2016 Kentucky Wildcats Football Team
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2016 Kentucky Wildcats Football Team

2016 Kentucky Wildcats football
Kentucky Wildcats logo
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2016 record7-6 (4-4 SEC)
Head coachMark Stoops (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorEddie Gran (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorDarin Hinshaw (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorD. J. Eliot (4th season)
Base defense3-4 or 4-3
Home stadiumCommonwealth Stadium
(Capacity: 61,000)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 14 Florida x   6 2         9 4  
No. 22 Tennessee   4 4         9 4  
Georgia   4 4         8 5  
Kentucky   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         6 7  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Missouri   2 6         4 8  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 24 Auburn   5 3         8 5  
No. 13 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Arkansas   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 7  
Championship: Alabama 54, Florida 16
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 Kentucky Wildcats football team (variously "Kentucky", "UK", or "Wildcats") represented the University of Kentucky in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The season was the program's 123rd overall and 83rd as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by fourth-year head coach Mark Stoops and the played home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. They finished the season 7-6, 4-4 in SEC play to finish in a three-way tie for second place in the Eastern Division. They were invited to the TaxSlayer Bowl where they lost to Georgia Tech.

Pre-season

Previous season

In 2015, the Wildcats lost six out of their last seven games after starting the season 4-1, completing their second year under Mark Stoops at 5-7 and 2-6 in the SEC (6th-East). They lost to in-state rival Louisville, 38-24, to end the season, missing out on their fifth consecutive bowl game since the 2010 season.

Departures

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Daron Blaylock #7 LB 6'1" 226 Senior Marietta, GA Graduated
Zack Blaylock #17 DB 6'0" 193 Junior Marietta, GA Graduated
Glenn Faulkner #18 DB 6'2" 201 Junior East St. Louis, IL Graduated
Ryan Flannigan #33 LB 6'2" 225 Senior Missouri City, TX Graduated
Josh Forrest #45 LB 6'3" 230 Senior Paducah, KY Graduated
Jason Hatcher #6 DE 6'3" 247 Junior Louisville, KY Transferred to West Georgia
Khalid Henderson #22 LB 6'1" 235 Senior Austell, GA Graduated
Farrington Huguenin #91 DE 6'4" 271 Senior Columbia, SC Graduated
Cory Johnson #67 DT 6'3" 300 Senior Columbia, SC Graduated
Jabari Johnson #47 LB 6'1" 250 Senior Stone Mountain, GA Graduated
Melvin Lewis #90 DT 6'4" 311 Senior Compton, CA Graduated
Cody Quinn #16 DB 5'11" 185 Senior Middletown, OH Graduated
A.J. Stamps #1 DB 6'1" 205 Senior Vicksburg, MS Graduated
Jordan Swindle #70 OL 6'7" 304 Senior Jacksonville, FL Graduated
Fred Tiller #3 DB 6'0" 196 Senior Homerville, GA Graduated
Patrick Towles #14 QB 6'3" 235 Junior Fort Thomas, KY Transferred to Boston College
Zach West #67 OL 6'3" 305 Senior Lexington, KY Graduated

2016 signing class

Prior to National Signing Day in February 3, 2016, five players enrolled for the spring semester in order to participate in spring practice and included four former high school seniors and one junior college transfer.[1]

On National Signing Day, Kentucky signed an additional twenty players out of high school and junior college that completed the 2016 recruiting class. The class was highlighted by three Army All-American's as well as Kentucky's Mr. Football.[2]

Personnel

Coaching staff

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops enters his fourth season as the Wildcat's head coach for the 2016 season. During his previous three seasons he led the Wildcats to an overall record of 12 wins and 24 losses.

