It’s April 18 and that means it’s time to look at three of the greatest Kentucky Wildcats to dawn the No. 18 on their uniform.
Here we find two UK Athletic Hall of Famers and one patiently waiting for his induction.
Jacob Tamme (Football 2004-07)
Our first No. 18 is a UK Athletics Hall of Famer and perhaps the best tight end in the history of Kentucky Football. Jacob Tamme hauled in 133 catches for 1,417 yards in his four seasons with the Cats.
As a Junior in 2006, Tamme made 32 catches for 386 yards and two touchdowns to earn All-SEC first team. His senior season was even better as he made 56 catches for 619 yards and six touchdowns to again earn All-SEC first-team honors and help guide the Cats to a pair of victories over top 10 teams including No. 1 LSU.
After his college career, he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Colts. He went onto play nine pro seasons and participating in three super bowls with the Colts, Broncos and Falcons.
Tamme was enshrined in the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.
Randall Cobb (Football 2008-10)
A year after Tamme’s departure, another No. 18 stepped in and put together a hall of fame career. In three years at Kentucky, Cobb played quarterback, running back and wide receiver for the Wildcats.
As a freshman in 2008, Cobb ran for 316 yards and seven touchdowns while hauling in 197 receiving yards and two touchdowns, and throwing for 542 yards and two touchdowns.
In 2009 he ran for 573 yards and 10 touchdowns with 447 receiving yards and four touchdowns to earn All-SEC honors.
He capped his career off with an All-American junior season in 2010 that saw him haul in 1,017 receiving yards, rush for 424 yards and throw for 58 and score a total of 22 touchdowns.
Cobb was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He will be entering his 10th pro season in 2020 and his first as a Houston Texan.
He was enshrined in the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.
A.J. Reed: (Baseball 2012-14)
Perhaps the best player in UK Baseball history dawned the No. 18 in two-way star A.J. Reed.
As a freshman in 2012, Reed was named the consensus first-team freshman All-America selection in program history. He batted .300 with nine doubles, four homers and 43 RBI at the plate and went 5-3, with a 2.52 ERA on the mound in 16 games and five starts.
In 2013 he was the SEC’s first-team DH after hitting Batted .280/.378/.519 with 13 homers and 52 RBI. On the mound, he pitched to a 4.04 ERA in 82.1 innings of work.
He saved his best for last as his junior season was one of the best in college baseball history. Reed led the NCAA in Led the NCAA in home runs (23), slugging (.735) and OPS (1.211). He was also dominant on the mound as in SEC he play he posted a 7-2 record with a 2.38 ERA in 10 stars.
Reed took home so many honors for his remarkable 2014 that they’re simply listed below.
2014 Herald Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year
• 2014 Baseball America Minor League All-Star – 1B (Rookie Level)
• Second round pick in 2014 MLB Draft (Astros)
• 2014 Golden Spikes Award (From USA Baseball to Nation’s Top Amateur Player)
• 2014 Dick Howser Trophy (NCBWA)
• 2014 Baseball America College Player of the Year
• 2014 Perfect Game USA National Player of the Year
• 2014 ABCA National Player of the Year
• 2014 Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year
• 2014 John Olerud Trophy (College Baseball Hall of Fame)
• 2014 SEC Player of the Year (coaches)
• 2014 SEC Male Athlete of the Year (SEC ADs)
• 2014 Baseball America first-team All-America
• 2014 NCBWA first-team All-America
• 2014 Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger first-team All-America
• 2014 Perfect Game USA first-team All-America
• 2014 ABCA first-team All-America
• 2014 NCBWA District III Player of the Year
• 2014 first-team All-SEC DH (coaches)