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Best of Blue Weekly Awards (week of Nov. 28)

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Thumbnail image for best of blue logo_web.jpg It can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the University of Kentucky's 22 varsity sports. With that in mind, we will highlight the best from around Kentucky sports each week. We'll recognize the best performances from Wildcat teams and players, we'll show you the coolest videos and photos that you may have missed and we'll mix in some new stuff along the way. Here are your award winners for this week:

Team of the week - Football beats Tennessee, ends streak

An obvious winner here. Kentucky entered its annual matchup with Tennessee as the underdog, with the Wildcats' streak of consecutive losses at the hands of the Volunteers expected to be extended to 27. Instead, the Cats' defense turned in an unbelievable performance and the offense did just enough to deliver a 10-7 victory to the fans in Commonwealth Stadium.

UK won the turnover battle, forcing a pair and committing none, while holding the UT offense to a paltry 276 yards. The Wildcats were anchored by a group of seniors who made big play after big play in their final games wearing Kentucky blue, including Winston Guy (14 tackles), Danny Trevathan (eight tackles, 1.5 for loss) and Taiedo Smith (game-clinching interception). None, however, came up bigger than...

Player of the week - Matt Roark, hero in unlikeliest of fashions

Two months ago, Matt Roark was a wide receiver sent to the bench due to an acute case of the drops. However, he never let himself get down and continued to stand out on UK's special teams. He worked his way back into the mix at receiver and even had back-to-back games of 100 yards receiving.

That would have been a good enough story for his senior season, but another twist was in store.

With quarterbacks Maxwell Smith and Morgan Newton unable to play at 100 percent, head coach Joker Phillips, offensive coordinator Randy Sanders and passing game coordinator Tee Martin came up with a top-secret plan. Roark would return to quarterback, the position he played in high school, to run a simplified, running Wildcat attack. Incredibly, the secret was kept until Roark took the first snap of the game against Tennessee.

He didn't throw the ball all over the field, completing just 4-of-6 passes for 15 yards, but he made sounds decisions and diced the Volunteer defense for 124 rushing yards in the 10-7 win. A fitting cap to his memorable day, Roark served as the honorary 'Y' at the men's basketball game on Saturday night.

Play of the week - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist throws down




Yet another clear winner. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's and-one dunk from Saturday's 87-63 win over Portland pretty much speaks for itself.

Photo of the week -
Trevathan's sendoff

Danny Trevathan is recognized during Senior Day festivities before a 10-7 win over Tennessee. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Danny Trevathan is recognized during Senior Day festivities before a 10-7 win over Tennessee. (Chet White, UK Athletics)

Alumnus/alumna of the week - Stevie Johnson turns in solid day


On Sunday, Stevie Johnson of the Buffalo Bills faced the unenviable task of lining up opposite Darrelle Revis, the New York Jets' shutdown cornerback. All the former UK wide receiver did was catch eight balls for 75 yards, including a five-yard touchdown pass that gave the Bills a 14-7 lead late in the second quarter. The Jets and John Conner, Johnson's former UK teammate, would go on to win the game 28-24.

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