It's the beginning of a new era for Kentucky football and it's important that it gets off to a good start Saturday. "It's huge," said linebacker Avery Williamson. "We want to go out there and set the tone and let people know that this is a different Kentucky team."
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Williamson is one of the leaders of the Cat's defense, another is end Bud Dupree. "We've just got to go out and show everyone that we have been working hard and we have changed and we are a new team."
Kentucky opens the season against Western Kentucky in Nashville Saturday night and expects to see plenty of running back Antonio Andrews. He ran for 125 yards last season against UK and scored three touchdowns. But now a new staff is in place directed by Bobby Petrino. Petrino landed at WKU after leaving Arkansas. "We've been watching a lot of Arkansas," said Dupree. "We know they're not going to go too far from what Arkansas did and they're not going to forget everything they did last season."
For Williamson, the taste of last year's game still lingers. Western won in overtime 32-31 and celebrated on the Commonwealth Stadium field. "We're definitely going to use that. Just remembering what they did last year, so just got to use some of it but then just focus on what you got to do."
The Cats seem confident they're a much improved team. "The biggest thing is just knowing what to do," said Williamson.
"Defensively I feel we have a better grasp of what we have to do out there." Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at LP field in Nashville. The game will be televised by ESPN News.