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Jon Toth Accepts Reese’s Senior Bowl Invitation

Jon Toth anchors UK's  offensive line. (Wade Upchurch photo)

Jon Toth anchors UK’s offensive line. (Wade Upchurch photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior center Jon Toth, pronounced TOETH (long “o” sound), has accepted an invitation to play in the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Kemp, Young will play; Toth iron horse of line

JoJo Kemp. (Vicky Graff Photo)

JoJo Kemp. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

I had two things I wanted to ask Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on today’s Southeastern Conference coaches’ teleconference.

First, running back JoJo Kemp had his left hand in a cast when last week’s game ended against Mississippi State and offensive tackle Landon Young had his ankle taped after spraining it during the game.

Would one or both play Saturday at Missouri?

“Yes,” said Stoops.

That was it.  Not sure if they will be 100 percent, but they will play and that’s good news.

Jon Toth named semifinalist for 2016 Campbell Award

Jon Toth/  Photo by Britney McIntosh | UK Athletics

Jon Toth/
Photo by Britney McIntosh | UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky center Jon Toth has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious 2016 Campbell Award, it was announced by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. The award recognizes the nation’s best football scholar-athlete.

Toth, who hails from Indianapolis, is one of four returning starters on the Wildcats’ 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, has played in 40 career games with 39 consecutive starts. Last season, he helped UK’s four-man running back rotation collect 1,855 yards. This season the Cats’ running game is averaging nearly 200 yards per game, including 597 total rushing yards in its past two contests, victories over New Mexico State and South Carolina.

Jon Toth likes blue collar mentality Cats now have

Jon Toth (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Jon Toth (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If center Jon Toth is not named to the preseason all-Southeastern Conference team today, then those at the SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., know very little about football.

Toth probably has been UK’s best players the last two years and probably will be again this season. He’s on several preseason award watch lists and is projected as an early round NFL draft pick.

Toth said Wednesday that he’s confident UK is going to make a dramatic improvement this year.

Toth Named to 2016 Outland Trophy Watch List

Jon Toth (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Jon Toth (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior center Jon Toth has been named to another national watch list, this time for the 2016 Outland Trophy, which annually seeks to honor college football’s best interior lineman, it was announced Friday morning.

This is the second national watch list honor for Toth this week as Wednesday he was one of 61 centers named to the 2016 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List, which honors college football’s best center.

Toth Named to Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List

Jon Toth (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Jon Toth (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – It was no surprise  when the Rimington Trophy Committee announced its 2016 Fall Watch List for college football’s best center, that University of Kentucky senior Jon Toth was one of 61 centers named to the list for the prestigious award.

This is the third straight watch list honor for Toth from the Rimington Trophy Committee as he was on the 2015 Fall Watch List and 2016 Spring Watch list for the award. Toth is one of eight Southeastern Conference players on the list, joining Frank Ragnow (Arkansas), Brandon Kublanow (Georgia), Ethan Pocic (LSU), Jamaal Clayborn (Mississippi State), Robert Conyers (Ole Miss), Alan Knott (South Carolina) and Coleman Thomas (Tennessee).

Denzil Ware tops list of players who impressed media

By LARRY VAUGHT

As part of a continuing series with media members who cover University of Kentucky football, here is a look at some of the players that impressed them the most this spring.

Question: Which player or players do you feel  made the biggest jump up during spring practice?

Mark Story, Lexington Herald-Leader: “Denzil Ware (15 tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks) was the best player in the Blue-White game. It will be fascinating to see if that ability to disrupt from the defensive edge carries over to the fall against opponents’ first-team offensive lines.”

Drake Jackson having fun at center, leaning on Jon Toth for advice

By LARRY VAUGHT

Drake Jackson knew the transition to center would not be easy. That’s one reason he graduated early from Woodford County High School so he could enroll at UK in January and go through spring practice.

The four-star recruit is running with the third-team offensive line at center.

“I am just playing center right now. Hopefully I will get to the point where I can work some at guard, too,” said Jackson. “They’re just working me right now getting me good at one thing before I move on.”

Jon Toth, Courtney Love could be team leaders

By LARRY VAUGHT

Better leadership is something Mark Stoops is counting on from his team next season and wants that to start in spring practice.

“We do challenge these guys and give them the tools. As you know, Jason Cummings works with our team quite often and does a fantastic job. He’s a talented guy and gives the players some tools and resources to help them lead, as the coaches obviously do as well,” Stoops said his first spring workout Tuesday.