McCutchan has not given up on this season

Matt McCutchan wanted a sixth year of eligibility because he was convinced Kentucky was going to have a successful season and get to a bowl game. Even though the Wildcats are 3-4 going into Saturday's game at Mississippi State, McCutchan has not given up on this season -- or Kentucky's football future.

Matt McCutchan wanted a sixth year of eligibility because he was convinced Kentucky was going to have a successful season and get to a bowl game. Even though the Wildcats are 3-4 going into Saturday's game at Mississippi State, McCutchan has not given up on this season -- or Kentucky's football future.

"I think everybody knows how important this game Saturday is to our football program," McCutchan said. "We can still control our own destiny. Everybody from freshmen to seniors knows what this game means."

So is this program really better than when McCutchan arrived?

"I wanted to be here this year because I knew this team was different and changing. I only see success in the future here. There are a lot of young guys playing and getting a taste of what big-time football is like now. They want to win. I definitely see this team getting better and better," McCutchan said.

What is the biggest difference in the program versus when he arrived?

"I think it is just the attitude everyone has now. When I first got here, it seemed like those guys had been jumbled around a little bit. They had had three different coaches and maybe the discipline was not there. I think we have changed. We just have a winning attitude now that was missing before," McCutchan said.

That attitude is why McCutchan believes UK can forget its embarrassing loss at LSU and play well enough to win at Mississippi State.

"We just have to erase LSU out of our mind, got to Mississippi State, try to run the ball, play defense and be physical enough up front to be tougher than they are," McCutchan said. "This is a game we have to win if we want to succeed and go to a bowl. We have gotten together and know we have to get after it from the start. You are going to see a completely team than what you did at LSU. We owe that to our coaches, our fans and ourselves."


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