Wildcats Thunder Football/Recruiting Analyst
WOW!!! For those of you who were lucky enough to be in the house for the game Saturday realizes just how loud Commonwealth got!!! I’m not sure TV did it justice. The chant of “We Believe” before the start of OT was one of the best things I have witnessed at a sporting event!
The Kentucky football team is a team full of kids with character, competitiveness and winners. LSU is the real deal. They had UK down 27-14 and the offense comes down and scores the next series to cut it 27-21 entering the fourth quarter. Add another comeback to win for a group of kids who just find a way to get it done.
UK had many heroes on Saturday and it is very difficult to just name a select few, but here are some of mine!
Offensive Line: They did not surrender one sack to the best front four in college football. They also allowed UK to rush for 125 yards on the ground.
Derrick Locke- What I loved most about him this weekend is he would plant his foot and turn up field. He had 1-2 yard gains that Dixon took 4-5 yard losses by trying to get outside. 64 yards on 20 carries are not sexy numbers, but they allowed Woodson time to throw because LSU could not pin their ears back and come after him. The kid is a true freshman.
Stevie Johnson-“Mr. Big Play” as evidence by the catch at the end of the 1st half, which IMO might have been the biggest play of the game. It allowed UK to be down 7 instead of 10 at the half. “Mr. Clutch” the winning TD catch and the catch to set up Lockes TD in OT.
Andre Woodson-He showed what a leader he is for this team. He managed the game and took the plays when they were there.
Jacob Tamme-I don’t remember his numbers but he made some big catches when UK needed to keep moving the chains.
Lones Sieber-Anyone else other than me ready to bench him early this year? The kid made some kicks at SC for his confidence. He made some BIG TIME kicks vs. LSU. The FG to sent it into the 3rd OT was the biggest kick in the kids life and he put it straight down the middle!
Defensive Line: They used a four man pass rush and got pressure on Flynn. When he got it off he still took a lick. A great, great effort verse a mammoth OL. IIRC, Jarmon had 10 tackles.
Trevard Lindely-The best CB I remember in my time following UK football!!
Johnson-Kelly: Each made huge plays in the middle of UK’s defense. A group that has been maligned for not stopping the run won the game stopping a running play!?!?!
Wesley Woodyard: The Heart and Soul of UK’s defense!
Rich Brooks- A year ago UK was beaten 49-0 at LSU and it seemed he was headed towards the door at the end of the year. He, the staff and his kids have made an amazing run in 52 weeks and its good to see good things happen to good people.
Mitch Barnhart-Who all wanted him to run Brooks off after year 2? Year 3? The man stuck it out with his coach when it would have been easy to listen to the masses.
LSU is now behind us and its time to move forward. Florida is next on the schedule and you just have feeling this group is destined for great things as the season moves forward.
Monday, October 15, 2007