Coach: Mark Stoops
Kentucky Players to watch:
Senior DE/LB Josh Allen (6-5/252)
Senior Josh Allen was a consensus All-American. He has dominated this season and been an absolute pass rush terror. With 28.5 career sacks and 14 sacks in 2018, he now holds UK’s career and single-season records. He leads the team with 84 tackles and paces the SEC in sacks, tackles for loss (18.5) and forced fumbles (5).
*Junior RB Benny Snell (5-11/223)
Snell recently announced his decision to turn pro, but he said he will still play in Citrus Bowl. Snell is just 107 yards away from becoming UK’s all-time leading rusher. He will most likely come out of the game once he breaks that record.
Senior OG Jervontius “Bunchy” Stallings (6-3/305)
Stallings was responsible for only one-half quarterback sack all year. He totaled 170 blocks at the point of attack and had 55 knockdown blocks. His blocking efficiency has helped Snell reach his third consecutive 1,000-yard season.
Senior FS Mike Edwards (6-0/201)
Edwards capped his career in style with a 66-yard interception return for a touchdown on Senior Day vs. Middle Tennessee. Having started 43 consecutive games, Edwards ranked second on the team in tackles with 77, added nine tackles for loss, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and six pass breakups. He joined the 300-career tackle club as well this season.
Coach: James Franklin
Penn State Players to watch:
Senior CB Amani Oruwariye (6-1/205)
Oruwariye ranks No. 17 in FBS and No. 4 in the Big Ten in passes defended with 1.3 per game. He was named first-team all-conference selection by the coaches and media. He was also named the team’s Co-Most Valuable Defensive Player, with Shareef Miller, at the team’s awards banquet. Oruwariye accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Senior QB Trace McSorley (6-0/203)
McSorley holds Penn State’s career records for: wins (31), passing yards (9,653), passing touchdowns (75), pass completions (703), total offense (11,275), rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (29), touchdowns responsible for (104), 300-yard passing games (10) and 200-yard passing games (27).
*Junior RB Miles Sanders (5-11/211)
Sanders Ranks no. 2 in the Big Ten with 1,223 rushing yards. He’s averaging 101.9 rushing yards per game and has scored 9 touchdowns. He also owns the Penn State season record with 33 kickoff returns in 2016. Sanders was name second-team all-conference running back.
*Junior NG Robert Windsor (6-4/295)
Windsor has always been a player that was going to give 110% all the time, but this year he’s stepped up his game and turned himself into a complete defensive tackle. He’s registered 39 tackles (22 solo) with 10 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. This season, Windsor earned All-Big Ten honorable mention choice by coaches and media.
VRBO Citrus Bowl
Kentucky 27, Penn State 24
Camping World Stadium