Source tells FootballScoop Mark Stoops is planning to hire Oregon receivers coach Jovon Bouknight.
Bouknight spent one season at Oregon; and had coached at Utah State from 2009-2018. Following the 2018 season he was set to go with Matt Wells from Utah State to Texas Tech before Mario Cristobal offered him the same role at Oregon.
From his Oregon bio:
Bouknight was a standout wide receiver at Wyoming where he concluded his career ranked 20th all-time in NCAA history for both career receiving yards (3,626) and career receptions (250). He also ranks second all-time in Mountain West history in each of those two categories.
One of the top wide receivers in Mountain West history, Bouknight remains one of Wyoming’s top pass catchers and is still the school’s all-time leader in both all-purpose yards (5,921) and kickoff return yards (2,016). He also ranks second in career receptions and third for receiving yards after catching at least two passes in all 47 games of his collegiate career. That streak remained a Wyoming record up until 2014.
Bouknight was among the nation’s best receivers as a senior in 2005 as he was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award. He also earned honorable mention All-America honors from College Football News and first team All-Mountain West accolades after hauling in 1,116 yards through the air. He ended that season ranked ninth in the FBS for average receiving yards per game (101.5), 10th in all-purpose yards per game (160.45), 11th in kickoff return average (27.75), 12th in average receptions per game (7.0) and 15th in total receiving yards.
How this move fits into Kentucky’s staff is expected to be announced in the coming days.
As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching job information.
Saturday afternoon update> Justin Rowland with Rivals is now reporting that UK receivers coach Michael Smith is not expected to be retained.
New: Cats Illustrated has learned that Michael Smith, who has served as Kentucky's wide receivers coach, will no longer be a part of the staff. Oregon's Jovon Bouknight will be UK's only wide receivers coach https://t.co/V6oNyva38o
— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) March 7, 2020