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Jovon Bouknight – Football Coach – University of Kentucky Athletics

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The University of Kentucky Wildcats football season has been a great success up to this point but winning a bowl game at the end of the year makes all of the hard work of the season worth even better. Jovon Bouknight is in his second season working with the Kentucky football team as the Wide Receivers Coach and has made a big impact this year. This has been one of the best seasons in Kentucky’s history in the Southeastern Conference as they currently have a record of 9-3. 

The Wildcats started out the season red hot winning six games in a row that shot them up to the 11th ranked team in the nation following a win against LSU. They then ran into the SEC powerhouse Georgia Bulldogs who were the No. 1 team in the country at that point that started a three game skid for Kentucky. They bounced back after that and managed to claw their way back for three more wins to end the year. Bouknight works closely with the wide receivers and takes pride in the fact that Kentucky had a 1,000+ yard wide receiver in Wan’Dale Robinson.

This set them up for one of the biggest bowl games of the college football year in a matchup against the Iowa Hawkeyes. This Iowa team was the No. 2 team in the nation at the peak of the season for them and now will go head to head against Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day. Kentucky has won three straight bowl games and will look to take their fourth in a row here on the first day of 2022 as they take on one of the best teams in college football this season.

It has all come together for Bouknight at the University of Kentucky. After his collegiate career at the University of Wyoming as a wide receiver he played briefly in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A coaching opportunity opened up for him at his alma mater Wyoming as a graduate assistant which led to another job at Utah State as the Wide Receivers Coach, Passing Game Coordinator and Co-Offensive Coordinator. He had a long tenure there and then took another opportunity at Texas Tech which quickly transitioned him to the University of Oregon. After early success at Oregon that included a Rose Bowl Championship, he has tackled the University of Kentucky Wide Receivers Coach position that has gone well for him these past two seasons.

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