[Moderated by Matt Jones]
Today, we continue KSR College’s series counting down the 30 days until the kickoff of the 2013 Kentucky football season with the number 8.
The No. 8 jersey will be worn by two players this season: JUCO transfer Javess Blue (a junior wide receiver from Babson Park, FL), and wide receiver-converted-linebacker Josh Forrest (a redshirt sophomore from Paducah, KY who made the 2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll).
Kentucky’s inaugural football season was in 1881, though records do not indicate who the head coach was.
Paul “Bear” Bryant, who many consider the greatest college football coach of all-time, spent 8 seasons at Kentucky from 1946-1953, claiming a national championship (as well as AP SEC Coach of the Year) in 1950.
In 15 bowl games played, UK has an all-time record of 8 wins and 7 losses. The ‘Cats’ last postseason victory came in 2008 with a 25-19 win over the East Carolina Pirates in the 2008 Liberty Bowl.
In 1998, Kentucky junior quarterback Tim Couch was named a consensus All-American, SEC Player of the Year, and the No. 1 overall pick of the ensuing NFL Draft after forgoing his senior season.
Mark Stoops’ squad will compete in 8 regular season conference games in 2013, beginning at home with Florida on September 28, and ending on November 30 when Tennessee comes to Commonwealth Stadium for the first time since 2011 when Matt Roark & Co. halted the Vols’ 26-game win-streak over the ‘Cats by a score of 10-7.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s installment in the series with the number 7.
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