The Wildcats will observe 15 instances throughout spring coaching; no spring recreation in 2021
The College of Kentucky soccer group will start its 15-practice spring schedule on Tuesday, March 16 on the Joe Craft Soccer Coaching Facility. The practices will span the month of March and conclude in mid-April.
Practices are closed to followers presently.
The Wildcats is not going to host a spring recreation this season. The choice to not maintain a spring recreation was made as we proceed to prioritize UK Athletics’ proud partnerships with the College, UK HealthCare, and native and state authorities, that are working collectively to function each group testing and the Commonwealth’s largest vaccination clinic in and round Kroger Discipline.
“We’re excited to start spring observe subsequent week,” head coach Mark Stoops mentioned. “Though we can’t have a spring recreation, we’re trying ahead to what subsequent season may appear like and hopefully that’s having full capability at Kroger Discipline. We won’t wait to really feel that vitality once more.
“I wish to give a particular shout-out to everybody working laborious to present COVID assessments and vaccines at Kroger Discipline. We respect the work they’re doing for the individuals within the Commonwealth.”
The Cats are coming off a 5-6 season that noticed them face a 10-game all-Southeastern Convention common season earlier than defeating NC State within the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, this system’s third consecutive postseason victory.
Stoops’ group incorporates a wealth of expertise in 2021 with 15 starters returning, together with seven offense, 5 protection and three specialists. The roster additionally contains 9 “tremendous seniors” (seniors who took benefit of the NCAA’s blanket eligibility waiver for all 2020 fall student-athletes resulting from COVID-19), together with 5 starters. The returning “tremendous senior” starters are extensive receiver Josh Ali, offensive guard Luke Fortner, tight finish Justin Rigg, kickoff returner/defensive again Zach Johnson and kicker Matt Ruffolo.
Twelve gamers may even see their first motion in a Kentucky uniform after enrolling in early January. Eight of the mid-year enrollees are highschool standouts who graduated in December – offensive lineman Jager Burton, defensive again Maxwell Hairston, defensive again Jordan Lovett, extensive receiver Chauncey Magwood, quarterback Kaiya Sheron, tight finish Jai Williams, offensive lineman David Wohlabaugh and operating again La’Vell Wright.
Williams, a freshman from Lake Forest, Illinois is a brand new addition to the roster. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound tight finish was a two-year starter for head coach Chuck Spagnoli at Lake Forest Excessive College the place he was a two-way participant who lined up at linebacker and tight finish. He additionally was a member of all 4 particular groups models. He’s the son of James Williams, also referred to as “Huge Cat,” who performed 12 seasons (1991-2003), largely as an offensive deal with, with the Chicago Bears and is called one of many “100 Biggest Bears of All-Time.”
Large receiver Wan’Dale Robinson, a switch from Nebraska, and outdoors linebacker Justice Dingle, a switch from Georgia Tech, enter as juniors however resulting from COVID-19, can have three years of eligibility remaining. Punter Wilson Berry continues the pipeline of Australian punters at Kentucky. He involves the Bluegrass at age 23 after taking part in three years of Australian guidelines soccer for Essendon’s group within the Victorian Soccer League. He can have 4 years of eligibility. Michigan State switch Luke Fulton is an inside linebacker and he can have 4 years of eligibility as effectively.
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