It’s May 8 and that means it’s time to look at three of the greatest Kentucky Wildcats to dawn the No. 8 on their uniform.
Here we find three old school Wildcats from both the gridiron and hardwood.
Clyde Johnson (Football 1939-1942)
Our first No. 8 became one of the top offensive linemen of the 1940s. Clyde Johnson stood 6-foot-6 inches and 269 pounds, making him one of the biggest offensive lineman in the nation.
In 1942 Johnson became the first Wildcat to ever be named an All-American. He also earned All-SEC honors that season. He went onto play two seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Rams after being drafted with the 35th overall pick in the 1943 NFL Draft.
Johnson was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.
Felix Wilson (Football 1977-79)
Felix Wilson played a key role in Kentucky Football’s run of success in the late 1970s. In 1977 Wilson caught 14 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns to help guide UK to just their second 10-win season in program history.
In 1978 he hauled in a career-high 43 catches for 727 yards and four touchdowns. He finished off his college career with 33 catches for 534 yards and three touchdowns.
Wilson’s 1,508 career receiving yards rank 10th in program history.
Marvin ‘Big Train’ Akers (Men’s Basketball 1940-43)
Marvin ‘Big Train’ Akers was one of Kentucky’s top players in the early 1940s. He earned First-Team All-SEC twice, including in 1941 and 1943.
Akers also earned All-SEC Tournament team honors in each of his three college seasons and earned an All-American honorable mention.
Since the end of his career in 1943, only Harry Gorham (1943-44) ever wore No. 8 for the basketball Wildcats.
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