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Kentucky Wildcats football
Current season Current season
UKentucky logo.png
First season 1881
Head coach Joker Phillips
1st year, 0–0–0  (–)
Home stadium Commonwealth Stadium (Kentucky)
Stadium capacity 67,606
Stadium surface Bermuda Grass
Location Lexington, Kentucky
Conference SEC
Division East
All-time record 562–552–44 (.504)
Postseason bowl record 8–5–0
Claimed national titles 1 (1950 Sagarin Ratings)[1]
Conference titles 2
Consensus All-Americans 10[2]
Current uniform
Colors Blue and White              
Fight song On, On, U of K, Kentucky Fight
Rivals Louisville Cardinals
Tennessee Volunteers
Mississippi State Bulldogs

The Kentucky Wildcats are a college football program that competes in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and the East Division of the Southeastern Conference.


Eras (by coach)

Paul "Bear" Bryant Era As a member of the football-heavy SEC, they compete against many of the top college football programs in the nation. They play at Commonwealth Stadium, which replaced Stoll Field in 1973. Paul "Bear" Bryant was Kentucky's head football coach for eight seasons.

Under Bryant the Wildcats won the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl, lost the 1950 Orange Bowl, won the 1951 Sugar Bowl and the 1952 Cotton Bowl Classic. In final AP polls, the Wildcats were ranked #11 in 1949, #7 in 1950, #15 in 1951, #20 in 1952 and #16 in 1953. The final 1950 poll was taken prior to the bowl games; Kentucky then defeated undefeated and #1 ranked Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl and claims that this win earned them a national championship for the 1950 season, as they were ranked #1 in the Sagarin Ratings. The NCAA recognizes Kentucky as a co-national champion on its Past Football Bowl Subdivision National Champions Web site.

Fran Curci Era The 1976 Wildcats retroactively claimed a share of the Southeastern Conference championship under coach Fran Curci via a loss later forfeited by Mississippi State (and despite losing at home to conference champion Georgia) and won the Peach Bowl, finishing #18 in the final AP poll. The 1977 Kentucky team went 10–1 and was undefeated in SEC play but, despite finishing the season ranked #6 in the AP poll, did not play in a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions. Kentucky finished at #6 and Penn State at #5 despite the fact that Kentucky defeated Penn State at Penn State during the regular season.

Jerry Claiborne Era Coach Jerry Claiborne led the Wildcats to the 1983 Hall of Fame Bowl. Kentucky returned to the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl and defeated a Wisconsin team ranked #20 in the polls to finish the season with a 9–3 record and a #19 ranking in the final AP and UPI polls.

Bill Curry Era The Wildcats played in the 1993 Peach Bowl under coach Bill Curry.

Hal Mumme Era Coach Hal Mumme led the Wildcats to the 1998 Outback Bowl and the 1999 Music City Bowl but the program was hit with severe sanctions for infractions during Mumme's tenure.

Guy Morriss Era Under coach Guy Morriss the Wildcats posted a 7–5 record in 2002 but were not eligible for postseason play due to NCAA sanctions. The most significant event of that season came in a loss to LSU. (See: Bluegrass Miracle)

Rich Brooks Era The team's next head coach was Rich Brooks, who led the team to an 8–5 regular season record in 2006, including a memorable upset over the defending SEC champion Georgia, snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Bulldogs. Brooks also led the football team to its first bowl game since 1999 and its first bowl game victory since 1984, as Kentucky defeated the Clemson University Tigers 28–20 in the Music City Bowl. [2] On September 15, 2007. Brooks led UK to a 40–34 upset win over #9 Louisville. This marked UK's first win over Louisville since 2002 and the first win over a top 10 team since #4 Penn State in 1977. The Wildcats were ranked 8th in the nation before a loss to South Carolina on October 4. After the loss to South Carolina, Kentucky bounced back on October 13 to defeat #1 LSU in a historic triple overtime game.

