Football

KavosieySmoke

  • position Running Back
  • height 5-9
  • Weight 209
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Wetumpka, Ala.
  • High school Wetumpka

2021 – Junior

  • Has seen action in 34 career games with one start
  • Has 1,306 career rushing yards, 30th on UK’s career rushing list
  • Played in 12 games in 2021, earning his first career start at Mississippi State
  • Totaled 416 yards rushing on 81 carries with four touchdowns … Also had one reception for 17 yards
  • Also had two kick returns (one vs. ULM and UTC) for a total of 31 yards … Had a tackle vs. Missouri and UTC
  • Rushed 12 times for a career-high 104 yards, averaging 8.7 per attempt in the win over LSU
  • Had 11 carries for 53 yards a score vs. Tennessee
  • In the win over South Carolina, posted nine rushes for 50 yards with one score
  • Also had rushing touchdowns in the wins over New Mexico State and Louisville
  • Switched jersey numbers from 20 to 0 in fall camp

2020 – Sophomore

  • Has totaled 820 career rushing yards on 152 carries
  • Played in seven of 11 games
  • Had 47 carries for 229 yards and one score … Also had five receptions for 25 yards
  • Totaled 45 yards on nine attempts in the win over NC State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
  • Led the Wildcats with seven carries for 62 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown run on UK’s first possession at Auburn
  • Had five carries for 29 yards vs. Ole Miss before leaving the game with injury

2019 – r-Freshman

  • Saw action in all 13 games
  • UK’s third-leading rusher with 616 yards on 101 attempts and six scores
  • Averaged 6.1 yards per attempt
  • Had two receptions for 26 yards
  • Ranked in the top 10 among SEC freshman leaders in the following categories: fifth in rushing (47.47), ninth in all-purpose yards (50.7) and 10th in total offense (47.4) and scoring (2.8)
  • Rushed twice for 75 yards in UK’s 45-13 win over Louisville … His 70-yard run in the second quarter was a career-long and the longest by a Wildcat of the season
  • Ran 15 times for a career-high 95 yards in the win over Vanderbilt … On a 3rd-and-26 play in the third quarter, he caught a screen pass and bulled his way 28 yards (a career long) for a first down, keeping a touchdown drive alive
  • Saw limited action at UGA with a shoulder injury
  • Rushed a game-high 16 times for 81 yards vs. UF
  • Had 11 carries for 92 yards and a 32-yard touchdown run vs. Eastern Michigan
  • With game stats available since 1946, Smoke became the first UK player to have scoring runs of at least 32 yards in each of the first two games of the season … Also had a 40-yarder vs. Toledo
  • Rushed seven times for 78 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown run vs. Toledo

2018 – Freshman

  • Redshirt season
  • Saw action in two games vs. Louisville and Penn State and totaled four carries for 45 yards and a score
  • Got his first collegiate carries at Louisville, rushing four times for 45 yards, including a 37-yard scoring dash

High School

  • A three-star recruit by all the major recruiting services
  • Ranked the 29th-best running back in the nation by Rivals
  • Four-year starter for the Indians
  • Selected to play in the 31st annual Alabama-Mississippi Football All-Star Classic
  • Helped Wetumpka advance to the 6A Alabama state championship game for the first time in the school’s 115-year history
  • Finished his senior season with 1,508 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns
  • Earned Class 6A second-team All-State honors by the Alabama Sports Writers Association
  • Rushed for 1,300 yards and 23 scores as a junior for the Indians, who finished 8-3
  • Chose UK over offers from South Carolina, Auburn, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Florida and Virginia Tech
  • Also a four-year starter as a small forward/power forward on the basketball team
  • Coached by Tim Perry

Personal

  • Name is pronounced “Kavosiey (kah-VAH-see-ay) Smoke
  • Born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Son of Helen Smoke
  • Major is undecided

Kavosiey Says

  • His nickname is “Smoke”
  • Most people don’t know he’s part Native American
  • He chose to play football at Kentucky because it’s a great program
  • The most influential person in his life is his mother because she works hard to make sure her kids are taken care of
  • The celebrity he sometimes gets mistaken for is Leonard Fournette
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