Elijah Barnett - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 39


  • position Linebacker
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 238
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Lexington, Ky.
  • High school Henry Clay

2018 – Junior

  • Practiced with the team
  • Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll

2017 – Sophomore

  • Practiced with the team

2016 – r-Freshman

  • Practiced with the team

2015 – Freshman

  • Redshirt season

High School

  • Two-year starter at defensive end for Coach Sam Simpson
  • Totaled 37.5 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks as a senior at Henry Clay
  • Forced two fumbles in helping lead the Blue Devils to a 7-3 record in his senior year
  • Named Defensive Lineman of the Year and earned team’s academic award three straight seasons
  • Was a first-team all-city selection by the Herald-Leader
  • Member of the JROTC as a Cadet First Lieutenant
  • Earned the JROTC’s Presidential Physical Fitness Award and two National Fitness awards
  • Chose Kentucky over offers from Lindsey Wilson and Union College


  • Born in Santa Clara, Calif.
  • Son of Oliver and Tia Barnett
  • Dad, Oliver, played at UK from 1986 to 1989 and finished as the Cats’ all-time sacks leader
  • Oliver went on to play in the NFL from 1990-95 for the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers
  • Major is communication

Elijah Says

  • His nickname is “EB”
  • When he’s not on the field, he enjoys drawing
  • He came to Kentucky because it’s a family legacy
  • His sports hero is his dad because he taught him everything he knows and he is the G.O.A.T.
  • The last time he was starstruck was when he met Tim Couch
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