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Why Trevathan Returning Makes Sense


Okay… maybe that’s more of a reason to leave than stay.  My bad.

Yesterday when Randall Cobb announced he was going to the NFL, most people just quietly fought back tears and nodded their heads. It was time – he had nothing ledt to accomplish here. While him leaving was tough, we could accept it as the right move for Randall.

Even though Danny was in a similar place (both juniors, both all american’s,) he made the right decision by coming back. Not just because, as he put it, he has unfinished business, but for a number of reasons.

Here’s why:

1.) Getting his face on commonwealth. With Hartline, Locke, Cobb and Evans (as unproductive as he was) all leaving this year, Trevathan will become the number one guy fans point to when they want to look at a great player for next years team. The QB position is still too much of a question mark to be a competition for star power, so with Trevathan returning, expect his giant picture on the side of commonwealth next year.

2.) A chance to be the leader. In a similar vein, without the better than average offense we had this year, there is a good chance the pendulum – and team identity – will swing back to the defense. Just like when Woodson and crew left opened the door for Johnson, Lindley and Jarmon, the loss of Hartline, Cobb and Locke will open the door for Trevathan to be the physical and emotional leader for the team – and show off those qualities to NFL scouts.

3.) The weak SEC East. Look, it’s no secret the SEC East wasn’t what it usually is this year, and to be honest I think it won’t be quite back to par next year, either. For the past few years we were able to fall in line behind a dominant Florida team and do pretty well for ourselves. But with Meyer out and Muschamp in, they won’t be lighting it up again for another year at least. Georgia will be without AJ Green, Tennessee has at least a year before they’re ‘back’ (and we get them at commonwealth this season,) Vandy is Vandy, and while fake-USC might be decent, they’re still starting Stephen Garcia and it’s gonna be fun to lay into that guy. On top of that – while it’s easy for SEC defenses to key in on a guy like Cobb and take him out of the game, or SEC offenses to key in on a player like Lindley and just not throw to his side, it’s harder to take a monster LB out of play.

4.) A chance to join the record books. With 144 tackles this season – 86 of which were solo – Danny is in a good position to join the record books at Kentucky. The top three most solo tackles in a season, the category Danny is most likely to fall into, are 104, 94 and 92. Top 5 most solo tackles in a game are all 16 or 15, whereas Danny had 12 at Mississippi State this year. And with 230 tackles on his career, he’s a shoo-in to make it to the 300-tackle club, which would make him just the second player in 20 years to be inducted (the other was Wesley Woodyard.)

5.) More exposure. I know this is similar to point number 2, which was similar to point number 1, but I think it’s the most important factor. Cobb was ready to go because SEC folk had been gushing about him for years. Danny truly had a break out year this year, but was stuck on a maligned defense and was overshadowed by all the stars on offense. Give Kentucky a chance to run a real All American campaign for him, get his name out there by beating up on SEC Offenses, and it could make the difference in a late draft pick (or none at all – Woodyard wasn’t,) and a second, third or fourth round draft pick.

6.) The future looks bright. Or so Joker says. So that’s gotta count for something.

Trevathan made a hard choice, potentially passing up money next year to take a chance on bettering his position during his Senior season. Still – in his situation – it was the right choice.

Good to have you back, let’s finish that business. #BeatUT

Article written by Will Lentz

25 Comments for Why Trevathan Returning Makes Sense

  1. Kidnut
    1:13 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Today’s podcasts haven’t hit Itunes yet…

  2. Kragthorpe's Pool
    1:19 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I have no doubt that sign is the reason that Danny Trevathan came back.

  3. Don
    1:19 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    That big girl advertisement on here makes me all excited. I don’t like ’em big per se, but she’s HAWT, and had tig-o-bitties. Nomnomnom…

  4. DonnyBaker
    1:20 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I’m as excited as the next guy about Danny’s return. But, let’s not get too carried away. He was the lone bright spot on a defense that was terrible. It’s no coincidence that the leading tackler in the SEC typically comes from a defense that’s not all that great (see Vanderbilt LB’s). When you’re on the field twice as long as other defenses, you have more opportunities to make tackles. That being said, I hope his return and the addition of some new blood at the coordinator spot breathes some life into the D.

  5. deer boss
    1:22 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    he needs to put on a few pounds also for the next level.

  6. Hard Hittin' CAT
    1:33 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Will, I disagree with you on the point that Randall Cobb didn’t have anything left to accomplish if he came back to UK for his senior season.

    1 – Beating UT who dissed him coming out of Alcoa High.
    2 – Taking UK to the next level with 9 or 10 wins and vastly improving to a better bowl.

  7. Wildcobb Salad
    1:50 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    all american’s?

  8. Define Irony
    1:56 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    The reason Danny is coming back is that his evaluation was not good. He and his family wanted to go and get the money but he was looking at 5-7th round to undrafted with GM’s and scouts unsure if he could play LB in the League or even transition to safety.

