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Kentucky has picked its SEC Media Days attendees. Here’s who will be representing the Cats.

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops will attend SEC Media Days in Atlanta next week with running back Benny Snell, linebacker Josh Allen and tight end C.J. Conrad.
Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops will attend SEC Media Days in Atlanta next week with running back Benny Snell, linebacker Josh Allen and tight end C.J. Conrad. AP

Benny Snell, C.J. Conrad and Josh Allen will be on hand as Kentucky’s representatives at the annual Southeastern Conference Media Days, the league announced Wednesday.

The annual event, which starts July 16, moved from its longtime home in Hoover, Ala., to Atlanta this year. Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops and the three players are scheduled to meet with the media on Monday afternoon.

Snell, a junior, is the league’s top returning running back and will be closing in on UK’s all-time rushing record this season. For his career, the 5-foot-11, 223-pound player from Westerville, Ohio, has 2,424 yards and 32 touchdowns on 448 carries.

Conrad missed the Cats’ final two games of the season, including the Music City Bowl, while having his foot surgically repaired. The senior tight end also had surgery on his shoulder during the offseason.

The LaGrange, Ohio, native probably will see his name listed among the top tight ends in the SEC when the preseason teams are released after catching 16 passes for 286 yards and four touchdown last season.

For his career, Conrad has 50 grabs for 697 yards and nine scores.

Allen, a 6-foot-5, 252-pound senior from Montclair, N.J., has totaled 19.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks for his career. An All-SEC Second Team selection after last season, he’s projected as a possible first-round NFL Draft pick.

Allen was fourth on the team in tackles last season with 65 and finished with a team-best 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. The senior also had four quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one interception.

Last season, Kentucky took quarterback Stephen Johnson, safety Mike Edwards and linebacker Courtney Love to Media Days.

Other players of note include Alabama running back and former Madison Southern standout Damien Harris, who will be representing the Crimson Tide alongside linebacker Anfernee Jennings and center Ross Pierschbacher.

Quarterbacks on the docket for the week include Auburn's Jarrett Stidham, Ole Miss's Jordan Ta'amu, Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald, Missouri's Drew Lock, South Carolina's Jake Bentley and Vanderbilt's Kyle Shurmur.

Only three running backs will be representing their teams at the annual season-starting event: Snell, Harris and Trayveon Williams of Texas A&M.

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