It’s May. 9, and that means it’s time to look at three of the greatest Kentucky Wildcats to dawn the No. 9 on their uniform.
Here we find two recent Football standouts and a 2010s softball slugger.
Garrett ‘Juice’ Johnson (Football 2014-17)
Garrett ‘Juice’ Johnson played a key role in helping turnaround the Kentucky Football program. Johnson broke out as a sophomore in 2015 when he hauled in 47 passes for 700 yards and two touchdowns as UK pulled within one game of a bowl bid.
As a junior 2016, Johnson hauled in 39 passes for 585 yards and five touchdowns. In the regular season finale against Heisman Trophy winner, Lamar Jackson and Louisville Johnson made five catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns to help guide UK to a 41-38 upset victory. Kentucky would earn their first bowl bid since 2010 that season.
Johnson finished his college career with 48 catches for 539 yards and two touchdowns as a senior in 2017. His 2,095 career receiving yards ranks fourth in program history while his 155 receptions rank fifth.
Landon Foster (Football 2012-15)
Landon Foster is Kentucky’s all-time punt leader. While playing on four struggling Kentucky teams, Foster always gave his defense a long field behind them.
In his career, he punted for 10,693 yards and averaged 41.8 yards per punt. He led the SEC in punt yards as a sophomore in 2013 with 2,807 punt yards.
Foster ranks first in UK program history in punt yards and ranks sixth all-time in the history of the SEC.
Alice O’Brien (Softball 2010-13)
Alice O’ Brien improved steadily throughout her four-year career playing for Rachel Lawson and UK Softball. As a freshman in 2010, she played in 21 games with one start and hit .250 with six runs scored off the bench.
She became UK’s starting right fielder in 2011 and hit .222 on the season with three home runs. In the postseason, she ripped a two-run single in Kentucky’s first victory over No. 2 Michigan in the NCAA Tournament and Singled and scored a run in Cats victory over Cal in the Super Regional. O’Brien continued to improve as a junior hitting .265 average and 17 runs scored in 2012.
As a senior in 2013, she hit a career-best .306 with 31 runs scored, nine doubles, eight homers and 32 RBI’s. She was UK’s top hitter in the NCAA Super Regionals going 2-for-4 with a home run.