LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky coach Rich Brooks acknowledges
saying goodbye to this year's crop of seniors will be even tougher
Four years ago, the Wildcats were riddled by probation and
perennial bottom feeders of the Southeastern Conference. That's
when hotly recruited quarterback Andre Woodson, linebacker Wesley
Woodyard, receiver Keenan Burton and others decided to spurn offers
from more established programs for a chance to turn this one
"Obviously they came in when it was very difficult," Brooks
Now, Kentucky (7-4, 3-4) will end a second straight season with
a bowl appearance. First, it will try to improve its bowl draw by
ending Tennessee's 22-game winning streak against the Wildcats
Burton says Brooks may have the most tears on Senior Day
Saturday, and the coach says he might be right.
"I've had some tears in my time," Brooks said. "It's a
special group of young men. They've done some significant things."
Burton, who decided last year to put off his NFL dreams to build
on last season's Music City Bowl victory, now ranks near the top of
most Kentucky receiving records.
"Being on a team that is changing everything for the better is
more special to me than all that," he said. "I'm just happy to
help the team in any way possible."
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