Don't have any doubts about whether quarterback Andre Woodson has any second thoughts about playing in the Music City Bowl for a second straight year.
"I am glad to be here. This gives us another chance to show the nation that the team this year was talented and no matter who we play it is another opportunity to play together one more time and enjoy the last game of our senior year," Woodson said.
After all, for long-time UK fans, 7-5 is not a bad year. Maybe the team is down in the dumps over not beating Tennessee or winning eight games, but Kentucky fans know to savor any winning season.
"I don't want to say the team is totally down in the dumps. Anytime you have the opportunity to play another game in December, it is fabulous and says a lot about what we have accomplished," Woodson said. "At the same time, I think the guys are a little disappointed because we know we could have done better than we did.
"Starting off the way we did, we felt like we could have ended just as well. Unfortunately, those things happen and that's when you have to fight through adversity. I think the team has done a wonderful job of sticking together and just continuing to work hard to try and get ourselves in a good situation where we can just continue to win games."
At least there should be one positive. The pressure is off Woodson and the other seniors. They have done the unthinkable by winning seven regular-season games two straight years and putting UK in bowl games. Throw in wins over Louisville, Arkansas and LSU this season and it really was a good year.
Now those seniors can have fun practicing and enjoy the reward of playing in a bowl game.
"I think it is a lot of fun. In another week, school will be over with and that really takes a lot of frustration and stress off a lot of players. It gives them a chance to relax and just worry about football," Woodson said. "Right now you can tell there are a lot of smiles on guys' faces and they are enjoying this moment. When the time comes for the game, I think you are going to see a lot of guys excited and thrilled just to be out there."
So is there a different feeling about preparing for a bowl game this year?
"Actually, there is a little difference. I think last year the guys were just thriving to get anywhere. If we could have made to the Liberty Bowl or anywhere, guys were excited. This year I think the guys expected more, but that's a good thing. It shows where the program is headed and how expectations are higher and you have to match that," Woodson said. "I think the intensity and the way the guys battle is still there and we want to win just as bad and will do whatever it takes to turn this program around. I think it will continue to be like that in the bowl game because we all really want to win our last game."
Woodson wants to have fun, win
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