1967 Kentucky Wildcats football team

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1967 Kentucky Wildcats football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1967 record2–8 (1–6 SEC)
Head coachCharlie Bradshaw (6th season)
Home stadiumStoll Field/McLean Stadium
Seasons
← 1966
1968 →
1967 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Tennessee $ 6 0 0     9 2 0
No. 8 Alabama 5 1 0     8 2 1
Florida 4 2 0     6 4 0
Ole Miss 4 2 1     6 4 1
Georgia 3 2 0     7 4 0
LSU 3 2 1     7 3 1
Auburn 3 3 0     6 4 0
Kentucky 1 6 0     2 8 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 7 1
Mississippi State 0 6 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1967 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference during the 1967 NCAA University Division football season.[1]

On September 30, Kentucky running back Nathaniel "Nate" Northington became the first African-American scholarship athlete to play in an Southeastern Conference game in the Wildcats' home game against Ole Miss.[2][a] His debut was bittersweet as it came the day after the death of Greg Page, an African-American defensive end who had arrived at UK alongside Northington. Page died from complications of a paralyzing spinal cord injury suffered in an August 22 practice.[4] Northington only played for three minutes before suffering a separated shoulder, and the Wildcats would lose 26–13.[4]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Northington was not the first African American to play at the varsity level in the SEC, although he was the first to do so on a scholarship. The conference's first African American varsity athlete was Stephen Martin, a baseball walk-on at Tulane, who made his varsity debut in 1966 (1965–66 school year), which was Tulane's last season as an SEC member.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kentucky/1967-schedule.html
  2. ^ Kindred, Dave. "The Forgotten Trailblazer". Sports on Earth. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Tulane Mourns the Passing of Integration Pioneer Stephen Martin Sr" (Press release). Tulane Green Wave. May 16, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Story, Mark (September 22, 2016). "UK reveals sculpture honoring first black football players". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved January 30, 2018.