LEXINGTON, Ky. — Friday will mark the the fourth Blue-White spring game under Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, so SEC Country decided to look back at spring standouts of the Stoops era.
A few top performances came from key Wildcats, but lesser-known players had breakout performances.
Kentucky will hold its 2017 spring game at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday at Commonwealth Stadium. Here’s a look at spring game stars since Stoops arrived.
A quarterback battle was brewing between Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell Smith, and Whitlow impressed most during the spring game.
Whitlow was 17 of 28 passing for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns. He added 49 yards rushing. Smith ultimately had the better 2013 season with 9 touchdowns and 1 interception compared to Whitlow’s 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Dyshawn Mobley led running backs with 15 carries for 79 yards. Mobley had 43 carries that season but transferred afterward.
Another standout of the 2013 game? Fans. A record crowd of more than 50,000 was on hand for Stoops’ first spring game at Kentucky.
Running back Jojo Kemp, a sophomore at the time, rushed for 90 yards on 11 carries and 2 touchdowns. He also had 2 receptions for 41 yards.
But it was Josh Clemons who led running backs with a game-high 93 yards and 1 TD. Clemons had 9 carries during the 2014 season. He transferred to Jacksonville State in the following offseason.
Wide receiver Demarco Robinson led receivers with 8 receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. He finished second on the team in catches and third in yards during the regular season.
2015 (no spring game)
Wide receiver Jeff Badet caught 3 passes, 3 for touchdowns, for 107 yards — a whopping 36 yards per catch. It’s a harsh reminder for Kentucky now that Badet is gone. He will play at Oklahoma in 2017 — for Bob Stoops, brother of the Wildcats coach — as a graduate transfer after leading the SEC in yards per catch last season.
Sihiem King, now battling for second-team running back, had a breakout spring game as a sophomore. He carried 9 times for 84 yards and a touchdown. King’s 9.3 yards per carry in the spring game didn’t do much for his playing time. He carried just 11 times for Kentucky last season.
While Badet and King shined on offense, linebacker Denzil Ware piled up the stats on defense. He had 10 solo tackles and assisted on 5 more. He had 4 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss.