Kentucky offensive guard Kenneth Horsey is a candidate for one of college football’s most respected awards. Horsey is on the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, given each year to college football’s greatest community servant.
Horsey’s football career almost ended before it started at Kentucky. Just months before graduating from high school, doctors discovered a growth on valve in his heart. The experience was harrowing, yet Horsey only came back stronger. Two years after open-heart surgery, Horsey started eight SEC games on the Big Blue Wall.
Inspired by John Schlarman’s strength, the UK offensive lineman has used his story to educate others. He’s been active with the Central Kentucky chapter of the American Heart Association and taught a hands-only CPR training class to his team this spring.
“Kenneth has been an incredible advocate for the mission of the American Heart Association,” Julie Lay, the regional communications director of the American Heart Association said. “As a survivor himself, he has first-hand knowledge of the trials and tribulations heart disease can cause. He uses this knowledge to educate the community on what they can do to reduce their risk through his many platforms. Kenneth is an incredible asset to both our organization and our community, and the work he does truly helps us saves lives.”
Horsey could become the second Wildcat to take home the honor in the last four years. Courtney Love, the current director of UK Player Development, became Kentucky’s first Wuerffel Trophy winner in 2017.