LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Preseason watch lists have arrived, and Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops is a name to watch. Stoops was named to the 2022 Dodd Trophy preseason watch list on Tuesday.

The award “celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity – the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s coaching philosophy.”

Entering year 10 as the head bench boss for the Wildcats, Stoops will look to improve on a 10-3 season in 2021, and another bowl game win. Kentucky finished in sole possession of second place in the SEC East, behind national champion Georgia.

The Wildcats open the season on September 3rd against Miami (OH).