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CC Staff Predictions: Stat Leaders

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

We are officially two weeks away from the return of Kentucky football. When things get kicked off on September 2nd, there will be a lot of familiar faces filling up the stat sheet, but also some newcomers at some of the most important positions. With this in mind, I asked the staff here at Cats Coverage their thoughts on who would lead this team in some important statistical categories. Here are the results: *Note: Touchdowns category excludes Devin Leary because that's obvious.


Braden Nevius

Receiving: Barion Brown

Rushing: Ray Davis

Touchdowns: Dane Key

Sacks: JJ Weaver

Tackles: D'Eryk Jackson

Interceptions: Zion Childress


As you will come to see, there were quite a few agreements across the board on these topics, but one place where I differed from the rest was touchdowns. It's natural and probably the most logical to assume RB1 as the guy who will find the end zone the most, especially given what history under Mark Stoops tells us. With that, I went a little outside the box in picking Dane Key. While I anticipate Ray Davis to get the most touches, I also expect to see a lot more of the guys behind him than what we're used to. This running back room will be more of a cohesive unit than in the past which leads me to believe the touchdowns will be spread out among them. With Dane Key, I foresee him being Kentucky's number one redzone target. As we saw last year, Key can win one-on-one situations and can out physical corners when he needs to.



Jordan Mathus

Receiving: Dane Key

Rushing: Ray Davis

Touchdowns: Ray Davis

Sacks: JJ Weaver

Tackles: JJ Weaver

Interceptions: JQ Hardaway


A lot of Jordan's projections are exactly what you'd expect. What pops out to me here is the selection of JQ Hardaway to lead the team in interceptions. The Cincinnati transfer is entering his true sophomore season after one year with the Bearcats. He appeared in 11 games which is very impressive for a true freshman. While he did not record an interception in his freshman year, I also expect a breakout season from the 6'3 corner. Coach Stoops has a liking for tall defensive backs like Hardaway and it's likely he will see plenty of action this year.



Jacob Childers

Receiving: Tayvion Robinson

Rushing: Ray Davis

Touchdowns: Ray Davis

Sacks: JJ Weaver

Tackles: Trevin Wallace

Interceptions: Maxwell Hariston


You know exactly where I'm going for my analysis on this one. Despite the hype around the duo of Dane Key and Barion Brown, Jacob sees Tayvion Robsinon as the man who will lead the way in receiving yards. Jacob believes the Virginia Tech transfer from the emphasis being put on Key and Brown as well as the way that Liam Coen likes to utilize his slot receivers. Look no further than Wan'Dale Robinson for proof of that.



Janson Hoskins

Receiving: Dane Key

Rushing: Ray Davis

Touchdowns: Ray Davis

Sacks: JJ Weaver

Tackles: Deone Walker

Interceptions: Jordan Lovett


The only guy who was voted unanimously in a category was JJ Weaver with sacks. Janson believes the senior is in store for the best year of his Kentucky career. The Louisville native had a decision on whether to go pro or not, but decided one more year of college would bolster his draft hopes. He's in the best shape of his life and is ready to lead the outside linebacker group. If Kentucky wants to have a formidable pass rush, it is likely going to be on the shoulders of Weaver.





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