It’s May. 4 and that means it’s time to look at three of the greatest Kentucky Wildcats to dawn the No. 4 on their uniform.
Here we find two UK Athletics Hall of Famers and a Kentucky Football standout.
Kyle Macy (Men’s Basketball 1977-80)
Kyle Macy was one of the top performers of the coach Joe B. Hall era at Kentucky. Macy played his true freshman season at Purdue and then decided to transfer to Kentucky.
After sitting out the 1976-77 season, Macy took the floor as a redshirt sophomore during the 1977-78 season and averaged 12.5 points per game with 5.5 rebounds. He would go onto earn NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player for his performance in the 1978 NCAA Tournament that the Wildcats would go onto win.
The following season, Macy averaged 15.1 points per game to earn First Team SEC honors and second team All-American honors. He was named the 1979 NCAA Tournament MVP despite the Cats falling to Tennessee in the tournament finals.
As a senior, Macy averaged 15.4 points per game and earned consensus All-American honors and the 1980 SEC Player of the Year Award. In 2005 he was enshrined into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame.
Collin Cowgill (Baseball 2005-08)
Collin Cowgill was the catalyst of turning UK Baseball from the SEC’s worst to the leagues best in just one season. After a last-place finish in 2005, the Lexington native led the Cats to an improbable 2006 campaign.
UK went 44-17 and won their first-ever SEC Championship led by Cowgill’s .298 average with 16 home runs and 36 RBI’s. Two seasons later in 2008, Cowgill hit .361 with 19 home runs and 61 RBI’s to lead the Wildcats to a 44-19 season.
He would be drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cowgill currently plays for the Seattle Mariners and was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.
Miach Johnson (Football 2006-09)
Linebacker Micah Johnson was a key contributor in helping end the 2000s with four straight bowl appearances. After making 29 total tackles as a true freshman in 2006, Johnson recorded 58 as a sophomore in 2007 with two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown.
In 2008, Johnson earned First-Team All-SEC honors after making 93 total tackles with 13.5 coming for a loss and two being sacks. He also forced a fumble and defended two passes. He made a career-high 105 total tackles as a senior in 2009 with 6.5 coming for a loss.
He went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft and after stints several NFL franchises he moved north to Canada, where he is now among the highest-paid defensive players in the Candian Football League.