Garrett Johnson named SEC Freshman of Week

One of Kentucky's talented newcomers has earned recognition from the Southeastern Conference after his big night in Florida.

Garrett Johnson was on Monday named SEC Freshman of the Week coming off his six-catch, 154-yard performance in the Wildcats' 36-30 triple-overtime loss to the Gators.

A native of Winter Garden, Fla., Johnson set a new single-game school record for receiving yards by a freshman. He caught touchdown passes of 60 and 33 yards in the third quarter from UK quarterback Patrick Towles. The young Cats were part of a 369-yard passing attack against Florida, the most the Gators have allowed in a game since the 2007 season.

The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Johnson became the first UK freshman with two touchdown catches in a game since Randall Cobb recorded two against Arkansas in 2008. His yardage was also the most for a UK receiver since Cobb had 171 against Mississippi State in 2010.

Johnson, part of UK's unprecedented nationally-ranked recruiting class for 2014, has played in all three games this season, posting nine catches for 179 yards and two scores.

The SEC weekly accolade is the second of the year for the Cats through three weeks. Sophomore center Jon Toth was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after leading UK to a 59-14 season-opening win over UT Martin.


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