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20  Derrick Locke
Derrick Locke

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Hugo, Okla.

High School:
Hugo

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 190

Position:
Tailback

Experience:
3L


  • All-SEC first team kickoff returner by CollegeFootballNews.com (2009)
  • All-SEC second team as all-purpose player by Associated Press (2009)
  • All-SEC third team as all-purpose by Phil Steele's College Football (2009)
  • SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for the Louisville game (2009)
  • National Kickoff Returner of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for the Louisville game (2009)
  • UK Most Outstanding First-Year Player by UK coaches (2007)
  • NCAA Indoor Track and Field All-American (2008)
  • SEC Indoor Freshman Field Athlete of the Year (2008)
  • SEC All-Freshman Team for outdoor track and field (2008)

Returning starter at tailback ... Has great burst and good strength for a player his size ... Ranks 10th on the UK career rushing list heading into his senior season ... Also a capable pass receiver ... Dangerous kickoff returner who has a pair of 100-yard touchdown runbacks in his career ... An intriguing story who was the most pleasant surprise of the 2007 season ... Came to UK as a track athlete who asked to play football as well ... His blazing speed and toughness earned immediate playing time and finished the `07 season as the team's No. 2 rusher ... Also did a noteworthy job in punt and kickoff coverage, with 15 tackles during his first two seasons ... Has played in 31 games, including 13 starts ... As a track-and-field participant, he set the Kentucky freshman long-jump record during the 2008 indoor season with a leap of 25 feet, 5 1/4 inches ... Set the school outdoor long-jump record in 2008 at 25-3 1/4.

2009 (Junior): Second-team All-SEC by AP as an all-purpose player ... Led the team and ranked sixth in the SEC in rushing with 907 yards and six touchdowns ... Had 100-yard games against Auburn (126), Mississippi State (103) and a career-best 144 at Vanderbilt ... Also threw a 41-yard pass to Morgan Newton vs. the Commodores ... Caught 31 passes for 284 yards ... Rushed for 80 yards and caught two passes for 80 yards -- both for touchdowns -- in the win at Georgia ... Third in the SEC and 14th nationally in kickoff returns with a 27.8-yard average ... Had a 100-yard return for a TD vs. Louisville, becoming the first Wildcat in school history to have two 100-yarders in a career (also 2008 vs. Western Kentucky) ... Had 191 kickoff return yards vs. the Cardinals, breaking the UK single-game record ... Named National Kickoff Returner of the Week and SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for that performance.

2008 (Sophomore): Incurred a season-ending knee injury against Arkansas ... In just seven games, he rushed for 303 yards on 63 carries with a score ... Became the fifth Wildcat in school history to return a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Western Kentucky ... Averaged 28.5 yards per kickoff return and was among the SEC and national leaders in that category when he was injured ... Gained a season-high 96 yards on only five carries against Norfolk State, including a career-long 68-yard scoring run ... Set career highs in receptions and yards against Alabama with eight grabs for 81 yards, including a career-long 36-yard catch and run ... Recovered a muffed punt on special teams against Alabama ... Had two tackles in kick coverage.

2007 (Freshman): Earned the team's Most Outstanding First-Year Player Award as picked by the coaches ... Team's second-leading rusher with 521 yards and paced the team in rushing touchdowns (five) ... Played a key role in wins over Arkansas, LSU, and Vanderbilt ... Entered in the fourth quarter at Arkansas and rushed nine times for 48 yards and one touchdown ... Turned in another gritty performance against LSU, leading the team with 64 rushing yards, and scoring a touchdown in the first overtime period ... Ran for 50 yards and tallied the game-winning touchdown at Vanderbilt ... His season-long run was a 67-yard dash against Kent State for his first collegiate touchdown ... Had a season-high 76 yards vs. Florida ... Made 13 tackles in kick coverage, including a career-high three against South Carolina and Tennessee ... Had to miss the Music City Bowl after sustaining a cracked rib in practice in December.

High School: A football and track star at Hugo (Okla.) HS ... In football, was Most Valuable Player of Oklahoma Class AAA as a senior ... Rushed for approximately 3,250 yards and scored 51 touchdowns during his senior season ... Returned punts and kickoffs, with one punt return touchdown and two kickoff return TDs during his final year ... Also named all-state, all-district, and the Red River Valley Player of the Year ... Four-year starter ... Team's best season came during his senior year, notching a 10-3 record and advancing to the state playoffs ... Started at running back as a freshman, moved to quarterback his sophomore and junior seasons, then returned to running back as a senior ... Also saw reserve action on defense at linebacker and cornerback ... Coached by Tommy Bare ... Tremendous track athlete, competing in the long jump, 100-meter dash, and 4x100-meter relay ... Set a state record, and had the longest jump in the nation his senior year, with a leap of 25 feet, 4¾ inches ... Won the state meet in that event as a junior and senior ... Also won the state in the 100 dash his senior year ... Best time in electronic clocking is 10.6 seconds ... Joined the powerlifting team his senior year ... Named the "Lifter of the Meet" for his weight class at the state meet ... Honor-roll student ... Was recruited by numerous Big 12 schools, but decided on Kentucky because of the opportunity to participate in both sports in the Southeastern Conference.

Personal: Born in Oklahoma City, Okla. ... Son of Terry Bostic and Sonya Bostic ... Major is family science.
Community Cats: Participated in Bounce U! and an event at Paris Elementary School.

2014 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium