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As we all digest our Thanksgiving meals and get ready for rivalry weekend, I took a look back at Kentucky’s senior class. There are many deserving but I’ve come up with a list of five certain seniors that we should all be thankful for as Senior Day gets closer and closer.
When we signed Stephen Johnson as a JUCO transfer, mostly everyone thought he was just a guy who would be a signal caller and possibly have to come in if Drew Barker got hurt. This has certainly not been the case. Johnson has gone on to win eight SEC games, get wins against both Tennessee and Louisville, help Kentucky get bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, and much much more. He still has two games to play but he’s already become one of the great Kentucky quarterbacks. Without him, who knows where we’d be Today.
Garret “Juice” Johnson
The senior wide receiver has achieved a lot in his career at Kentucky. He recently became the fourth leading receiver in Kentucky football history and passed the 2,000 yard mark for his tenure as a Cat. He burst on to the scene in his freshman season with a two touchdown performance in the Swamp against Florida. This was a snapshot of what his career would become and it’s been a blessing for all of Kentucky fans. His leadership and ability will be missed next season.
Although he didn’t play this year, Mosier was a huge reason for Kentucky’s offensive line success last year. Early in the season it was obvious the line was missing him as they struggled to get going. They have improved since but his services would have been huge early in the year and may have been the difference in the Florida game. The former walk on earned a scholarship and a spot on this list.
The transfer from Nebraska has been a leader on and off the field. Love didn’t get off to a great start last season but from the 2016 Missouri game on, he’s been as consistent as they come. He’s been active in the community and he’s told his story in a feature called “Tough Love” done by UK Athletics which you can watch below:
A game-winning kick against Mississippi State. A game-winning kick against Louisville. Austin-automatic has had no shortage of big moments in his career. Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer has become one of if not the greatest Kentucky kicker of all time. Whoever replaces him next year (Miles Butler or Chance Poore) will be stepping into some big shoes.
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