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By LARRY VAUGHT
Trevard Lindley first made a nationalÃ‚Â name for himself with an acrobatic interception in the end zone in KentuckyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2006 Music City Bowl win over Clemson. He also had a fumble recovery in the same game.
Now heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll end his career Dec. 27th in the Music City Bowl against Clemson.
Despite missing four games with an ankle injury, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still a dynamic player covering the pass and solid tackler that has helped UKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pass defense improve steadily over the last four years.
He shared these thoughts about coming back to UK instead of going to the NFL and the upcoming bowl game.
Question: How hard has it been for you to come back and play on an ankle that coach Rich Brooks says is no better than 80 percent healed and not make plays you could before you were hurt?
Lindley: Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is bad because you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t move like you want to, but when you are out there you cannot think like that. You just have to do the best you can and play hard for teammates and try to win.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: So you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think about what you might have been able to do on a good ankle when you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make a play?
Lindley: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think about if I had not got hurt that I would have been better on certain plays, but that is football. You get hurt and have to come back and play your hardest.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: Can this team come back and play hard and well in the Music City Bowl and beat a Clemson team that features one of the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best backs in C.J. Spiller?
Lindley: Ã¢â‚¬Å“We will be good. We had a month to get rested and get mentally ready. We have practiced hard and we are ready toÃ‚Â play a good game again.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: Is it disappointing to not be going to an Outback Bowl or something like that when you were so close before losing to Tennessee?
Lindley: Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are still going to a bowl and playing football. It is good to go to bowl and we got to keep practicing and it gives all the seniors one more game to play. We canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t feel bad about that.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: What did coach Rich Brooks say after the Tennessee loss?
Lindley: Ã¢â‚¬Å“He just said we played our hardest and he was proud of us for our effort and not to get down. He told us to put the game behind us and get ready to get another win in the bowl game, and I think that is what we have done.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: Do you think coach Brooks will be back next year?
Lindley: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have no idea. He is old, so I guess he can feel good about what he did here. If he is retiring, I want to give him one more win.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: Will you leave feeling good about what you did?
Lindley: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I do feel pretty good about what I did, but I want one more win for the seniors and all the players coming back because I know how much that helps going into the next season. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s important for us to go out and win this bowl game. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s kind of ironic that my first bowl game was against Clemson, and now I get to end my career against Clemson.Ã¢â‚¬Â