Staff Writer

The Kentucky Wildcats are coming off three consecutive bowl victories for the first time in the program’s history. Hoping to ride his team’s momentum, head coach Rich Brooks believes this year’s team will improve off the 8-6 squad he coached in 2008.
“I think that this year’s Kentucky football team going into this season is a better team than I had going into last season,” Brooks said at the 2009 SEC Media Days. “The reasons I feel that way is I believe our offense will be much more productive, which it needs to be, because we were not very good a year ago.”
For the Wildcats, junior quarterback Mike Hartline will lead an offense that features two Alcoa, Tenn., natives, Randall Cobb and Kyrus Lanxter, at wide receiver. The versatile Cobb will also take snaps at quarterback, a position at which he started four games last season as a freshman.
On defense, middle linebacker Micah Johnson turned down an opportunity to enter the NFL Draft to anchor the front seven for Kentucky’s defensive unit. Cornerback Trevard Lindley also decided to return for his senior season and build on his All-SEC first-team selection from 2008.
Lindley voiced his goals for the upcoming season at the 2009 SEC Media Days.
“Work hard and make it to a better bowl,” Lindley said at SEC Media Days.
Kentucky opens its season with a home matchup against Miami (Ohio) on September 5 and welcomes Tennessee to Lexington in the Wildcats’ regular season finale on November 28.