Should Kentucky Wildcat Basketball fans be worried about the RPI? Or even the NIT?

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John Schlarman, a former All-Southeastern Conference offensive guard and graduate assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, has returned to his alma mater to coach the offensive line, head coach Mark Stoops announced Tuesday.

Schlarman comes to UK from Troy University, where he has coached the offensive line for the past six years, adding the duty of running game coordinator since 2010. He has helped Troy win or share four Sun Belt Conference championships and advance to three bowl games.

Troy has had one of the nation’s most productive offenses during Schlarman’s term, ranking among the nation’s top 26 in total offense in five of his six seasons at the school. With new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown in the same role at Troy, the Trojans hit a No. 3 ranking in total offense in 2009 with 485.7 yards per game. Troy averaged 498.8 yards per game in 2012, ranking 13th nationally.

Featuring pass-oriented offenses, the Trojans have rated as high as No. 4 in the nation in passing yardage, accomplished in 2009 at 336.5 yards per game. Troy was eighth nationally in passing in 2012 with 331.5 yards per game.

Troy also has had complementary running games with Schlarman, averaging at least 149 yards per game in five of his six seasons, featuring a high mark of 182.6 yards per contest in 2007. All the yardage also has resulted in point production as the team has averaged at least 30 points per game in five of his six years.

July 18, 2012; Hoover, AL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Larry Warford talks with reporters at the 2012 SEC media days event at the Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the 2-10 record last year, there were a couple of bright spots that got recognized. Here are the details from the UK media release:

The honors keep rolling in for University of Kentucky senior offensive guard Larry Warford. After earning All-Southeastern Conference honors by four different media outlets and league coaches, Warford earned his highest honor yet Tuesday when The Associated Press named him a third-team All-American.

This is the first All-America honor for Warford, who becomes the first UK offensive lineman to earn All-America status since Mike Pfeifer (first-team by Football News, Mizlou) in 1989 and the first to receive the honor from the AP since Warren Bryant earned second-team honors in 1976. All totaled, Warford is the 12th UK offensive lineman to earn All-America honors in school history.

So far this offseason, Warford has been named a second-team All-SEC performer by SEC coaches, AP and CollegeSportsMadness.com, while ESPN.com and CBSSports.com named him first-team All-SEC Team on Monday.

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 University of Kentucky sophomore linebacker Alvin “Bud” Dupree has been named second-team Sophomore All-America by CollegeFootballNews.com for his impressive season.

This is the second honor of the season for Dupree, who was named a third-team All-Southeastern Conference performer by CollegeSportsMadness.com last week.

Dupree had a breakout year for Kentucky in 2012, finishing second on the team in tackles with 91. The native of Irwinton, Ga., led the team in quarterback sacks and tackles for loss with 6.5 and 12.5, respectively. Dupree’s best game came against Tennessee when he posted 10 tackles, one sack and three tackles for loss. The sophomore posted a career-high 12 tackles against Western Kentucky. Dupree started all 12 games this season and has had a sack, tackle for loss, fumble caused, fumble recovered or pass breakup in 13 of the last 16 games he has played.

 

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