Gonzalez, Nance are Game Captains

Oct. 1, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Center Jorge Gonzalez and fullback A.J. Nance are the game captains for Saturday's contest against Alabama, Coach Rich Brooks has announced.

Game captains are usually chosen on the basis of performance in the previous game. Gonzalez played well vs. Florida last Saturday.  Nance was selected for his work on special teams, which featured tackling UF's Brandon James for a five-yard loss on a punt return.

Gonzalez and Nance will join permanent captains Zipp Duncan and Corey Peters at the pregame coin toss.

P. Warford Not Expected to Play: Junior cornerback Paul Warford is not expected to play on Saturday against Alabama, Coach Rich Brooks said after Thursday morning's practice.

Warford sustained a strained quadriceps muscle last Saturday in the Florida game.  Brooks said that Randall Burden will start at cornerback, Taiedo Smith will see more action as a nickelback, and Cartier Rice and Martavius Neloms could see more playing time at cornerback.

Visitation, Funeral Services for Rick Kestner: Visitation for the late Rick Kestner, a member of the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame, will be Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5-8 p.m. at Milward on Southland Drive.  The funeral service will be held on Friday at 1:30 p.m., also at Milward.

Kestner passed away on Sept. 25.  Originally from Belfry, Ky., Kestner was a wide receiver at Kentucky from 1962-65.  He set a single-season school record with 42 catches during the 1964 season and had 82 receptions in his career.  His greatest day as a Wildcat occurred in 1964 as he caught nine passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns as Kentucky upset No. 1-ranked Ole Miss.  Kestner was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference in 1964 and 1965. 

“Cat Walk” Set for 10:15: Fans wishing to participate in the “Cat Walk,” cheering the Wildcats when they enter the stadium on Saturday, should be at Gate One of Commonwealth Stadium at 10:15 am.

“Buyer Beware” for Tickets Not Bought Through UK or TicketMaster: Fans are reminded “buyer beware” for game tickets not purchased through official outlets – UK Athletics or TicketMaster.

  • Tickets that have been reported as lost or stolen have cancelled bar codes and will not be admitted to Commonwealth Stadium. 
  • UK student tickets are admissible only with a current UK student identification card.
  • Fans must beware of counterfeit tickets bearing fake bar codes