Horsemen sign first 14 player

01/16/03 Horsemen Press Release

2003 first-ever signees feature 12 former Wildcats, QB Dusty Bonner

The Lexington Horsemen today announced that they have signed their first-ever group of players, and that the 2003 Horsemen will feature no less than 12 former Kentucky Wildcats.  Former UK and Valdosta State quarterback Dusty Bonner heads this group of signees, all of whom have ties to the Central Kentucky football community.  In addition to Bonner, the team announced that it has also signed:

·         Dougie Allen, WR, Kentucky (1998-2001)

·         Neal Brown, WR, Kentucky/Massachusetts (1998-2002)

·         Gordon Crowe, DL, Kentucky (1996-1999)

·         Lewis Diaz, OL, Eastern Kentucky (1996-1999)

·         Harold Dennis, WR/KR, Kentucky (1994-1996)

·         Martez Johnson, FB, Kentucky/Bowling Green State (1998-2002)

·         Anthony “Champ” Kelly, WR, Kentucky (2000-2001)

·         Marvin Majors, DL, Kentucky (1995-1998)

·         Ray McLaurin, TB/FB, Kentucky (1993-1996)

·         John Radar, LB/DL, Kentucky (1997-2000)

·         Kip Sixbery, OL, Kentucky (1999-2000)

·         Grayson Smith, DL, Kentucky (1997-2000)

·         Julius Yeast, DL, Ohio State/Eastern Kentucky (2000)

            “We couldn’t be happier with this bunch of young men,” said Horsemen Head Coach and General Manager Tony Franklin.  “I’ve had the pleasure of coaching a number of these players in the past, and we have the utmost confidence that they are going to do us proud both on and off the football field.  I think we can win a lot of games in this league with these guys.”

LEXINGTON HORSEMEN 2003 SIGNEES

Dougie Allen               5’10”, 190 lbs.

Lexington, KY (Paul Laurence Dunbar High School)

Allen played in a total of 36 games for the University of Kentucky, starting 19.  He finished his college career with 86 catches for 963 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 11.2 yards per catch.  After missing parts of his sophomore and junior years with injuries, Allen played in all 11 games as a senior, highlighted by his 6-catch, 65-yard performance against Georgia.  As a junior, Allen played in nine games, starting seven, and caught current University of Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen’s first collegiate touchdown pass.  Despite being limited to only five games as a sophomore due to a knee injury, Allen caught 25 of 26 passes thrown to him that year.  His diving, one-handed catch against Arkansas was judged the Compaq “Best Reception of the Week in College Football.”  Allen played in 11 games as a freshman, including the 1999 Outback Bowl.  After his college career ended, Allen signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent.

Career Statistics – University of Kentucky

Year

Position

G

Rec

Yds

Avg

TD

Long

KO Rtns

Yds

Avg

TD

Long

1998

WR/KR

11

13

102

7.8

0

19

1

9

9.0

0

9

1999

WR/KR

5

25

263

10.5

3

28

8

246

30.8

0

53

2000

WR

9

22

315

14.3

2

46

0

0

--

0

0

2001

WR

11

26

283

10.9

0

32

0

0

--

0

0

Totals

 

36

86

963

11.2

5

46

9

255

28.3

0

53

Dusty Bonner                      6’1”, 220 lbs.

Valdosta, GA (Valdosta High School)

Bonner began his football career at the University of Kentucky before transferring to Valdosta State University, where he found great success.  As a junior at Valdosta, Bonner threw for 4,126 yards and 55 touchdowns, breaking the single-season Division II touchdown record, formerly held by Valdosta head coach Chris Hatcher.  Bonner won several awards his junior year, including the Harlon Hill Trophy, annually awarded to the most outstanding player in Division II.  He was also the Gulf South Conference Co-Player of the Year, three-time Gulf South Conference Player of the Week, three-time Division II National Offensive Player of the Week, and a first team All-Gulf South Conference choice.  As a senior at Valdosta, Bonner led his team to an 11-0 season and a number one ranking in Division II.  Bonner completed 231 passes for 4,037 yards as a senior, despite playing a full game in only three contests all season.  Bonner was the Gulf South Conference Player of the Year again as a senior, and again won the Harlan Hill Trophy, becoming only the second player in the history of the award to do so.

