VAUGHT: A moment of silence for Jeff Gillstrap

Kentucky officials should have a moment of silence before the scrimmage in honor of Jeff Gillstrap, the WLAP radio sportscaster who died Sunday at age 44.

There's one thing Kentucky should do before the start of Saturday's Blue-White Game that will mark the end of spring football practice.

Kentucky officials should have a moment of silence before the scrimmage in honor of Jeff Gillstrap, the WLAP radio sportscaster who died Sunday at age 44.

No one loved Kentucky football more than Gillstrap. He did Kentucky pregame and postgame shows in both football and basketball. He co-hosted a Sunday morning sports talk show and was on WLAP's week night call-in show at least one night per week.

Gillstrap probably interviewed 75 percent of the players who will be playing in the game as well as a lot of the former players that will participate in the alumni game at halftime. Gillstrap likely had interviewed every coach on UK's football staff.

No one loved Kentucky football more than Gillstrap. He liked basketball, but he loved football and it was no surprise that the day before his death he was at a UK football practice or that his special guest on his final show was injured Kentucky linebacker Jon Sumrall.

And as long as I'm offering suggestions to UK officials, why not go ahead and make Sumrall a honorary captain for next football season. He can't play again because of the risk of a serious injury. But he could still be an invaluable member of next season's team because of his off-field leadership.

Sumrall has done everything right during his career. He's worked to improve, stayed out of trouble and never complained. He became a capable linebacker last year and could well have been the heart and soul of next season's linebacker corps if not for his injury.

Sumrall, like Gillstrap, is a good person. Good people deserve to have good things done for them, too. That's why UK should honor Gillstrap's memory Saturday and then do something to honor Sumrall next season, too.


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