Taylor's Thoughts: Top 10 Players

Kentucky's success this season will depend on a number of factors. In order to ensure success, the Wildcats must avoid injuries and receive typical performances from its top playmakers. The following is a list of this writer's Top 10 players on Kentucky's roster who will be counted on to deliver some big things for the Cats this fall--and why.

(1) Andre Woodson: It was Woodson's spectacular season that helped steer the squad to Nashville and a victory in the Music City Bowl last year. It will be no different this season as Woodson enters the season with confidence knowing he is the team's starter and leader in the pocket. Woodson also will be counted on to provided leadership both on and off the field.

(2) Rafael Little: During Kentucky's last six games last year, Little helped spark Kentucky's rushing attack. A seasoned and experience Little should provided more memorable moments in the backfield this year.

(3) Keenan Burton: Burton rounds out Kentucky's ARK (Andre, Rafael and Keenan), otherwise known as the team's top three offensive weapons. Coach Rich Brooks said Burton is better than he a year ago, which makes the future NFL star even more dangerous.

(4) Wesley Woodyard: Although injured at the moment, Woodyard should be back in time to make a big impact on defense. Woodyard, a weak side linebacker, will be counted on to provide some more big hits this season.

(5) Trevard Lindley: As a freshman, Lindley was among the league's top young prospects and more will be expected out of him this time around. Look for Lindley to improve on last year's numbers, which included 12 pass deflections and a pair of interceptions.

(6) Marcus McClinton: Aside from his musical talents, McClinton is a key part of Kentucky's secondary. McClinton is an emotional leader, who will carry a secondary stocked with young talent.

(7) Dicky Lyons: Another big piece of machinery in Kentucky's receiving corps. Lyons could get more than his share of receptions, especially if opposing defenses zero in on Burton.

(8) Jeremy Jarmon and Myron Pryor: A key part of the team's defensive line, Jarmon and Pryor will anchor the trenches. Pryor collected five sacks a year ago while playing through a barrage of injuries.

(9) Tony Dixon: One good running back is good, but having two capable of making a big play at any given time is a plus. Dixon will be counted on to compliment Little in the backfield.

(10) Garry Williams: For an offensive line that is virtually an unproven unit at this point, Williams, a junior tackle will provide leadership for others to follow. There have been whispers about Zipp Duncan and Eric Scott during fall workouts.

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