Kentucky Looking Ahead to 2009

Nathan TowlesCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2009

When Coach Rich Brooks came to Kentucky years ago, he knew that building Kentucky into an SEC football team would be no easy task.

In 2006, Brooks and the Cats went on to win the Music City Bowl and again in 2007. In those two years, Kentucky beat the likes of Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Clemson, and Florida State.

Then again in 2008, Kentucky won just enough games in a rebuilding year to go to the Liberty Bowl against East Carolina.

Kentucky took care of East Carolina and completed an improbable comeback to capture the Liberty Bowl championship.

Kentucky set a school record when they went to the Liberty Bowl. It marked the first time since 1949-1951 that Kentucky had been to three straight bowl games.

They also set the school record for winning all three of the last bowl games.

Brooks has slowly built Kentucky from the ground up. Now he is working on putting the furniture in the new house.

The Wildcats have already gotten good news from two key defensive players that will be returning to Kentucky for their senior year.

6'2", 250-pound middle linebacker Micah Johnson told the faithful blue and white fans that he will be back for the 2009 season.

Another key player returning will be 6'3", 277-pound defensive end Jeremy Johnson. He, like Micah Johnson, will be returning for his senior year.

The only key player left is 6'0", 175-pound cornerback Trevard Lindley. Lindley just announced today that he was comeing back to play for Kentucky.

Here are projected returning players for Kentucky in 2009.



Mike Hartline, Will Fidler, Randall Cobb, DeAunte Mason, Tyler Sargent


Running Backs and Fullbacks

Moncell Allen, Stephen Ball, Trey Bowland, John Conner, Derrick Locke, A.J. Nance, Matt Ramsey, Alfonso Smith


Wide Receivers

E.J. Adams, Eric Adeyemi, Aaron Boyd, Nik Brazley, E.J. Fields, Jonathan Gholson, Kyrus Lanxter, Gene McCaskill, Matt Roark


Tight Ends

Ross Bogue, Chris Cessna, T.C. Drake, Maurice Grinter, Andre Henderson


Offensive Line

Marcus Davis, Zipp Duncan, Brad Durham, Jorge Gonzalez, Stuart Hines, Osaze Idumwonyi, Justin Jeffries, Christian Johnson, Jake Lanefski, Dustin Luck, Billy Joe Murphy, Matt Smith, Sean Stackhouse, Dave Ulinski, Michael Williams, Trevino Woods


Defensive Line

Chandler Burden, Antwane Glenn, Jeremy Johnson, Ricky Lumpkin, Shane McCord, Luke McDermott, Greg Meisner, Josh Minton, Charles Mustafaa, Corey Peters, Joe Scott, Collins Ukwu, B.J. Wiedemann, Taylor Wyndham



Jacob Dufrene, Micah Johnson, Williams Johnson, Mikhail Mabry, Sam Maxwell, Brain Murphy, Mike Schwindel, Ronnie Sneed, Antonio Thomas, Brandon Thurmond, Danny Trevathan


Defensive Backs

Randall Burden, Ashton Cobb, Daryl Faulkner, Winston Guy, Calvin Harrison, Matt Lentz, Anthony Mosley, Cartier Rice, Taiedo Smith, Greg Wilson, Trevard Lindley, Paul Warford*


Kickers, Punters, and Snappers

Brad Hart, J.J. Helton, Lones Seiber, Jon Thomas, Ryan Tydlacka


* Paul Warford expected to rejoin team in 2009.

Kentucky 2009 Commitments

Player, Position, Star Rating

Brian Adams: Athlete, two-star

Jordan Aumiller: Linebacker, two-star

Justin Bean: Wide Receiver, two-star

Mister Cobble: Defensive Tackle, two-star

Mark Crawford: Defensive Tackle, three-star

Qua Huzzie: Linebacker, three-star

Tristian Johnson: Defensive End, three-star

Anthony Kendrick: Tight End, three-star

LaRod King: Wide Receiver, three-star

Chris Matthews: Wide Receiver, four-star

Demetri Merritt: Linebacker, two-star

Kevin Mitchell: Offensive Lineman, two-star

Ryan Mossakowski: Quarterback, five-star

Morgan Newton: Quarterback, three-star

Donte Rumph: Defensive End, three-star

Sam Simpson: Offensive Lineman, three-star

Dakotah Tyler: Running Back, two-star

Jarvis Walker: Linebacker, three-star

Myron Walker: Defensive Tackle, three-star

Larry Warford: Offensive Lineman, three-star

Ridge Wilson: Linebacker, three-star


Look at 2008 Kentucky Football Schedule (subject to change)

Sept. 5: Open

Sept. 12: Open

Sept. 19: Louisville

Sept. 26: Florida

Oct. 3: Alabama

Oct. 10: @ South Carolina

Oct. 17: @ Auburn

Oct. 24: Louisiana-Monroe

Oct. 31: Mississippi State

Nov. 7: Eastern Kentucky

Nov. 14: @ Vanderbilt

Nov. 21: @ Georgia

Nov. 28: Tennessee


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