By LARRY VAUGHT
Former University of Kentucky assistant coach Chuck Smith, now the head coach at Boyle County High School again, will join Tim Estes and myself on WPBK-FM (102.9) Thursday at 7:30 a.m.
While the high school football season opens Friday, we plan to talk mainly to Smith about UK football. He was a linebacker at Kentucky from 1978-80 (he was second on the team in tackles as a senior with 133 and third as a junior with 95) and coached at UK under Rich Brooks and then Joker Phillips from 2005-2012.
Smith has five players with direct ties to him playing in the NFL.
Tight end Jacob Tamme of Atlanta was a two-way starter for Smith at Boyle County and was at UK the same time as Smith.
Linebackers Wesley Woodyard and Avery Williamson of Tennessee both played for Smith at Kentucky. So did linebacker Danny Trevathan, who won a Super Bowl last season with Denver and is now with Chicago.
Pittsburgh linebacker Bud Dupree also was coached by Smith after he switched from offense to defense his freshman year at UK.
Other notable linebackers that Smith coached at UK included Braxton Kelley and Micah Johnson.
Smith’s impact can still be found on this year’s Kentucky team, too. He was the one who discovered and recruited Jon Toth, a three-year starter at center and projected NFL draft pick. Smith was recruiting the Indianapolis area when he found Toth before other major schools did and persuaded him to come to UK.
Smith also coached Travis Leffew, an all-American at Louisville, at Boyle. Leffew is now the head football coach at Lincoln County .
A podcast of the show will also be available at wpbkfm.com.