WUKY SportsPage Episode 10: Oliver Barnett
This week on the WUKY SportsPage host Keith Elkins talks with UK football great Oliver Barnett. The former defensive lineman capped his career as UK's all-time quarterback sack leader, a record he held until Josh Allen surpassed him last year. This weekend Barnett will represent the University of Kentucky as an SEC Legend at the SEC Championship game. The group represents teams that won National and SEC Championships, participated in Super Bowl titles and are represented in state, school and college football halls of fame.
A little more about Oliver Barnett:
He earned third-team All-America and first team All-Southeastern Conference distinction as a senior. Barnett registered 271 career tackles and 26 quarterback take-downs as a defensive lineman. In addition to his tackling prowess, Barnett notched 12 forced fumbles and 43 career tackles for loss. As a junior, he was named to the National Strength Coaches Association All-America Team for his on-field performance and excellence in strength training. Furthermore, he was tabbed All-America honorable mention and second-team All-SEC as a junior. His 850-pound squat lift is still the record at UK. Following his collegiate career, Barnett suited up for the Blue-Gray and Senior Bowl all-star games before beginning a six-year stint in the NFL. His professional highlights include a trip to the 1994 Super Bowl as a member of the Buffalo Bills.
Barnett graduated from Kentucky with a degree in social work in 1992 and currently lives in Lexington with his wife Tia and two children, Elle and Elijah. His son, Elijah, is a senior outside linebacker for the Wildcats.