Woodyard avoids Archer's "doghouse"

Wesley Woodyard is Kentucky's top returning linebacker and likely will be the Wildcats' defensive star again this season. But he literally took a chance on putting himself in defensive coordinator Mike Archer's doghouse this summer.

Wesley Woodyard is Kentucky's top returning linebacker and likely will be the Wildcats' defensive star again this season. But he literally took a chance on putting himself in defensive coordinator Mike Archer's doghouse this summer.

Woodyard volunteered to "dog-sit" when Archer and his family went on vacation to Mexico. Woodyard knew how much Archer loved his "girls" and that if anything happened to the dogs, he would never hear the end of it from his coach.

"I would go over there and make sure they had something to eat just being the good player and person that I am," Woodyard grinned and said during SEC Football Media Days Wednesday. "I actually kind of enjoyed those dogs. I had a dog back home that I don't get to see, so it was enjoyable for me to watch his dogs.

"He said, ‘Whatever you do to my dogs, it will come back on you.' And he wasn't kidding. Seriously, he was very respectful of me, but I know how much he loves those dogs. We had an understanding. I was going to take care of and entertain his dogs and then he is going to take care of me at football. He trusts me, so I am always going to trust him. I really enjoy being around him and liked being able to help him out."

Did Archer call to check on the dogs during his vacation? "Yes he did. He called like two times to check on the dogs and see how his girls were doing. I told him they were doing great. They are beautiful, wonderful dogs. But I knew no matter what, I had to tell him they were doing great or he would ruin his vacation worrying."

Did Archer ask how his star linebacker was doing? "He would call and Mrs. Archer would be in the background saying, ‘Ask him how he is doing, too.' But he didn't mean anything. Coach Archer has that tough mentality, but we all love him. He's tough around us, but we know he loves us, too."

Not call and ask about you -- He called and Mrs. Archer was in the background, ‘Ask him how he is doing.' But he didn't mean anything. Coach Archer has that tough mentality, but we all love him. We enjoy that. He's always tough around us.


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