The 2007 Kentucky Wildcats football defeated the Florida State Seminoles 35–28 in the 2007 Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 31, 2007. It was the Wildcats second straight bowl appearance after a drought dating back to 1999. Quarterback Andre' Woodson was named the Music City Bowl MVP for the second year in a row. The last three bowl appearances for the Cats have been in the Music City Bowl, which they have appeared in more than any other SEC team in the conference's affiliation with the game, which dates back to the inaugural game in 1998.

Joker Phillips Era Former Wildcat wide receiver and long time assistant coach Joker Phillips was formally named head coach January, 6, 2010 after Brooks' retirement. [3]

One obscure statistic illustrates the competitive challenge Kentucky has historically faced in football. The recruiting site recently pointed out that in the five seasons from 2003 through 2007, the Wildcats have only signed a total of six prospects who were rated by the site as four stars (out of five) or higher, (with the exception of Micah Johnson) none of them rated as five-star prospects. By contrast, Florida, who is grouped with Kentucky in the SEC East, signed 20 players rated four stars or higher by the same site in the 2007 class alone. After the 2009 season, the Winning streak by the University of Tennessee over the wildcats had been extended to 25 straight games.[3]

Logos and uniforms

Kentucky's uniform combinations

Bowl games

Date Game W/L Opponent PF PA
December 6, 1947 1947 Great Lakes Bowl W Villanova 24 14
January 2, 1950 1950 Orange Bowl L Santa Clara 13 21
January 1, 1951 1951 Sugar Bowl W Oklahoma 13 7
January 1, 1952 1952 Cotton Bowl W TCU 20 7
December 31, 1976 1976 Peach Bowl W North Carolina 21 0
December 22, 1983 1983 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl L West Virginia 16 20
December 29, 1984 1984 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl W Wisconsin 20 19
December 31, 1993 1993 Peach Bowl L Clemson 13 14
January 1, 1999 1999 Outback Bowl L Penn State 14 26
December 29, 1999 1999 Music City Bowl L Syracuse 13 20
December 29, 2006 2006 Music City Bowl W Clemson 28 20
December 31, 2007 2007 Music City Bowl W Florida State 35 28
January 2, 2009 2009 Liberty Bowl W East Carolina 25 19
December 27, 2009 2009 Music City Bowl L Clemson 13 21
Total 14 Bowl Games 8-6 255 215

Southeastern Conference championships

Year Coach Record
1950 Paul "Bear" Bryant 11-1-0
1976 Fran Curci 9-3-0
Conference Titles: 2

Note: Bold year indicates outright conference title


Year Player Position
1942 Clyde Johnson Tackle
1949 Bob Gain Tackle
1950 Bob Gain Tackle
1951 Babe Parilli Quarterback
1951 Doug Moseley Center
1952 Steve Mellinger Defensive End
1953 Steve Mellinger Defensive End
1953 Ray Correll Guard
1955 Howard Schnellenberger Defensive End
1956 Lou Michaels Tackle
1957 Lou Michaels Tackle
1961 Irv Goode Center
1963 Herschel Turner Tackle
1965 Sam Bell Tackle
1965 Roger Bird Half Back
1965 Rick Norton Quarterback
1974 Elmore Stephens Tight End
1974 Rick Nuzum Center
1976 Warren Bryant Tackle
1977 Art Still Defensive End
1989 Mike Pfeifer Offensive Tackle
1998 Tim Couch Quarterback
1999 James Whalen Tight End
2002 Derek Abney Kick Returner
2002 Glenn Pakulak Punter
2008 Tim Masthay Punter
UK All-Americans

