Football news and notes: Guy, others honored for play against Hilltoppers

UK senior safety Winston Guy was recognized by the College Football Performance Awards for his play in the Cats’ 14-3 victory over Western Kentucky University on Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn. Guy recorded 10 tackles, two-and-a-half for loss and two interceptions. Guy consistently put pressure on WKU’s explosive rushing attack, led by running back Bobby Rainey, and tormented Hilltoppers’ quarterback Kawaun Jakes by bringing added pressure and acting as a ball-hawk in coverage.

The game against Western was a career game for Guy, who spent his first three seasons playing safety but this season has shifted closer to the line of scrimmage in a safety/linebacker hybrid position.

In addition to Guy, the College Football Performance Awards also honored UK place kicker Joe Mansour and punter Ryan Tydlacka. Mansour received honorable mention as a kickoff specialist following his week one performance against Western, while Tydlacka received honorable mention as the punter of the week.

Tydlacka made a big impact on Thursday’s game, booming kick after kick, with zero touchbacks, helping UK to reverse the field position and keep the Hilltoppers out of the red zone. Tydlacka also received preseason All-SEC recognition by the media.

Finally. UK senior defensive tackle Luke McDermott was named Co-Southeastern Conference defensive linemen of the week for his performance against Western. McDermott recorded a career-high four tackles, including UK’s first sack of the new season, as the Cats’ defense held WKU to just 234 yards and three points.