LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky cornerback Trevard Lindley has been named to the preseason watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award that goes to the top defensive player in college football.
A total of 55 players are on the watch list for the honor, which is administered by the Maxwell Football Club of Southampton, Pa.
Lindley totaled four interceptions and 11 pass breakups in 2008, leading the Southeastern Conference in passes defended per game. He was a consensus first-team All-SEC pick and a second-team All-America choice by two selectors.
Lindley's outstanding play has been equaled by his consistency. He has started all 39 games over the last three seasons, helping lead the Wildcats to three consecutive winning seasons and bowl championships. He has nine career interceptions and already owns the UK career record for pass breakups with 34.
Big plays also have been a hallmark of his career. Six of his nine interceptions have been key plays in UK victories and a seventh pick helped send a game into overtime. He has two touchdowns as a collegian, an interception return and fumble return for scores.
Lindley is now on two watch lists for national awards, including the Jim Thorpe Award for the best defensive back.
“Interesting Stuff” in Two-a-Day Morning Practice: Kentucky had the first of a rare two-a-day practice Thursday morning at the Nutter Training Center, with the Wildcats slated to take the field for a second practice in the afternoon.
Two practices in one day used to be standard procedure until a few years ago, when the NCAA lengthened reporting dates in order for schools to be able to get in the needed practice time without having to do double sessions.
“I’m really interested to see how they respond this afternoon,” said Coach Rich Brooks, who is a long-time veteran of the former two-a-day system. “These guys are not used to having two-a-days. It’s like ‘Oh my goodness, what are we doing to them?’ We’re in shells (helmets and shoulder pads, no full tackling) this afternoon, if they’re not moving quick, they’re going to be in trouble.”
Brooks seemed to like what he saw in the morning workout.
“Interesting stuff in practice today,” Brooks said. “(Wide receiver) Chris Matthews continues to be impressive. Larry Warford is continuing to make some serious strides (at offensive guard). Saw some signs of life from the freshman running backs today. Couple of them actually exploded into a hole and broke some tackles. Things are progressing. We looked a lot sharper than we did yesterday.
“The receiving corps is night-and-day better than it was at this time last year. Night and day. How that translates (into games), we’ll have to wait and see. Who they’re going to be, we’ll have to wait and see because the competition is pretty severe.”
The coach also was asked about the progress of freshman quarterbacks Morgan Newton and Ryan Mossakowski.
“They’re playing like freshman quarterbacks. They do some good things physically but mentally they’re a little off right now. Today we had ‘em actually looking at the play clock. Well, they didn’t look at it, but they were supposed to look at it,” Brooks quipped. “There’s so much going through their mind, it’s pretty hard.
“Will Fidler is doing some very good things (as the No. 2 quarterback behind returning starter Mike Hartline). He’s picked up where he left off on that first drive of the Blue/White Scrimmage (in April) and is doing some good things. We’re starting to look a little bit more like we know what we’re doing out here.”