SEC Media Days: Best QB is at UK

It doesn't happen very often. In 1998 the best quarterback in the SEC was Kentucky's Tim Couch. Well, at least he had the best stats. In 2007 the best QB in the league heading into the season is again a Kentucky Wildcat. At 6-5, senior Andre Woodson is the best in the SEC heading into the upcoming campaign.

Woodson was the single biggest reason that Kentucky went from a perennial doormat to a solid SEC team last season. The Wildcats posted an 8-5 record, winning five of their last six games. The ‘Kats scored 28 or more points eight times, including a 28-20 win over Clemson in the Music City Bowl.

Woodson ended the year leading the SEC with 270.4 passing yards per game and had a superb 31/7 touchdown/interception ratio. Woodson enters his senior season with big expectations, looking to make his team a factor in the SEC race. Woodson knows he and his teammates must ignore the sudden hype they are receiving.

"We just know that we must continue to win games," he said. "Obviously in this conference that's tough, but we feel like we have the talent, we have the playmakers offensively and defensively that we can compete in this conference. We think we can be a team this year that can be a contender for the title and also make it to a BCS game. Last year we won the Georgia game (24-20), but we were in the Tennessee game (12-17) and the LSU game (0-49 – I think he meant the South Carolina game (17-24)) and we didn't pull those two off. But this year we feel like we have the tools. We just have to go in there and have the confidence. We believe in one another and we feel we should be in this conference with the rest of these teams."

Andre Woodson is fortunate to have talented receiver Keenan Burton back with him on what should be a very talented offensive football team. However, Woodson says even though the Wildcats have plenty of talent the key to their season is the health of their tailback.

"We have a bundle of players who are going to be big time playmakers and all are guys we can rely on," Woodson said. "But the biggest key to next season will be Rafael Little. We have to keep him healthy. We cannot allow him to continue to get hurt. (Little gained 1,045 yards in '05 but only 643 in '06). He's one guy who makes a lot of stuff happen and we're a much better team when he's in there."

Kentucky went 8-5 last year after three straight losing seasons (9-25) under Coach Rich Brooks. As a result, their coach went from the hottest seat in the SEC to a bit of a comfort zone. Many (including me) thought Woodson and Burton would both turn pro after last season, but neither did. Thus Kentucky has the best proven passing combo in the SEC entering 2007. As a result, the Florida/Kentucky game in Lexington on October 20 looms as a danger game for Urban Meyer and company.

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