Football

Josh Kattus

  • position Tight End
  • height 6-4
  • Weight 231
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Cincinnati, Ohio
  • High school Archbishop Moeller

2023 – Sophomore
• Saw action in 11 games with three starts (vs. EKU, at Mississippi State and vs. Alabama) … Did not play in the Vanderbilt or Louisville game with injury
• Totaled eight receptions for 108 yards and two scores
• Caught a season-high tying two passes vs. Tennessee and Alabama
• Also caught two passes for 11 yards and a touchdown at No. 1 Georgia … Hauled in a four-yard score in the second quarter, his second career touchdown reception
• Had the first score of his career thanks to a six-yard touchdown reception on Kentucky’s first drive of the game vs. Akron … Also marked his first catch of the season … Combined for career-high-tying two catches for 24 yards and the lone touchdown in the game
• Dean’s List (Fall 2023)
• Named to SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

2022 – Freshman
• Saw action in 11 games with three starts
• Missed the bowl game with injury
• Totaled seven catches for 125 yards, averaging 17.9 yards per reception
• Had at least one reception in his final four games
• Had two receptions for a career-high 76 yards in the win over Louisville … Had a career-long, 70-yard catch on Kentucky’s second drive of the game, setting the Wildcats up for their first touchdown of the game
• Got his first collegiate start and playing time at Florida … Also started vs. Mississippi State and against Louisville
• Dean’s list (Fall 2022)

High School
• A three-star recruit who ranks as a top 50 tight end nationally by Rivals
• Ranked as the No. 26 recruit in Ohio by Rivals and No. 30 by 247Sports
• Had 42 catches for 553 yards and one score for head coach Mark Elder at Archbishop Moeller High School in 2021
• Helped the Crusaders win the Division 1 Region and finish in the state semifinals
• Two-time Greater Catholic League (GCL) Tight End of the Year
• Two-time All-GCL First Team member
• Two-time All-City and All-Region First Team
• OHSAA Division 1 First-Team All-State
• Named Max Preps Division 1 First-Team All-State
• Earned Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association All-City Division 1 First Team
• In eight games in an abbreviated COVID-19 season in 2020, he had 23 catches for 288 yards and four touchdowns
• Reunites with former Moeller standouts at UK, tight end Brenden Bates and defensive back Carrington Valentine
• Also a three-year letter winner as a power forward in basketball
• Chose UK over Michigan, Northwestern, Louisville and Cincinnati

Community Cats
• Volunteered to at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital, visiting with the kids and playing games (2022)

Personal
• Name is pronounced Josh “KAT-us”
• Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
• Son of Lisa and Eric Kattus
• Has two younger brothers, Tucker and Justin
• Dad, Eric Kattus, was a tight end at Michigan from 1982-85 and went on to a seven-year career in the NFL, playing six years with the Cincinnati Bengals and one with the New York Jets
• Major is communication

Josh Says
• Nickname is “Big Katt”
• He chose Kentucky because he loved the coaching staff and it felt like home
• One thing most people don’t know about him is that he is a great pickleball player
• Three words to describe him are enthusiastic, leader, and loyal
• The best advice he’s ever received is “work hard even when no one is watching”

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