Matthew Napier - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 73


  • position Offensive Tackle
  • height 6-6
  • Weight 329
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Nicholasville, Ky.
  • High school East Jessamine

2020 – Junior

  • Saw his first action of the season at Florida

2019 – Sophomore

  • Saw his first collegiate action vs. UT Martin

2018 – Freshman

  • Practiced with the team

High School

  • Four-year letter winner and starter at left tackle for head coach Mike Bowlin at East Jessamine
  • Helped lead the Jaguars to a 7-3 overall record in both his junior and senior season
  • Earned All-State honorable mention honors in 2017 by the Courier Journal
  • Participated in the 2017 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Dallas
  • Also a member of the basketball and track & field teams

Community Cats

  • Volunteered at Dunbar High School


  • Born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Son of Angel and DeWayne Napier
  • Siblings are Elizabeth, Emily, Kaitlynn, Linzey, and Stacey
  • Major is family sciences with a minor in communication

Matthew Says

  • His nickname is “Big Napes”
  • He chose Kentucky because it’s home
  • Besides playing football, he loves fishing on the weekends and working with kids
  • The most famous person he’s ever met is Anthony Davis
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