Trevard Lindley Feature: Part 5

One coach who kept coming to see Lindley was UK offensive coordinator Joker Phillips. He was there often and Lindley said he "never backed off" because of the knee injury. When Lindley finally had surgery in March of his senior year, Phillips convinced him to grayshirt rather than come to UK and have to sit out practice.

One coach who kept coming to see Lindley was UK offensive coordinator Joker Phillips. He was there often and Lindley said he "never backed off" because of the knee injury. When Lindley finally had surgery in March of his senior year, Phillips convinced him to grayshirt rather than come to UK and have to sit out practice.

"In January, it was okay when I got to Kentucky. I had tendinitis and it would hurt when I ran, but it was close to 100 percent. I went through the whole spring practice. From January to spring, I wore the big ACL brace and then they took it off and I was fine," Lindley said.

His only problem came off the field. He was shy and soft-spoken. He could make a hit and over receivers on the field, but media interviews did not come as easily for him. He normally gave short, polite answers and left as quickly as possible.

"I am not really that shy. I just don't talk that much. But I guess coming here I was a little shy because I didn't know anybody. Now I just fit right in," Lindley, who represented UK at the Southeastern Conference Media Days in July, grinned and said.

He's also learned to accept his star-like status.

"It really doesn't bother me. Kids see me and want autographs. That makes you feel good and I kind of like it. At first, it was a little weird to be a in a mall and have someone want my autograph. But now it doesn't bother me as much as it did. I am glad to do it now," Lindley said.

Lindley is also different from many star cornerbacks in that he doesn't spend hours pouring over film of opposing receivers. "I watch a little film, but I usually rely on my instincts and try to read them and see what they are doing. That's the main thing. I just try to play them tough," Lindley said. "You play a good player every week. I have played some good ones, but almost every team has good receivers. You just play good guys every week and that makes you get better."


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