Before the great server crash of August ’13 I asked the question, How Impactful Can The New Guys Be? Well today the folks over on the CatScratches blog took a look at the impact they’ve made before ever taking the field. Instilling confidence. It isn’t just one or two guys who have been infected with what scientists can only describe as “swagger”. This phenomenon is team wide. Here’s what they had to say:
All of us have our own different personalities we bring to the table,” cornerback Jaleel Hytchye said on Media Day. “As a collective group, we all have the same goal: We all came here to win.”
With that shared interest in mind, Stoops’ first class has bonded. Where one UK newcomer goes, others will follow, whether it’s to the weight room, the fields at Nutter Training Facility for drills or just to hang out.
“That’s a good thing, because everybody wants to stay together in this class,” Alexander Montgomery said. “With Stoops and the new staff, we want to bring something new here. If we’re all apart, we can’t be a team. If we’re together, we can build that team.”
Montgomery’s words reflect another characteristic shared by the UK newcomers: confidence. They understand the work that lies ahead for them, but they are unwavering in their belief that the “process” Stoops emphasizes constantly will lead to results.
“We all have to come out with the right attitude,” Montgomery said. “It’s all about attitude. If you don’t have the right attitude, you shouldn’t come to practice at all.”
After the past few years of doom and gloom that new attitude is a welcome change. Before you would look at the team and say “We’re Kentucky.” With a pained sigh. Now you can look out at the team and the future and say “We’re Kentucky” Football is exciting with a real chance to build something special for the first time in my lifetime. Even though it may never come to fruition it is fun to stick your chest out and have that winning mindset. It truly is a new day for Kentucky football.