Four Wildcats named to Associated Press All-SEC Team

Bowden, Stenberg, Jackson and Duffy earn first team honors

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LEXINGTON, KY (WTVQ) – With the season in the books, the Associated Press has announced their picks for the All-SEC team.
Lynn Bowden Jr. (All purpose), Drake Jackson (Center), Logan Stenberg (Guard) and Max Duffy (Punter) were all named to the first team.
Also, Lexington native and Alabama Offensive Tackle Jed Wills was named to the All-SEC first team.
UK’s full press release is below;

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky’s record-breaking athlete Lynn Bowden Jr. headlines four Wildcats named Associated Press first-team All-Southeastern Conference, it was announced on Monday. Bowden was named the top all-purpose player in the league, while punter Max Duffy, center Drake Jackson and offensive guard Logan Stenberg also were recognized for their play this season.

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This is the first time since 2002 that four Wildcats have earned first-team All-SEC by the AP. Return specialist Derek Abney, offensive tackle Antonio Hall, punter Glenn Pakulak and running back Artose Pinner were honored that season. Three Cats – linebacker Josh Allen, running back Benny Snell Jr. and offensive guard Bunchy Stallings made the first team last season.

Bowden, Jackson and Stenberg were three major cogs in the nation’s fourth-ranked rushing offense this season, as the Cats completely re-vamped their attack after a rash of injuries at quarterback position necessitated Bowden taking over the position. The Cats rushed for 274.4 yards per game, including three consecutive games of at least 400 yards to end the season. The team broke the single-game rushing record in back-to-back weeks, including 517 yards against Louisville in the regular-season finale.

Bowden, a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award for the nation’s most versatile player, currently leads the SEC and ranks eighth nationally in all-purpose yardage, averaging 153.0 yards per game (note that all-purpose yardage does not include Bowden’s passing yardage as a quarterback). He is one of only three players in the top nine nationally with rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return yards.

The Youngstown, Ohio native, who earned First-Team Midseason All-America honors as an all-purpose player by The Associated Press and ESPN, is averaging 8.2 yards per rushing attempt, and is in contention to break the school record. That mark leads the SEC and ranks second nationally. He also is the only player in the nation leading his team in both rushing (1,235) and pass receiving (348). He ranks 13th on UK’s career receptions list with 114 and is 18th on the career receiving yards list with 1,303 yards.

Jackson and Stenberg were the two most veteran pieces of an offensive line regarded as one of the best in the country. Jackson, a redshirt junior from Versailles, Kentucky, has started 32 consecutive games and was named SEC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Cats piled up 401 yards on the ground versus Vanderbilt on Nov. 16. Stenberg, a senior from Madison, Alabama, has a reputation as one of the toughest blocking guards in the SEC and has started 38 consecutive games for the Cats.

Duffy, a junior from Perth, Australia, leads the nation in punting at 48.6 yards per punt and has helped the Cats lead the nation in net punting as well. He has been consistently excellent this season and was twice named the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week. He is a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, to be announced on Dec. 10. Duffy also is UK’s all-time leading career punter at 46.47 yards on 107 kicks.

Kentucky finished the regular season 7-5 overall, 3-5 in the SEC and will face Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl on December 31 in Charlotte, North Carolina at noon on ESPN.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

u-QB – Joe Burrow, LSU, 6-foot-4, 216, Sr., Athens, Ohio

u-RB – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU, 5-8, 209, Jr., Baton Rouge, Louisiana

RB – Kylin Hill, Mississippi State, 5-11, 215, Jr., Columbus, Mississippi

T – Andrew Thomas, Georgia, 6-5, 320, Jr., Lithonia, Georgia

T – Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama, 6-5, 320, Jr., Lexington, Kentucky

G – Trey Smith, Tennessee, 6-6, 325, Jr., Jackson, Tennessee

G – Logan Stenberg, Kentucky, 6-6, 322, Sr., Madison, Alabama

C – Drake Jackson, Kentucky, 6-2, 313, Jr., Versailles, Kentucky

TE – Kyle Pitts, Florida, 6-6, 239, Soph., Philadelphia

u-WR – Ja’Marr Chase, LSU, 6-1, 200, Soph., Harvey, Louisiana

WR – DeVonta Smith, Alabama, 6-1, 175, Jr., Amite, Louisiana

All-purpose – Lynn Bowden Jr., Kentucky, 6-1, 199, Jr., Youngstown, Ohio

K – Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia, 6-1, 191, Sr., Marietta, Georgia

