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Kentucky senior S Darius West accepted an invitation to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

West (6/0/210) will have a hectic -- but fun -- January, as he'll play in the Citrus Bowl against Penn State, then have this event, and finish it off with a trip to the Senior Bowl. He picked up 76 tackles and three interceptions for the 9-3 Wildcats, and he projects as a late-round selection.
Dec 12 - 6:25 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller compared Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen to Arizona Cardinals DE Chandler Jones.

Allen (6'5/260) is coming off a monster season in which he registered 84 tackles (18.5 for loss), 14 sacks and five forced fumbles. That strong work earned him a slew of honors after the close of the campaign, including the Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy. He will play in the Citrus Bowl versus Penn State before he heads into the draft process in earnest. Miller ranks Allen as his No. 3 draft-eligible prospect for the spring.
Dec 11 - 6:43 PM

Kentucky senior S Darius West accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

West (6'0/210) is one of several Kentucky defenders who will be playing in Mobile. While he doesn't have the hype of fellow Wildcats like Josh Allen, he is a safety who had 76 tackles, three interceptions and scored a touchdown. West currently projects as a late-round pick, but as we've seen often, a strong showing in an event like the Senior Bowl can do wonders for the draft stock.
Dec 10 - 5:39 PM

Kentucky senior CB Lonnie Johnson accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Johnson (6'3/206) was a four-star commit out of junior college to the Wildcats, and he came on strong over the final year and a half with the Wildcats. With that size, Johnson is going to be able to help in press coverage, but he may need to move to safety; a position he played prior to joining the Wildcats. He currently grades as a Day 3 prospect, but could see that stock rise with a strong showing in Mobile.
Dec 10 - 12:42 PM

Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen was awarded the Lott IMPACT trophy for 2018.

Allen cleaned up at award time, also taking home the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Award. The senior linebacker finishes the year with 14 sacks, 84 stackles and five forced fumbles, and is considered one of the best edge defenders eligible for the 2019 draft.
Dec 10 - 11:09 AM

Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen will play in the Citrus Bowl against Penn State on New Year's Day.

Allen was recently awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award, and is viewed as one of the top linebackers not just in college football, but one of the best linebacking prospects in this year's draft. He cited "unfinished business" in a tweet announcing that he'll play in the game, and will give the Wildcats a chance at a ten-win season if they can beat the Nittany Lions. We'll also see Allen in the Senior Bowl.
Dec 7 - 5:03 PM

Kentucky redshirt senior Mike Edwards accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Edwards has been a stalwart for the Kentucky defense for the last four years, and he showed the ability to play close to the line of scrimmage with 9.5 tackles while also intercepting a pass and coming up with six deflected passes. He gets quality reviews for his ball skills and smarts, and both will be on display in Mobile this January. He has a real shot of being a Day 2 selection.
Dec 7 - 5:01 PM

Kentucky received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 LB Jared Casey.

Casey was previously a commitment to Oregon, but opened things up at the end of November. It's a big local get for the Wildcats, as the four-star linebacker ranks as the eighth best inside linebacker in the class in 247 Sports composite rankings. He's the top commit for the Wildcats, who are beginning to see the benefit of their breakout 9-3 season.
Dec 7 - 4:34 PM

Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen was named the winner of the Chuck Bednarik Award.

Allen (6'5/260) is going out on his collegiate career like a king, scooping up the Nagurski Trophy earlier in the week and the Bednarik on Thursday -- both of which are awarded to the best defensive player of the year. For the 2018 regular season, Allen registered 84 tackles (18.5 for loss), 14 sacks, four passes defended and five fumbles forced while playing in all 12 of Kentucky's games. Allen has one game left in his collegiate career, against Penn State in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, then it will be onward to his preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper referred to him as one of the most underrated prospects in the country back in mid-October, writing that he was "trending toward Day 1," while Kiper cohort Todd McShay ranked Allen as his No. 20 player in the country in his most recent Top-32 release.
Dec 6 - 9:12 PM

Kentucky senior CB Derrick Baity accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Baity (6'3/188) has been inconsistent in his time with the Wildcats, but when he's been at his best, he's looked like a potential NFL starter. One of the reasons why he's been inconsistent assuredly has to do with injuries, so he'll obviously need to do clear medicals in order to be an NFL draft pick. If he does -- and he performs well at events like this -- he could be a potential sleeper.
Dec 5 - 8:55 PM

Four-star 2019 LB Jared Casey will announce his college commitment on Thursday.

Casey is deciding between Kentucky and Oregon, reportedly, and while he is a former commitment to the Ducks, he's considered a strong lean to the Wildcats. It'd be a considerable get for Kentucky, as he's one of the top inside linebackers in the class; ranking eighth among players at the position for the 2019 group.
Source: 247 Sports
Dec 5 - 8:17 PM

Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen was named the winner of the Nagurski Trophy.

The Nagurski is handed out annually to the top defensive player in the country. Allen (6'5/260) earns the honor on the strength of a 2018 season in which he registered 84 tackles (18.5 for loss), 14 sacks, four passes defended and five fumbles forced over the course of 12 games played. He is the first Kentucky player to ever win the award. Allen has already accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl as he looks to get his draft process started -- he could be selected as high as the top-10 in April -- but will first take part in the Citrus Bowl against Penn State on Jan. 1.
Dec 4 - 1:54 PM

Kentucky redshirt sophomore WR Zy'Aire Hughes has been arrested for assault.

The report states that Hughes assaulted his girlfriend, and he's been charged with fourth-degree assault; a misdemeanor. The wideout appeared in seven games for Kentucky in 2018, scoring two touchdowns. A statement from Kentucky announced that the team was looking into the charges before handing down any discipline.
Dec 3 - 3:49 PM

Kentucky received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DE JJ Weaver.

Weaver also had offers from schools like Miami, Cincinnati, Purdue and Louisville. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end ranks as the 24th best strong-side defensive end in the 247 Sports composite ranking, and the Louisville native ranks eighth among prospects in the state of Kentucky. It's the second four-star prospect to join the Wildcats, and Weaver helps Kentucky's class improve to 30th in the eyes of 247 Sports.
Dec 3 - 2:00 PM

Kentucky senior LB Jordan Jones accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine game.

The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Jones "plays sideline to sideline," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, who stamped Jones with a fifth-round grade in September. Over the past three years, Jones has accrued 28.5 TFL, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He hasn't received as much ink as teammate Josh Allen, but Jones is an intriguing prospect in his own right. Superb testing will be important, because Jones' frame isn't getting any bigger.
Nov 29 - 4:45 PM


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