            At the University of Kentucky in 1997, Bonner played in eight games as the backup to quarterback Tim Couch.  He completed 10 of 14 passes for 114 yards before being redshirted in 1998.  In 1999, Bonner started all 11 games as UK’s quarterback and played every offensive down, completing 303 of 465 passes for 3,266 yards and 26 touchdowns.  Bonner finished 1999 fourth in the nation in completions, fifth in completion percentage, and ninth in touchdowns.  He also led the SEC in each of those categories.  Bonner led the Wildcats to six wins and a berth in the Music City Bowl in 1999, earning a spot on the 25-man watch list for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.  Bonner was also awarded National Player of the Week honors by CNN/Sports Illustrated.

Career Statistics – University of Kentucky

Year

Position

G

Comp.

Att.

Pct.

Yards

Int.

TD

1997

Quarterback

8

10

14

71.4

114

0

0

1999

Quarterback

11

303

465

65.2

3266

13

26

Totals

 

19

313

479

65.3

3380

13

26

Valdosta State University

Year

Position

G

Comp.

Att.

Pct.

Yards

Int.

TD

2000

Quarterback

12

351

488

71.9

4126

8

55

1999

Quarterback

11

231

319

72.4

4037

14

43

Totals

 

23

582

807

72.2

8163

22

98

Neal Brown                          5’10”, 185 lbs.

Danville, KY (Boyle County High School)

After playing two seasons at the University of Kentucky, Brown transferred to the University of Massachusetts in the spring of 2000.  While at UMass, Brown played in 23 games, starting 15, and made 21 catches for 307 yards and two touchdowns during his senior year.  As a junior, he started nine games and ranked second on the team in receiving with 37 catches for 414 yards and two touchdowns.  Brown ranks third on the UMass list of single season receptions by a junior, and had a streak of five straight games in which he lead the team in receiving that year.  In 2002, Brown was named to the Division I-AA Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team, as well as the Academic All-Atlantic 10 Conference Team.

            While at UK, Brown played in 21 games.  After redshirting in 1999, he played in all 11 games as a sophomore, making eight catches for 38 yards and a touchdown.  As a true freshman in 1998, Brown made two catches for 10 yards.

Career Statistics – University of Kentucky

Year

Position

G

Receptions

Yards

Average

TD

Long

1998

Wide Receiver

10

2

10

5.0

0

8

2000

Wide Receiver

11

8

38

4.8

1

7

Total

 

21

10

48

4.8

1

8

University of Massachusetts

Year

Position

G

Receptions

Yards

Average

TD

Long

2001

Wide Receiver

11

37

414

11.2

2

32

2002

Wide Receiver

12

21

307

14.6

2

32

Total

 

23

58

721

12.9

4

32

Gordon Crowe                        6’4”, 240 lbs.

Lancaster, KY (Garrard County High School)

Crowe was the only senior in his class to have played in all 44 regular season games during his four-year career at the University of Kentucky.  As a senior, Crowe started five games at defensive tackle and made 12 tackles, including three in a win over LSU.  Crowe also recovered two fumbles, broke up one pass, and recorded one sack as a senior.  He started all 11 games at defensive end as a junior, making 17 tackles.  Crowe’s sophomore year was highlighted by six tackles for loss from the defensive tackle position.  As a freshman, he made 14 tackles in 11 games.

Career Statistics – University of Kentucky

Year

Position

G

Tackles

TFL-Yds

Sacks-Yds

Int-Yds

FC

FR

1996

Defensive Tackle

11

14

0-0

0.5-3

0-0

0

0

1997

Defensive Tackle

11

17

6-17

0-0

0-0

1

0

1998

Defensive End

11

17

2-3

1-4

0-0

0

2

1999

Defensive Tackle

11

12

0-0

1-5

0-0

0

2

Totals

 

44

60

8-20

2.5-12

0-0

1

4

Harold Dennis                       5’10”, 175 lbs.

Radcliff, KY (North Hardin High School)

Dennis played in 18 games during his three-year career at the University of Kentucky, including all 11 as a senior.  During his senior year, he caught four passes for 28 yards, and returned five kickoffs for 110 yards to average 22 yards per return.  As a junior, Dennis played in six games and averaged 24 yards per return on five kickoff returns.  After playing soccer at the University of Louisville his freshman year, Dennis transferred to Kentucky and walked on the team as a sophomore in 1994.  Dennis is a survivor of the 1988 Carrolton, KY bus crash that killed 27 people.  While at UK, Dennis won numerous awards, including the 1994 Award of Courage and the 1994 UK Walk-On of the Year Award, which is selected by the Louisville chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.  In 1995, he was awarded the Arete Award for Courage in Sports by Intersport Television.  Dennis was also awarded the Gene Autry Award of Courage in 1996, given by the California Angels and the Tempe, AZ Sports Authority.

