… Price tag on the Joe Craft Football Training Facility: $45 million… 

46 is the number for… Ronnie Sneed, Jerry Claiborne, Reggie Simms. 

In 1946, Bear Bryant took over as UK’s head coach… Kentucky kicked 46 extra points in 2017…  In 2016, Mike Edwards returned an interception 46 yards vs. Austin Peay… Linebacker Jordan Jones has six career sacks for a total of 46 yards… FB Moncell Allen led Kentucky with 46 yards rushing in a homefield win over Arkansas in 2008… RB Jojo Kemp averaged 46 yards rushing per game in 2015… WR Garrett Johnson caught a total of 46 passes last year… Backup PK Miles Butler connected from 46 yards out against Charlotte in 2015, his longest field goal of the season… KOR Sihiem King returned a kickoff 46 yards last season at Southern Miss… TE C.J. Conrad and QB Stephen Johnson connected on a 46-yard TD pass vs. Ole Miss last year…

47 is the number for…  Chris Ward, Neil Page, Jabari Johnson, Jordan Bonner…  

The Wildcats have 47 lettermen slated to return for the 2018 season… UK rushed the ball 47 times in wins over South Carolina and Vanderbilt in 2017… P Matt Panton averaged 47.2 yards per kick in the win over Eastern Michigan last year… On a play that started from the opponent’s 47-yard line, RB Boom Williams ran for a touchdown (53 yards) in 2015 in a 58-10 win over Charlotte…  RB Jojo Kemp also ran 47 yards for a score against Charlotte. That game marked the first time since 2010 that UK had two players rush for at least 100 yards; the Cats had a total of 415 yards on the ground, fourth most all-time in school history… Kemp averaged 47 all-purpose yards per game last year… In 1947, the Wildcats played in the Great Lakes Bowl, the first bowl game in school history, beating Villanova, 24-14… Fran Curci’s UK teams won a total of 47 games…  Long snapper Blake Best started the play that saw PK Austin MacGinnis connect on a game-winning, 47-yard field goal at Louisville in 2016… P Grant McKinnis uncorked a 47-yard punt against Tennessee in 2016…

48 is the number for… Will Thomas Collins, Cam Jacobs, Jeff Snedegar, Joey Couch, Carl Marrillia, Wash Serini, Terry Clayton…  

WR Garrett “Juice” Johnson led UK receivers with 48 catches in 2017… LB Josh Allen had seven sacks for 48 yards in losses in ’17… CB Derrick Baity had two interceptions returned for a total of 48 yards in 2017… As a junior in 2016, Dorian Baker made his first catches of the season at Missouri – four, for 48 yards… In 2015, RB Sihiem King’s longest KO return went for 48 yards, vs. Missouri…  Punter Grant McKinnis nailed a 48-yard punt in 2016 against New Mexico State… Benny Snell’s longest run as a freshman was 48 yards vs. Austin Peay… Before signing with Kentucky, P Max Duffy averaged 48 yards per kick in the Australian Football League… QB Stephen Johnson rushed for 48 yards in the 2017 win over EKU… PK Austin MacGinnis kicked a 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of the 2017 Music City Bowl… Announced attendance for the ’17 Music City Bowl was more than 48,000… MacGinnis kicked a 48-yarder against Mississippi State in 2015, his longest of the season… MacGinnis also kicked a 48-yard field goal against South Carolina in 2014, ending the first half tied at 17 in a game the Wildcats went on to win, 45-38…  Tim Couch attempted 48 passes in the Outback Bowl, on Jan. 1, 1999, completing 30 for 336 yards and two touchdowns… Couch completed 48 passes in a loss at Arkansas in 1998…  1948 was the first year UK beat a ranked team (#9 Georgia, #10 Vandy)…  It was 48 years between New Year’s Day bowl game appearances:  Cotton in 1952, Outback in 1999…   RB Derrick Locke ran for 48 yards in a 42-29 upset win at Arkansas in 2007.  A freshman, Locke was UK’s fourth tailback of the day, because of injuries to the first three… PK Lones Seiber kicked a 48-yard field goal four seconds before halftime at Vandy, tying the game at 13-13. Kentucky went on to win, 27-20, in 2007…   QB Maxwell Smith hit RB Jonathan George with a 48-yard scoring pass in a 41-7 win over Miami in 2013, the first victory of the Mark Stoops era…  In 2017, the Wildcats fielded 48 punts and 48 kickoffs.

49 is the number for…  Glenn Pakulak, Mike Schellenberger, Kevin McClelland.  

Derrick Baity made 49 tackles in 2017… In 2017, UK’s defense held six opponents to less than 100 yards rushing for the first time since 1949… As a sophomore, Josh Allen had 8.5 TFLs for 49 yards in losses… WR Lynn Bowden made three catches for 49 yards vs. Missouri IN ‘17; all three went for first downs on scoring drives… PK Lones Seiber kicked 49 field goals from 2006-09, plus 158 PATs, making him UK’s all-time scoring leader with 305 points…  DB Bill Boller picked off a pass and returned it 49 yards in the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl, where UK beat Villanova, 24-14…  LSU scored 49 points in a shutout rout of Kentucky in Baton Rouge during the 2006 season.  Rich Brooks calls that the turning point in a UK season that saw the Wildcats finish with a victory in the Music City Bowl… Kicker Miles Butler holds the Paducah Tilghman HS record for longest field goal – 49 yards.

50 is the number for… Jim Kovach, Sam Maxwell, John Maddox, Mike Douglas, Harry Ulinski

  The Wildcats won their first SEC championship in 1950… In 1950, the Cats finished 10-1 and went on to win the Sugar Bowl; also in 1950-51, Kentucky won its third NCAA basketball title in four seasons, thus making it athletically UK’s best year ever… QB Vito “Babe” Parilli threw 50 TD passes in his UK career… Tight end C.J. Conrad has 50 career receptions… In 2017, Austin MacGinnis kicked a 50-yard field goal that gave UK a 27-14 lead over Florida with 11:33 left to play…  Punter Matt Panton had five kicks of 50 yards or more in 2017… Andre’ Woodson threw 50 passes in the 2007 Music City Bowl, completing 32 for 358 yards and four touchdowns. The attempts and completions are both UK bowl game records, as is the yardage total – 358…  WR Dorian Baker averaged 50 yards per game in receptions in 2015, leading the team…  Landon Foster had six punts of 50 yards or more in 2015… The Wildcats scored 50 points against EKU in the 2007 season-opening victory…

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