UK Football Awards
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Benny Snell earned SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the win against Tennessee.
Snell rushed 27 times for 180 yards (long of 48) and three touchdowns. It was his fourth 100-yard game of the season and ninth of his career. He also caught a two-point conversion pass to extend UK's lead to 3 S. Johnson's leaping, Game Winning TD.
Jordan Jones was also awarded an SEC award this week. He led a Kentucky Defense that held the Volunteers to just nine points after the Wildcat Offense turned the ball over 4 times. In his second game back Jones turned in a game-high 13 tackles and he added a pair of tackles for loss with a sack. There was one Tennessee possession where he recorded all three tackles to force a three-and-out. It was his fifth career game of at least 10 tackles.
Several Wildcats were named to lists for post season awards. Senior wide receiver/punt returner Charles Walker has been named one of the 63 candidates for the 2017 Burlsworth Trophy. The Trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, former University of Arkansas walk-on and All-American offensive lineman. The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding football player who began his career as a walk-on and has shown outstanding performance on the field. “He really exemplifies everything you want in a player,” Stoops said. “He has a great attitude…He just has a smile on his face, has a competitive attitude, but he’s also contagious. He’s fun to be around and does everything you ask him to do.” Kentucky junior linebacker Josh Allen has been named a Butkus Award semifinalist. The award is given annually to the nation’s top college linebacker. Allen, from Montclair, New Jersey, is one of 15 semifinalists for the award. Allen was named a midseason All-American by both The Associated Press and Sports Illustrated. Stats provided by UK Athletics list him currently ranked second in the SEC and 12th nationally in sacks per game (0.88) and third in the conference in total tackles for loss (9.5). The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder has 47 tackles, three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. For his career, Allen now has 14.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in 33 games. His sack total ranks him third amongst active players in the SEC.
University of Kentucky senior linebacker Courtney Love has earned another nomination for national award. He is one of 11 players named a semifinalist for the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy, an award that honors college football’s top community servant. From information provided by the Athletic Department and Media Relations team "Love is also a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team which is the top college football honor for recognizing outstanding community service achievements. In addition, he is a quarterfinalist for the 2017 Lott Trophy which is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity." We also learned this week Love was awarded this weeks nomination to the 2017 Capitol One Orange Bowl - FWAA Courage Award. The requirements for nomination include displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship. The winner of the award will be included in festivities during Capital One Orange Bowl week and receive his trophy at an on-field presentation.