With the return of Trevard Lindley to bolster the secondary, that lends itself to UK's rejection of air-balls for scores. If Saturdays scrimmage is any indication, the rejection of the SEC's passing game might possibly be put in "timeout" a term used in our high school classrooms for punishment.
Cornerback Randall Burden is a carry over from the bowl game in which he established himself as a viable starter on the opposite side from Lindley. The more that's seen of Burden implies he could be the next coming of Lindley. Not only that, some second-teamers in the secondary led by Cartier "Cardiac" Rice, as is often heard on the practice field by his secondary coach Chris Thurmond, are showing up well. Others looking to be counted on is Taiedo Smith and Anthony Moseley. Brooks said Winston Guy is going to be a big-time play maker in this program.
"Winston has the size the speed and the unique instincts to play corner and safety," Joker Phillips said. "We haven't seen much of that around here in the past."
Burden blossomed during the bowl practice period and in the bowl game when in the latter stages of the game Lindley had suffered a minor injury. He really stepped up big when he had to. "I knew my time was coming up soon," Burden said. "I just knew that David Jones and Trevard Lindley had been hurt mostly through the season so I knew my time was coming up soon so I had to prepare myself better." Burden knows that he has to continue working on his technique and eating right trying to gain weight and muscle.
Defensive coordinator Brown Steve Brown said that as soon as Cartier Rice gets comfortable with the system and techniques he will not be so robotic and just go out there and be good. Brown said - "When he lines up to jam somebody, then he lines up like he's trying to jam them. There's no Denzel Washington in him. He wants to get it right. But he's coming along well." Of the scrimmage in which he had an interception of a Hartline pass, Rice said - "It felt great out there getting my first action in Commonwealth Stadium. I've got to work on my one on one coverage." Anthony Moseley has the tools to be good with more and more reps. He runs the forty in 4.32 seconds. In the Saturday scrimmage Brooks said Taiedo Smith playing th nickel-corner did some good things. He exhibited some good hitting ability. "I think they are paying attention to details and they can come out here in scrimmage and games and just play and have fun," Brown said. All in all the potential for the 2009 secondary is there for quite possibly the best secondary at UK, ever.