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2016 Kentucky Wildcats football
Kentucky Wildcats logo
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2016 record7–6 (4–4 SEC)
Head coachMark Stoops (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorEddie Gran (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorDarin Hinshaw (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorD. J. Eliot (4th season)
Base defense3–4 or 4–3
Home stadiumCommonwealth Stadium
(Capacity: 61,000)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →

Template:2016 SEC football standings The 2016 Kentucky Wildcats football team (variously "Kentucky", "UK", or "Wildcats") represented the University of Kentucky in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The season was the program's 123rd overall and 83rd as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by fourth-year head coach Mark Stoops and the played home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. They finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in SEC play to finish in a three-way tie for second place in the Eastern Division. They were invited to the TaxSlayer Bowl where they lost to Georgia Tech.

Pre-seasonEdit

Previous seasonEdit

In 2015, the Wildcats lost six out of their last seven games after starting the season 4–1, completing their second year under Mark Stoops at 5–7 and 2–6 in the SEC (6th-East). They lost to in-state rival Louisville, 38–24, to end the season, missing out on their fifth consecutive bowl game since the 2010 season.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Daron Blaylock #7 LB 6'1" 226 Senior Marietta, GA Graduated
Zack Blaylock #17 DB 6'0" 193 Junior Marietta, GA Graduated
Glenn Faulkner #18 DB 6'2" 201 Junior East St. Louis, IL Graduated
Ryan Flannigan #33 LB 6'2" 225 Senior Missouri City, TX Graduated
Josh Forrest #45 LB 6'3" 230 Senior Paducah, KY Graduated
Jason Hatcher #6 DE 6'3" 247 Junior Louisville, KY Transferred to West Georgia
Khalid Henderson #22 LB 6'1" 235 Senior Austell, GA Graduated
Farrington Huguenin #91 DE 6'4" 271 Senior Columbia, SC Graduated
Cory Johnson #67 DT 6'3" 300 Senior Columbia, SC Graduated
Jabari Johnson #47 LB 6'1" 250 Senior Stone Mountain, GA Graduated
Melvin Lewis #90 DT 6'4" 311 Senior Compton, CA Graduated
Cody Quinn #16 DB 5'11" 185 Senior Middletown, OH Graduated
A.J. Stamps #1 DB 6'1" 205 Senior Vicksburg, MS Graduated
Jordan Swindle #70 OL 6'7" 304 Senior Jacksonville, FL Graduated
Fred Tiller #3 DB 6'0" 196 Senior Homerville, GA Graduated
Patrick Towles #14 QB 6'3" 235 Junior Fort Thomas, KY Transferred to Boston College
Zach West #67 OL 6'3" 305 Senior Lexington, KY Graduated

2016 signing classEdit

Prior to National Signing Day in February 3, 2016, five players enrolled for the spring semester in order to participate in spring practice and included four former high school seniors and one junior college transfer.[1]

On National Signing Day, Kentucky signed an additional twenty players out of high school and junior college that completed the 2016 recruiting class. The class was highlighted by three Army All-American's as well as Kentucky's Mr. Football.[2]


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