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Quarterback Johnson, defensive standouts Love, Edwards will represent Cats at SEC Media Days


The unofficial kickoff of football season, Southeastern Conference Media Days, is in one week and Kentucky has selected its representatives.

Two defensive players, linebacker Courtney Love and safety Mike Edwards, along with Cats quarterback Stephen Johnson will represent the Cats with Coach Mark Stoops in Hoover, Ala., next week.

The trio was announced alongside the other school representatives by the SEC office on Wednesday.

Edwards and Love were second and third for Kentucky in tackles last season with 100 and 76 tackles, respectively. Edwards also had three interceptions and a team-high eight pass breakups in 2016.

The junior from Cincinnati started in all 13 games last season and led SEC defensive backs in tackles with 100, one of just six players in the league with triple-digit tackles in 2016. Edwards had 10 or more tackles in four games.

Love, a senior middle linebacker who also attended SEC Media Days for Kentucky last season, finished with 76 tackles and a key recovered fumble that helped the Cats top Louisville last season.

The Nebraska transfer started in all 13 games last year and was named a team captain in 12 of those games.

Johnson, a junior college transfer from California, led UK to wins in seven of its last 11 games after coming in for injured starter Drew Barker (back injury).

Johnson threw for 2,037 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 327 yards and three more scores.

Kentucky’s turn at Media Days is Wednesday along with Alabama, Missouri and Texas A&M. The event kicks off on Monday at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel with Arkansas, LSU and Tennessee. Tuesday features Florida, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

The event wraps up on Thursday with Auburn, Ole Miss and South Carolina.

Attendees for each school:

Alabama — OL Bradley Bozeman, DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, WR Calvin Ridley

Arkansas — QB Austin Allen, OL Frank Ragnow, DB Kevin Richardson

Auburn — K Daniel Carlson, DB Tray Matthews, OL Braden Smith

Florida —DB Duke Dawson, DB Marcell Harris, OL Martez Ivey

Georgia — RB Nick Chubb, RB Sony Michel, LB Roquan Smith

Kentucky —DB Mike Edwards, QB Stephen Johnson, LB Courtney Love

LSU —WR D.J. Chark, RB Derrius Guice, DE Christian LaCouture

Ole Miss —OL Javon Patterson, QB Shea Patterson, DT Breeland Speaks

Mississippi State —WR Donald Gray, LB Dez Harris, OL Martinas Rankin

Missouri — LB Eric Beisel, QB Drew Lock, WR J’Mon Moore

South Carolina —QB Jake Bentley, TE Hayden Hurst, WR Deebo Samuel

Tennessee — DB Emmanuel Moseley, OL Jashon Robertson, DL Kendal Vickers

Texas A&M —WR Christian Kirck, OL Koda Martin, DB Armani Watts

Vanderbilt — LB Oren Burks, QB Kyle Shurmur, RB Ralph Webb