Four Wildcats Earn Preseason Media Days All-SEC Honors

Jackson, Stenberg, Daniel and Bowden named third team

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Four University of Kentucky football players earned a spot on the 2019 Preseason Media Days All-Southeastern Conference teams, it was announced Friday by the league office. Junior center Drake Jackson and senior offensive guard Logan Stenberg were named third-team offense, while senior linebacker Kash Daniel was named second-team defense and junior athlete Lynn Bowden Jr. earned a spot as a third-team specialist.

Jackson, a native of Versailles, Kentucky, started at center in all 13 games last season, giving him 20 consecutive starts. He was responsible for only one-half quarterback sack, had 141 blocks at the point of attack, and had 33 knockdown blocks. He was a significant contributor in helping running back Benny Snell Jr. become UK’s all-time leading rusher.

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Stenberg, who hails from Madison, Alabama, has played in 38 career games, starting the last 26. He was named a preseason Second-Team All-American by the Sporting News after grading out at 85.5 percent in 2018, registering 78 knockdown blocks and 154 blocks at the point of attack. He did not miss a single assignment all season and allowed just one sack.

Daniel, from Paintsville, Kentucky, is UK’s leading returning tackler from last season. He ranked third on the team in total tackles (84), behind seniors Josh Allen and Darius West. He also ranked third in tackles for loss (7.5) and was tied for 24th in the SEC in tackles per game (6.3). He accomplished all of this despite playing with a broken left hand sustained against Vanderbilt on Oct. 20.

Bowden, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, was a second-team All-SEC All-Purpose performer last season by the coaches and Athlon Sports after totaling two punt returns for TDs on just five total returns, a 58-yard punt return for a TD in the first quarter vs. Penn State and 67-yarder at Missouri. He was one of just three players nationally with two punt returns for a TD. He also returned 25 kickoffs for an average of 21.6 yards per return.

As a receiver, Bowden broke the school record for most receptions (67) by a sophomore in school history, surpassing Derek Abney’s 66 from 2001. He led the Wildcats in catches, receiving yards (745) and touchdown receptions (five) and hauled in the most catches in a season since current NFL star Randall Cobb caught 84 passes in 2010.

The junior recently was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the nation’s top receiver, Athlon Sports’ Preseason All-SEC Second Team as a receiver and Third Team as a return specialist.

Bowden enters 2019 needing just 45 receiving yards to become the 30th player in school history to reach 1,000 for their career. With 16 more receptions he would become the 17th UK player to have 100 career catches.

To see the entire All-SEC list, go here: http://bit.ly/30En6jx

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com