Courtney Love - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 51


  • height 6-2
  • Weight 242
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Youngstown, Ohio
  • Previous School Nebraska
  • High school Cardinal Mooney
2016 – Junior 
  • Started in all 13 games and named a team captain in 12 games
  • Ranked third on the team in tackles with 76
  • Had a fumble recovery at Louisville that set up UK’s game-winning drive … Marked his first fumble recovery as a Wildcat
  • Named to the SEC Community Service team
  • Saw game action for the first time since playing in 12 games at Nebraska in 2014 when he earned his first career start vs. Southern Miss
  • Totaled a UK career-high nine tackles in his UK debut with one QBH
  • Charted seven tackles vs. Georgia
  • Had six tackles and a PBU at Missouri
  • Registered six tackles and a sack at Alabama
  • Also had six tackles at Tennessee
  • Had eight tackles, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry vs. Georgia Tech in the bowl game
  • Had an interesting experience in May with a one-week service/educational trip to Ethiopia
  • Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll
2015 – Sophomore
  • Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules 
2014 – R-Freshman at Nebraska
  • Played in 12 games in 2014 with six total tackles, including one tackle for loss
  • Earned a 2014 Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award and named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team
  • Was active in the community, volunteering his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, Make-A-Wish, Husker Hotline, and local hospital and community rec center outreach events.
2013 – Freshman at Nebraska
  • Redshirt season
  • Was a standout on the practice field and earned Scout Team Defensive MVP honors that season
  • Coached by Bo Pelini
High School
  • A two-time All-Ohio selection at Cardinal Mooney High School who posted impressive numbers as a senior, registering 110 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and nine sacks
  • Also forced four fumbles and had two pass breakups, despite missing one game because of injury
  • Was honored for his efforts as a first-team Division III All-Ohio selection for the second straight year
  • Played a key role in Cardinal Mooney winning the Division III state title his junior season, recording 130 tackles with seven sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery
  • Was Mooney’s leading tackler in the state title game victory over Springfield Shawnee
  • Strong junior season in 2011 led to first-team All-Ohio honors and Division III Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Year recognition
  • Was regarded as one of the nation’s top 30 linebackers by multiple recruiting services and was listed among the top 30 overall prospects in the state of Ohio
  • Coached by P.J. Fecko
  • Initially chose Nebraska over Florida State, Ohio State, USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Illinois and Indiana
  • Rejoins former high school teammate Marcus McWilson at UK
  • Born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Son of Cory Love
  • Graduated in May of 2017 with a degree in community and leadership development and is currently working on a second degree in communications
  • Co-representative on UK football’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
  • On the watch list for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
Community Cats
  • Volunteer at Amachi Central Kentucky, a mentoring program that seeks to pair caring, positive adults with children and youth in the Bluegrass who have one or both parents in state or federal prison or are affected by incarceration in some way (2017)
  • Visited with sick children at Wolfson Children’s Hospital at the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. (2016)
  • Visited a sick child at UK Children’s Hospital (2016)
  • Volunteered to pass out t-shirts at UK’s Back-to-School Picnic (2016)
  • Participated in a unique one-week service/educational trip in May with a trip to Ethiopia where he helped build houses as well as shoe-shining boxes for men to be able to work and provide for their families … Also delivered food to impoverished families and visited with orphans and widows (2016)
  • Served in a Skype mentoring program with area high school students (2016)
  • Volunteered for Read Across America Day at Fayette Mall (2016)
  • Stayed after practice to spend time with the Special Olympics (2015)
  • Volunteer at Champ Kelly’s “Champ Camp” for kids (2015)

Courtney Says

  • His nickname is “C. Love”
  • Other than playing in the NFL, his dream job is to take over his dad’s industrial cleaning company
  • One word to describe him on the field is “selfless”
  • His favorite experience at UK so far was going to Ethiopia
  • The last time he was starstruck was when Courtney Love (the singer) mentioned him on Twitter and on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”
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