Ranking of the 100 best players of the Stoops era: n°90 David Bouvier

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There are now 90 days until Kentucky Football’s 2022 season opener against Miami, Ohio, which means it’s time to reveal the No. 90-ranked player in the mark stoops era of cats Pause 100 days until the start of the countdown series.

Recording at No. 90 is a wide receiver and punt returner David Bouvier.

Bouvier worked his way from a walk-on to getting a scholarship before the 2018 season and became a crucial part of the Cats’ 10-win Citrus Bowl champion team as a wide receiver and as a as the team’s punt returner.

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Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

High school: Lexington Catholic

Recruitment profile: Unrated Wide Receiver

Years in UK: 2014-18

A Lexington native and former Lexington Catholic, the 5-foot-9 Bouvier joined Kentucky as an extra before the 2014 season.

He donned a red shirt in 2014 and earned a spot on the Dean’s List in the Classroom. In 2015, he began practicing with the team and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

In 2016, he began to see playing time as he made his first collegiate appearance in a blowout win over Austin Peay and in the Cats’ first bowl appearance in six years, Bouvier made his first catch. career rushing nine yards against Georgia Tech.

The 2017 season saw Bouvier play four games on special teams.

Ahead of the 2018 campaign, Bouvier’s hard work paid off as he was awarded a scholarship for his final college season. He wouldn’t disappoint as he played a crucial role in the Cats’ first 10-win season in 41 years.

Bouvier played in all 13 games and made two starts for the Wildcats at receiver and was the team’s primary punt returner.

In the season opener against Central Michigan, he caught a 24-yard pass from Gunnar Hoak just before halftime for his first collegiate score. He finished the day with three catches for 48 yards.

The following week in Florida, Bouvier helped Kentucky end its 31-game losing streak against the Gators by catching a 29-yard touchdown pass from Terry Wilson.

He made his first collegiate start at College Station against Texas A&M and later that year at Missouri made two crucial assists on the team’s game-winning run that ended with a touchdown pass from Wilson to JC Conrad on a timeless down to give Kentucky a 15-14 victory at the last second.

Bouvier finished the season with a career-high 16 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns while returning 10 punts for 52 yards.

He was named a nominee for the 2018 Burlsworth Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding football player who started his career as an extra and showed outstanding performance on the pitch.

Off the field, Bouvier was a 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Football Team winner and a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

The former walk-on finished his Kentucky career with 218 receiving yards with 17 catches and two scores in 19 games and two starts.

Stoops era Top 100

100 Blake BestLS (2015-19)

99. Kordell’s LooneyDL (2016-20)

98. Mason WolfeL.O. (2015-19)

97. Maxwell SmithQB (2011-14)

96. Octave OxendineDL (2020–present)

95. Jabari JohnsonDL (2010-15)

94. Jalen WhitlowQB (2012-13)

93. Eli CoxOL (2019-present)

92. Cedrick DortBC (2017-21)

91. Keaton UpshawET (2018–present)

90. David BouvierWR (2014-18)

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