On December 18, 2015 Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson announced he would not return to the program for the 2016 season as the offensive coordinator.[3][4] In his place Kentucky hired Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran as the assistant head coach of offense at Kentucky. Cincinnati quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw has also joined the UK staff as quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator.[5][6]

Name Position Consecutive season at
Kentucky in current position
Mark Stoops Head coach 3rd
Eddie Gran Offensive Coordinator, Running backs 1st
D. J. Eliot Defensive Coordinator, Inside Linebackers 3rd
Steve Clinkscale Defensive backs 1st
Jimmy Brumbaugh Defensive Line 3rd
Lamar Thomas Wide receivers 1st
Vince Marrow Tight Ends, Recruiting Coordinator 3rd
John Schlarman Offensive Line 3rd
Darin Hinshaw Quarterbacks 1st
Corey Edmond Strength and Conditioning 1st
Reference:

2016 signing class

Returning starters

Offense

Roster

Schedule

Kentucky announced its 2016 football schedule on October 29, 2015. The 2016 schedule consists of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Wildcats will host SEC foes Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt, and will travel to Alabama, Florida, Missouri, and Tennessee.[8]

The team will host three out of four of its non-conference games which are against Austin Peay from the Ohio Valley Conference, New Mexico State Aggies from the Sun Belt Conference, Louisville from the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Southern Miss Golden Eagles from Conference USA.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 37:30 p.m.Southern Miss*ESPNUL 35-4457,230
September 103:30 p.m.at FloridaCBSL 7-4585,821
September 174:00 p.m.New Mexico State*
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
SECNW 62-4249,669
September 247:30 p.m.South Carolina
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
SECNW 17-1051,702
October 17:00 p.m.at No. 1 AlabamaESPNL 6-34101,821
October 84:00 p.m.Vanderbilt +
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY (rivalry)
SECNW 20-1355,030
October 227:30 p.m.Mississippi State
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY (rivalry)
SECNW 40-3850,414
October 2912:00 p.m.at MissouriSECNW 35-2150,234
November 57:30 p.m.Georgia
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
SECNL 24-2762,507
November 1212:00 p.m.at TennesseeSECNL 36-49101,075
November 194:30 p.m.Austin Peay*
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
SECNW 49-1348,948
November 2612:00 p.m.at No. 11 Louisville*ESPNW 41-3854,075
December 3111:00 a.m.vs. Georgia Tech*ESPNL 18-3343,102
Schedule Source:[9]

Game summaries

Southern Mississippi

Overall record Last meeting Result
2-0[10] 1986 Kentucky, 32-0

Florida

Overall record Last meeting Result
17-49[10] 2015 Florida, 14-9

New Mexico State

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

South Carolina

Overall record Last meeting Result
9-17-1[10] 2015 Kentucky, 26-22

Alabama

Overall record Last meeting Result
36-2-1[10] 2013 Alabama, 48-7

Vanderbilt

Overall record Last meeting Result
42-42-4[10] 2015 Vanderbilt, 21-17

Mississippi State

Overall record Last meeting Result
21-22[10] 2015 Mississippi State, 42-16

Missouri

Overall record Last meeting Result
3-3[10] 2015 Kentucky, 21-13

Georgia

Overall record Last meeting Result
55-12-2[10] 2015 Georgia, 27-3

Tennessee

Overall record Last meeting Result
78-24-9[10] 2015 Tennessee, 52-21

Austin Peay

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting[10]

Louisville

Overall record Last meeting Result
14-14[10] 2015 Louisville, 38-24

Georgia Tech

Overall record Last meeting Result
7-11-1[10] 1960 Georgia Tech, 23-13

References

  1. ^ Hale, Jon (January 16, 2016). "UK adds five early enrollees from 2016 class". Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Moore, Josh (January 8, 2016). "UK adds five early enrollees from 2016 class". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Hale, Jon (December 18, 2015). "Shannon Dawson out as Kentucky OC". The Courier-Journal. Louisville. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ Smith, Jennifer (December 18, 2015). "Kentucky's Shannon Dawson won't return next season". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ Hale, Jon (December 19, 2014). "Gran, Hinshaw join Kentucky football staff". The Courier-Journal. Louisville. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ Smith, Jennifer (December 29, 2015). "UK football hires Cincinnati's Eddie Gran to be assistant head coach of the offense". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Football - 2015 Coaches". University of Kentucky Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on January 3, 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Football's 2016 Schedule Announced" (Press release). University of Kentucky Department of Athletics. October 29, 2015. Archived from the original on December 7, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "2016 Kentucky Wildcats Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "UK 2016 Media Guide". University of Kentucky Department of Athletics. Retrieved 2016.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Moore, Deb (September 3, 2016). "Wildcats Drop Opener to Southern Miss". University of Kentucky Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on September 7, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ http://www.espn.com/college-football/boxscore?gameId=400869071 ESPN Box Score: Kentucky at Louisville

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