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UK Football: Max Duffy Stacking Awards

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Sounds like our intern, Jordan Brown, is developing quite a man crush on UK’s all-world punter. Here’s the latest from down under.

UK Football: Max Duffy stacking Awards

By Jordan Brown

After recently gaining recognition being named to the Reese’s Senior Bowl List and CBS Sports first team all-American, the Kentucky punter’s reputation continues to grow entering his senior year. Senior Max Duffy was named First-Team Preseason All- American by the Associated Press Tuesday. Although us fans would rather see the Cats score a touchdown, his ability to be consistent and accurate is something the we should appreciate as much as the coaching staff.

The native of Perth, Australia was the main catalyst in helping Kentucky lead the nation in net punting last year at an average of 44.55 yards per kick. Duffy himself led the nation in punting at 48.10 yards per punt. This performance last season earned him the 2019 Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter. After the 2019 season, Duffy was named a first team All-American by the AP, Sporting News, ESPN, FWAA, Walter Camp, AFCA Coaches, The Athletic, USA Today, Phil Steele, and Athlon Sports.

The world of Kentucky fans is hanging in the balance anticipating the play of quarterback Terry Wilson, who missed most of the 2019 season. One good thing with this is they can be confident that our defense will take the field with favorable field position more often than not with the punt team we have. You always hear football coaches saying how defense and special teams win most games. If that’s the case, then I like our chances, even having an all-SEC schedule and having to start the season at Auburn.

Duffy is UK’s current career punt leader averaging 46.3 yards per punt. He has earned 2020 preseason first-team All-America accolades from CBS Sports, Phil Steel, Sporting News, Athlon Sports, and Walter Camp. Not sure how many companies put out these all-American lists, but with the way things are going for Duffy, it looks like he will probably be on them. He has gotten preseason first-team All-SEC honors by Phil Steele and Athlon Sports so far.

Duffy not only works hard on the field, but in the classroom as well, preparing himself for a backup future away from football. Duffy graduated in December of 2019 with a degree in psychology and is now working towards a master’s degree in kinesiology and health promotion. He serves in the local community as a volunteer at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital with “Tuesdays with the Wildcats” and “in the Huddle with KCH.” Duffy has been named to the Southeastern Conference’s Academic Honor Roll, the First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll and has made the University of Kentucky’s Dean’s List twice all while setting records on the gridiron.

Kentucky opens up the season at Auburn on Sept. 26 and it is safe to say we’ll have at least one guy showing up ready to go.

Jordan Brown is a Print Journalism major at the University of Kentucky. He was born and raised in Lexington and has been passionately following the Wildcats for the majority of his life. He played basketball in high school and is currently also serving as an assistant high school coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar in Lexington.

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