UK Football v3 300LEXINGTON, KY (7/8/13) – After impressive seasons with the University of Kentucky football team last fall, senior linebacker Avery Williamson, junior defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree and sophomore punter Landon Foster have been named preseason All-Southeastern Conference performers by CollegeSportsMadness.com, the website announced Monday.

Williamson was named to the second team, while Dupree and Foster were honored with third-team selections. The three UK stars were also named preseason All-SEC by Phil Steele’s College Football last month. Williamson and Dupree were also placed on the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Defensive Awards Watch List, while Foster was listed on the 2013 CFPA Punter Award Watch List.

Williamson had a breakout junior season in 2012, earning All-SEC honors from Phil Steele’s College Football and CollegeSportsMadness.com. The native of Milan, Tenn., is the returning starter at middle linebacker after finishing second in the SEC and seventh nationally in tackles last season. Williamson, who has played in 37 career games, started all 12 games for UK last season, posting eight double-digit tackle games, including a career-best 20 against Vanderbilt. The physical linebacker had a streak of four games with a least 13 tackles, becoming the first Wildcat to do so since Randy Holleran in 1990. Williamson also had 4.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks, four pass breakups, two fumbles caused, one fumble recovery and an interception last season.

Dupree, who is slated to play defensive end this season after splitting time at defensive end and linebacker his first two seasons, had a great sophomore season in 2012. The native of Irwinton, Ga., earned Sophomore All-America Second-Team honors by CollegeFootballNews.com, while Phil Steele’s College Football and CollegeFootballMadness.com named him an All-SEC performer in 2012. Dupree finished top 10 in the SEC in tackles, quarterback sacks and tackles-for-loss last season, starting all 12 games. Overall, Dupree had 91 tackles in his sophomore season with 12.5 tackles-for-loss and 6.5 quarterback sacks. The junior set a career-high in tackles last season vs. WKU with 12, while he had double-digit tackles at Tennessee with a career-best three tackles-for-loss.

Foster had an immediate impact for the Wildcats last season as a true freshman handling all of the punting responsibilities and posting a 42.9 yards-per-punt average – the best mark ever by a UK freshman punter. The strong season led Foster to Freshman All-America honors by Scout.com and CollegeFootballNews.com, while SEC coaches tabbed Foster a Freshman All-SEC performer. The native of Franklin, Tenn., averaged a season-high 50.7 yards in UK’s win over Kent State, while his longest punt was a 58-yard blast against Arkansas. In all, Foster trapped UK’s opponents inside their own 20-yardline an impressive 13 times last season.

The complete listing of players who were named preseason All-SEC by the website can be found here: http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/6913.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Wes Crane (UK Athletics)

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

BMS Selects Student of the Month

BENTON, Ky. (5/4/15) — Each month the principal of Benton Middle School selects a student for the Academically Above… Read More

Public Works Department Declares 'War on Potholes'

OWENSBORO, Ky. (5/3/15) — Winter weather has done its usual damage to city streets. Frequent freezing and thawing… Read More
1 DOW 18,070.40
+46.34 (0.26%)    
2 S&P 2,114.49
+6.20 (0.29%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,016.93
+11.54 (0.23%)    

Most Read This Week

April 28, 2015 4152

Search for Stolen Vehicle Ends with Woman Charged…

by SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 3489

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 3337

Man Charged with Stalking Smoke Shop Clerk

by MPD
April 27, 2015 2892

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 30, 2015 2794

Family Says 'Goodbye' to Dog After It Allegedly…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 15526

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 8475

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 03, 2015 1382

Two Injured During Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1200

Teen Injured During Collision with Police Cruiser

by SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 1075

Faith Baptist Hosts Family Fun Day

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 855

Alleged Littering Leads to Drug Arrest

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 776

Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 730

Dave Says - May 3, 2015

by Dave Ramsey
May 02, 2015 642

Baptist Health Hosts Annual ‘Bike Safety Day’

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 636

2015 Correctional Employees' Week Celebrated…

by Michael Caudill
May 02, 2015 635

Conquering the clutter: Cleanliness with kids is…

by SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 560

Legislator's Log - Week of May 3, 2015

by Brent Yonts