Three Cats named to Coaches' Preseason Teams

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Three Kentucky Wildcats, strong safety Muhammad Abdullah, kicker Taylor Begley, and wide receiver Glenn Holt, were named to the 2005 Preseason All-Southeastern Conference Team selected by league coaches. Abdullah was a second-team pick, while Begley and Holt are third-team honorees.

Abdullah was a second-team All-SEC choice following 2003 and 2004, totaling 122 tackles, seven interceptions, seven pass breakups, and three fumble recoveries during those two seasons. He is a senior from Folkston, Ga.

Begley, a senior from Danville, Ky., has been a three-year starter and has made 24 of 38 field goals during his career. He made career-long field goals of 52 and 51 yards last season. He enters the 2005 campaign with an active school-record streak of 77 consecutive extra points made.

Holt, a senior from Miami, Fla., caught 49 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns last season, ranking second in the league in receptions per game. He added 117 rushing yards on the end-around play, averaging 9.0 yards per attempt.

Rollins Named to All-America Strength Team: Former Wildcat offensive lineman Jason Rollins was named to the 2004-05 All-America Strength Team as selected by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Rollins was known for his dedication and work ethic in the weight room. His top lifts include 440 pounds in the bench press, 615 in the squat lift, and 340 in the power clean. He also achieved a 30-inch vertical jump.

On the field, Rollins was a four-year starter for the Wildcats. He was named UKs Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman as a junior and senior. He graduated with a degree in kinesiology and earned a place on the SEC Academic Honor Roll during his career at UK. He also was named to UK AthleticsFrank G. Ham Society of Character for his commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, being a role model, and career preparation.

Under the guidance of strength coach Marc Hill, Kentucky has had players named to the NSCA All-America Strength Team each of the last four seasons.


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