Wesley Woodyard knows Kentucky is going to have a better football team next season than it did during its Music City Bowl season. That's why he's not overly concerned when he hears talk that the Cats could be improved but have a worse record because of a stronger schedule.
"We have take it game by game. We are more experienced team and we have to attack the schedule one game at a time," the senior linebacker said. "This is the year we hope we can be SEC champions and do big things.
"My goal has been to win the SEC since I have been here. It is more possible this year. We have a lot of good guys back and new guys coming in. I feel we can take everything. But we can't worry about what other people try to tell us. We have to believe in ourselves."
Apparently, Woodyard bleeds blue.
"We were hoping after the bowl game that this might be one of the first times that UK might be ranked as high as the top 25 gong into a season," Woodyard said. "We are all already anxious to see how that plays out. That is something we have been wanting to see for years. We would be very happy to see that. It wouldn't be pressure at all. To us, it would be a welcome sight and even more motivation to play well."
Starting singing the UK fight song. It's impossible to talk to this guy and walk away not believing in this team.
"We have competitive people that have to step up more and want to play even better this year. I have confidence in the new guys we have competing for playing time," Woodyard said. "We want to prove last year was no fluke. That may not sound like a big deal, but to us it is. We know some people still don't believe Kentucky can have a good football team. It's up to us to set the record straight."