Begley named all-district

November 17, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON - Kicker Taylor Begley is one of seven University of Kentucky football players named to the Academic All-District IV Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America in the first round of Academic All-America voting.

Begley, running back Alexis Bwenge and offensive tackle Hayden Lane were named to the first team and are now eligible for All-America selection.

Selected to the second team were tight end Jeremiah Drobney, offensive guard Matt Huff, cornerback Antoine Huffman and wide receiver Gerad Parker.

To earn a nomination for the Academic All-America process, a player must have a career grade-point average of 3.2 or higher, be a sophomore or higher in academic and athletic standing, and be a starter or key reserve. District IV is comprised of universities from the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.


Voting for Academic All-America will be later this month and the team will be announced in December.

Begley, a junior from Boyle County majoring in electrical engineering, has a 3.817 grade point average. He leads the Wildcats in scoring with 40 points. He's 8-for-13 on field goals and 16-for-16 on extra points. He has made a school-record 73 consecutive extra points.

Bwenge, a junior, has a 3.473 grade point average. He has rushed for 79 yards and three scores this year.

Lane, a sophomore, has a 3.958 and double major in anthropology and classics. He has started every game this year.

Brooks, Barnhart meet: Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks and athletics director Mitch Barnhart met Tuesday to discuss the football program's status.

The two met this week because UK has an open date and Brooks wants to start recruiting as soon as the season ends Nov. 27.

"It was just a meeting, much like we periodically have throughout the year," Brooks said. "We just discussed where the program is, where it has been before we got here and where it is headed. We discussed everything about the program."

Brooks again emphasized that he expects his entire coaching staff to be back next year.

TV game: Jefferson-Pilot Sports will show Kentucky's season-ending game at Tennessee Nov. 27. Kickoff is now set for 12:30 p.m.

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