Football

Kentuckians in major roles across college football. Here’s a list of who’s playing where.

Alabama running back Damien Harris (34) hurdled Washington defensive back Budda Baker (32) as he carried the ball during the first half of the Peach Bowl last season in Atlanta.
Alabama running back Damien Harris (34) hurdled Washington defensive back Budda Baker (32) as he carried the ball during the first half of the Peach Bowl last season in Atlanta. AP

Madison Southern’s Damien Harris and Lafayette’s Jedrick Wills headline an expansive list of college players with Kentucky ties who will be in action this week as the FBS season gets rolling.

Harris returns for his junior campaign as No. 1 Alabama’s leading rusher, gaining 1,037 yards on 146 carries last year. And he might get help from Wills, a freshman who reportedly is in the running for a starting spot on the Tide’s offensive line. Alabama plays No. 3 Florida State at 8 p.m. Saturday on ABC.

Kyle Bolin, the Lexington Catholic quarterback who left Louisville for Rutgers as a graduate transfer this summer, will start in the Scarlet Knights’ home opener against No. 8 Washington at 8 p.m. Friday on FS1.

“I worked my butt off all summer and in the offseason the best I could to take advantage of the opportunity,” Bolin said Monday in his first news conference since being named starter last week.

Franklin County’s Logan Woodside, dubbed “the best quarterback most people don’t know,” in a recent ESPN article, led the nation in touchdown passes last season for Toledo with 45. The senior has a WatchESPN game against Elon at 7 p.m. Thursday, but will likely have a national TV audience for the Rockets’ Sept. 23 game at No. 18 Miami.

Kentucky graduate transfer Jeff Badet is listed second on Oklahoma’s depth chart at Z receiver. Badet caught 31 passes for 670 yards last season for the Cats, including seven touchdowns. Oklahoma opens the season at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against UTEP on Fox-56.

Trinity’s Ryan White will start at safety, and Woodford County’s Saige Young will back up the offensive line for Vanderbilt in its opener against Middle Tennessee at 8 p.m. Saturday on CBS Sports Network. The Blue Raiders feature four Kentuckians, including Tates Creek product Peyton Burke.

Kentuckians in the FBS

Football Bowl Subdivision players with ties to Kentucky who are playing for schools outside the state this season:

Player

College

Position

Class

High school/previous college

Darryl Long

Akron

TE

So.

Kentucky

Damien Harris

Alabama

RB

Jr.

Madison Southern

Jedrick Wills

Alabama

OL

Fr.

Lafayette

Karl Roesler

Arkansas

LB

Sr.

St. Xavier

Bryce Cosby

Ball State

S

Fr.

Manual

Sean Hammonds Jr.

Ball State

DE

So.

Ballard

John Kurtz

Bowling Green

OL

Jr.

St. Xavier

Beau Hoge

Brigham Young

QB

So.

Highlands

Austin Hergott

Central Michigan

QB

Fr.

Highlands

Nick Martin

Charlotte

DL

Fr.

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Kendall Calhoun

Cincinnati

OL

Sr

Paducah Tilghman

Desmond Ridder

Cincinnati

QB

Fr.

St. Xavier

Josiah Robey

Cincinnati

CB

Fr.

Franklin-Simpson

Deonte Clyburn

Colorado State

LB

Sr.

St. Xavier

Dalyn Dawkins

Colorado State

RB

Sr.

Trinity

Tre Hornbuckle

Duke

DE

So.

Murray

Russ Vaden

Eastern Michigan

DB

Fr.

Moore

Garrett Stephens

Florida

DB

Sr.

St. Xavier

Lucas Stone

Georgia

TE

Sr.

Simon Kenton

Devin Gentry

Georgia State

WR

So.

Male

Will Ulmer

Marshall

OL

Fr.

Madison Central

Tyce Daniel

Memphis

TE

Fr.

McCracken County

Darian Porter

Memphis

LB

Sr.

Seneca

Chris Hudson

Miami (Ohio)

WR

Jr.

Hazard

Sam Murrer

Miami (Ohio)

OL

So.

Covington Catholic

Dane Drobocky

Michigan

DE

Fr.

Bowling Green

C.J. Hayes

Michigan State

WR

Fr.

South Warren

Grayson Miller

Michigan State

S

Jr.

Scott County

Landon Board

Middle Tennessee

RB

Fr.

Owensboro

Peyton Burke

Middle Tennessee

WR

Fr.

Tates Creek

Joseph Freeland

Middle Tennessee

CB

Jr.

Christian County

Cole Kirby

Middle Tennessee

OL

Fr.

Franklin-Simpson

Tanner Morgan

Minnesota

QB

Fr.

Ryle

Jake Paulson

Minnesota

TE

Fr.

Louisville Christian

Juan Hailey

Navy

S

Jr.

Central

Chad Lewellyn

Navy

WR

Sr.

Louisville Christian

Zach Williams

North Texas

K

Fr.

Trinity

Kylan Nelson

Ohio

S

Jr.

Lafayette

Sean Nuernberger

Ohio State

K

Jr.

Oldham County

Jeff Badet

Oklahoma

WR

Sr.

Kentucky

Javarus Barksdale-Blair

Oklahoma State

CB

Fr.

Lafayette

Derrick Barnes

Purdue

LB

Fr.

Covington Holy Cross

KeyRon Catlett

Purdue

WR

Fr.

Christian County

Zac Collins

Purdue

K

Fr.

St. Xavier

Noah Ellison

Purdue

WR

Fr.

Trinity

Kenneth Major

Purdue

CB

Fr.

Christian County

Elijah Sindelar

Purdue

QB

So.

Caldwell County

D.J. Washington

Purdue

OL

Fr.

Ballard

Kyle Bolin

Rutgers

QB

Sr.

Lexington Catholic/Louisville

Michael Sehlinger

SMU

LS

So.

St. Xavier

Elijah King

Texas State

WR

Sr.

Fairview

Woodford Lankford

Toledo

OL

Fr.

Lexington Catholic

Logan Woodside

Toledo

QB

Sr.

Frankin County

Ryan White

Vanderbilt

S

Sr.

Trinity

Saige Young

Vanderbilt

OL

So.

Woodford County

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