Dupree, MacGinnis Honored as National Players of the Week
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The College Football Performance Awards have honored University of Kentucky football senior defensive end/linebacker Bud Dupree as National Defensive Lineman of the Week and freshman placekicker Austin MacGinnis as National Placekicker of the Week after strong performances in UK’s season finale last Saturday.
The honor was Dupree’s first national honor from the CFPA, who named the Irwinton, Ga., native honorable mention defensive lineman performer of the week multiple times this season. The national honor for MacGinnis is his second of the season after earning the title following UK’s game vs. Tennessee.
Dupree had a great final game for Kentucky against No. 22 Louisville, finishing with seven tackles, one sack and three tackles for loss. The star forced two fumbles in the game, one which resulted in a UK field goal and the other was returned for a touchdown. For the season, Dupree finished second on the team with 74 tackles, including a team-best 12.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Dupree, who has the second most career sacks in UK history, ends his career with 248 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 38 tackles for loss and four fumbles forced.
MacGinnis had a record-breaking day last Saturday, hitting all four field goals he attempted, including two of 40 yards or more. The native of Wedowee, Ala., made 21 field goals on the year, which set a new program record for most field goals made in a season, adding 104 points scored, which is a single-season record for most points scored in a season. MacGinnis’ 16 points scored against UL is the second most points scored in a game for UK.
On the season, MacGinnis went 21-for-27 in field goal attempts, including a career-long 54 yarder that broke the school record for longest field goal in program history. The redshirt freshman also handled kickoffs, launching 67 kickoffs with 25 touchbacks, which were the most for UK in program history (records accessible to 2004), eclipsing 23 touchbacks in 2007 and 2008.