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Support from former players is appreciated by Mark Stoops

Jacob Tamme had his family with him at midfield last week when he was honorary game captain when UK played UT-Martin. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Having former players coming to support the current Cats is something that coach Mark Stoops really likes.

Former UK All-American linebacker Josh Allen came back to Lexington for a game on his NFL bye week. When Kentucky played Vanderbilt in Nashville, current Tennessee Titan and former all-SEC linebacker Wesley Woodyard gave the Cats a “pep talk” after their Friday practice.

“That meant a lot to us to see him and hear some great words of wisdom from him being such a great player but more importantly such a great person and great leader talk to our team,” Stoops said. “It really meant a lot to us.

“I think it meant a lot to our team. I think he had little something to do with that (win over Vanderbilt), and I give him a big thanks.”

But he’s not the only former player to support the Cats. Former All-SEC tight end Jacob Tamme, a nine-year NFL veteran, has talked to the team this year and was game captain last week when the Cats played Tennessee-Martin.

“We’re all in this together. That’s how I feel. I don’t think you need to be a coach Brooks guy or a coach Stoops guy or an anybody,” Stoops said.

“You’re a Kentucky Wildcat. That’s how I feel with all the ex-players. I embrace all of them and want them all to be a part of this. We appreciate them all coming back and seeing us.”

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