While we anxiously await the return of live sports, the Big Blue Insider has decided to play a numbers game.

Each day we will unveil three of the greatest UK Athletes by the jersey number that corresponds with the current date.

We will start with lucky No. 13 where we find a Volleyball, Football and Men’s Basketball star.

Leah Edmond (Women’s Volleyball 2016-19)

Not only is Leah Edmond one of the top No. 13 jersey wearers in the history of UK Athletics, but she is also the greatest volleyball player in school history and in the conversation for top female athlete in school history.

Edmond began dominating immediately upon arrival in Lexington. As a freshman in 2016, she was named AVCA Third-Team All-America, AVCA All-Region Freshman of the Year, AVCA All-Southeastern Region, SEC Freshman of the Year, All-SEC Team and SEC All-Freshman Team. While also winning eight SEC Freshman of the Week honors and two SEC Player of the Week awards.

As a sophomore,  she earned her first AVCA First Team All-American honor to become the first UK player to earn first-team honors since 1983. She was also named AVCA All-Southeast Region and Southeast Region Player of the Year, a First-Team All-SEC honor, NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team member and won six SEC Offensive Player of the Week awards, two SEC Player of the Week awards while also claiming EPNW’s National Player of the Week honor once. Most importantly, she led UK to their fifth SEC championship in school history.

Edmond’s junior season saw her take home AVCA Second-Team All-America honors, again be named an AVCA All-Southeast Region Team member and earn her first SEC Player of the Year award. She also became the fastest player in program history to amass 1,000 career kills leading UK back to the NCAA Tournament and to their second straight SEC title. 

She capped off her storybook career by setting the program kills record, a second SEC Player of the Year award in 2019 along with AVCA First Team All-American honors, four SEC Player of the Week awards and a third straight SEC championship and NCAA tournament appearance.

With more accolades than one can count, Edmond is the most decorated UK athlete ever to wear the No. 13.

Stevie Johnson (Football 2006-07)

While he only spent two seasons in a Kentucky uniform, Stevie Johnson’s 2007 season heroics him a spot on this list. The California native earned First-Team All-SEC honors after racking in 1,041 yards on 60 catches with 13 being touchdowns.

He also created a moment no UK Football fan will ever forget when he “got loose” as he blew past the Louisville secondary with 38 seconds remaining for a 54-yard touchdown grab that Kentucky 40-34 victory over the ninth-ranked Cardinals.

Johnson was also a key contributor in the Wildcats upset three-overtime victory over the top-ranked and eventual national champion LSU Tigers as he caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.

Nazr Mohammed (Men’s Basketball (1995-98)

We go to the hardwood for our final fantastic No. 13 where we find two-time national champion Nazar Mohammed.

The 6-10 center scored 814 career points for the Wildcats with 532 rebounds. While he played limited minutes in the Cats 1996 championship season, he was a major contributor as a senior in 1998.

He served as the teams’ starting center was named First-Team All-Freshman well as being named to the All-SEC Tournament team. Mohammed finished the season with a career-high 468 points, 282 rebounds and 28 assists as he helped lead UK past Utah to win a second national title in three years. He’d go onto be a first round pick of the Utah Jazz in the 1998 NBA Draft.

Photo Credit: UK Athletics 

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