LEXINGTON — Kentucky senior offensive guard Larry Warford has been named to the Outland Trophy Award watch list and also been named to the preseason all-Southeastern Conference first team by the league’s coaches.
Warford was a second-team all-SEC pick by the league coaches for his play during the 2011 season as well as the Associated Press. He has led Kentucky in knockdown blocks each of the last two seasons, including 34 last season when he graded at 87.5 percent efficiency last year by the UK coaching staff.
He has played in 35 career games for Kentucky, including 25 consecutive starts. He was named to the Sophomore All-America second team by CollegeFootballNews.com in 2010 and also earned all-SEC second-team honors by SEC coaches, the AP, Rivals.com and Phil Steele’s College Football.
The Outland Trophy presented by the Football Writers Association of America goes to the nation’s best interior lineman. Warford made the list of 71 players which includes only tackles, guards and centers on both sides of the ball. Of the players on the watch list, 18 defensive tackles occupied spots, while the rest of the linemen were on offense. The SEC led all leagues with 19 selections.
The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team.
King named: Kentucky senior receiver LaRod King was named to the all-SEC preseason second team by the league coaches.
He has 86 career catches for 1,218 yards and 13 touchdowns, including 40 receptions for 598 yards and seven scores in 2011 to lead all UK¿receivers. He was in the top 10 in the SEC in each category last year.
He had a pair of 100-yard games last season against Ole Miss and Central Michigan, while he made a career-high seven catches against Louisville and a career-best two touchdowns against Jacksonville State. He currently ranks eighth in school history in touchdown receptions and 19th in program history in receiving yards. He has played in 36 career games with 18 starts.
McIntosh picked: Kentucky senior placekicker Craig McIntosh has been named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List that honors the nation’s best placekicker
The two-year starter made 12 of 14 field goals and 21 of 22 extra points in 2011 when he led the team in scoring with 56 points.
He booted a career-long 50-yard field goal in 2011 and made three field goals against Mississippi State.
He had 67 points in 2010 when he made 11 of 15 field goals and 34 of 35 extra points.
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award watch list were chosen based on statistics from the 2011 season and 2012 expectations.
Fan Day set: Kentucky’s Fan Day will be Aug. 4 at Commonwealth Stadium and will include an open practice, autograph session and fireworks.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. (Gates 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 will be open.) The open practice is scheduled to begin at 6 and will consist of offensive, defensive and special team drills. UK players and coaches will sign autographs after practice before a fireworks show closes the event.
Parking will be available in the green, red or blue lots surrounding Commonwealth Stadium.
Kentucky opens the season on the road at Louisville at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 2 on ESPN.