By LARRY VAUGHT
Quarterback Terry Wilson certainly wanted to make sure his senior teammates knew how much he has appreciated playing with them this year.
“They did a great job coming out and playing for everybody. We just wanted to do it for the seniors and go out with a bang on their last home game. They did great,” Wilson said after Kentucky beat Middle Tennessee 34-23 on Senior Day.
A little bit later he posted a message on Twitter to UK’s 16 seniors who played their final game at Kroger Field.
“Thank you seniors, this time playing with you guys have been indescribable .. . you guys built this program from the ground up! #
Kentucky is now 8-3 — the program’s first eight-win season since 1984 — and headed to a third straight bowl game. The senior class now has 27 wins.
“What have they meant to the future (of the UK program)? Well, they have just set such a great example for our younger players because of their work ethic, so many things,” Stoops said.
“But they have been leaders, they have been, they have had a great work ethic. They have been very unselfish and really about the team and far from perfect, but they have really, they really have great hearts and their minds are in the right place and they really want to lead and set a great example and set the precedent for the future.”
Senior safety Mike Edwards, who got his 300th career tackle in the first quarter, said it was an emotional game for him.
“It hit me when the first guy came out (for the pregame Senior Day ceremony). And then they started playing that sad music, so it hit me right there,” Edwards said. “A bunch of guys I came into this class with, so it was sad it was my last game.”
Benny Senll said it was huge to make sure the seniors won their final home game.
“I felt they left on a pretty good note. Every senior had a critical moment in the game. The defensive guys making tackles, Mike (Edwards) with the pick, Josh (Allen) with the sacks, my offensive line. Everyone came together and I’m glad we got to leave on a note like that,” Snell said.
Tight end C.J. Conrad caught a touchdown pass and had four catches for 51 yards. He said the win meant more to the seniors than most will understand.
“To give a lasting impression is always good and just to help the team in general any way we can to win the football game. Seniors stepped up today and I’m really proud of the whole group,” Conrad said.