It’s April 26 and that means it’s time to look at three of the greatest Kentucky Wildcats to dawn the No. 26 on their uniform.
Here we find stars from three different sport that dawned the No. 26 jersey.
Benny Snell Jr. (Football 2016-18)
There’s arguably no better running back in the history of UK Football than Benny Snell Jr. Snell’s 3,873 rushing yards and 48 rushing touchdowns are both program records and the Ohio native was only a Wildcat for three seasons.
As a true freshman in 2016, Snell ran for 1,091 yards and 13 touchdowns to earn Freshman All-American honors. In 2017, Snell ran. For 1,333 yards and 19 touchdowns to earn AP All-SEC First Team honors.
The fan-favorite saved his best for last as his junior season saw him run for a career-high 1,449 yards and 16 touchdowns. In a victory over No. 14, Mississippi State, Snell ran for four touchdowns to help lead UK back into the AP Top 25 for the first time in 11 years. He was named All-SEC First Team and a Third-Team All-American.
Snell decided to leave for the NFL a year early and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2019 Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Kenny Rollins (Men’s Basketball 1942-43, 1946-48)
The late, Kenny Rollins arrived in Lexington in 1942 and scored 117 points during his freshman season. Afterwards, Rollins took a break from the game to serve in the United States Navy during World War II.
Rollins returned to campus in 1946 and scored a career-high 310 points. During the 1947-48 season, Rollins helped form Adolph Rupp’s “Fabulous Five” as UK went onto win the 1948 National Championship. He was named First-Team All-SEC in each of his final two college seasons.
In 1949, UK retired Rollins No. 26.
Luke Heyer (Baseball 2017-18)
Our last No. 26 was a standout on the Diamond for the Baseball Wildcats. Luke Heyer spent two seasons with the Wildcats as a utility man.
In 2017, Heyer slashed .262/.342/.492 with three home runs and 12 RBI’s off the bench as he helped lead UK to their first ever NCAA Super Regionals appearance
The following year, Heyer moved into the starting lineup and slashed .348/.440/.661 with 18 home runs and 67 RBI’s. He also stole nine bases to help guide UK back to the SEC Tournament.
Heyer was named First-Team All-SEC and went onto be drafted in the eighth round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres.