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UK football featured in ESPN's season preview

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espn_logo.jpgESPN has unveiled its college football preseason preview this year in a unique manner, writing top 20 lists for different topics of the season. The feature is titled, "20 for '10."

The Kentucky football teams makes several of the preseason lists, which are included below. UK running back Derrick Locke is ranked No. 8 as one of the best small running backs and Kentucky super fan Jim Brown is No. 14 on the top 20 super fans in college football. Unfortunately for the Cats, UK is also included on Mark Schlabach's "What's hot (and not)" list for 2010 for its role in the Kentucky-Tennessee rivalry.

Here are the excerpts from each mention:

8. Derrick Locke, Kentucky, 5-9, 190, senior
A 100 percent healthy season is the only thing separating him from star status. Missed six games in 2008, then had nearly 1,200 yards from scrimmage last season despite missing a game and playing hurt in others. And he's a home run threat returning kickoffs, averaging 27.8 per return last season and taking one to the house.

14. Jim Brown (Kentucky) There are plenty of basketball fanatics in Lexington, but a football super fan? Ninety-one-year-old Jim Brown must be a glutton for punishment, because he had seen every Kentucky home game -- 412 in all -- from 1945 until this past October, when an illness kept him at home.

He's witnessed some pretty lean years like, say, the entire 1990s, when UK had just one winning season. He also had the misfortune of witnessing the Bluegrass Miracle in 2002.

Brown said he'll be ready for the home opener Sept. 11 versus Western Kentucky.

10. Kentucky vs. Tennessee: The Vols have defeated the Cats in 25 consecutive seasons. UT won 30-24 in overtime last season to extend Kentucky's misery. In the history of college football, only 10 series have experienced a win streak longer than 24 games. The Wildcats will try to end their futility in Knoxville on Nov. 27.

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