Kentucky names six to Athletics Hall of Fame

July 31, 2012 

UK's Derek Abney celebrates as they walk off the field as Mississippi State played the University of Kentucky in football at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY, Saturday October 25, 2003. This is fourth quarter action. UK won 42-17.

CHARLES BERTRAM — LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

The University of Kentucky announced six new inductees Tuesday to its Athletics Hall of Fame.

The 2012 class, to be inducted Sept. 14-15, is Derek Abney (football), Leroy Edwards (basketball), J.B. Holmes (golf), Jeff Keener (baseball), Clayton Moss (diving) and Nancy Scranton (golf).

Abney (2000-03) set seven NCAA records, 11 Southeastern Conference records and 14 school records for kick returns and all-purpose yardage.

Edwards (1935) was named the 1935 Helms National Player of the Year after averaging 16.3 points per game that season.

Holmes (2002-05) led UK to its lone SEC championship in 2005 on top of being named the league's Golfer of the Year.

Keener (1980-81) compiled a 20-5 pitching record during his two seasons with the Wildcats and still holds the UK career record with a 2.01 ERA.

Moss (1999-2003) was an eight-time All-America diver and three-time All-America honorable mention honoree for the Wildcats.

Scranton (1983-84) was Kentucky's first All-SEC performer in women's golf and also is UK's most successful player in the LPGA ranks.

The UK Athletics Hall of Fame was started in 2005 to recognize and honor persons whose participation and contributions enriched and strengthened the university's athletic program. The charter class included 88 individuals who had previously had their jersey retired by UK.

There is a five-year waiting period — after leaving UK — to be eligible for inclusion into the Hall of Fame and an additional five-year waiting period to have a jersey retired. An individual must be a member of the Hall of Fame to be eligible for jersey retirement.

A committee consisting of Hall of Famers, media members, campus representatives, and current coaches and administrators elects new inductees each year.

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