He still laughs when he thinks about starting as a freshman even though he came out of spring practice No. 1 on the depth chart. "I was kind of shocked by that. I was nervous that spring, but got comfortable and just got lucky to be in the right spot at the right time," he said.
Lindley was an honor roll student in high school and says academics were always important to him. He says he is "pretty smart" and also knew the better his grades, the more it would help him make sure he achieved the mandatory test score on his college entrance exam to play as a freshman in college.
"It wasn't hard to keep my grades even playing three sports (in high school)," he said. "You practiced and then had time to do your homework."
Lindley, an art studio major at UK, has coped with his academic load at Kentucky as well. "Classes can be hard. It more of less depends on what classes you have. I have long classes in art and do most of the work in those classes because some are four hours long. You have projects to do and if you do not finish, you have to do it outside class so I try to finish in class," he said. "Drawing is what it is. I want to draw and design games one day. I kind of got stuck in it. I tried to change it, but I took so many classes I couldn't really change my major. Now I am glad I didn't.
"I like to watch cartoons and try to draw them. That's when I fell in love with it. I am pretty good, or think I am."
He eventually hopes to design a game with himself featured in the game. "I want to make up a character about me. I want to do a Superhero cartoon," he laughed and said.
Lindley says his little free time is spent watching TV, playing X-box, going to the mall or spending time with teammates. "There's nothing fancy. Sorry," he said.
Perhaps that's why he relates to Brooks so well.