Isaiah Epps - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 81


  • position Wide Receiver
  • height 6-2
  • Weight 189
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Jenks, Okla.
  • High school Jenks


  • Played in 43 career games with nine starts at UK
  • Totaled 31 catches for 365 yards and one score
  • Graduated in December of 2020 with a degree in psychology

2021 – Senior

  • Saw action in 11 games with six starting assignments
  • Totaled a season-high 11 catches for 171 yards and a score
  • Averaged a team-high 15.5 yards per catch
  • Had a career-high tying three receptions for 27 yards at No. 1 Georgia
  • Caught two passes for 21 yards, including his first collegiate touchdown, a 20-yard reception in the second quarter vs. UTC
  • Totaled three catches for a career-high 83 yards in the season opener vs. ULM, including a career-long 57-yard catch

2020 – r-Junior

  • Totaled eight catches for 63 yards in six games
  • Earned his first career start in the Gator Bowl vs. NC State
  • Saw action at Auburn in the season opener then missed three games with a thumb injury … Dressed vs. Missouri and Georgia but did not see action in the game
  • His catch for eight yards vs. Vanderbilt was his first catch since the 2018 season
  • Had a career-high-tying three catches for 23 yards in the win over NC State

2019 – Junior

  • Redshirt season
  • Missed the season due to injury in his left foot suffered during fall camp

2018 – Sophomore

  • Played in all 13 games with two starts vs. Georgia and Tennessee
  • Caught eight passes for 76 yards
  • Had a career-high three catches vs. MTSU

2017 – Freshman

  • Played in all 13 games
  • Totaled four catches for 55 yards
  • Had a career-best two catches for 31 yards vs. Ole Miss
  • One of seven true freshmen to see action in the season opener at Southern Miss
  • Caught one pass for 18 yards in the win over Eastern Michigan

High School

  • A big, talented wide receiver who had a breakout senior season for Coach Allan Trimble at Jenks
  • Set a Jenks receiving record with 1,209 yards in 2016 with 59 catches and 12 touchdowns, along with 10 rushes for 76 yards and a score
  • Helped lead the Trojans to an 11-1 overall record with their only loss coming in the 6AI semifinal playoff game
  • Earned District 6A-1 Offensive Player of the Year
  • Named third-team All-State by The Oklahoman
  • Rivals lists him as a three-star wide receiver and ranks him as the 21st-best wide receiver in Oklahoma
  • Justin Rowland says, “Epps is a fascinating prospect because he was a basketball guy for most of his life and is really new to football. You would expect him to be a really raw player but he has taken to the sport very quickly and has proven himself a natural athlete and pass-catcher. He comes from a real powerhouse program at Jenks out in Oklahoma and his coaches were convinced that if he had played for longer and gotten more exposure then he would have had offers from almost everybody. There’s a little Keenan Burton in his game”
  • Also lettered in basketball (2014-16) and track & field (2015) at Jenks
  • Excelled in the classroom, earning a spot on the Principal’s Honor Roll
  • Chose Kentucky over offers from Tulsa, Southern Methodist, Illinois, Western Michigan


  • Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Son of Michael and LaQuisha Epps
  • Siblings are Carson and Michael 
  • Older brother, Carson, and cousin, Denver Johnson, were wide receivers at Iowa State

Isaiah Says

  • His nickname is “Zay”
  • After his football career he would like to be a sports psychologist at a university
  • One thing most people don’t about him is that he likes to shop
  • His passion in life is helping others
  • The best advice he’s ever received was “never quit, always finish what you’ve started and stay grounded”
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