LEXINGTON — Being named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week was "flattering" for Micah Johnson. However, he insisted Monday that beating Auburn 21-14 meant a lot more to him than the 14 tackles he made.
"I did not expect the award, but the win is what really counts," said Johnson, a senior linebacker. "It was huge for us to go down there and get a win. We have been so close and got no breaks. This time we made our breaks and got a win that we really needed."
Sophomore linebacker Danny Trevathan also had 14 tackles in the game and Sam Maxwell, a senior linebacker, had 10 stops.
"We have great linebackers," Johnson said.
Kentucky coach Rich Brooks echoed that sentiment by not only praising Johnson's play, but also noting how well Trevathan played.
"This was Danny's biggest chance to show because we were in regular defense most of the game. They (Auburn) were in more conventional personnel even when they spread the field. That gave Danny a greater opportunity to record some stats," Brooks said. "In a lot of games, he probably only played a third of the snaps.