Defense

E – Marlon Davidson, Auburn, 6-3, 278, Sr., Greenville, Alabama

E – Jonathan Greenard, Florida, 6-3, 263, Gr., Hiram, Georgia

T – Derrick Brown, Auburn, 6-5, 318, Sr., Sugar Hill, Georgia

T – Jordan Elliott, Missouri, 6-4, 315, Jr., Missouri City, Texas

LB – Nick Bolton, Missouri, 6-0, 235, Soph., Frisco, Texas

LB – K.J. Britt, Auburn, 6-0, 236, Jr., Oxford, Alabama

LB – Anfernee Jennings, Alabama, 6-3, 259, Sr., Dadeville, Alabama

CB – Trevon Diggs, Alabama, 6-2, 207, Sr., Gaithersburg, Maryland

CB – Derek Stingley Jr., LSU, 6-1, 190, Fr., Baton Rouge, Louisiana

S – Xavier McKinney, Alabama, 6-1, 200, Jr., Roswell, Georgia

S – Nigel Warrior, Tennessee, 6-0, 190, Sr., College Park, Georgia

P – Max Duffy, Kentucky, 6-1, 186, Jr., Perth, Australia

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB – Tua Tagoailoa, Alabama, 6-1, 218, Jr., Ewa Beach, Hawaii

RB – Najee Harris, Alabama, 6-2, 230, Jr., Antioch, California

RB – D’Andre Swift, Georgia, 5-9, 215, Jr., Philadelphia

T – Alex Leatherwood, Alabama, 6-6, 310, Jr., Pensacola, Florida

T – Isaiah Wilson, Georgia, 6-7, 340, Soph., Brooklyn, New York

G – Landon Dickerson, Alabama, 6-6, 308, Jr., Hickory, North Carolina

G – Damien Lewis, LSU, 6-3, 322, Sr., Canton, Mississippi

C – Trey Hill, Georgia, 6-4, 330, Soph., Warner Robins, Georgia

TE – Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M, 6-5, 260, Fr., Dickinson, Texas

WR – Justin Jefferson, LSU, 6-3, 192, Jr., St. Rose, Louisiana

WR – Jerry Jeudy, Alabama, 6-1, 192, Jr., Deerfield Beach, Florida

All-purpose – Jaylen Waddle, Alabama, 5-10, 182, Soph., Houston

K – Cade York, LSU, 6-2, 189, Fr., McKinney, Texas

Defense

E – Chauncey Rivers, Mississippi State, 6-3, 275, Sr., Stone Mountain, Georgia

E – D.J. Wonnum, South Carolina, 6-5, 260, Sr., Stone Mountain, Georgia

T – Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina, 6-6, 310, Sr., Charleston, South Carolina

T – Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M, 6-3, 304, Jr., McKinney, Texas

LB – K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU, 6-4, 250, Soph., Houston

LB – De’Jon Harris, Arkansas, 6-0, 245, Sr., Harvey, Louisiana

x-LB – David Reese, Florida, 6-0, 220, R-Fr., Fort Pierce, Florida

x-LB – Monty Rice, Georgia, 6-1, 235, Jr., Huntsville, Alabama

x-CB – Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina, 6-4, 205, Soph., Bossier City, Louisiana

x-CB – Kristian Fulton, LSU, 6-0, 200, Sr., New Orleans

x-CB – Eric Stokes, Georgia, 6-1, 185, Soph., Covington, Georgia

S – Grant Delpit, LSU, 6-3, 203, Jr., Houston

S – Jeremiah Dinson, Auburn, 6-0, 191, Sr., Miami

P – Braden Mann, Texas A&M, 5-11, 195, Sr., Houston

u-Offensive Player of the Year – QB Joe Burrow, LSU

Defensive Player of the Year – DT Derrick Brown, Auburn

Newcomer of the Year – CB Derek Stingley Jr., LSU

Coach of the Year – Ed Orgeron, LSU

u-Unanimous selection

x-Ties

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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