LEXINGTON – After a game-clinching interception late in the fourth quarter to lead Kentucky to its first win at South Carolina in 16 years, cornerback Chris Westry has been tabbed Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, it was announced by the league office.
A native of Orange Park, Fla., Westry’s big performance was highlighted by the interception to clinch the game – his first career pick off. The 6-foot-4 corner added his first career sack in the second quarter, forcing the Gamecocks to punt. In the third quarter, Westry had a pair of big plays, including a quarterback hurry to thwart a USC drive, and then recording a key pass breakup in the end zone on a fade route to force a field-goal attempt.
Kentucky (2-0) will return to action on Saturday, hosting Florida at 7:30 p.m. at The New Commonwealth Stadium. The game will be televised live on the SEC Network and will be broadcast on the UK Radio Network.
Foster on 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team: University of Kentucky senior punter Landon Foster has been named to the 2015 Allstate AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) Good Works Team. Foster is one of 22 student-athletes selected, including one of just 11 Football Bowl Subdivision players, honored for making a positive impact on others and their communities.
In its 24th year, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is comprised of athletes who have used their limited free time to perform inspirational acts of service while maintaining a strong academic standing. This summer, the program received an all-time record high 197 nominations from colleges and universities across the country.
Foster, a native of Franklin, Tenn., has been very involved in community service projects during his time at Kentucky. In May of 2014, he represented UK Football on a week-long community service trip to Ethiopia where he interacted with residents of impoverished communities, visited imprisoned men, helped widows, cared for orphans, and helped renovate houses. On the trip, he befriended a 14-year-old boy living in the streets of Korah named Dejene. He was so moved by the boy’s resilience and character to succeed despite his circumstances that Foster worked through an organization called “Adoption Ministry of Youth with a Mission” to pay out of his own pocket to sponsor Dejene. He sent his own money for four months to help pay for his food, clothing, shelter and schooling until Dejene (now named Joshua) was able to move to America with a family from North Carolina.
Foster’s other community service activities include being a frequent visitor to Indian Summer Camp, a cancer survivor camp for kids ages 6-11. He volunteers to speak at local elementary schools and other summer camps and he has taken blankets to Kentucky Children’s Hospital and served as a “Breakfast with Santa” volunteer during Christmas, helping Santa Claus pass out presents.
Foster also excels in the classroom. He was named Academic All-America second team by the College Sports Information Directors of America in 2014 and is a three-time Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll Member. Set to graduate with a major in finance in May of 2015, Foster maintains a 3.97 grade point average.
The SEC leads all conferences with 65 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. Foster is the 13th player in UK history to be named to the team, including second straight. Former Wildcat center Max Godby was named to the prestigious team last season. UK ranks tied for third all-time with St. Thomas (Minn.) in award winners behind Georgia (16) and Nebraska (14).