Coach Rich Brooks mentioned on several occasions that this is his best team going into the season at Kentucky. "I think, without a doubt, this is the best football team that I've had going into a season at Kentucky. 97% of our weapons return. Offensive production, defensive tackling, interceptions, fumble recoveries, however you want to calculate it, it almost all returns. Also the returning game, the kicking and punting, all of that ," said Brooks.
Andre Woodson and Jacob Tamme were first team selections to the all conference team offensively. Woodson collected 62 of 80 votes and Tamme gained 67 votes (second highest number of votes behind Darren McFadden). Keenan Burton was selected second team wide receiver, with 17 votes. Running back Rafael Little was second team return specialist, with 18 votes.
On defense, Wesley Woodyard was named as a second team linebacker, receiving 36 votes, more than any other second team defender. Surprisingly, cornerback Trevard Lindley was also a second team selection. He gained only five votes, but that was enough to place him on the preseason list.
Leadership: Most people assume that Andre Woodson is the team leader. The fact is he is just one of many leaders on the roster. Senior linebacker Wesley Woodyard is one and another is Keenan Burton. "Keenan is as good of a receiver as I've been around," said Brooks. "He's like a coach on the field. He's always coaching other players," Brooks continued. Junior safety Marcus McClinton may have described Burton best. "He's a perfectionist," said McClinton. "Nobody works harder."
Not So Tough Break: Wesley Woodyard sustained a broken hand recently. But that shouldn't impact him or the Wildcat defense much. "Wesley broke a bone in his left hand. He'll have four or five days of no contact," said Brooks. "He'll wear a cast during the first game, but he will still be effective," he continued.
We Believe Two?: Marcus McClinton says they won't be shooting another music video this season. "No, we probably will not (be making another video) this year," McClinton said. "It was done to get the attention of the fans and I think it accomplished its goal."
Then versus Now: It's noticeable that Kentucky's team speed has improved drastically since Brooks' arrival in the Bluegrass State. "He's done a great job in recruiting," said Andre Woodson. "Team speed and strength have both improved over time," Woodson finished. Brooks acknowledged the difference as well. "When I got here, we had one or two guys who could run a 4.5 or below in the forty," said Brooks. "Now we've got 14 or 15 guys who can do it consistently," he said. "That's not as many as some of the other programs in the SEC, but it's not bad," said Brooks.