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JUST JOSHIN’: Countdown to kickoff - Toth anchors UK's O-line

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Sixteen days to kickoff: This is the 25th installment of a 40-day countdown to the kickoff of the college football season for WAVE Country's four FBS teams (the universities of Louisville and Kentucky as well as Indiana and Western Kentucky universities).

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In the unpredictable world that is University of Kentucky football, there has been one constant for the past few seasons - Jon Toth.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior has been the Wildcats’ starting center since the second game of his freshman season. That’s a span of 35 consecutive games.

Toth, an Indianapolis native, is the anchor of an O-line that returns four starters. Last season that unit helped UK gain 1,952 yards on the ground, including 4.66 yards per carry.   

Much is expected this season of Toth, who has been named to a couple of national preseason watch lists, including one for the Outland Trophy, which annually goes to college football’s best interior lineman.

For his part, Toth hopes to help the Wildcats end their bowl game drought. He said he’s already seeing a difference between Kentucky’s 2015 team and the 2016 squad.  

“I think that there has been a big leap forward in the leadership from the players and that has come from the coaches holding us more accountable,” Toth said at Southeastern Conference media days. “Players are holding each other more accountable on and off the field and I think that that will help us make the leap forward this year.”

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Going forward the future is bright for Toth. If he doesn’t make it in the NFL he’ll have his degree to fall back on. The three-time SEC academic honor roll member is on track to graduate in December with his degree in mechanical engineering.

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