Junior defensive tackle Luke McDermott, a walk-on and junior wide receiver Matt Roark have been named game captains for their efforts against Western Kentucky last weekend. Both players have stepped in and filled roles where the Wildcats needed help and have been very productive in the first two games of the season.
"The guy (McDermott) earned the right to be the starter," said Phillips. "He just continues to make the play. I didn't see who it was that made the interception, so I ask. Somebody said ‘Luke.' He's just all over the place. Maybe he's becoming the Randall Cobb of defense," he continued.
McDermott had two tackles, a half tackle-for-loss and an interception in the contest.
Roark recorded career three catches for 65 yards in his game against the Hilltoppers. He also had two tackles on special teams.
"One thing Matt is doing for us, he's one of the guys playing well on special teams," said Phillips. "He was the special teams player of the week for us and he caught four or five passes. Three of those have been on big plays that he's made on scrambles. That's what I'm proud to see him do," said Phillips.
Cat Walk vs. Akron
Fans wishing to participate in the "Cat Walk," cheering the Wildcats when they enter the stadium Saturday, should be at Gate One of Commonwealth Stadium by 4:45 p.m. Eastern.
Wildcats on ESPNU
Kentucky will face Florida on Saturday September 25th in Gainesville, Florida. The game will be seen on ESPNU at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Cobb and Hartline Honored
Randall Cobb was awarded the National Punt Returner of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards. Cobb had a great all-around game including a 50 yard punt return for a touchdown against the Hilltoppers. Cobb also added five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. He threw a 15 yard touchdown pass to full-back Moncell Allen and he rushed four times for 26 yards.
Mike Hartline was named honorable mention as National Quarterback of the Week by the same panel. Hartline had one of his best games as a Wildcat completing 16 of 20 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a ten yard touchdown.
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