Note: Bold name indicates unanimous choice

First Team All-SEC

Year Player Position
1993 Marcus Jenkins Safety
1993 Marty Moore Linebacker
1994 Melvin Johnson Free Safety
1995 Moe Williams Half Back
1997 John Schlarman Offensive Guard
1998 Kris Comstock Offensive Guard
1998 Tim Couch Quarterback
1998 Craig Yeast Wide Receiver
1999 Andy Smith Punter
1999 Jeff Snedegar Lineback
1999 James Whalen Tight End
2000 Derek Smith Tight End
2000 Omar Smith Offensive Tackle
2001 Derek Abney Kick Returner
2001 Dennis Johnson Defensive End
2001 Glenn Pakulak Punter
2002 Derek Abney Kick Returner
2002 Antonio Hall Offensive Tackle
2002 Glenn Pakulak Punter
2002 Artose Pinner Running Back
2003 Derek Abney Kick Returner
2003 Antonio Hall Offensive Tackle
2005 Rafael Little All-Purpose
2006 Keenan Burton All-Purpose
2006 Jacob Tamme Tight End
2006 Wesley Woodyard Linebacker
2007 Jacob Tamme Tight End
2007 Wesley Woodyard Linebacker
2008 Micah Johnson Linebacker
2008 Trevard Lindley Defensive Back
2008 Tim Masthay Punter
2009 Randall Cobb All-Purpose
2009 Corey Peters Defensive Tackle
First Team All-SEC Selections

Note: Bold name indicates unanimous choice
Note: Selections are after the SEC split into East/West divisions in 1992

Players currently in the NFL

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Hometown Draft Year NFL Team
QB Shane Boyd 6'1" 230 Lexington, KY Kentucky U.S. United States 2005 California Redwoods (UFL)
WR Keenan Burton 6'1" 200 Louisville, KY Kentucky U.S. United States 2008 St. Louis Rams
DE Otis Grigsby 6'3" 260 San Antonio, TX Texas U.S. United States 2003 Free Agent
DE Jeremy Jarmon 6'2" 250 Memphis, TN Tennessee U.S. United States 2009 Washington Redskins
WR Steve Johnson 6'3" 210 San Francisco, CA California U.S. United States 2008 Buffalo Bills
K/P Tim Masthay 6'2" 198 Murray, KY Kentucky U.S. United States 2009 Free Agent
K/P Glenn Pakulak 6'3" 220 Pontiac, MI Michigan U.S. United States 2009 Washington Redskins
RB Artose Pinner 5'10" 232 Hopkinsville, KY Kentucky U.S. United States 2003 Free Agent
DT Myron Pryor 6'0" 320 Louisville, KY Kentucky U.S. United States 2009 New England Patriots
WR Jacob Tamme 6'4" 220 Danville, KY Kentucky U.S. United States 2008 Indianapolis Colts
QB André Woodson 6'6" 230 Radcliff, KY Kentucky U.S. United States 2008 Free Agent
LB Wesley Woodyard 6'1" 230 LaGrange, GA Georgia (U.S. state) U.S. United States 2008 Denver Broncos

Hall of famers



Inductee Position(s) Class Team(s), Years
George Blanda Quarterback
1981 Chicago Bears, 1949, 1950-58
Baltimore Colts, 1950
Houston Oilers, 1960-66
Oakland Raiders, 1967-75


Inductee Position(s) Class Year(s)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Head Coach 1986 1946-53
Jerry Claiborne Head Coach 1999 1982-89
Bob Gain Guard
1980 1947-1950
Lou Michaels Tackle 1992 1955-57
Babe Parilli Quarterback 1982 1949-51

Individual award winners

Outland Trophy

Future schedules

2010 schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5, 2010[4]* at Louisville Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY      
September 18, 2010* Akron Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY      
September 25, 2010[5] at Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL      
October 2, 2010[6] at Ole Miss Vaught-Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS      
October 9, 2010 Auburn Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
October 16, 2010 South Carolina Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
October 23, 2010[7] Georgia Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
October 30, 2010 at Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS      
November 6, 2010* Charleston Southern Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
November 13, 2010 Vanderbilt Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
November 27, 2010 at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN      
TBD* Western Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

2011 schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 17, 2011[4]* Louisville Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
September 24, 2011 Florida Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
October 1, 2011 Ole Miss Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
October 8, 2011 at South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC      
October 15, 2011 at LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA      
October 29, 2011 Mississippi State Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
November 12, 2011 at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN      
November 19, 2011 at Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA      
November 26, 2011 Tennessee Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
TBD* vs. Western Kentucky LP FieldNashville, TN      
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


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