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Kentucky Football’s 2022 Freshman Class Ranked 8th in the Nation, Top 5 in SEC



Although last year’s football season was a disappointment for the most part, one of the glaring bright spots was just how well Kentucky’s Freshman class performed.

Pro Football Focus ranked Kentucky’s Freshman class as the 8th best-performing class in the nation, and 5th amongst the SEC. Here is the full top 10 list:

  1. LSU Tigers
  2. Penn State Nittany Lions
  3. Michigan Wolverines
  4. Georgia Bulldogs
  5. Texas A&M Aggies
  6. Ole Miss Rebels
  7. Clemson Tigers
  8. Kentucky Wildcats
  9. Texas Longhorns
  10. Arizona Wildcats

Barion Brown

Kentucky’s leading receiver was true freshman Barion Brown. Brown caught 50 passes for 628 yards and 4 touchdowns.

However, Brown’s biggest threat came in special teams play. His ability to break off a huge kick return at any given time was unparalleled. He returned 16 kicks for a total of 440 yards (27.5 average), scoring one touchdown as well.


Many were skeptical about how Kentucky would do with losing Wan’Dale Robinson to the NFL, but Barion Brown has been a very sufficient replacement thus far.

Dane Key

The former Frederick Douglass High School Bronco was the Cats’ primary red zone target in 2022.

Dane Key caught 37 passes for 519 yards and 6 touchdowns. Key’s 6’3, 194 lbs frame allowed him to out-physical most defensive backs to secure the ball for a touchdown.

Expect more of the same from Key: a lot of production, and ultimately, a lot of points. He is someone to be really excited about heading into the 2023 season.


Deone Walker

Deone Walker is one of the more underrated pieces of this class. With a thinning defensive front, Walker is the glue that the UK defense needed last season.

Like any up-and-comer from Detroit, Walker exudes toughness and grit. He had 40 tackles (12 solo), 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble. Walker’s stats may not jump off of the page, but his value is certainly beyond the stat sheet.

His ability to cause mayhem up front will be relied on heading into 2023. The whole front seven will benefit from his raw talent and work ethic.

It Doesn’t Stop There…

La’Vell Wright (RB), Dekel Crowdus (WR), Jordan Dingle (TE), and Jager Burton (OL) showed us some serious potential as well. Any of those guys are capable of taking tremendous jumps in the 2023 season.


Even Destin Wade, who was thrown in at QB against Iowa in the Music City Bowl, showed us some of his ability in the pocket. His mobility and his elusiveness flew under the radar as well.

All in all, the 2022 freshman class being ranked 8th in the nation by PFF isn’t some typo or error. These guys are legit, and expectations will be riding high heading into the 2023 season.

Take a look at the PFF rankings for yourself below:



REPORT: Liam Coen Leaving Kentucky for NFL Offensive Coordinator Position



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On the eve of a huge recruiting weekend for Kentucky football, the program has received some bad news. Offensive coordinator Liam Coen is leaving for the NFL again, this time taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator position.

When Coen returned to Kentucky last offseason from the Los Angeles Rams, for his second stint as offensive coordinator, he talked about Lexington being a place that he and his wife had missed. In his return press conference, on January 12, 2023, he went as far as saying he wanted to be somewhere for a “few years”, at least.

“I want to go somewhere, make a real impact. Plant some roots for a little bit. Be somewhere for a few years — at least — that you feel really good about. I’m excited about being back in Lexington… I’m not in a rush to go anywhere.”


That “few years” was just a year, but to be honest, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. After many games last season, Coen talked to the media with frustration about fundamental things such as lack of discipline and dropped passes. Even then, it always felt he was holding his words back. With his name circulating around multiple NFL jobs, it was clear this was the direction it was heading.

Now for Kentucky, it’s about getting the next hire right. In a time where offense is becoming the premium in college football, going through five offensive coordinators in ten seasons is not ideal. Paying $1.8 million to Coen, they have shown they will pay amongst the top in the country. Now, go get someone who keeps this core of offensive talent, can recruit, and brings much-needed consistency.

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A Piece of Will Levis’ Historic NFL Debut Displayed in NFL Hall of Fame



Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis after his NFL debut.
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During last year’s NFL Draft, Will Levis was one of the last players left in the green room after dropping to the second round. That moment fueled Levis, and he’s since earned the starting quarterback spot with the Tennessee Titans, appearing to have a bright future with the team.

Entering the season with no shortage of motivation, Levis entered the franchise as QB3 and wasn’t even on the active roster for the first six weeks of the season, being deemed the “emergency quarterback.” However, following an ankle injury to Ryan Tannehill in Week 6, the Titans gave their rookie quarterback an opportunity.

Levis certainly capitalized and had one of the best debuts in NFL History, throwing for 238 yards (19/29 passing) and four touchdowns. From the game, Levis has been put in the Hall of Fame. Well, at least his Houston Oiler throwback helmet from the performance has been placed on display in the Hall of Fame’s “Pro Football Today Gallery.”


Levis started his career with a bang and had his moments. The former Kentucky Wildcat will look to build on his rookie campaign, going into a year where he should be the starter under new head coach Brian Callahan.

Also published on A Sea of Blue.

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Cutter Boley Opens up on Playing for Kentucky, “This Is Where My Heart’s Always Been”



Four-star quarterback prospect Cutter Boley signing with Kentucky football.
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With the early National Signing Day for the class of 2024 being over, Kentucky’s newest signed quarterback Cutter Boley discusses why he committed to play at Kentucky.

“Just growing up in the state, you know, I’ve grown up a fan I feel like this is where my heart’s always been, and just the offense that Liam Coen runs and the job coach (Mark) Stoops does as head coach is phenomenal and I wouldn’t want to play for anybody else,” Boley tells Kentucky Insider.

Kentucky needed to get some quarterbacks after three players either graduated or transferred with Devin Leary graduating, Destin Wade transferring to Colorado, and Kaiya Sheron electing to transfer as well.


Kentucky was able to load up in the quarterback room by landing the Georgia transfer Brock Vandagriff, Georgia Southern transfer Beau Allen, and then signing Boley in the class of 2024. Boley is ready to compete against them and he recognizes their talent.

“I couldn’t be any more excited to learn from them. They’re two really good quarterbacks, like I said, and they’ll have countless things to teach me from the places they’ve been and the offense that they’ve been in,” Boley tells us. “I just can’t wait to learn the things they know and just be able to work and get to work with them.”

One of the reasons why Boley committed to Kentucky is due to him having a connection since he has lived here his whole life.

“Just growing up in the state, you know, I’ve grown up a fan I feel like this is where my heart’s always been, and just the offense that Liam Coen runs and the job coach (Mark) Stoops does as head coach is phenomenal and I wouldn’t want to play for anybody else,” said Boley.


As for finally signing his National Letter of Intent, Boley feels relieved to have it finished.

“It’s definitely a relief to finally put the pen to paper and make it official,” said Boley. “It’s been a long time coming so I couldn’t be any more excited about my decision and where I’m going to be for the next four years.”

What Boley is most focused on is how the offense is run, as at this time he feels like his play style is made to play professionally.

“I’m really hoping to develop into that pro-style quarterback, but I feel like I’m definitely a pro-style quarterback right now, but really develop into just being able to play in that offense at a very high level and get really comfortable in the offense, and I just want to develop all parts of my game and really be a quarterback that the NFL looks for and that type of quarterback they want to have,” Boley tells us.


With Kentucky having a chance to develop within instead of the transfer route, fans will have a chance to see a quarterback finally develop into potentially starting in the future.

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