It’s May 2 and that means it’s time to look at three of the greatest Kentucky Wildcats to dawn the No. 2 on their uniform.
Here we find two football stars including a UK Athletic Hall of Famer and one of the most clutch performers in Kentucky Basketball history.
Tim Couch (Football 1996-98)
It’s hard to find a more successful quarterback in UK Football history than Tim Couch. Couch played in seven games in 1996 and became the Wildcats starting quarterback under new head coach Hal Mumme in 1997.
In his first year as the starter, Couch threw for an SEC leading 3,884, with 37 touchdowns and a nation’s best 66.4 completion percentage. The team went just 5-6 that season, but Couch did lead the Cats to an improbable 40-34 overtime win over No. 20 Alabama at Commonwealth Stadium.
Couch’s 1998, would go down as a season for the ages. The UK quarterback threw for a nation leading and SEC record breaking 4,275 yards with 36 touchdowns and a 72.3 completion percentage. He led UK to a 7-5 season and trip to the Outback Bowl, where they were defeated by Penn State.
He was named the SEC Player of the Year, a Heisman Trophy finalist and a Consensus All-American. To this day, Couch still holds the NCAA record for completion percentage in one game (minimum of 40 completions) at 83.0% against Vanderbilt (44 of 53) in 1998 and for completions per game (36.4, 400 in 11 games).
As a result of his historic college career, Couch was selected with the first overall pick of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
Bud Dupree (Football 2011-2014)
We stick on the gridiron for our second No. 2 and find quarterbacks nightmare, Bud Dupree. In four seasons in Lexington playing for both Joker Phillips and Mark Stoops, Dupree totaled 25.5 career sacks and 39.5 tackles for loss.
In 2013, Dupree made seven sacks with 9.5 tackles for a loss. His 2014 season saw him make a career-high 9.5 sacks with 15 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown to seal a UK victory over South Carolina.
The pass rusher was selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Aaron Harrison (Men’s Basketball 2013-15)
Our final No. 2 is one of the most clutch performers in UK Basketball history. In the 2014 NCAA Tournament, Harrison guided the Cats to the National Championship game after hitting a game-winning 3-point field goal versus Michigan in the Elite Eight and then hit another to help UK defeat Wisconsin in the Final Four. His efforts earned him All- NCAA Regional Team honors.
Harrison returned to Lexington for his sophomore season and earned Second-Team All-SEC Honors after averaging 11 points per game and helping guide the Cats to a perfect regular season.
He joined six of his teammates in declaring for the 2015 NBA Draft. Harrison signed with the Charlotte Hornets after going undrafted.
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