University of Kentucky senior safety A.J. Stamps and sophomore place-kicker Austin MacGinnis received All-Southeastern Conference honors Friday.
Both were named to the All-SEC third team in a vote of media who cover the league.
Stamps, who transferred to UK from East Mississippi Community College before last season, started all 12 games in 2014 and had 56 tackles, four interceptions, five pass breakups and one tackle for loss. Stamps' 103 interception return yards were the most by a Kentucky player in one season since 1981.
MacGinnis set six school records as a freshman last season, totaling 21 field goals, the most in Kentucky history. He had the most field goals in the SEC last fall, also leading all NCAA freshmen. MacGinnis finished with a school-record 104 points — equaling the SEC lead — and was one of only five kickers in the nation with three field goals of 50-plus yards.
MacGinnis, who made a UK record 41 extra-point tries without a miss in 2014, set another school mark with the longest field goal in school history, a 54-yard boot at Tennessee. He also set UK records by making nine consecutive field goals and forcing 25 touchbacks on kickoffs.
Alabama led SEC teams with six first-team selections and 12 players honored overall. LSU and Auburn each had three first-team choices and 10 total players picked. Georgia and Mississippi had four first-teamers each.
Among teams with All-SEC players, Kentucky and Missouri had the fewest with two each. No Vanderbilt players were selected.
Cats add transfer
Minnesota linebacker De'Niro Laster announced Friday that he has committed to UK.
Laster — a 6-foot-4, 226-pound player — is visiting Lexington this weekend and had already made known his intentions to transfer after spending the past two years at Minnesota.
UK's coaches recruited Laster as a high school prospect out of Cleveland Heights in Ohio, the same program that produced sophomore wide receiver Dorian Baker.
Rivals.com ranked Laster as the No. 35 outside linebacker nationally and the No. 34 prospect from Ohio in the class of 2013.
He sat out the 2013 season as a redshirt, then made his debut for the Golden Gophers in 2014 — playing in nine games and registering seven tackles. Laster also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors last season.
This is the fourth player originally from Ohio that UK has secured as a transfer in recent months.
Former Nebraska players Greg Hart and Courtney Love transferred to UK last December and enrolled for the spring semester. Ohio State offensive lineman Marcelys Jones announced last month that he will join the Wildcats as a transfer this fall.
Laster likely will have to sit out the upcoming season, in which case he would first be eligible to play for UK in 2016.
As voted on by media who cover the league (each player listed with points received):
QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi St. 170
RB Nick Chubb, Georgia 189
RB Leonard Fournette, LSU 180
WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss 169
WR D'haquille Williams, Auburn 154
TE Evan Engram, Ole Miss 128
OL Cam Robinson, Alabama 167
OL Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss 159
OL Vadal Alexander, LSU 131
OL John Theus, Georgia 129
C Ryan Kelly, Alabama 144
DL Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss 173
DL A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama 160
DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M 155
DL Carl Lawson, Auburn 131
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama 181
LB Jordan Jenkins, Georgia 121
LB Curt Maggitt, Tennessee 102
DB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida 186
DB Cyrus Jones, Alabama 126
DB Jonathan Jones, Auburn 122
DB Jalen Mills, LSU 118
P JK Scott, Alabama 161
PK Marshall Morgan, Georgia 100
RS Speedy Noil, Texas A&M 117
AP Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina 112
QB Jeremy Johnson, Auburn 89
RB Derrick Henry, Alabama 151
RB Jonathan Williams, Arkansas 82
WR Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina 147
WR De'Runnya Wilson, Mississippi St. 59
TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas 97
OL Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M 124
OL Dan Skipper, Arkansas 95
OL Denver Kirkland, Arkansas 85
OL Greg Pyke, Georgia 83
C Mike Matthews, Texas A&M 108
DL Jonathan Bullard, Florida 115
DL Derek Barnett, Tennessee 105
DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama 99
DL Chris Jones, Mississippi St. 93
LB Kendell Beckwith, LSU 93
LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia 92
LB Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn 80
DB Tony Conner, Ole Miss 117
DB Cameron Sutton, Tennessee 115
DB Will Redmond, Mississippi St. 79
DB Tre'Davious White, LSU 61
P Drew Kaser, Texas A&M 92
PK Elliott Fry, South Carolina 87
RS Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina 75
AP Leonard Fournette, LSU 85
QB Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee 62
RB Alex Collins, Arkansas 80
RB Kenyan Drake, Alabama 34
WR Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia 50
WR Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M 39
TE O.J. Howard, Alabama 87
OL Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas 72
OL Alex Kozan, Auburn 69
OL Avery Young, Auburn 57
OL Brandon Shell, South Carolina 50
C Evan Boehm, Missouri 81
DL Montravius Adams, Auburn 90
DL Jarran Reed, Alabama 60
DL Davon Godchaux, LSU 40
DL Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss 34
LB Kris Frost, Auburn 77
LB Antonio Morrison, Florida 66
LB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri 61
DB A.J. Stamps, Kentucky 59
DB Eddie Jackson, Alabama 58
DB Jamal Adams, LSU 56
DB Johnathan Ford, Auburn 52
P Jamie Keehn, LSU 52
PK Austin MacGinnis, Kentucky 59
RS Leonard Fournette, LSU 66
AP Speedy Noil, Texas A&M 84