UK-VU: One-on-One with Coach Brooks

The Wildcat head man speaks to the media following the Wildcats 14-13 victory over the visiting Commodores on Senior Day.

On the victory…
"I'm proud of this group because of the way they came back and battled in the fourth quarter. Our defense was rolling guys in and out of there, guys that are hurt, and they battled and made plays in the fourth quarter. The offense stepped up and made some big plays. The fake reverse that Arliss (Beach) took down the sidelines was a big play. I thought we were going to get in (the end zone) after the blocked punt, but we failed to do that. I elected to try to get the touchdown on fourth down knowing that if we didn't get it that at least we would have them backed up. I was going for the win and not two field goals to tie it and go into overtime. I don't think I want to see overtime with the health of our football team right now. I'm very happy for the seniors. This has been a very, very difficult season for them. To leave Commonwealth Stadium on senior day with a victory, and the way we got it, I think is great. Roger Williams stepped up and made a couple of plays at the end of the game there. We had a lot of guys lay it on the line out there and I'm very, very happy for them."

On the final touchdown pass…
"It looked like one of those ducks up there flying around, but he (Shane Boyd) saw Glenn (Holt) down there and they had single coverage. He laid it up there and made the throw even though it was like a fair catch. Glenn did a great job of concentrating on it with the defense back there, as well, and came down with the big catch. I figured after all the things that have happened to us this year that maybe we were due for a little good fortune, and that certainly was good fortune. It also was a good play by Glenn Holt."

On the team's locker room celebration…
"They got me in the locker room and put some water on me. A couple of underclassmen participated, too."

On Kentucky QB Andre' Woodson…
"He couldn't move around very well. We tried him in there, and he does the throw the ball well, but he couldn't move well enough, I didn't think, to protect himself. So, I told Shane at halftime it was his game to win."

On the blocked punt…
"Coach (Steve) Ortmayer looks at that all the time. Dennis Johnson slipped through and got it and if (Jacob) Tamme had scooped it on the first try, he would have had a touchdown. He didn't get it on the first try. He had to come back and get it. I was disappointed we didn't get a score out of that. But, the field position battle changed significantly in the fourth quarter, where our offense got to start in good field position and they were able to run the ball. This was our best running game in quite a while. I just think the defense controlled the tempo in the fourth quarter. It's amazing, we've got so many people going in and out of there with nicks and injuries and guys playing hurt. Jon Sumrall was in position two or three times to make a play, and he's hobbling on a bad ankle himself. He just couldn't quite make the play a few times and we had quite a few situations like that."

On punter Sevin Sucurovic…
"Sevin had a spectacular game, and I was very happy he scooped that low snap on the last one when we were trying to run the clock down. To scoop it and put it on the five-yard line, he did a pretty good job."

On LB Dennis Johnson…
"He got a lot more opportunities because of the health of several of our linebackers. He made some plays. We struggled with one play that our linebackers have to do a better job on, and I'm sure we're going to see it in two weeks, the tackle trap. They gashed us a few times with it and our linebackers didn't read that play. Dennis gave us speed and I think he did a pretty good job of tackling. Wesley (Woodyard) struggled early with the tackle trap and then we put Dennis in and he struggled with it. I'm not sure we read it right the whole game."

On the importance of the victory…
"I think it's important to stop the slide. I'm tickled to death for our seniors. In their last game in Commonwealth, they got a ‘W.' For the players that are coming back, we needed to stop the SEC skid that we've been on and the way we did it is something that is critically important. I know the history of some of the games that have slipped away. Even after we took the lead, I don't think anyone was comfortable when they had the chance to throw the ball up. The players stepped up in those situations and made the plays they needed to make to make the victory in our column."

On RB Arliss Beach…
"You talk all the time about when you get your opportunity, let's do something with it. Arliss has not had the year that I had expected and that he had expected coming in because we had a couple of freshmen start stepping up and looking pretty good. (Tony) Dixon went down and then Rafael (Little) gets hurt and Arliss comes up with the big play. I was kidding him on the sideline that he let a linebacker catch him. He got a little tired because he hadn't had a lot of reps in quite a while."


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