Former Wildcats excited about UK football's future

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Several former Wildcats were back in Lexington this weekend and say they're excited about the buzz surrounding UK football.

Carolina offensive lineman Garry Williams was one of a handful of former players working the C.H.A.M.P. Camp.

"We're all happy," he said. "We just hope the outcome is even better."

First year coach Mark Stoops has yet to coach a game, but already has made his presence felt on the recruiting trail. UK's Class of 2014 is currently ranked No. 1 by Rivals.

"If we continue to have the success we've had in recruiting, that means we should have more closer pockets of great athletes," former wide receiver Dougie Allen said, while taking a break from C.H.A.M.P. Camp.

"It's great, looking up and seeing that Kentucky has the No. 1 recruiting class," Leonard Burress said. Burress, the former defensive back, is also working the camp.

"You can't do anything but praise these guys," Burress said of UK's coaches.

The man in charge of C.H.A.M.P. Camp is Champ Kelly. Kelly is now the assistant director of pro personnel for the Broncos.

"I'm wearing my blue and white on top of my orange when I'm up there," Kelly said.

"I heard about the showing of fan support at the blue-white game," he said. "It was exciting to hear that."

More than 50,000 UK fans attended the annual spring game, shattering the attendance record.

"It's outstanding," Jacob Tamme said, while in town playing in the Children's Charity Classic. "There's a lot of positive momentum around the program."

Former UK coach Guy Morriss made his first appearance at the C.H.A.M.P. Camp. He praised UK's administration for boosting the financial support of the football program.

"I was here for spring training and I watched them for about an hour," Morriss said. "I think coach Stoops is going to get it done. Mitch has done a good job of giving them what they need to win."

Former running back Anthony White now co-hosts a Sunday morning sports call-in show.

"People call in on the radio show all the time and ask 'how long can we keep Mark Stoops?' My thought is, if we lose him to a better job, then that's great because he left the program in good hands," White said.


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