2017 Kentucky Wildcats football team

The 2017 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wildcats played their home games at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky played as a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. They were led by fifth-year head coach Mark Stoops. They finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in SEC play to finish in a tie for third place in the Eastern Division. They were invited to the Music City Bowl where they lost to Northwestern.

2017 University of Kentucky football season
2017Kentucky Wildcats football
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Eastern Division
2017 record 7–6 (4–4 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran (2nd season)
Co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Matt House (1st; 2nd season)
Base defense 3–4 or 4–3
Home stadium Kroger Field
(Capacity: 61,000)
Seasons
 2016
2018 

2017 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
No. 2 Georgia x$^   7 1     13 2  
South Carolina   5 3     9 4  
Kentucky   4 4     7 6  
Missouri   4 4     7 6  
Florida   3 5     4 7  
Vanderbilt   1 7     5 7  
Tennessee   0 8     4 8  
West Division
No. 10 Auburn xy   7 1     10 4  
No. 1 Alabama x#^   7 1     13 1  
No. 18 LSU   6 2     9 4  
No. 19 Mississippi State   4 4     9 4  
Texas A&M   4 4     7 6  
Ole Miss*   3 5     6 6  
Arkansas   1 7     4 8  
Championship: Georgia 28, Auburn 7
  • # College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • * Ole Miss ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions

Rankings from AP Poll

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In 2016, the Wildcats won seven out of their last ten games after starting the season 0–2, completing their fourth year under Mark Stoops at 7–5 and 4–4 in the SEC (3rd-East). They defeated in-state rival and ninth-ranked Louisville, 41–38, to end the regular season. In the postseason, the Wildcats competed in the TaxSlayer Bowl, losing to Georgia Tech 18–33.

The spring game took place on April 14, in Lexington.

Date Time Spring Game Site TV Result Attendance
April 14 7:30 p.m. Blue vs. White Kroger FieldLexington, KY SEC Network 31–14 Blue 37,172
Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Jeff Badet #13 WR 6’0″ 182 Junior Orlando, FL Transferred to Oklahoma
Alvonte Bell #92 DE 6’5″ 260 Junior Miramar, FL Kicked off team
Tanner Fink #49 TE 6’2″ 251 Senior Louisville, KY Graduated
Nico Firios #40 LB 6’2″ 245 Sophomore Longwood, FL Transferred
Jabari Greenwood #8 WR 6’3″ 195 Sophomore Washington D.C. Transferred
J.D. Harmon #11 DB 6’2″ 200 Senior Paducah, KY Graduated
Jojo Kemp #3 RB 5’10” 200 Senior DeLand, FL Graduated
De’Niro Laster #44 LB 6’4″ 241 Junior Cleveland Heights, OH Transferred
Blake McClain #24 DB 5’11” 200 Senior Winter Park, FL Graduated
Marcus McWilson #15 DB 6’0″ 210 Senior Youngstown, OH Graduated
Courtney Miggins #94 DT 6’5″ 285 Senior Lithonia, GA Graduated
Zach Myers #57 C 6’3″ 305 Senior Miamisburg, OH Graduated
Ryan Timmons #1 WR 5’10” 198 Senior Frankfort, KY Graduated
Jon Toth #72 C 6’5″ 310 Senior Indianapolis, IN Graduated
Roland Walder #33 LB 6’3″ 215 Freshman Dayton, OH Transferred
Kobie Walker #8 LB 6’3″ 215 Sophomore Baltimore, MD Transferred
Stanley Williams #18 RB 5’9″ 196 Junior Monroe, GA Entered 2017 NFL Draft
Zane Williams #78 DT 6’4″ 290 Senior Lexington, KY Graduated

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