VAUGHT: Johnson's camp good for him and UK

Dennis Johnson isn't sure how many young players he will have at his third annual football camp July 20-21 at the University of Kentucky. However, the former all-Southeastern Conference performer and NFL player thinks it is important to keep giving back to youngsters and Kentucky.

"The camp is a good way to keep my name out there and let people know I am still around," said the former UK defensive end. "That can only help me in the business world. Sports and music are probably the two most influential things there are where race, age or gender don't matter. I know there are people out there looking for good role models.

"We want kids to see there are good role models in sports. We want to teach them football, but we also want to help them do the right things off the field. That's why we talk about more than just football at our camp."

Johnson again has a talented coaching staff to help the youngsters. Former UK players Anthony White, Derek Homer and Mike Williams will be back to work again. He's also bringing in quarterback Shane Boyd and defensive lineman Vincent "Sweet Pea" Burns to work before they start NFL training camp. Another former Wildcat, Ellery Moore, who now plays for the Lexington Horsemen, will be there. And he's still hoping Glen Holt's schedule with the Cincinnati Bengals will allow him to come at least one day.

"Sweet Pea and Shane were both great about agreeing to come. They are a lot like me and just want to help kids," Johnson said. "All the fellows are like that. We just want the kids to have fun." Nothing wrong with that. And there's nothing wrong with getting former players involved on campus like this again. That's why Johnson's camp is a win-win for UK and him.

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