    The only way he really jumps to play LB is to put on 15-20lb of muscle mass, not lose any agility or speed, duplicate or exceed what he did stat wise last year. Or he can try to transition to Safety which is a huge risk.

  9. Brandon
    1:58 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Like the article but who do we rfeally have besides Trevathan? I have heard that Mister Cobble is ridiculous – but havent seen it yet. Our defense was so awful this year. I guess it wont be hard to improve, but “beating up on SEC offenses” I do not see happening.

  10. Cristoforouk
    1:59 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I think 8 hit it on the head. If his draft projection was favorable, he would be gone. No doubt in my mind.

  11. Czech KY fan
    2:10 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Waiting for the post that says: “UK will win the SEC East..”

    Then waiting for the further disappointment once they go 5-7 or 6-6.

    Good news though. 6-6 (don’t count the bowl game.. no team thats 6-6 deserves a bowl) was a good first season for Joker. I think he’ll do better than Rick Brooks did in his first 3 seasons.

  12. Czech KY fan
    2:12 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    6) 8 or 9 wins? Heh.. Don’t drink the kool-aid. Wont happen for three years at the least..

  13. Red Bird
    2:14 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Wait until you see Winston Guy

  14. KYStout
    2:28 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks for playing, but that was the dumbest analysis of the SEC East I’ve ever read in my life. Every team in the East will be better than us next year.

    GO CATS!!

  15. KYStout
    2:36 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Our defense will improve next season, I’m sure of it.

    Instead of giving up 32 points per game to SEC competition like we normally do, we will only give up 31 points per game.

  16. ???????
    2:41 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    If I were a Highly recruited football prospect and came to this site, there is no way I would sign with UK. Heck, who needs enemies when your own fans rip you to shreds and boo you.

  17. Emmert still sucks
    2:44 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I’m gonna beat BTI to the post and GUARANDAMNTEE that we will beat UT in 2011 at Commonwealth! So it is written, so it is done!

  18. Define Irony
    2:46 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    @ 16

    Have you ever read the internet at all? Have you been stuck in a cave on a deserted island and you’re just now discovering the World Wide Web? I bet you’re still using Netscape.

    If you think it’s bad on a UK fan site why don’t you read boards of teams that actually have success? I grow so tired of fans being ripped. Fans aren’t the problem. The football program should kiss the feet of the fans with what we’ve put up with over the years. They’re lucky they still fill the stadium as most rational people would have realized it was an exercise in futility long ago.

  19. Rick Minter
    3:27 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    9) The corners are fairly solid and we have some nice young linebackers like Qua Huzzie and Ridge Wilson. The biggest issue we had this year was our DLine and our safties. No pressure and no run stopping ability. I agree that even if Mister Cobble is fabulous, he can’t do it all by himself.

  20. kentuckyfan
    3:58 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    It is hard to understand what makes Coach Phillips think that the future is bright for Kentucky football. The defense he has coming back couldn’t play with the big boys in the SEC and he has lost all of his offense. I don’t know what next year’s schedule will bring but maybe there will be four very bad out of conference teams so that at worst we can be 4-8.

  21. #16
    4:27 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink


    UofL fans

  22. El_Duderino
    4:50 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with Joker, our future isn’t as bad as many UK ‘basketball fans’ would like it to be!

    1. Kentucky has proven it can play for a bowl bid, wasn’t long ago fans were just happy to be considered for a bowl, now the goal for the program is to WIN BOWL GAMES!!

    2. Players have obtained SEC & National honors while playing for UK. Cobb is a prime example, come to a program were you’ll play early and against the best. This develops a program of winners! Today’s generation looks for quick fame and with a 6-7 season Kentucky still had several players recognized nationally! Joker pulls off a 9-4 record within the next 3 seasons then the whole program moves beyond all expectations!

    3. Recruits! Players are starting to see promise in the ole BLUE & WHITE. The coaching staff has been able to step into new territory and create a buzz. Give this staff time to fine their place and I’m almost certain we’ll see a top 25 recruiting class within the next 3 seasons!

    4. We play in the SEC and coaches don’t last long. Note Myers at Florida, Miles almost leaves LSU for a depleted Michigan program and Vanderbilt’s coaching situations. If UK fans can give Joker enough time to develop it could be huge to keep a coaching staff in place, just like Brooks was able to do with his 7 seasons.

    5. The state of Football in Kentucky. Charlie Strong has done a great job with his first year of recruiting and Willie Taggart kept WKU close in several games and once again had another talented RB on his roster in Bobby Rainey. Kentucky has to keep the throttle wide open during the off-season and don’t think high school athletes haven’t pushed just as hard to make a name!

  23. Winston Guy
    4:58 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I will return too! Where is my sign?

  24. Big D
    5:39 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Danny T. is a bad ass.

  25. 4th and 2
    10:16 am January 15, 2011 Permalink

    20 – Agreed. It is difficult to understand the excitment associated with this football program that is clearly on the decline.