Kennedy to join Turner at UK
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Kenny Ray Turner won’t be the only Trigg County graduate suiting up in a Kentucky football uniform this fall.

Kewanis Kennedy will join the UK football team as a walk-on, TCHS head coach Curtis Higgins said last week.

Kennedy and Turner are just two of six TCHS players who are looking to extend their football careers on the college gridiron this fall.

Turner signed a national letter of intent to play for UK earlier this year. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive lineman said at the time that he was planning on enrolling at Lexington Community College in the fall as a "gray-shirt", meaning he would not play for the Wildcats in 2005.

Kennedy, a 5-foot-6, 145-pound defensive end, set a school record with 11 quarterback sacks from his defensive end position and was one of the team leaders in tackles.

Higgins said UK Offensive Coordinator Joker Phillips had been in touch with Kennedy when he learned of his desire to continue to play football at the college level.

"Joker is excited about getting Kewanis. He said that he felt like he was getting a very explosive football player that may just become an impact for the Wildcats as a walk-on," Higgins said.

Kennedy is expected to be a defensive back in college.

Meanwhile, Jake Wallace will be suiting up for Campbellsville University in the fall.

Wallace led the Wildcats in interceptions last year with five after only becoming a defensive starter in his junior season.

Higgins said he had been in constant contact with Campbellsville assistant coach Haywood Riner, who helped bring former TCHS standouts Greg Bridges and Greg Oliver to the NAIA school nearly 15 years ago.

"They are looking at Jake at safety, and I think this is a great fit for him," Higgins said. "Jake can go into Campbellsville and contribute pretty quickly, but he must assert himself."

Campbellsville was 6-5 last year, but has a new head coach in Jim Deaton, a former assistant coach at Carson-Newman in Tennessee.

Several players from the area are on the Campbellsville roster, including Brandon Hayes and Ricky Gehres from Hopkinsville, and Stephen Hatchell, the son of Caldwell County head coach Anthony Hatchell, who played at Graves County.

A trio of Wildcats will be making the trek north to play football at Minnesota West Junior College in Pipestone, Minnesota, which is located in the southwestern part of the state.

Steven Wadlington, Pierre Grubbs, and Trey Diggs will be in the Blue Jay roster this fall, Higgins said.

MWJC is a member of the Minnesota Community College Conference (MCCC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

"They are very excited about all three players. Their coach feels that Steven can come in and push immediately for the starting tailback role," Higgins said. "He was rather surprised by the athleticism of Trey and thought that Pierre could greatly help at middle linebacker. I expect Steven to make an immediate impact."

Wadlington finished his career fifth on the all-time rushing list with 3,742 yards, while Diggs and Grubbs were both key components to the Wildcat defense in the past two years.

The Blue Jays were 7-4 last year and former Caldwell County lineman Anthony Deason was among those on their roster.

Former Todd County and Hopkinsville standout Dustin Lopez attended MWJC for two years before transferring to Memphis last year.


Another TCHS football player with college aspirations has added another honor to his mantle.

Wildcat Jeffery Adams was among 32 of the state's top high school football seniors-to-be that attended a luncheon and photo opportunity at UK's Nutter Field House May 15.

The Kentucky Football Coaches Association and High School Sports Publications out of Indiana hosted the event for 32 players who will be spotlighted in a pre-season magazine.

Others on the list included Brian Anderson (Male QB), Bradley Barlow (Bowling Green DB), Chris Cessna (North Laurel LB), Durham Davidson (Warren Central OL), Bryan Dowell (Meade Co. DB), Will Fidler (Henderson Co. QB), Leonard Gordon (Ft. Campbell LB), Ben Guidugli (Highlands LB), Aundre Henderson (Manual DE), Justin Jeffries (St. Xavier OL), Micah Johnson (Ft. Campbell LB), Chris LaMar (Henderson Co. WR), Josh Minton (Pulaski Southwestern OL), Ray Norman (Somerset WR), Brendan Nestor (Beechwood DB), Corey Peters (Central OL/DL), Garnett Phelps (Ballard DB), Robert Record (Garrard Co. OL), Eric Sawyer (Beechwood DB), Eric Senn (Trinity DB), Luke Stocker (Madison Southern LB), Seth Tamme (Boyle Co. WR), Teddy Thompson (Harlan RB/LB), Paul Warford (Madison Central RB), Lavar Weston (Hopkinsville OL), Javeare White (Manual DB), and Tyler Wimsatt (Owensboro RB).

Adams has received scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Kentucky, who became the latest school to actively pursue the 6-foot-7, 308-pound defensive lineman.
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