Top Ten Kentucky players according to NCAA Football 2012: #3 Craig McIntosh

Posted: September 1, 2011 by kysco in Kentucky Football
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Continuing with our list of the Top Ten Kentucky players according to NCAA Football 2012, we will be sticking with the special teams unit after punter Ryan Tydlacka dropped at the #4 spot with a ranking of 85 overall. This time we will go to kicker for the Wildcats and the #3 ranked guy on the roster, #93 Craig McIntosh. Craig is a hometown kid,  raised in Lexington where he played just one season for Lexington Christian Academy where he played both sides of the ball, taking care of the kicking/punting duties, as well as laying running backs out as a linebacker on the defensive side. He helped his team to a 11-4 record his senior year, kicking a long 48 yard file;d goal and made the State A championship game(lost), coached by Paul Rains.

Heading into his first season at UK, McIntosh only enrolled to school through the ROTC program, with no intentions of playing football, but come his sophomore season he decided to try out for the Cats, which turned out to be a good decision. He made the roster as a red-shirt freshman, kicking off the last 10 games of the year, ranking 4th in the SEC in touch backs and was named the National Kickoff Specialist of the Week for his performance against Vanderbilt. Worth noting, he made one tackle!

Last season for McIntosh, his third year in Lexington, he earned the starting spot as the field goal man. Totalling 67 points through the season, second on the team while making 11-15 attempts with 34-35 extra points sailing through the uprights. His career long came against Ole Miss when he nailed a 50-yarder, tying that same distance against Pitt in the BBVA Compass Bowl. He also took over the kickoff duties later in the year after proving his accuracy was the right foot for the job and again, he made two tackles!!

McIntosh is now heading into his third season with the Wildcats where he will most likely start in both kicking roles with his experience and proven ability, allowing UK to have another productive special teams unit heading into the 2011 campaign.


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