2017 Kentucky Wildcats Football Team
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2017 Kentucky Wildcats Football Team
2017 Kentucky Wildcats football
Kentucky Wildcats logo
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2017 record7-6 (4-4 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorEddie Gran (2nd season)
Co-offensive coordinatorDarin Hinshaw (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorMatt House (1st; 2nd season)
Base defense3-4 or 4-3
Home stadiumKroger Field
(Capacity: 61,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
No. 2 Georgia x$^   7 1     13 2  
South Carolina   5 3     9 4  
Kentucky   4 4     7 6  
Missouri   4 4     7 6  
Florida   3 5     4 7  
Vanderbilt   1 7     5 7  
Tennessee   0 8     4 8  
West Division
No. 10 Auburn xy   7 1     10 4  
No. 1 Alabama x#^   7 1     13 1  
No. 18 LSU   6 2     9 4  
  4 4     9 4  
Texas A&M   4 4     7 6  
Ole Miss*   3 5     6 6  
Arkansas   1 7     4 8  
Championship: Georgia 28, Auburn 7
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • * Ole Miss ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wildcats played their home games at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky played as a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. They were led by fifth-year head coach Mark Stoops. They finished the season 7-6, 4-4 in SEC play to finish in a tie for third place in the Eastern Division. They were invited to the Music City Bowl where they lost to Northwestern.

Previous season

In 2016, the Wildcats won seven out of their last ten games after starting the season 0-2, completing their fourth year under Mark Stoops at 7-5 and 4-4 in the SEC (3rd-East). They defeated in-state rival and ninth-ranked Louisville, 41-38, to end the regular season. In the postseason, the Wildcats competed in the TaxSlayer Bowl, losing to Georgia Tech 18-33.

Offseason

Spring Game

The spring game took place on April 14, in Lexington.

Date Time Spring Game Site TV Result Attendance
April 14 7:30 p.m. Blue vs. White Kroger Field o Lexington, KY SEC Network 31-14 Blue 37,172

Departures

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Jeff Badet #13 WR 6'0" 182 Junior Orlando, FL Transferred to Oklahoma
Alvonte Bell #92 DE 6'5" 260 Junior Miramar, FL Kicked off team
Tanner Fink #49 TE 6'2" 251 Senior Louisville, KY Graduated
Nico Firios #40 LB 6'2" 245 Sophomore Longwood, FL Transferred
Jabari Greenwood #8 WR 6'3" 195 Sophomore Washington D.C. Transferred
J.D. Harmon #11 DB 6'2" 200 Senior Paducah, KY Graduated
Jojo Kemp #3 RB 5'10" 200 Senior DeLand, FL Graduated
De'Niro Laster #44 LB 6'4" 241 Junior Cleveland Heights, OH Transferred
Blake McClain #24 DB 5'11" 200 Senior Winter Park, FL Graduated
Marcus McWilson #15 DB 6'0" 210 Senior Youngstown, OH Graduated
Courtney Miggins #94 DT 6'5" 285 Senior Lithonia, GA Graduated
Zach Myers #57 C 6'3" 305 Senior Miamisburg, OH Graduated
Ryan Timmons #1 WR 5'10" 198 Senior Frankfort, KY Graduated
Jon Toth #72 C 6'5" 310 Senior Indianapolis, IN Graduated
Roland Walder #33 LB 6'3" 215 Freshman Dayton, OH Transferred
Kobie Walker #8 LB 6'3" 215 Sophomore Baltimore, MD Transferred
Stanley Williams #18 RB 5'9" 196 Junior Monroe, GA Entered 2017 NFL Draft
Zane Williams #78 DT 6'4" 290 Senior Lexington, KY Graduated

2017 signing class

Prior to National Signing Day on February 1, 2017, seven players enrolled for the spring semester in order to participate in spring practice and included six former high school seniors and one junior college transfer.[1] On National Signing Day, Kentucky signed an additional seventeen players out of high school and junior college that completed the 2017 recruiting class.[2]

Personnel

Coaching staff

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops enters his fifth season as the Wildcat's head coach for the 2017 season. During his previous four seasons he led the Wildcats to an overall record of 19 wins and 30 losses.

On January 18, 2017 Defensive Coordinator D.J. Eliot announced he would not return to the program for the 2017 season as the defensive coordinator to instead continue his career at Colorado.[3][4] In his place Kentucky promoted special teams coordinator Matt House as Defensive Coordinator at Kentucky.[5]

Name Position Consecutive season at
Kentucky in current position
Mark Stoops Head coach 5th
Eddie Gran Offensive coordinator, Running backs 2nd
Matt House Defensive coordinator, Inside linebackers 1st
Steve Clinkscale Defensive backs 2nd
Derrick LeBlanc Defensive line 1st
Lamar Thomas Wide receivers 2nd
Vince Marrow Tight ends, Recruiting coordinator 5th
John Schlarman Offensive line 5th
Darin Hinshaw Quarterbacks 2nd
Dean Hood Special teams 1st
Corey Edmond Strength and conditioning 1st
Reference:

