The University of Kentucky football team fell to Florida 24-7 at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
* SEC Academic Honor Roll (2012)
His emergence at middle linebacker was one of the best developments of spring practice ... Has contributed as a reserve LB and on special teams the last two seasons ... As a former wide receiver, has the speed to play the position ... Began his college career as a receiver before moving to defense ... Continues to develop as he only began playing football as a junior in high school ... Has played in 21 games during his career.
2013 (Sophomore): Played in all 12 games, seeing time at linebacker and on special teams ... Ended the season with 16 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss ... Intercepted a pass vs. Florida and returned it 39 yards ... Blocked two kicks, a field goal vs. Louisville and a punt vs. Alabama State ... The blocked punt set up a touchdown vs. ASU ... Season best three tackles vs. South Carolina, Alabama and Vanderbilt. 2012 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in nine games, missing three because of injury ... Totaled 13 tackles, with a career high of four at Arkansas and at Missouri ... Made a three-yard tackle for loss against Vanderbilt. 2011 (Freshman): Redshirted ... Began the season as a wide receiver, then moved to the hybrid linebacker/safety position midway through the season. High School: First-team all-state as a senior by the Louisville Courier-Journal ... Also named to the Lexington Herald-Leader "Class of the Commonwealth" listing of the top-22 players in Kentucky ... Won three regional player of the year awards ... Dual-threat ability showed on both offense and defense ... At wide receiver, caught 46 passes for 855 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior ... As a defensive back, he picked off seven passes during his senior season and returned three for touchdowns ... Also had an 85-yard fumble return for a TD ... Gifted athlete who was a star in both football and basketball ... A long-time basketball standout, he began playing football as a junior and excelled immediately ... Earned honorable-mention all-state honors in his first year in football, an indication of his quick aptitude for the sport, while helping lead Tilghman High School to the Class AAA state championship ... Intercepted three passes in the state championship game as the Tilghman defense posted a shutout ... Coached by Randy Wyatt, who played at Kentucky in the mid-1990s ... "The first thing about Josh is that he is such a good person - well-mannered, coachable, a quiet leader," Wyatt said. "He's such an athlete and a very physical player, the sky's the limit for him." ... Honorable-mention all-state in basketball as a junior and senior, leading Tilghman to the First Region championship and a berth in the Sweet 16 state tournament during his junior year ... Participated in track in the 400-meter dash and a pair of relays. Personal: Born in Paducah, Ky. ... Son of Iris Horice and Tony Horice ... Major is community and leadership development. Community Cats: Participated in the Big Blue U Move-In (2011, `12), with God's Pantry (2012) and a Salvation Army bellringer (2012, `13). Josh Says ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: flying planes ... If I could witness one event, past, present or future, it would be: Michael Jordan playing for the Bulls ... My go-to song to get ready for a game is: any "Don Trip" song ... The one thing I like most about football is: it's what I love to do ... What's the best advice you've ever received? College isn't a sprint.