Kentucky Wildcats' Josh Forrest, Cory Johnson invited to all-star games

A pair of Kentucky defensive players have been invited to play in college football all-star games.

The Wildcats' Josh Forrest will play in the prestigious Senior Bowl, while Cory Johnson has accepted a bid to play in the popular East-West Shrine Game.

Forrest, a linebacker from Paducah, Ky., came to UK as a wide receiver but capped his career as one of the better linebackers in the Southeastern Conference. He recorded a team-high 110 tackles and ranked third in SEC tackles per game (9.2) as a junior. Forrest finished in the league's top 10 tacklers once again in 2015.

The Reese's Senior Bowl invites the top 110 seniors and fourth-year junior graduates to participate in its event. The game will be played on Saturday, Jan. 30, in Mobile, Ala., and televised on the NFL Network.

Johnson, a defensive tackle from Columbia, S.C., led all SEC defensive linemen in tackles during his senior season with 67. He also totaled eight tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, one fumble caused, one pass breakup, two quarterback hurries and a blocked field goal. He recorded a career-high 19 tackles, including the game-ending quarterback sack, in the overtime win vs. Eastern Kentucky, had a 77-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Tennessee, and a diving interception vs. Charlotte.

The East-West Shrine Game will be held Jan. 23 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. It will be broadcast live on the NFL Network.

Last week, UK senior defensive end Farrington Huguenin accepted an invitation to the fifth annual NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 23 at California State University.

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