Roster

Schedule and results

The Wildcats' 2017 schedule consisted of seven home games and five away games. Kentucky hosted three of its four non-conference games--against Eastern Kentucky from the Ohio Valley Conference, Eastern Michigan from the Mid-American Conference, and Louisville from the ACC. They traveled to Southern Miss for their only road non-conference game. The Wildcats played eight conference games, hosting Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, and Ole Miss and traveling to South Carolina, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and Georgia.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 24:00 p.m.at Southern Miss*CBSSNW 24-1722,761
September 912:00 p.m.Eastern Kentucky*SECNW 27-1654,868
September 167:30 p.m.at South CarolinaSECNW 23-1382,493
September 237:30 p.m.No. 20 Florida
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY
SECNL 27-2862,945
September 304:00 p.m.Eastern Michigan*
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY
SECNW 24-2050,593
October 77:30 p.m.Missouridagger
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY
SECNW 40-3457,476
October 213:00 p.m.at Mississippi StateSECNL 7-4558,963
October 287:30 p.m.Tennessee
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY (rivalry)
SECNW 29-2657,543
November 44:00 p.m.Ole Miss
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY
SECNL 34-3755,665
November 114:00 p.m.at VanderbiltSECNW 44-2127,346
November 183:30 p.m.at No. 7 GeorgiaCBSL 13-4292,746
November 2512:00 p.m.Louisville*
  • Kroger Field
  • Lexington, KY (rivalry)
SECNL 17-4456,186
December 294:00 p.m.vs. No. 23 Northwestern*ESPNL 23-2448,675
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[7]

Game summaries

at Southern Miss

Eastern Kentucky

at South Carolina

#20 Florida

Eastern Michigan

Missouri

at Mississippi State

Tennessee

Ole Miss

at Vanderbilt

at #7 Georgia

Louisville

#23 Northwestern-Music City Bowl

Awards and milestones

SEC honors

All-SEC First Team

All-SEC Second Team

Freshman All-SEC

School records

  • Most touchdowns scored in a season: 18, Benny Snell (ongoing)
  • Most rushing touchdowns in a season: 18, Benny Snell (ongoing)[19]
  • Most career rushing touchdowns: 31, Benny Snell (ongoing)[19]
  • Most points scored in a season: 110, Benny Snell (ongoing)[19]
  • Most career points scored: 354, Austin MacGinnis (ongoing)
  • Most field goals in a season: 21, Austin MacGinnis (ongoing; ties own record from 2016)
  • Most career field goals: 71, Austin MacGinnis (ongoing)

National awards and honors

References

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  2. ^ Roberts, Ben (2017-02-01). "Meet UK's football signees for the recruiting class of 2017". Lexington Herald-Leader. Archived from the original on 2017-04-21. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Hale, Jon (January 18, 2017). "Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot leaving UK". The Courier-Journal. Louisville. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Crawford, Eric (2017-01-19). "Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot leaving Kentucky for Colorado, according to reports". WDRB. Archived from the original on 2017-01-29. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Hale, Jon (January 30, 2017). "UK promoting House to defensive coordinator". The Courier-Journal. Louisville. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Football - 2015 Coaches". University of Kentucky Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "2017 Kentucky Wildcats Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Archived from the original on November 4, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "KENTUCKY (1-0) -VS- SOUTHERN MISS (0-1)". Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "EASTERN KENTUCKY (0-2) -VS- KENTUCKY (2-0)". Archived from the original on 13 November 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "KENTUCKY (3-0 , 1-0) -VS- SOUTH CAROLINA (2-1 , 1-1)". Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "FLORIDA (2-1 , 2-0) -VS- KENTUCKY (3-1 , 1-1)". Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "EASTERN MICHIGAN (2-2 , 0-1) -VS- KENTUCKY (4-1 , 1-1)". Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "MISSOURI (1-4 , 0-3) -VS- KENTUCKY (5-1 , 2-1)". Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "KENTUCKY (5-2 , 2-2) -VS- MISSISSIPPI STATE (5-2 , 2-2)". University of Kentucky. Archived from the original on 23 March 2019. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "TENNESSEE (3-5 , 0-5) -VS- KENTUCKY (6-2 , 3-2)". Archived from the original on 23 March 2019. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "OLE MISS (4-5 , 2-4) -VS- KENTUCKY (6-3 , 3-3)". Archived from the original on 14 November 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "KENTUCKY (7-3 , 4-3) -VS- VANDERBILT (4-6 , 0-6)". Archived from the original on 14 November 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ "KENTUCKY (7-4 , 4-4) -VS- GEORGIA (10-1 , 7-1)". Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ a b c d e f "Kentucky's Josh Allen and Benny Snell Jr. Earn All-SEC Honors" (Press release). Kentucky Wildcats. December 5, 2017. Archived from the original on December 8, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ "Bowden Jr. Named to Freshman All-SEC Team" (Press release). Kentucky Wildcats. December 7, 2017. Archived from the original on December 8, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "2017 College Football Awards: Baker Mayfield takes Davey O'Brien, Maxwell Awards". ESPN.com. December 8, 2017. Archived from the original on December 8, 2017. Retrieved 2017.

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