Horsey stands out on the field, in his community

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Kentucky junior offensive guard Kenneth Horsey not only has developed into a starter and reliable member of the Big Blue Wall, but he’s also been extraordinary with his community service. He’s been named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team as well as the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. He was also a nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy presented to the top community servant in college football.

However, Horsey insists describing him as proud of what he’s done is not the right perspective.

“It is more blessed to be completely honest with you,” Horsey, who had open-heart surgery at the end of his high school senior season before coming to UK, said. “All glory to God for the path he has taken me on. It has been a wild ride and it is not over.”

Horsey never let his heart surgery impact his faith.

“So many nights I was praying for God to reveal the purpose of why this happened to me,” the UK junior said. “It was great to see things come to light.

“I know this sounds weird but I feel blessed to have gone through this experience. It made me a better man. It brought my relationship with God closer. The boy that was going to that (operating) table is not the same man I am now. I am just blessed God gave me this platform (for community service) and I am not trying to let anyone down.”

Horsey knows his parents have worried a lot about him but they have also inspired him.

“I am a mama’s boy. That is my favorite lady,” the UK junior said. “You would think she grew up watching football but she wouldn’t even sit down and watch a football game until I started getting (college) offers. Now she is a football fanatic.

“Both my parents have been there with me every step of the way. Anything I wanted to do or try to do they supported me and gave me guidance. I love them for that.”