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Derrick Ansley’s Departure, Danny Trevathan’s Super Bowl, and #FINISH

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Been quite the week in the land of Big Blue Football. Co-Defensive Coordinator Derrick Ansley accepted a position as the defensive back coach at the University of Alabama. Ansley is from Tallassee, Alabama and spent his first seven coaching years in his home state. The first five were at Huntingdon College as his next two were spent in Tuscaloosa. While a graduate assistant and under the tutelage of Nick Saban, Alabama won a National Championship.

Derrick Ansley was the best teacher on Mark Stoops’ staff. Progressing from inherited talent to what today is considered a SEC top-five secondary based on youth and ability; Ansley’s tenure at UK can only be described as impactful and successful. By intention, I’ve praised his worth, recruiting, and coaching prowess. This opinion was formed by his group’s steady performance climb over the course of three seasons, positional evaluation and recruiting, but was solidified while filming a coaching show segment focusing on the Wildcat secondary.  Said it before and will do so again now, Derrick Ansley will eventually become a defensive coordinator and head coach. With all the assistant coach departures during the Stoops’ era, this one stings the most. But, just as expected by players, Next Man Up.

Mark Stoops is defensive back subject matter expert. From playing DB at Iowa to coaching the position at the U, Florida State, Arizona, and Kentucky; Stoops knows and understands what it takes to lead his position of choice. Thus, of all the assistant coaches that have departed, I’m most confident in this Stoops’ replacement decision. Selling the position to potential candidates will not be a difficult. The secondary cupboard is filled with youthful talent. An up and comer, youthful coach will see the talented secondary as an instant resume builder. An experienced coach will recognize the situation as a turn-key meeting room. 

Danny Trevathan is the most distinguished “La Familia” member.

From a Rivals 2-star prospect to 188th NFL draft selection, Danny Trevathan’s performance on America’s biggest athletic stage will forever be remembered in Wildcat lore. For the second consecutive year, a UK alumnus starred in the NFL title game. Danny tied a Super Bowl record with two fumble recoveries and led the Bronco’s with eight tackles. The World Champion and MVP candidate did not play out of character. His 109 regular season tackles led Denver as Trevathan cemented himself as the University of Kentucky’s most distinguished 2016 professional athlete.

#FINISH and the Super Bowl commercial.

In a busy week for Kentucky’s Athletic Department, its #FINISH Super Bowl commercial was well produced and applicable. Interpreted as a thank you and stick with us message to a loyal but tiring fan base, the production was spot on. From the Signing Day marathon to the Nike uniform and logo unveiling, Wildcat staffers have definitely burned the midnight oil. Regardless of your logo/uniform opinion, all three products were of high quality. This shows me that the ALL IN mantra is more than mere words. I find that incredibly refreshing. Now, it’s time to win games.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

5 Comments for Derrick Ansley’s Departure, Danny Trevathan’s Super Bowl, and #FINISH



  1. JamesWorleyIII
    10:54 am February 8, 2016 Permalink

    I’m disappointed in the situation of Ansley leaving, but I’m not upset with him in the least. Saban is one of the best coaches of all time and I don’t think any rational football fan from any fanbase can fault Ansley for leaving to learn under Saban. It’d be different if he left for Georgia or some other school under a new head coach. Saban will be an excellent teacher and I have all of the confidence in the world that Stoops will fill the role with another coach of Ansley’s caliber.

    • To piggy back on your point, and Freddie did not mention this: Saban’s background as a position coach is DB, so that’s probably all the more reason Derrick couldn’t turn down the job, to learn more about coaching this position from the guy that is the best thing going right now, by far. Saban is an absolute machine.

      I AM mad at Saban. 🙂 First he gets Damien Harris, now this!

      In all seriousness, no, I don’t blame Derrick, and it shows you that Freddie and others have not been blowing smoke when they talked about his importance to this staff. Saban obviously believes he is talented as well. I just hope we get a good replacement.



  2. wildcat502
    10:59 am February 8, 2016 Permalink

    Southern Miss Win
    @ Florida Win
    N. Mex. St. Win
    South Carolina Win
    @ Alabama Loss
    Vanderbilt Win
    Mississippi St. Win
    @ Missouri Win
    Georgia Loss
    @Tennessee Loss
    Austin Peay Win
    @Louisville Win

    I see Kentucky winning 9 this coming season. I truly believe our defensive secondary/ linebackers and Ends will be the best Kentucky has had in decades, as a group.
    The Receivers will be much improved ( less drops), were deep at running back and our offensive line will be a year older and much improved. The quarterback position will be the key. If they can, at least, manage each game, we can win 9. I`m excited. Plus, I believe we have up graded our coaching staff, we`ll see who replaces Ansley.



  3. Basteballer
    10:59 am February 8, 2016 Permalink

    “… Trevathan cemented himself as the University of Kentucky’s most distinguished 2016 professional athlete.”

    … in your opinion.



  4. kygbfan
    1:33 pm February 9, 2016 Permalink

    Congrats to former Wildcat, Danny Trevathan, he made some great plays Sunday.