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1953 Kentucky Wildcats football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 16
1953 record7–2–1 (4–1–1 SEC)
Head coachBear Bryant (8th season)
Home stadiumStoll Field/McLean Stadium
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Alabama 4 0 3     6 3 3
#8 Georgia Tech 4 1 1     9 2 1
#16 Kentucky 4 1 1     7 2 1
Ole Miss 4 1 1     7 2 1
#17 Auburn 4 2 1     7 3 1
Mississippi State 3 1 3     5 2 3
Tennessee 3 2 1     6 4 1
LSU 2 3 3     5 3 3
Florida 1 3 2     3 5 2
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     3 7 0
Georgia 1 5 0     3 8 0
Tulane 0 7 0     1 8 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1953 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1953 college football season. The team scored 201 points while allowing 116 points. This was Bear Bryant's final season as head coach at Kentucky.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 19Texas A&M*L 6–7
September 26at Ole MissL 6–22
October 3Florida
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 26–13
October 10at No. 17 LSUT 6–6
October 17No. 20 Mississippi State
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, KY (rivalry)
W 32–13
October 24Villanova*No. 16
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 19–0
October 31at No. 12 RiceNo. 19W 19–13
November 7at VanderbiltNo. 14W 40–14
November 14Memphis State*No. 13
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 20–7
November 21TennesseeNo. 13
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, KY (rivalry)
W 27–21
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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Roster

Player Position Summary
Steve Meilinger End
Tommy Adkins Center
Bob Hardy Quarterback 24 Cmp, 47 Att, 418 Yds, 5 TD
Ralph Paolone Running Back 108 Att, 620 Yds, 5.7 Avg
Tom Fillion Running Back
Jim Proffitt End
Howard Schnellenberger End
Duke Curnutte Offensive Line
Ray Correll Offensive Line
Harry Kirk Offensive Line
Joe Koch Offensive Line
Ray Callahan Full Back

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Awards and honors

  • Ray Correll, guard, All-America selection
  • Steve Meilinger, end, All-America selection

1954 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Steve Meilinger End 1 8 Washington Redskins
Tommy Adkins Center 17 197 Baltimore Colts

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