LEXINGTON - Moments before Kentucky coach Rich Brooks spent 20 minutes defending his coaching staff despite UK's 1-7 record, freshman linebacker Wesley Woodyard got to address rumors about his own future.
In a season with few bright spots for the Wildcats, one positive has been the play of Woodyard. The former Georgia high school standout came to UK expecting to play a backup role at safety this season. Instead, his aggressive play was so impressive that not only was he moved to inside linebacker despite his lack of size, but he's earned a starting spot.
Still, the rumors have been swirling that Woodyard, and other freshmen, are not happy with the direction of the program and are contemplating transferring after the season ends.
If that were true, it would be even more devastating to UK's program than the October home loss to lowly Ohio University. The one thing Brooks and his staff have done well in their two years at Kentucky is recruit an above average class for the Wildcats last year. To lose Woodyard or any other members of that class would be harder for Brooks to explain than offensive coordinator Ron Hudson's play selection.