"I thought to myself, wow what a group this could be," Coach Rich Brooks said. "I was just hoping they would play the way they were capable of playing once they hit campus."
So far the class of 28 has been all the staff had hoped they would be and more. Most impressive has been the play of relatively unknown stars such as Jason Leger and Dicky Lyons, both of whom have made their names known already after the first week of practice.
"Nobody had really heard of me until I committed to Kentucky," Lyons said. "That means about as much as the paper it was written on, now."
"Some of these guys were recruited by the LSU's, the Florida's, the Alabama's," Lyons continued. "That means nothing now. We are now just one freshmen class. And our class is being counted on to deliver right away and me personally, I thrive on that and welcome the challenge."
"It's always tough coming in as a new guy because you have to start over sort to speak," Freshmen Marcus McClinton explained. "We depend on each and lean on each other, as well as look to the older guys for help."
Wesley Woodyard echoed those sentiments and also understood his role when he committed to Kentucky.
"We came to Kentucky to help the team win immediately," Woodyard explained. "We knew that was part of the deal; coming in and getting a shot to play early and being apart of an excellent class here at Kentucky."
"Our class was brought in to change a lot of things and I just hope we are capable of doing that before we leave."
Woodyard, alongside McClinton, have by far been the most impressive freshmen.
"We have a lot to learn and to pick up, but its coming along good," Woodyard stated. "I have been watching a lot of film with Marcus and we are trying to help each other, because we've got a lot of years to play together left. Right now, it isn't about me against him. We're here to help the team and learn from the older guys and god willing, get a chance to play."
With pads on, Woodyard was able to give Cats fans a glimpse of what was to come on Sunday, as he lowered his shoulder and gave a crushing blow to a Wildcat offensive counterpart. Its been his attitude in the secondary and no fear freshmen outlook that has made him so impressive thus far.
"I've been looking forward (to hitting) all summer," Woodyard stated. "This is what football's all about and I just couldn't wait to get after it and hit somebody."
One guy that has been impressed is the Wildcats' defensive captain.
"Wesley and Marcus are so talented," Captain Sweet Pea Burns said. "They are both real hard workers and confident in their abilities. The sky is the limit for both of them."
"They just need to learn the playbook and be prepared, cause you never know, they may be thrown into that fire tomorrow."