Four years ago, Kentucky was coming off a 3-8 season and Rich Brooks's job seemed to be in jeopardy. Brooks, even with the dismal record and not much more than the slightest silver lining in the dark cloud around the program was able to convince some quality prospects to come on board and turn the program around.
Overall, the Wildcats have 27 players going through senior day festivities this evening. Micah Johnson, Corey Peters, Ashton Cobb, T.C. Drake, Will Fidler, Calvin Harrison, Justin Jeffries and Lones Seiber were all a part of this class and have made significant contributions to the program. Trevard Lindley, Sam Maxwell, Zipp Duncan, Jorge Gonzales and Christian Johnson were all a part of the previous class, but they redshirted and wound up in this class.
"This senior class came in here with really a promise of trying to bring something good to Kentucky football," said coach Brooks. "The results were not there on the field when they made the decision to attend here."
"They certainly have had a historical impact on the fortunes of Kentucky football with three bowl wins in a row and now going to a fourth one yet to be determined," Brooks continued.
Not only have these Wildcats helped Kentucky into bowl games over the last few years, each of those players played a part in major wins for the Wildcat program.
"(They have some) big wins as well. And I they have think Validation for their decision and I think it has meant a lot to the development of the program. I certainly hope the fans are there early so they can honor them in their last game in Commonwealth," Brooks finished.
Brooks is correct. These seniors have earned that much.