By LARRY VAUGHT
When it comes to Kentucky, no one loves the Wildcats more than UK defensive lineman Jacob Hyde.
That’s why it was no real surprise Michael Paul Clark let me know on Twitter Saturday what an “awesome” job that Hyde did showing season ticket holders around Commonwealth Stadium.
But wait. It got better at the end.
“He honored my request for him to lead us in ‘On, On UofK’ in the locker room,” Clark said. “He and Courtney (Love) didn’t hesitate when I asked him to close us out with the fight song. Neat moment.”
It was indeed because Clark shared video of Hyde and Love singing with the UK fans.
I chuckled when I saw Hyde on WKYT-TV Saturday night talking about how much he enjoyed getting to see the pressbox. I told him on Twitter that he should see it when it has food.
Hyde is one of my favorite Wildcats. He’s from Clay County and I can still remember the first time I interviewed him after he verbally committed to coach Joker Williams and UK. He was still excited when I got to see him play early in his senior season.
“Growing up as a child I always wanted to play here. Always. My family is all UK fans and the community is all UK fans,” said Hyde. ‘Education opportunities and your degree. It is all about surrounding yourself with good people. At the end of the day, if you want to be successful you need to surround yourself with good people.
“I saw that when coach (Mark) Stoops took the job. I was already committed, but that made things even better. I love UK is all I can really say. This school and program treated me good and I am trying to give back as much as I can.”
Another fan told me that Hyde said Saturday his goal for this year was to play more and that he still intends to play fullback as well as his primary spot in the defensive line.