Walker Himebauch Named to Coaches’ SEC All-Freshman Team

Walker Himebauch Named to Coaches’ SEC All-Freshman Team


Long snapper Walker Himebauch has been named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team, it was announced Thursday by the league.

From Colorado Springs, Colorado, Himebauch played in 12 games as the short snapper before an injury to long snapper Ronald Gaines saw him do double duty for both kicks and punts in the final eight games of 2023. He contributed to a nearly perfect operation, as kicker Alex Raynor made 10-of-11 field goal attempts and 43-of-44 PATs.  Raynor is currently on pace to set Kentucky’s single-season and career field-goal percentage marks.

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 or by calling (800) 928-2287, option 4. Kentucky will be on the west side of EverBank Stadium. Student ticket information is online at 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.

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