Career Statistics – University of Kentucky

Year

Position

G

Rec

Yards

Avg

KO Rtns

Yards

Avg

1994

WR/KR

1

0

0

0.0

0

0

0.0

1995

WR/KR

6

1

8

8.0

5

120

24.0

1996

WR/KR

11

4

28

7.0

5

110

22.0

Total

 

18

5

36

7.2

10

230

23.0

Lewis Diaz                           6’2”, 275 lbs.

Miami, FL

Diaz played for four years on the offensive line for Eastern Kentucky University, where he was a second-team All-OVC choice in 1999.  During the 1999 season, Diaz saw action at left tackle, right tackle, and center.  During the 1998 season, Diaz switched to defensive tackle for the Colonels, who had suffered a rash of injuries on their defensive line.  Diaz, redshirted in 1996, played sparingly in 1997.  He was an asset to the Eastern line because of his ability to play guard, tackle, or center.

Martez Johnson                   5’11”, 195 lbs.

Detroit, MI (St. Martin DeBorres High School)

Johnson played for three years at the University of Kentucky before transferring to Bowling Green State University in 2001.  At Bowling Green, he played in all 11 games, rushing seven times for 62 yards.  Johnson was Kentucky’s second-leading rusher in 2001, with 249 yards on 55 carries.  As a sophomore in 2000, Johnson rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries, caught four passes for 29 yards, and returned 11 kickoffs for 174 yards.  His junior season was highlighted by the LSU game, in which he ran 11 times for 54 yards and caught four passes for 29 yards.  Before redshirting in 1999, Johnson played in five games as a true freshman, rushing seven times for 31 yards.

Career Statistics – University of Kentucky

Year

Position

G

Att

Yds

Avg

TD

Long

Recs

Yds

Avg

1998

Fullback

5

7

31

4.4

0

8

0

0

--

2000

Fullback

11

15

61

4.1

0

19

4

29

7.3

2001

Fullback

11

55

249

4.5

0

 

6

22

3.7

2001

 

27

77

341

4.4

0

19

10

51

5.1

Bowling Green State University

Year

Position

G

Att

Yds

Avg

TD

Long

Recs

Yds

Avg

2002

Fullback

11

7

62

8.9

1

26

0

0

--

Anthony “Champ” Kelly   5’10”, 190 lbs.

Campbelton, FL (Graceville High School)

Kelly played in 37 games at the University of Kentucky, starting five.  He finished his career with 18 receptions for 289 yards and one touchdown.  As a senior, Kelly started in three games, making 10 receptions for 225 yards and a touchdown (a 62-yard reception against Tennessee).  As a junior, Kelly was moved to wide receiver from special teams and played in all 11 games, making eight receptions for 64 games.  He also had two kickoff returns for 31 yards, and made six tackles on punt coverage.  As a freshman and a sophomore, Kelly played in a total of 18 games, including the 1999 Outback Bowl.  Kelly was also named to the SEC Good Works Team for his community service efforts as a senior.

Career Statistics – University of Kentucky

Year

Position

G

Receptions

Yards

Average

TD

Long

2000

Wide Receiver

11

8

64

8.0

0

15

2001

Wide Receiver

11

10

225

22.5

1

62

Total

 

22

18

289

16.1

1

62

Marvin Majors                       6’3”, 290 lbs.

Elyria, OH (Elyria High School)

Majors played in 33 games, starting 32, during his career at the University of Kentucky.  As a senior, he led all UK defensive lineman in tackles with 33, had four tackles for loss, and three quarterback sacks.  During his junior year, Majors again led the Wildcats’ defensive line with 60 tackles, including three for a loss, and highlighted by a career-high 11 tackles against LSU.  As a redshirt freshman, he started in 10 games and recorded 64 tackles, earning him a spot on the Knoxville News-Sentinel’s Freshman All-SEC Team.

Career Statistics – University of Kentucky

Year

Position

G

Tackles

TFL-Yds

Sacks-Yds

FC

FR

1995

Defensive Tackle

11

64

2-4

0-0

0

0

1997

Defensive Tackle

11

60

3-3

0-0

1

1

1998

Defensive Tackle

11

33

4-7

3-23

1

0

Totals

 

33

157

9-14

3-23

2

1

Ray McLaurin                  6’1 1/2”, 220 lbs.

