Barion Brown Named to CBS Sports All-America Team
Barion Brown has been named a second team all-american by CBS Sports, it was announced Wednesday. He earned the honor as a kick returner, which saw him bookend the regular season with kickoff returns for touchdowns in both the 2023 season opener and final game of the regular season.
He also earned a third-team All-America honor from College Football Network and was a second-team All-SEC choice from the league’s coaches and The Associated Press.
Brown, a 6-foot-1, 174-pound sophomore from Nashville, concluded the regular season ranked first in the SEC and second in the nation on 31.7 yards per kickoff return. He was the only player in the SEC and one of five players in the nation to have recorded two kickoff return touchdowns in 2023. He also led UK in pass receptions with 40, good for 439 yards and three scores, had three punt returns for 51 yards (17.0 average), and had 10 rushing attempts for 121 yards (12.1 average).
Kentucky (7-5) is headed to 79th TaxSlayer Gator Bowl to take on No. 22-ranked Clemson (8-4) on Friday, Dec. 29 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Wildcats and Tigers will tangle at noon ET at Bill Gay Grounds at EverBank Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPN.
Tickets are available online at UKFootballTix.com or by calling (800) 928-2287, option 4. Kentucky will be on the west side of EverBank Stadium. Student ticket information is online at UKFootballTix.com. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets directly from UK Athletics to guarantee seats with other Kentucky fans and to help UK meet its bowl ticket obligations.
The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl appearance extends Kentucky’s school-record streak of eight consecutive bowl appearances, all coming under Stoops. UK is one of only eight teams in the nation, and one of only three in the SEC (along with Alabama and Georgia) with at least eight consecutive Bowl appearances.