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Post  BestdamnUKfanperiod on Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:52 am

Ex-Cats Johnson, Masthay earns awards in NFL

By Eric Lindsey on January 26, 2011 1:48 PM | No TrackBacks

It's been quite the season for former Kentucky football players in the NFL.

Jacob Tamme stepped in at tight end for the injured Dallas Clark in Indianapolis, Wesley Woodyard has become a fixture of the Broncos defense in Denver and Trevard Lindley came up with a game-clinching interception for the Philadelphia Eagles near the end of the season.

Those were just a few of the success stories for former Kentucky players. That latest achievements for former Cats were Steve Johnson and Tim Masthay.

Johnson was recently tabbed the Vizio Top Value Performer for the 2010 season. Johnson caught 82 balls this year for 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns while making just $470,000.

You can read more about Johnson's award here.

Meanwhile, as most of you already know, Masthay had quite the punting performance Sunday for the Green Bay Packers, who are headed to the Super Bowl after defeating the Chicago Bears.

Masthay was named Special Teams Player of the Week by SI.com writer Peter King in his Monday Morning Quarterback after Masthay booted five of eight punts inside the 20-yard line against the Bears. Masthay ended with a 41.8-yard average.

Here is what King had to say about Masthay's day:

Under the circumstances, I thought Masthay had one of the best postseason games I'd ever seen a punter have. With a wind-chill temperature of 7 degrees, and punting in 14-mph swirls, Masthay had eight punts for a 41.8-yard average, and held Devin Hester to 16 return yards on three punts. Five times he pinned Chicago inside the 20. Masthay has a beautiful backspin on his punts when he wants to make the ball come back to him on the short ones. Every one of his punts either landed inside the 20 or was fielded there. Here's where his eight punts landed: Bears 13, Bears 3, Bears 11, Bears 16, Bears 11, Bears end zone, Bears 10, Bears 18. Brilliant performance.

We're hoping to talk to Masthay sometime this week about heading to the Super Bowl. Keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of days for that story.
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Re: Ex-Cats Johnson, Masthay earns awards in NFL

Post  Bho on Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:55 am

Congrats to both players. Stevie really made a name for himself this year. I had the pleasure of meeting him once and he is a really nice guy. Glad to see him doing well. Tim is exactly what I thought he would be. He is doing a great job and hopefully he will get his ring.

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