LEXINGTON, Ky. — We hopped in the time machine for the latest episode of Wildcat Country, your daily Kentucky podcast presented by SEC Country, as host Curtis Burch was joined by former UK wide receiver Dicky Lyons Jr.
Lyons talked to Curtis while in the car driving back to Lexington for a reunion of the Rich Brooks-era bowl teams — the 2006, 2007 and 2008 squads that won three consecutive bowl games. Former UK linebacker Jacob Dufrene, along for the ride with Lyons, was a surprise bonus guest.
Lyons relived some of his favorite moments as a Wildcat, including his big day (eight catches, 117 yards and a TD) in a narrow win against Mississippi State in 2006 and a devastating block he threw in an upset of No. 1 LSU in 2007. In case you’ve never seen it — or somehow forgot — watch this:
Lyons also revisited his infamous remarks before that MSU game — “I don’t think we should lose this game,” among other overly confident things — which Lyons chalked up to frustration following a 49-0 loss the week before. Lyons reveals that he was punished for those comments but it ultimately brought the team together because teammates, including stars Andre Woodson and Wesley Woodyard, joined him for gassers.
Lyons shared his thoughts on the current Cats, who are 5-2 but coming off a 45-7 loss in Starkville, and how they can use that embarrassment as motivation going forward. Leadership, he said, must now come from inside the locker room.
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We closed out today’s podcast with SEC Country’s UK football beat writer, Joe Mussatto, who provided injury updates and broke down the Kentucky-Tennessee showdown coming Saturday night at Kroger Field. Joe also has a key update on UK’s 4-star QB commit, Jarren Williams.
And finally, SEC Country’s Wizard of Odds, Christopher Smith, hopped on to talk Cats-Vols, who he thinks will win and what he thinks about about that point spread.
You don’t want to miss it, and to be sure you miss none of our Cats coverage, be sure to follow host @CurtisBurch as well as @KyleTucker_SEC for hoops and football columns, @Joe_Mussatto for football team coverage, recruiting notes and UK-in-the-NBA rundowns.