Posted: Nov 16, 2012 2:28 PM
University of Kentucky football head coach Joker Phillips has announced that senior defensive back Mikie Benton and senior offensive guard Larry Warford have been named game captains for Kentucky's final home game of the season on Saturday vs. Samford at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Benton has been a key part of the Wildcats' defense over the last two years after initially coming to UK as walk-on. So far this season, Benton has 12 tackles and has forced a fumble. The senior dealt with some injuries the last few weeks that have limited his snaps, but will play Saturday.
Warford is playing as well as anyone in the country up front, according to Phillips and position coach Mike Summers. The native of Richmond, Ky., has played in 45 career games and made 35 consecutive starts. This is the fifth time this season Warford has been named game captain, also getting the honors for the Louisville, Georgia, Missouri and Vanderbilt games. The senior is on the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Trophy Watch Lists, while he was named SEC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week after his performance vs. Kent State. Warford was also chosen as a first-team midseason All-SEC selection by Phil Steele's College Football.
Benton and Warford will join permanent game captains Matt Smith and Collins Ukwu at the pregame coin toss.
Wildcats to Honor 2012 Seniors Saturday Before Kickoff: The University of Kentucky will honor its 2012 senior football players on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium when the Wildcats host Samford at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to be in the stadium 30 minutes prior to kickoff to help salute the seniors. A total of 19 seniors will be honored during a pre-game ceremony, including redshirt junior offensive lineman Steven Duff, who is graduating on time and forgoing his senior season, and undergraduate student assistant coach Sam Simpson.
The seniors being honor are:
#31 Mikie Benton, S, Russellville, Ky.
#27 Aaron Boyd, WR, Lexington, Ky.
#73 Steven Duff, OG, Louisville, Ky.
#84 Gabe Correll, TE, Cincinnati, Ohio
#19 E.J. Fields, WR, Frankfort, Ky.
#16 La'Rod King, WR, Radcliff, Ky.
#85 Gene McCaskill, WR, Chester, S.C.
#93 Craig McIntosh, K, Lexington, Ky.
#1 Martavius Neloms, DB, Memphis, Tenn.
#12 Morgan Newton, QB, Carmel, Ind.
#36 Kristofer O'Bryant, DB, Fairfax, Va.
#35 Carter Rice, CB, Duncan, S.C.
Sam Simpson, student assistant coach, Lexington, Ky.
#69 Matt Smith, C, Louisville, Ky.
#96 Collins Ukwu, DE, La Vergne, Tenn.
#67 Larry Warford, OG, Richmond, Ky.
#26 CoShik Williams, TB, Hiram, Ga.
#74 Trevino Woods, OT, Athens, Ga.
#94 Taylor Wyndham, DE, Swansea, S.C.