LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior center Jon Toth and junior running back Stanley “Boom” Williams were named to the Coaches’ Preseason All-Southeastern Conference Third Team by the 14 league coaches, it was announced Thursday.
This marked the 14th consecutive year of the SEC Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Team. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.
Toth, who hails from Indianapolis, is one of four returning starters on the offensive line and is considered one of the top centers in college football for the second straight season. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior, will enter his final campaign having played in 36 games with 35 consecutive starts. Last season, he helped UK’s four-man running back rotation collect 1,855 yards.
Off the field, Toth is a three-time SEC academic honor roll member and is on track to graduate in December with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Toth is currently on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding center, and was recently named to the watch list for the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Williams, a native of Monroe, Georgia, enters his junior season ranked 23rd on UK’s career rushing list with 1,341 yards on 195 carries, adding 11 touchdowns. Williams had a strong sophomore season, leading the team in rushing attempts (121), rushing yards (855) and rushing touchdowns (six). The junior set a new single-season UK record with a 7.1 yards per carry mark last season and became just the third player in school history to have five 100-yard rushing games in their sophomore season, joining Sonny Collins (1973) and Rafael Little (2005).