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Adam Stratton on Trevard Lindley


Today begins Pool 2 of the first round of the “Who Wants to be a Blogger” contest. Like yesterday, we will have four contestants, each profiling a different UK footballer. One will be eliminated tonight at 8:30 pm. Today’s judge is Matt Jones

Trevard Lindley might have the worst stats of any defensive back on the team this upcoming season. That’s because no opposing QB is going to throw in the vicinity of his direction. They know better. They know that Lindley can pick even a good throw and take it to the house.

Everyone else seems to know it too. The Art Studio major from Hiram, GA was given preseason first team All-SEC honors this year coming off a second team All-American junior year and third team All-American sophomore season. Even Maxim magazine declared him All-Maxim worthy and a player to make Sunday’s football hangover worthwhile. In his career, he has amassed nine interceptions, 157 tackles, and a school record 34 pass breakups. While all of this is impressive, the most amazing thing he has done so far is come back to UK for his senior season.

If Kentucky was a football school, fans would as ecstatic about Trevard Lindley coming back for another year of college as they were about Patrick Patterson. Lindley was projected mid second round in the ’09 draft, but passed it up along with teammates Micah Johnson and Jeremy Jarmon for another season in Lexington. Of course, Jeremy had an unfortunate run-in with an unknowledgeable GNC salesman, and Micah had some royal rumors spread about him, but Lindley has managed to stay under the radar this offseason. All he’s been doing is bulking up.

Trevard is between 5’11” and 6’ depending on which convenient store he walks out and has added a good five pounds of muscle that will put him up to 180 this season. This should make him an even a tougher matchup assuming it doesn’t diminish his 4.53 speed (4.4 if you ask unofficially). ESPN ranks him as the 8th best player (offensively of defensively) in the SEC and the #1 cornerback in the 2010 NFL draft.

The most common word thrown around scouting websites when talking about Lindley is “polished,” as in his skill set. He has a great nose for the ball and the self-proclaimed best hands on the team. Early 2010 draft projections list him as high as mid first round, but if he learned anything from Andre’ Woodson’s devastating plummet down the mock boards, he’ll continue to stay focused and poised to keep his stock nice and high.

But the NFL can wait. This season, you can look forward to watching #32 build on his own pass breakup record and attempt to become one of the few UK players to say they’ve played in a bowl game all four years. And won.

Matt’s Take:

I like to start with the good. This piece is well-researched, solid and a good review of a player that UK fans have gotten to know very well. I like the way you started off the piece with a provocative line that was then explained…that is a good writing touch. I think you thoroughly reviewed Lindley’s stats and career and would help someone who didnt know him at all, begin to know him now.

The problem is that we need more. Lindley is one of the three or four most known guys on the team…I am not a football guy, but you really didnt give me anything I wasnt already aware of, and the info read like out of the UK Media Guide. There really wasnt a creative or interesting take on Lindley, it was just a description. That is solid, but I do think we need more.

Article written by Matt Jones