Two members of the 2023 Kentucky football team could be in for some special moments this season.
Kentucky football boasts a talented, and experienced group in 2023. Plenty of Wildcats have already put together notable college football careers, which means they could break some program records, and shoot up the all-time leaderboards.
Barion Brown – Top 20 in receiving yards and receptions in Kentucky football history
Barion Brown made waves as a freshman at Kentucky, leading the team with 50 receptions for 628 yards. Sure, he has a new quarterback, but even with similar stats, Brown should find himself in elite territory. With at least 676 receiving yards, Brown would enter the top 20 in program history for a career.
Of course, that’s thinking small. Remember when Wan’Dale Robinson went for 1,334 receiving yards in 2021? It might be hard for Brown to do that with such a talented group around him, but even with 1,000 yards exactly, he’d move into 9th all-time in program history.
In terms of receptions, all Brown needs is a repeat of 50 catches to move into 20th in school history. I’d bet he goes for at least 60 or 70 catches, especially with a strong arm in Leary at QB. There’s a very good chance Brown can end the season top 15 in receptions in Kentucky football history.
In terms of TDs, it’s anyone’s guess. Brown scored four times last year, so four more would place him in a tie for 24th.
Brown’s junior year could see some records shatter, but even in 2023, he’s sure to climb up the leaderboard.
Mark Stoops – 5th career bowl win, top 25 in wins among SEC coaches
Mark Stoops is already the winningest coach in Kentucky football history, but now he can win his fifth career bowl game.
Stoops would’ve won his 5th straight bowl game, but the Wildcats lost to Iowa in the Music City Bowl last season. That makes Stoops 0-2 in the Music City Bowl, a game the Cats may hope to stay away from in the future.
For Stoops, it would be some fairly elite territory. Including ties, 107 coaches have ever won at least five bowl games. No UK coach has ever hit that mark solely in Lexington, so it’s something Stoops would be able to have with pride.
On top of that, if Kentucky football can win at least four games in 2023, Stoops would move into the top 25 all-time in SEC coaches. That counts all wins – not just SEC competition. Stoops currently ranks third with only Nick Saban and Kirby Smart having more all-time wins.
For a Kentucky football legend, this would be another cool step forward in cementing his legacy.