By LARRY VAUGHT
As Kentucky puts the pieces in place for its best season since 2007, I wondered who former all-SEC tight end Jacob Tamme might have thought was his most underrated teammate on that 2007 team that won eight games and beat eventual national champion LSU in overtime.
Tamme, who played nine years in the NFL on three teams that went to the Super Bowl, admitted it was a good question. He had teammates go on to play in the NFL
Yet one name popped out to Tamme.
“Corey Peters was such a good player and he was not talked about much. He had a really good NFL career and was probably underrated there, too,” Tamme said. “I heard stories from the Falcon training camp about how he was crushing everybody when he got hurt. Corey was really good
“Trevard Lindley was such a good player and really did a great job for us. There are several but Corey sticks out.”
Peters, an all-SEC pick his senior year, had 36 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and four quarterback sacks, as a junior and four sacks and 12 tackles for losses as a senor. He was a third-round draft pick by Atlanta in 2010 draft and has played with the Falcons and Cardinals.
Peters, like Tamme, was an in-state product. Tamme is from Boyle County, Peters was from Louisville. One of their best teammates, linebacker Wesley Woodyard — who is still playing in the NFL — was from Georgia. But Tamme said he was as Kentucky as any Bluegrass native.
“If Wesley had been from Danville, Frankfort or Hopkinsville or Louisville, you still would have never got a more Kentucky kid than you did with Wesley Woodyard from Georgia,” Tamme said.
“Even the guys out of state on our team, they just fit. He was a Kentucky kid in everybody else’s minds. He was just one of us. There were others like that. Braxton Kelley. Out of state guys really bought into the Kentucky program and what we wanted to have happen. That made our team even more special to me.”