University of Kentucky football seniors Josh Forrest and Cory “C.J.” Johnson have accepted invitations to play in postseason all-star games.
Forrest, a 6-foot-3 linebacker from Paducah, will play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 30. Johnson, a 6-foot-3 defensive tackle from Columbia, S.C., will take part in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 23.
Forrest was 10th in the Southeastern Conference with 93 tackles in 2015, including six tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and one fumble caused. He also intercepted two passes and broke up five. Forrest completed his degree in community and leadership development before the season started and was working on a second degree in communications.
The 67th Senior Bowl kicks off at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 and will be televised on the NFL Network.
Johnson led SEC defensive linemen with 67 tackles in 2015 and was named to the All-SEC second team on Monday. He also had eight tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, one fumble caused, one pass breakup and a blocked field goal. He recorded a career-high 19 tackles against Eastern Kentucky and returned a fumble 77 yards for a touchdown against Tennessee.
Johnson is on track to graduate in May with a degree in community leadership and development.
The 91st East-West Shrine Game kicks off at 4 p.m. on Jan. 23 and will also be on the NFL Network.
Forrest and Johnson join defensive lineman Farrington Huguenin and safety A.J. Stamps as Wildcats playing in senior bowls. Huguenin and Stamps will participate in the fifth-annual NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl at Cal State-Dominguez Hills on Jan. 23.