Tommy Ziesmer - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 96


  • position Defensive Lineman
  • height 6-2
  • Weight 257
  • class Redshirt Freshman
  • Hometown Danville, Ky.
  • High school Boyle County

2023 – Freshman
• Redshirt season
• Played in two games
• Saw his first collegiate action vs. Ball State
• Got a career-high two tackles, including a sack and TFL vs. Akron

High School
• Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals, who also ranked him as the No. 7 overall player in the state and No. 51 strongside defensive end in the country, as well as 247Sports
• According to the 247Sports Composite he was the No. 65 edge rusher in the nation and No. 5 player in the Commonwealth
• Totaled 83 tackles, 9.0 sacks, 20 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles
• Helped lead Boyle County to the 2022 Class 4A state title and 13-2 record, with one of the defeats coming to 5A champion Frederick Douglass and the other a regular season defeat Boyle County avenged in the playoffs
• Scored the game-winning touchdown in the state title game, his only carry of the game
• Also added six tackles, two tackles for loss and a blocked extra point
• It was Boyle County’s third consecutive state title (2020-22)
• Named to Kentucky Sports Radio’s Kentucky High School Football All-State Team
• Helped led the Rebels to a State runner-up finish in 2019
• Named Courier-Journal and AP All-State Defense in 2021
• Coached by Justin Haddix
• Also lettered in basketball and track and field
• Chose UK over Cincinnati and West Virginia

• Last name is pronounced “ZEES-mer”
• Born in Danville, Kentucky
• Son of Carrie and Will Ziesmer
• Siblings are Owen, Austin, Kamarius, Skylar, Hannah and Kaitlin
• Major is kinesiology

Tommy Says
• His nickname is “Tom Cat”
• One thing most people don’t know about him is that he’s scared of mice
• The highlight of his life so far has been his commitment to Christ
• Three words to describe him are funny, caring and tough
• His sports hero is Lawrence Taylor because he’s the best edge rusher of all time

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