FIVE PLAYERS YOU KNOW
QUARTERBACK PATRICK TOWLES
Kentucky’s returning QB started last season so hot, but 71 percent of his passing scores came in the first six games. With improved accuracy, coaches expect junior to make big second-year leap.
RUNNING BACK STANLEY “BOOM” WILLIAMS
Kentucky’s all-purpose yards leader (874) and rushing leader (501 yards, 15 TDs) returns for his sophomore season and likely will get more carries and chances to score.
WIDE RECEIVER GARRETT JOHNSON
His two touchdowns at Florida showed signs of what Johnson is capable of doing and he’ll likely get more touches this season after an impressive offseason.
SAFETY A.J. STAMPS
Huge hits and one-handed interceptions filled Stamps’ highlight tape by the end of last season. Coaches are hoping for more of the same from Stamps, who had 56 tackles and four picks.
LINEBACKER JOSH FORREST
Much-maligned middle linebacker, who led UK in tackles last season with 110, struggled to stop the run last season, but coaches think he’s turned the corner and will be key to Cats’ defense.
FIVE PLAYERS YOU WILL KNOW
CENTER JON TOTH
The soft-spoken junior center has played in 23 straight games and is the brains behind the offense. Has NFL potential with a big season this year.
TIGHT END C.J. CONRAD
The true freshman benefited greatly from spending his spring in Lexington and learning the system. Excellent pass catcher also is comfortable in blocking schemes.
CORNERBACK CHRIS WESTRY
It’s hard to coach speed and 6-foot-4 on the edge. Coach Mark Stoops finally might have his bigger, rangier cornerback who can hang with some of the SEC’s elite wideouts.
WIDE RECEIVER DORIAN BAKER
Sat out the spring with an injury and disappeared at times last season, but has caught the eye of his quarterback with some amazing catches. Could be a key option on the edge.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN MELVIN LEWIS
The Cats’ only returning starter on the defensive line made huge improvement last season and appears to only be getting better. He’s become a key leader for a young, inexperienced defense.