Dominant performance in the trenches leads to co-Offensive Line and co-Defensive Line Player of the Week recognition
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky offensive guard Eli Cox and defensive tackle Octavious Oxendine have been named the Southeastern Conference co-Offensive Line Player of the Week and co-Defensive Line Player of the Week, respectively, the league announced on Monday. It is the fifth time in six weeks the Wildcats have received at least one of the conference’s weekly awards.
Kentucky is 6-0 for the first time in 71 years (1950) and only the fifth time in school history. Kentucky is 4-0 in the SEC for the fourth time in school history (also 1949, 1950, 1977). The Wildcats are also bowl-eligible for a school record sixth-straight season.
The Wildcats were wholly dominant in the trenches during Saturday’s 42-21 victory over LSU, the school’s first victory over the Tigers since 2007. Cox, a sophomore from Nicholasville, Kentucky, helped pave the way for 330 rushing yards, as the Cats averaged 7.7 yards per rush (excluding two kneel downs at the end of the game). Cox graded at 91 percent, led the team with seven knockdown blocks and had 15 blocks at the point of attack while not missing an assignment or yielding any pressures.
Oxendine, who has moved into a starting role in recent weeks, recorded the first two quarterback sacks of his career as part of a three-tackle performance. The sophomore from Radcliff, Kentucky notched his first sack in the second quarter as UK forced a punt and then caused an intentional grounding call later in the game that rewarded him with a sack.
Kentucky hits the road this weekend to take on top-ranked Georgia at Sanford Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EDT on CBS Sports and the UK Sports Radio Network.
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