Michael Bernard - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • position Kicker
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 205
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Clayton, Mo.
  • High school Clayton
  • Previous School Fordham

2023 – Senior
• A graduate transfer who came to Kentucky after four seasons as a kicker at Fordham
• Career stats include 21 games played with 147 kickoffs for 7,997 yards (54.4 yards/kick)
• 31 career touchbacks

2022 – Senior (Fordham)
• Appeared in all 12 games for the Rams, handling kickoff duties
• Kicked off 98 times for 5,156 yards (52.6 yards/kick)
• Recorded 11 touchbacks
• Also had two tackles

2021 – Junior (Fordham)
• Appeared in eight games for the Rams, handling kickoff duties
• Kicked off 49 times for 2,841 yards (58.0 yards/kick)
• Recorded 20 touchbacks

2020-21 – Sophomore (Fordham)
• Practiced with the team

2019 – Freshman (Fordham)
• Appeared in one game

High School
• Two-year starter at Clayton High School in Clayton, Missouri for head coach Linwood Barnes and Joe Conlin
• Earned 2017 and 2018 First Team All-Conference honors as a punter and kicker
• Also competed with the soccer, golf and tennis squads
• Earned All-Conference accolades in golf in 2018 and 2019
• Recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2019
• Elected editor-in-chief his high school newspaper

• Born in Clayton, Missouri
• Son of Trent and Sarah Bernard
• Siblings are Jack and Alex
• Dad, Trent, was a pitcher on the baseball team at Kansas from 1975-77
• Graduated from Fordham in 2023 with a degree in business administration with a finance and marketing concentration
• Currently working on a master’s degree in finance from UK

Michael Says
• His nickname is “Nard Dog”
• His dream job is to own a ski shop in the mountains
• One thing people may not know about him is that he only played one full year of high school football
• The last time he was starstruck was in 2011 when he saw Oprah
• The most daring/craziest thing he’s ever done is hike in an active volcano

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