VAUGHT: 'Cats handling prosperity

Not long after Kentucky beat Clemson in the Music City Bowl, coach Rich Brooks began worrying about something a Kentucky coach had not had to think about for over 20 years. How would his team handle prosperity and winning a bowl game? So far, so good for the Wildcats. Or at least that's what the coaching staff believes with training camp set to open in about six weeks.

"Our guys are working really hard," said Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Phillips. "When is the last time we won our last game around here? It has been 20-something years and as a coach, you do worry how guys will react to prosperity.

"But the attitude of our football team has been really good. That started in the offseason after the bowl win. That good attitude didn't just start this summer when school got out. It started in the offseason and carried over to spring ball. Now you are seeing in the summer that they are working hard. You can sense it in the way they are walking, talking and working."

A year ago, Kentucky players indicated they were working harder than they ever had. Now they insist they are working even harder this summer, and not letting prosperity ruin their preparation for what they hope will be another successful season.

"We really feel good about how our guys have handled the success we had last year," Phillips said. "One big thing is that we have an experienced team. Those guys have been through the fire. We have a lot of fourth- and fifth-year guys that understand how to handle success and handling that success could well dictate just how much success we have this year.

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