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Eight UK players are headed to the NFL Combine. See what the league thinks of them.

Who will Mark Stoops miss more, Benny Snell or Josh Allen?

After his team's 27-24 win over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 2019, in Orlando, Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops was asked which of his stars will he miss most -- Benny Snell or Josh Allen? UK finished the season 10-3.
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After his team's 27-24 win over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 2019, in Orlando, Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops was asked which of his stars will he miss most -- Benny Snell or Josh Allen? UK finished the season 10-3.

Eight University of Kentucky football players will participate in this year’s NFL Combine.

Linebacker Josh Allen — who’s widely expected to be a top-five selection — leads the list of players who helped UK go 10-3 and finish with a Citrus Bowl championship at the end of the 2018 season. The combine website rates Allen — a 6-foot-5, 245-pound prospect who last week was named 2018 Kentucky Sports Figure of the Yearas a “6.70” heading into the combine, a grade that NFL.com suggests he could become a Pro Bowl-caliber player in the league.

Benny Snell, who left UK as the program’s all-time leading rusher, also will participate in the combine, workouts for which are scheduled from March 1-March 4 in Indianapolis. Right now Snell is rated with a prospect grade of 5.23 — “NFL backup or special teams potential,” according to NFL.com.

The other six Wildcats who will participate in the NFL Combine are: cornerback Derrick Baity, tight end C.J. Conrad, safety Mike Edwards, cornerback Lonnie Johnson, linebacker Jordan Jones and safety Darius West. You can click on each of their names for their prospect profile on NFL.com, which includes their pre-combine grade.

Josh Moore is in his first year covering the University of Kentucky football team and in his fifth year reporting for the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he’s been employed since 2009. Moore graduated with a B.A. in Integrated Strategic Communication and English from UK in 2013. He’s a huge fan of the NBA and Power Rangers.

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