Josh Paschal - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 4


  • position Defensive End
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 278
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Prince George’s County, Md.
  • High school Our Lady of Good Counsel

2018 – Sophomore

  • Played in three games with one starting assignment vs. Middle Tennessee
  • In July of 2018, was diagnosed with malignant melanoma on the bottom of his right foot … underwent three surgeries, followed by ongoing monthly immunotherapy treatments
  • Recovered sufficiently to play against Middle Tennessee … started the game and saw occasional action throughout
  • In the second quarter, made a tackle on a third down play that forced a punt … When his name was called as the tackler, the Kroger Field crowd gave him a rousing ovation while his teammates swarmed him with congratulations
  • Named SEC co-Defensive Player of the Week (11/19)
  • Had two tackles and a TFL at Louisville
  • Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll

2017 – Freshman

  • Played in all 13 games with one start
  • Earned his first career start vs. Northwestern in the Music City Bowl
  • Totaled 17 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 3 QBH and 1 blocked kick
  • Recorded a career-high three tackles along with a sack in the win over Tennessee and Vanderbilt
  • Named SEC Special Teams Player of the week for his game-changing blocked punt vs. EMU
  • First UK player to block a punt since Josh Forrest vs. Alabama State in 2013
  • With UK clinging to a 17-14 lead in the fourth quarter, Paschal deftly broke through the line and punter shield, also deducing the correct place and time to block a running rugby punt
  • The blocked punt went for an 18-yard loss back to the EMU 12-yard line, setting up Benny Snell’s 12-yard TD run on the next play
  • On the play before the blocked punt, forced a third-down incompletion with a quarterback hurry
  • Finished the EMU game with a tackle and a QB hurry, and shared a quarterback sack
  • Athlon Sports Preseason SEC All-Freshman Third Team

High School

  • A four-star defensive end prospect by all the major recruiting services
  • Scout ranks him the No. 28 defensive end nationally and No. 2 defensive end from the state of Maryland in the 2017 class
  • 247Sports classifies him as the No. 11 strongside defensive end in the country
  • ESPN scouting report says, “A high-motored DL with good, straight-line speed. Shows good initial burst and quickness to get up-field and make plays in the opponent’s backfield. Works well to maintain his point and shows good overall leverage vs. the run”
  • Recorded 64 tackles as a senior, including nine tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks
  • Also had four quarterback hurries
  • Named first-team All-Conference defense by the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC)
  • Earned first-team All-Sentinel by The Sentinel Newspapers
  • Coached by Bill Milloy
  • High school teammate of fellow 2017 signee Naasir Watkins
  • Also a two-year letterwinner in track, participating in the 100-meters, 4×100 relay, shot put and discus
  • Picked Kentucky over Notre Dame and Penn State


  • Born in Washington, D.C.
  • Son of Clayton and LaTauna Paschal
  • Older brother, Travaughn, was a linebacker for the Wildcats from 2011-14
  • Major is family science with a minor in coaching

Josh Says

  • He chose Kentucky because of the family environment
  • Other than playing in the NFL, his dream job is to own his own gym and be a personal trainer
  • One word to describe him on the field is “relentless”
  • The thing he’s most looking forward to this season is playing against the best competition in the country and competing for a championship
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