Radcliff, KY (North Hardin High School)

McLaurin played in 37 games during his career at the University of Kentucky, starting three.  He finished with career totals of 556 rushing yards on 151 attempts.  McLaurin played in six games as a senior, starting two before suffering a season-ending broken ankle in a motorcycle accident.  He finished second on the team in rushing his junior and senior years at UK, during which time he rushed for 469 yards on 134 carries.  McLaurin played in 10 games as a sophomore, rushing for 36 yards, and played wingback as a redshirt freshman, when he rushed for 51 yards on 9 attempts.  He made the SEC Academic Honor Roll his last four years at UK, and was voted Most Improved Offensive Back at UK in the spring of 1995 and 1996.  McLaurin also received UK’s Offensive Make-a-Difference Award in the spring of 1995, and the Offensive Big Hitter Award in the spring of 1996.

Career Statistics – University of Kentucky

Year

Position

G

Attempts

Yards

Average

TD

Long

1993

Wingback

11

9

51

5.7

0

14

1994

Fullback

10

8

36

4.5

0

13

1995

Tailback

10

60

260

4.3

2

16

1996

Tailback

6

74

209

2.8

1

19

Totals

 

37

151

556

3.7

3

19

John Radar                          6’4”, 230 lbs.

Jackson, KY (Breathitt County High School)

Radar played in 31 games, starting 10, at linebacker and defensive end for the University of Kentucky.  As a senior he played in eight games, mostly on special teams.  During his junior year, he made three tackles from the linebacker position before suffering a mid-season foot injury.  Radar started in 10 games as a sophomore, making 39 tackles, including seven for a loss.  He also ran back a 46-yard interception for the game-winning touchdown against Indiana.  As a redshirt freshman, Radar made three tackles, including one for a loss, as a reserve middle linebacker.

Career Statistics – University of Kentucky

Year

Position

G

Tackles

TFL-Yds

Sacks-Yds

PBU

Int-Yds

1997

Linebacker

8

3

1-1

0-0

0

0-0

1998

Linebacker

11

39

7-19

1-5

2

1-46

1999

Linebacker

4

3

0-0

0-0

0

0-0

2000

Defensive End

8

0

0-0

0-0

0

0-0

Totals

 

31

45

8-20

1-5

2

1-46

Kip Sixbery                          6’4”, 320 lbs.

Littleton, CO (Mullen High School)

Sixbery played in 22 games, starting 20, while at the University of Kentucky.   As a sophomore at UK, he played in all 11 games on the offensive line, starting nine of them.  Sixbery helped the Wildcats lead the SEC in total offense with 445.5 yards per game, and in passing offense with 335.4 yards per game.  Sixbery started all 11 games as a freshman at UK, and played every offensive down of the 1999 season.  During that season, Sixbery was, at age 17, the youngest full-time starter in Division I football.  As a freshman, Sixbery’s pass-blocking skills helped UK’s passing offense lead the SEC and rank 13th in the nation, at 299 yards per game.  Sixbery was named to the first-team Freshman All-America by the Sporting News, second-team Freshman All-America by Football News, and first-team Freshman All-SEC by the Knoxville News-Sentinel.  After redshirting his junior season in order to concentrate on his studies, Sixbery transferred to Georgetown College.

Grayson Smith             6’2”, 255 lbs.

Salyerville, KY (Magoffin County High School)

Smith, originally a walk-on at the University of Kentucky, earned a scholarship and played in 34 games during his career with the Wildcats.  As a senior defensive end, he made eight tackles, including one for a loss, and recorded a pass breakup.  Smith started two games at defensive end as a junior, and had two tackles for a loss and a sack.  He made 12 tackles and recovered a fumble during his sophomore season, and played in one game as a freshman.  In 2000, Smith reached the semifinals of the National Boxing Championships.

Career Statistics – University of Kentucky

Year

Position

G

Tackles

TFL-Yds

Sacks-Yds

FC

FR

1997

Defensive End

1

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

1998

Defensive End

11

12

1-4

1-4

0

0

1999

Defensive End

11

9

3-8

1-4

0

1

2000

DE/DT

11

8

1-1

0-0

0

0

Totals

 

34

29

5-13

2-8

0

1

Julius Yeast                         6’5”, 280 lbs.

Harrodsburg, KY (Harrodsburg High School)

Yeast attended Ohio State University as a true freshman, where he was redshirted.  After playing sparingly in four games at Ohio State, Yeast transferred to Eastern Kentucky University in the summer of 1999.  In his one season at Eastern, Yeast recorded 54 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and three sacks.  In 2001, Yeast declared himself eligible for the supplemental NFL draft, but was not chosen.  He later signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent.

Career Statistics – Eastern Kentucky University

Year

Position

G

Tackles

TFL-Yds

Sacks-Yds

Int-Yds

FC

FR

2000

Defensive Tackle

11

54

7-23

3-16

0-0

1

0

 

 
 
 
 
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