The uniforms (jerseys and pants) worn by the Wildcats in Saturday's "Throwback Game" vs. Ohio will be auctioned next week to benefit the Trent DiGiuro Memorial Scholarship.
The auction will be held on ukathletics.com beginning at noon on Sunday, Oct. 3. The on-line auction will continue through Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. Minimum bids for a set of jersey and pants are $100. Helmets are not included.
Proceeds from the auction will go to the Trent DiGiuro Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship fund was established by family and friends of former UK offensive guard Trent DiGiuro, who died on July 17, 1994. Trent's parents, Mike and Ann DiGiuro, officially established the fund on Oct. 24, 1994.
The fund provides one or more scholarships each year to students who:
1) are walk-on (non-scholarship) football players at UK;
2) have played on the football team at least two years;
3) have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.5; and
4) best exemplify the dedication, determination, hard work, and leadership typified by Trent DiGiuro.
If no walk-on player meets the above criteria, or if the team has reached its scholarship limits, the scholarship is awarded to a team manager or athletic trainer who has completed two years of service, maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, and has exemplified the dedication, determination, hard work, and leadership typified by DiGiuro.
DiGiuro was from Goshen, Ky., and earned all-district honors at South Oldham High School. He came to UK as a walk-on offensive lineman in 1991. Through hard work and perseverance, he began earning playing time in 1993 as the Wildcats advanced to the Peach Bowl. In the off-season, he posted the best bench press on the team and he finished 1994 spring practice as the starting right guard. Trent also made steady progress in his academic work and earned a place on the 1993 Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
The first DiGiuro Scholarship was given in 1995 to placekicker Brent Claiborne. Subsequent scholarships have been awarded to manager Andrew Cline (1996), athletic trainer Patrick Sininger (1997), linebacker Stephan Walters (1998), tight end Cheddi Acham (1999), wide receiver Alex Herman (2000), wide receiver Corry Doyle (2001), athletic trainer Matthew Summers (2002), manager Samantha Bell (2003), and kicker Justin Hutton (2004).
Game captains are selected each week based on their performance in the previous weeks game. Flowers made three tackles, including one for loss, in the game at Florida and did an excellent job in pass coverage. Ruth nailed touchbacks on both of his kickoffs, giving him seven touchbacks in 12 kickoffs this season (58.3 percent).
Flowers and Ruth will join permanent captains Sweet Pea Burns and Shane Boyd at the pregame coin toss.
1984 Hall of Fame Bowl Reunion This Weekend: Members of the 1984 Kentucky football team that won the Hall of Fame Bowl will gather this weekend for a 20th-anniversary reunion.
The '84 Wildcats posted a 9-3 record. They finished the regular season with a 17-12 win over Tennessee in Knoxville and capped the campaign with a 20-19 victory over Wisconsin in the Hall of Fame Bowl.
The Wildcat offense featured three of the top running backs in school history -- senior George Adams and freshmen Mark Higgs and Marc Logan. Adams led the team in rushing with 1,085 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The stingy defense was led by All-America safety/punter Paul Calhoun and All-SEC linebacker Cam Jacobs.
The team will have a golf outing Friday afternoon, a cookout on Friday night, breakfast on Saturday morning, and will be introduced at halftime of the Ohio game.
As this was written, players who have committed to return for the reunion include Steve Boeckmann, Kenny Brown, Cisco Bryant, Cornell Burbage, Mike Cahill, Paul Calhoun, Allen Carter, Tony Czack, Brian Denham, Kevin Dooley, Jon Dumbauld, Scott Endris, Eric Haas, Thomas Howard, Matt Housh, Gordon Jackson, Vernon Johnson, Tim Jones, Jeff Kremer, Greg Kunkel, Ken Lange, Rich Ledford, Matt Lucas, Steve Mazza, Guy Neal, Joker Phillips, Ken Pietrowiak, Joe Prince, Bill Ransdell, Mike Robinson, Sam Rotella, John Shannon, Bob Shurtleff, Jeff Smith, Larry Smith, David Thompson, Kit Walter, Tom Wheary, Mark Wheeler, Oliver White, and Tom Wilkins.
Coaches who have committed to attend include Terry Strock, Donnie Daniels, Jerry Eisaman, Bill Glaser, Jake Hallum, and Rodney Stiles. Team staff members who will be in attendance include equipment manager Tom Kalinowski, athletic trainer Walt McCombs, student manager Steven Chandler, and sports information director Russell Rice.
Thompson, White, Ransdell from '84 Team to Serve as Honorary Captains for Ohio Game:
UK's honorary captains for the Ohio game, David Thompson, Oliver White, and Bill Ransdell, are from the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl team. Thompson and White were the captains of the '84 team. Ransdell, who currently serves as the analyst on UKTV Network telecasts, was the quarterback in 1984 and has been instrumental in helping coordinate the reunion.
"Throwback Game" Celebrates 114 Seasons of Kentucky Football:
The "Throwback Game" is part of the year-long celebration of the 114 seasons of Kentucky football.
The Throwback Game was the idea of Rick Thompson, UK Associate Athletics Director for Marketing, Licensing and Media Relations, and Jason Schlafer, UK Marketing Director for Football.
The most noticeable element of the game will be the player uniforms. Designed by Nike, the uniforms are not from one specific season, but are a combination of elements from different years.
The helmet design is from the 1973-74 seasons, when the Wildcats wore white helmets with blue stripes, a blue cat head and a blue outline of the state. The helmets for this game will be the same design but the colors will be reversed, with a blue helmet and white stripes, cat head and outline of the state.
Here are some other special features to watch for:
· Cheerleader uniforms from the 1970s.
· A giant United States flag, measuring 90 by 130 feet, will be unfurled on the field during pregame ceremonies. It will take approximately 150 members of the UK Air Force and Army ROTC units to hold the flag.
· Also during the pregame will be a military flyover, featuring a vintage P51 Mustang which will be joined by an F15 from the current era. The F15, by the way, will fly directly from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. For an F15, it's only a 40-minute flight from Langley to Lexington. The P51 was flown to Lexington yesterday.
· Fans interested in purchasing souvenirs will have an opportunity as mini-replicas of the helmets are on sale at the game.