Murphy Voted to Academic All-District Team

Nov. 11, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky offensive lineman Billy Joe Murphy has been elected to the ESPN Academic All-District IV team as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Murphy, a junior from Gamaliel, Ky., has a 3.63 grade-point average with a major in Kinesiology.  He has been a three-year member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.  On the field, he has played in every game this year, including two starting assignments at right tackle.  The versatile Murphy has practice or played both guard and tackle positions, showing his versatility and intelligence.

By winning on the district level, Murphy now advances to the national ballot for the ESPN Academic All-America team, which will be announced in December.  District IV includes universities from the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.  

Two other Wildcats, offensive linemen Brad Durham and Stuart Hines, also had earned a nomination for the Academic All-America process.  To be a nominee, a player must have a career GPA of at least 3.30, be a sophomore or higher in athletic and academic standing, be a starter or key reserve and have played in at least half of the team’s games that season.

Thursday Practice Report: The University of Kentucky football team held its final practice Thursday as the Wildcats prepare for Saturday’s home finale vs. Vanderbilt.

Head coach Joker Phillips said that he has been pleased with his team’s energy level and preparation in practice this week, saying now that he hopes it translates to the football field on game day.

On the injury front, senior tailback Derrick Locke looked good again in practice Thursday and Phillips says that he still feels good about his chances of playing. Defensively, linebacker Danny Trevathan returned to practice Thursday and is expected to play, along with safety Winston Guy. Middle linebacker Ronnie Sneed, who has not practiced with contact this week because of a shoulder injury, will start Saturday.  However Sneed’s backup, Qua Huzzie, is doubtful with a shoulder sprain. True freshman Avery Williamson will be the backup to Sneed and Ridge Wilson, the starting strongside linebacker, can play in the middle if needed.

In Honor of Veterans Day:
In recognition of Veterans’ Day, here is a list of University of Kentucky football players who have or have had family members in the military:

Brian Adams (Football/Baseball, freshman) – Grandfather, Jim Waldron, served in the Army.
Aaron Boyd (Football, sophomore) – Mother, Scherer Boyd, served in the Army.
Nik Brazley (Football, junior) – Grandfather, Donahue Price, served in the Army; Uncle, Dan Price, served in the Army; Cousin, Cody Campbell, served in the Air Force.
Clay Cecil (Football, sophomore) – Brother, Drew Cecil, served in the Marines; Grandfather, Charles Miller, served in the Marines; Grandfather, Morris Cecil, served in the Navy.
Tyler Davenport (Football, freshman) – Grandfather, Donald Davenport, served in the Army
Max Godby (Football, freshman) – Grandfather, Johnny Godby, served in the Army
La’Rod King (Football, sophomore) – Father, Rodriguez King, served in the Army.
Jacob Lewellen (Football, sophomore) – Grandfather, James Fackler, served in the Army.
Ricky Lumpkin (Football, senior) – Mother, Catherine Lumpkin, and father, Ricky Lumpkin, both served in the Army.
Craig McIntosh (Football, sophomore) – Currently a member of Kentucky’s ROTC.
Ryan Mossakowski (Football, freshman) – Grandfather, Alphonse Mossakowski, served in the Army.
Donte Rumph (Football, freshman) – Grandfather, Otis Rumph, served in the Army.
William Tanner, (Football, freshman) – Father, Hugh Tanner, served in the Marines; Grandfather, Ray Tanner, served in the Marines; Grandfather, Richard Miller, served in the Marines.
Larry Warford (Football, sophomore) – Father, Lawrence Warford, served in the Navy.
Taylor Wyndham (Football, sophomore) –Brother-in-law, Warren Culp, served in the Air Force.