47  A.J. Nance
A.J. Nance


Knoxville, Tenn.

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 256



  • SEC Academic Honor Roll (2007, 2008)

A special teams stalwart who also serves as the team's No. 2 fullback ... Moved to fullback in the spring of 2008 after playing linebacker his first two seasons ... Adapted well to the new position and has played well when called upon ... Has good speed and toughness, excels in kick coverage ... Has played in all 39 games the last three seasons ... Serves as a respresentative on the UK Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

2008 (Junior): Saw action in all 13 games ... Carried the ball three times for 18 yards ... Made two tackles on special teams coverage.

2007 (Sophomore): Appeared in all 13 games ... Made eight tackles on the season, including two against Florida Atlantic ... Earned a place on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2006 (Freshman): Emerged as a solid kickoff coverage specialist ... Played in all 13 games, notching six tackles ... Forced a fumble on a kickoff against Tennessee ... Also Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week once during the season.

High School: Four-year letterman and three-year starter for Knox Central High School in Knoxville, Tenn. ... A fixture on coach Joel Helton's defense at linebacker, in addition to playing some tight end ... Named Tennessee Class AAAA first-team all-state ... Senior season recorded 108 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions ... As a tight end senior year, caught 12 balls for four touchdowns ... Junior season added 74 tackles ... As a sophomore, notched 64 tackles, two interceptions, and one TD ... Team had a 31-8 record during his three years as a starter ... Led team to four region runner-up finishes ... Named all-region as a junior and senior ... Named Knoxville News-Sentinel Player of the Week as a senior after a game featuring a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown, one forced fumble, and 12 tackles ... Named defensive team MVP ... High school teammate of fellow Wildcat Lones Seiber ... A tremendous athlete, playing baseball for four years, lining up at the corner infield and outfield positions ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Lists golfing and fishing as hobbies ... Chose Kentucky over football offers from Marshall and Austin Peay as well as a baseball offer from Walters State Community College.

Personal: Born in Knoxville, Tenn. ... Son of Alvin and Jackie Nance ... Major is marketing ... Enjoys golfing and fishing ... Sister Jessica Nance graduated from UK and played on the softball team.

Community Cats: Participated in the UK Children's Hospital Valentine's Day party and a Salvation Army Bellringer (2008).

2015 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium