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By LARRY VAUGHT
Former Kentucky tight end Jacob Tamme is headed to his second Super Bowl, but two of his former UK teammates — linebackers Wesley Woodyard (48 tackles) and Danny Trevathan (87 tackles) — will be going to their first Super Bowl with the Broncos.
The only schools with more players in the Super Bowl will be Tennessee (5), Florida (4), Texas A&M (4), Wisconsin (4) and USC (4). Alabama, Notre Dame and Oregon are national powers with only two players each in the Super Bowl.
“We never talked about anything like this at UK but the fact I get to do this with Wesley and Danny, and especially Wesley since we were there the whole time together at Kentucky and developed that program, that’s special. To suit up and win a ring with him and Danny will be really special,” Tamme said.
Both Woodyard and Trevathan were coached at UK by Chuck Smith, Tamme’s high school coach at Boyle County.
“It’s pretty cool. He sent me a great text message. I have stayed close to him and always will. I am continually grateful for the impact he’s had on me. It’s pretty darn cool what he has done for all of us and to know he has three players he coached going to the Super Bowl,” Tamme said.
By LARRY VAUGHT
He spent eight years coaching linebackers at the University of Kentucky, but Chuck Smith says there’s nothing quite like the excitement of Friday night high school football.
“When the lights come on on Friday night and the fans, cheerleaders and everything gets going, it’s just a great environment and one I love,” said Smith, the former Boyle County High School coach who led the Rebels to five straight state championships from 1999-2003 and six straight title game appearances.
Now he’s going to be back calling the shots on Friday night again after accepting the head job at Madison Central. He has spent this season working for the Bardstown school system and helped coach football after he lost his job at UK following the 2012 season when head coach Joker Phillips was fired. But now he’s ready to take the plunge into the head coaching ranks again after turning down other opportunities.
“I wanted a chance to be a head coach again,” Smith, 56, said. “I looked at other options and just thought Madison Central was the right fit. It just seemed like the right time to do it.”
Superintendent Elmer Thomas is a former Boyle principal and Smith also knows Madison Central principal Drew Muntz.
“I know they both support athletics as part of the whole educational process and their administrative support is a big reason this job was so appealing,” Smith said.
Smith helped produce a number of all-SEC linebackers at UK and had the league’s leading tackler four times. Wesley Woodyard, now with the Denver Broncos, was first-team All-SEC in 2006 and 2007. In 2010, Danny Trevathan became the first first-team All-America linebacker in Kentucky history. He’s also with the Broncos now.
Smith compiled a 142-33 record in 13 seasons at Boyle. He had four teams with perfect 15-0 marks and a 47-game win streak from 1999 into the 2002 season. Two of his players, tight end Jacob Tamme and kicker Taylor Begley, starred at UK. Two more, linemen Bobby and Travis, were standouts at Louisville. He also had a Mr. Football winner in Jeff Duggins. Another former player is current UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown.
Smith, a Louisville native who played at UK from 1978-80 under Fran Curci, was named the Kentucky Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations in 2003 and won numerous coach of the year honors in Kentucky.
“Coaching is coaching whether it is high school or college,” Smith said. “I have always loved high school football and that’s what I have done most of my life.”
He was an assistant coach at Mercer County and head coach at Allen County and Campbellsville.
Madison Central was 2-9 under coach Bert Browne and was outscored 483-229 in 2013. They were 7-5 in 2012 but lost 62-8 to Trinity in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.
“Our standards certainly are going to be high just like they were at Boyle,” Smith said. “But things will not change over night. It took time to build the program at Boyle. I was there for 13 years. Everybody remembers the last six, not the first seven and what we started from. But that standard is what I believe in and what we will strive for.”
Smith’s son, Brandon, who played for him at Boyle, is now a successful defensive coordinator at South Warren. Smith said it would be a “dream” for him to have his son on his staff.
“But there are some out there talking to him about head coaching jobs now and he has to do what is best for him, not me,” Smith said.
By TINA COX
I like Kentucky football. I watch Kentucky football games. I have no expectations for Kentucky football, therefore I am never disappointed. This being said, I realized something this past weekend. Things will change. It will take time, but when it happens fans will know–it will be an “aha” moment.
Coach Chuck Smith taught me about football. I was cheerleading coach and he was football coach at Boyle County in 1994. His staff had been in place a few years, taking over a program that had hit bottom. His players believed in him, his staff believed in him and within a few short months I too became a believer.
It took a few years for Coach Smith to get his system in place. A total change in work habits were expected, some players bought in others quit the team. The Rebels had spent years being the whipping post of cross town rival Danville Admirals. Then the 1994 season began.
I can remember a trick play at Anderson County that had the crowd abuzz with excitement. The stands started filling with more fans each Friday night. The players saw the work they had put in paying off. There was excitement about Boyle County football. The rebels won their first playoff game that year, something that had not happened in many years. This afforded then the opportunity to travel to Middlesboro to face an undefeated team, picked to continue on to the state championship. The bus ride was long. The Middlesboro fans were out in full force. The weather was chilling. It was evident from kick-off that the Rebels did not come to play–they came to win. Bryan Bodner and Chad Powell caught passes from Quarterback Chris LeMonds, the line blocked and the defense forced turnover after turnover. The final score: Boyle County 42-0. It was the “aha” moment for Boyle County football. The coaches, players and fans knew when the game horn sounded that Boyle County football had taken that turn–the turn which would wind up in a domination in the upcoming years.
The “aha” moment will come for UK football. It will be when you least expect it. If you have season tickets do not miss a game, if you watch from home don’t change the channel. These moments only come around a few times and you don’t want to miss it.
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Vaught’s note: With Kentucky having a bye week, I hope you’ll enjoy one of the unsung stories about walk-on Tre’ Dunn and the path he took to become a special teams regular this season. It’s what makes college athletics still special for me to cover. Enjoy.
By LARRY VAUGHT
It would be easy for Tre’ Dunn to be a little smug and wanting to say “I told you so” to those who wondered what he was doing when he walked on the football team at Kentucky.
But that’s not in Dunn’s personality. Instead, he’s just “happy and proud” to be playing for UK on special teams and proving that he can play for a Southeastern Conference team.
“I am more excited about just playing ball and going out and representing the Bluegrass is awesome for a Kentucky kid,” said Dunn. “I am just having fun. Honestly, it is just a dream and I am trying to do my role and have fun.”
He’s more than filling a role. He’s become a dynamo on kickoff and kickoff return teams, sacrificing his body to make hits to stop returns or clear the way for UK returners.
Dunn was a quarterback-safety at Mercer County and led the team in tackles, interceptions (six) rushing yards (608) and passing yards (913) his senior season. Dunn also played basketball and baseball and ran track — along with being an honor roll student all four years.
He went to Campbellsville University, but played in just one game in 2010. He transferred to UK and had to sit out he 2011 season. He practiced with the team in 2011, and did again last season when he failed to get into a game.
“I played a little bit at Campbellsville, and Campbellsville is a great place and I had fun and stuff. But I always wanted more. In order to reach my full potential as a football player, I decided I was going to pursue playing D-1 ball and why not play in the SEC for my state. I thought that would be awesome,” Dunn, the nephew of former NFL tight end Jason Dunn, and cousin of former Eastern Kentucky running back Mark Dunn, said.
He knew few would understand the move up in competition he was going to make, so he “really didn’t tell anybody” what he was doing.
“I just kind of took it upon myself. I wasn’t afraid, but I didn’t want to hear it from everybody,” Dunn said. “Once you get any kind of negative thoughts or statements in your mind, it is just never good. I took it upon myself if I was going to make something happen, then do something about. I took action and it was awesome.”
He had a connection to use in then UK linebacker coach Chuck Smith.
“He has always been a pretty good guy. I went to the Boyle County football camps when I was little and he was coaching there, so I knew coach Smith pretty well,” Dunn said. “Of course, he knows our area. I just asked him what all I had to get done to make it happen and he pretty much walked me through it and told me what to do. Once I got the opportunity, I just made the most of it and now I am getting to play.”
And playing well. Just ask special teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto.
“Tre’ has worked very, very hard. We had him down the depth chart on special teams, but in the spring and in training camp he just kept making plays,” Peveto said. “He has worked himself in as a walk-on to a guy who is doing a great job contributing to our program and special teams.”
Peveto says it is a “blast” to see a player like Dunn succeed and contribute.
“I love every minute of it with him. The fun thing about it is you coach almost every kid on the team because with our depth chart, almost every kid on the team is on special teams some where, some way,” Peveto said. “I love seeing those guys that are blue collar guys who work extremely hard and find a way to make our football team better. It is a role. We look for role players and Tre’ Dunn is a role player on our football team. Is he playing defense right now for us? No. But he’s a heavy contributor on our special teams.”
Dunn admitted it was hard last year when he was not playing and UK was suffering through a 2-10 season.
“I just hated seeing everyone go out there and getting beat up and losing. It was just rough,” Dunn said. “It was frustrating and there wasn’t anything I could do to help, but I worked hard in practice and off the field. I tried to keep everybody motivated. But last year was frustrating.”
He knew UK was short on linebackers this year in coach Mark Stoops’ first season, and thought he might have a chance to find a spot to get on the field.
“I knew with the new coaching staff that everybody would have a clean slate and everybody would be given the same opportunities. I just took it upon myself again to make the most of the opportunities and show not only do I deserve to be up here, but I can play with the best of them,” Dunn said. “That’s all I wanted to do was show these new coaches I could do that.”
His first tackle came in the opening game against Western Kentucky in Nashville.
“I didn’t even realize I had got the tackle until after I got to the sideline and guys were telling me they announced my name. I was like, ‘What?’ It was awesome. It was great. I was so excited,” he said.
He says support from family and friends has been overwhelming, too.
“People are supporting me and are so happy for me. My family is very excited. My uncle Jason is super excited, but really everyone is showing so much love and support,” Dunn said. “They are the main reason I do it. I just want to make them proud.”
While Dunn is happy with what he’s doing, he admits he would like a chance to play linebacker.
“I will accept any role I get on the team. Of course, I think as a competitor you always want a bigger role. I want more of a role, but good things come to those who wait,” he said. “Getting lucky is preparation meeting opportunity. I am just going to prepare myself for any opportunity I may get and good things will happen.”
Dunn hopes he might be an inspiration to other players to not give up on pursuing a childhood dream.
“That is what I try to tell people back home, too. It doesn’t matter where you are from and what you did in high school. If you have a dream or goal and you put in the effort and the work to make sure you accomplish it, shoot for the stars,” Dunn said. “Absolutely go for whatever makes you happy. I always stress that. I want to see everybody succeed.”
Dunn admits he’s seldom been happier playing sports than he is now.
“I would say if anything could top this, it would probably be my first couple of years of pee wee football. I will never forget those years,” he said. “They were great. But this is awesome. I just have to keep this ball rolling and help us win some games. But I am not sure anything can ever top this for me.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
During his days at Boyle County High School and Western Kentucky University, Brandon Smith was a quarterback and set numerous records during his prep career. Now he’s the defensive coordinator at South Warren High School and has two players — defensive tackle Adrian Middleton and linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe.
Middleton has offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana State, Western and Middle Tennessee. Iyiegbuniwe only has an offer from Western so far, but Smith expects more schools to soon offer Iyiegbuniwe.
Smith, the son of former Boyle County and UK linebackers coach Chuck Smith, says South Warren coach Mark Nelson has done an amazing job. “To have only played two years of varsity football and have two Division I players on the team says a lot about what kind of coach he is and what he expects of his players. I’m not sure if another school in the state currently has two D1 players,” Smith said.
The 6-4, 275-pound Middleton got a visit from UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown, who played for Chuck Smith, and defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh. They recorded video to show head coach Mark Stoops, who extended the offer to Middleton after he returned from the NFL draft.
Florida — and assistant coach Joker Phillips — has also shown interest in Middleton.
“I think he’s an elite player,” Smith said. “He is a big, strong kid that can move like a skilled kid. It is very hard to find players that can do that. He tremendous explosion off the ball and he is very football intelligent. He doesn’t just guess where the ball is going — he reads it.”
Smith offered these other insights on Middleton and Iyiegbuniwe.
Question: What kind of upside does Middleton have in college and what are you looking for him to improve this year?
Smith: “He has a huge upside. He is very young. He will play his entire senior year at 17 years old. He really hasn’t learned how to use what he has yet. Sometimes you see kids that peak out in high school, but that is not the case with him. His best football is ahead of him.”
Question: What kind of summer plans does he have as far as camps/combines to attend?
Smith: “All of this has hit suddenly in the last couple of weeks. He will have to sit down and figure out a plan of where he wants to visit this summer. He will probably do that in the next couple of weeks.”
Question: Do you expect even more schools to get involved in his recruiting?
Smith: “Yes. Defensive linemen are very hard to find. He is very good at what he does. There are several more SEC and Big 10 schools that have expressed a strong interest and are scheduled to visit him in school in the coming weeks.”
Question: What kind of person/student is he?
Smith: “He is a great kid. He has very likable personality. If you only knew him off the field you wouldn’t think he was capable of the things he does on it. He is always smiling and in a good mode.
Question: What makes you feel more offers will be coming for Iyiegbuniwe and what are his strengths/weaknesses?
Smith: “Joel is a solid 6-2, 210 pounds and can run. He is moving from safety to linebacker this year and that is where the majority of the schools are projecting him as. They don’t have film to go by, so he is going to be a camp guy. If they are not an offensive lineman/defensive lineman, most of the time they (college coaches) want to see you run and change direction. He does these things very well. He has only played football two years (basketball player). He has not even tipped the iceberg of what he’s capable of.”
Question: What kind of summer plans does he have?
Smith: “He has several camps he is planning to attend. Once again, he will have to sit down and plan out the stops he is going to make. I think that will come after all the schools come through and he decides which ones he is serious about.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
Franklin County standout Ryan Timmons still is not ready to make his college choice and recently has added scholarship offers from California and Missouri to those he already had and Florida — thanks to receivers coach Joker Phillips — continues to make a push for him.
The versatile Timmons is one of the state’s top players. He had 72 rushes for 1,260 yards and 25 scores for 12-1 Franklin last season and caught 29 passes for 970 yards and 17 more scores. He had 45 total touchdowns and scored 260 points.
Franklin coach Chris Tracy says Timmons, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds at a Kentucky camp, will make his college choice known either Feb. 6 (the first day of the national signing period) or Feb. 7 during a ceremony at the high school.
Tracy says new Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown has “been to see him three or four times” already, including Tuesday night.
“I think he is a priority for Kentucky and this new staff,” Tracy said. “Florida has really jumped back into the picture. They have not offered a scholarship yet, but they are really close. The one thing Florida likes is that he can do it all. They don’t have that type of guy now who can play the slot, play running back, play receiver and just do it all. All through middle school, he was a tailback.”
The coach says Timmons has a “great relationship” with Illinois coaches and that they “have been there from day one” with him.
Kentucky did not seem positioned that strongly with Timmons until the staff changed. However, Tracy says Timmons always liked head coach Joker Phillips and recruiting coordinator Chuck Smith.
“I think his big issue with them had more to do with winning than anything else,” Tracy said. “He really, really likes Joker a lot. He had a great relationship with coach Smith. But it had more to do with winning.
“Being so close to home also plays a role in this. Expectations are different when you stay home to play. That’s something he has to juggle in his mind. Do I want to be that close to home and be the crown jewel as the home state guy? I know he really likes coach Brown a lot. He came in with guns blazing to try and pick him up.
“He will go there and probably know more about the offense than most kids who go through spring practice. That’s our offense. This is my seventh or eighth year running this offense and one of the first clinics I went to about this offense there was a young Neal Brown of Troy University there as a speaker. So Ryan knows plenty about the offense.”
Tracy also always knew plenty about Timmons. Tracy was head coach at Woodford County when Timmons was a freshman and Timmons led Franklin to a win over Woodford.
“They ran the option and he was one of the wingbacks. I remember the quarterback tossing him the ball at the 1 (yard line) and he took it 99 yards in a game against Lafayette,” Tracy said. “That did not have a bearing on me taking the job at Franklin the next year, but there were people there telling me he could be awesome. You could tell he had that special it factor about him.”
He apparently still has it.
“Several college coaches have been telling he has the ability to play in the NFL from what they have seen on film. They say he could put on 10 to 15 pounds and play in the NFL right now,” Tracy said. “I’m so close to him, I don’t see that. But there are coaches telling me that.”
Tracy said at Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights (camp) last summer that Timmons outran everyone he was paired against, including skilled players who have verbally committed to the Buckeyes. “We are not talking by a step or head, but by a yard or more,” Tracy said.
The coach says his star runs “good routes” that make him seem even faster and that Franklin offensive coordinator Eddie James, who has coached Timmons since middle school, designed schemes to take advantage of his versatility. “You just didn’t know where he would be and I would think it would be the same in college for him,” Tracy said.
Tracy isn’t sure exactly what criteria Timmons will use to make his college choice.
“It is a decision him and family will have to make. I try to lay information out to him and let him decide what to do,” Tracy said. “Our defensive coordinator wrote out some questions for him and had him answer about each school and for him to write the pros and cons of each school so he could compare them.
“One thing we have talked about is him making up his mind before Feb. 1 and then telling the program he has committed. But we’ll keep his decision quiet until he can make his announcement to everyone at the same time.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
Former Kentucky recruiting coordinator Chuck Smith believes adding Neal Brown as offensive coordinator will do more than just help UK’s offensive production.
Smith understands how important having a recruiting base in Texas could be for UK, and that’s something Brown has after spending the last three years as Texas Tech’s offensive coordinator.
“I think that will be really big,” said Smith, who was Brown’s high school coach at Boyle County. “He obviously has a pretty good name in Texas because of the things he did at Texas Tech. His name has a lot of notoriety. I was in Target (in Lexington) and two guys were talking about Neal Brown’s offense and how much things will change next year under him.
“He has already brought a lot of excitement to UK. His name is very recognizable. People know who he is. They all have a lot of respect for what he has done. I think Neal will be a very good recruiter for Kentucky because he’s fun to be around and believes what he says. That will come across to recruits.”
Smith always knew that Brown had the potential to be a successful coach long before he went to UK as a walk-on receiver, played his last two years at Massachusetts and then started his coaching career that eventually took him to Troy and then Texas Tech.
“I knew if he ever decided to coach that he would be a really good coach. He was always thinking when he was playing,” Smith said. “He was always saying this would work, that would work. He was always coaching in his own way when he was playing. In his mind he was always thinking like a coach and what would work or not work in a game.
“He just had that kind of personality where he was not cocky, but had a swagger that he could be good in what every he was doing. That had a lot to do with his success as player. He believed he had all the answers, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. He just had a lot of confidence in his ability and thought process. But he was always fun to be around because he was always thinking of ways to help you win.”
Smith, a Jeffersontown native, also played at UK and spent eight seasons as linebackers coach at Kentucky under Rich Brooks and Joker Phillips that he enjoyed. He sees no reason Brown won’t enjoy coming back home as well.
“I think it will be all good. He has a lot of confidence in what he knows and what he believes in. He has always been confident in what he does,” Smith said. “There is no doubt in his mind that he is going to get the offense going the way he wants.
“Being back home and at his home school, there is a lot of good to it. I am sure he will feel comfortable and feel happy back at home. I think it is a good move for him and Kentucky because I expect him to do really well.”
But he’s only 32 years old and next season he’ll have to match wits with Alabama and coach Nick Saban. Is Brown ready for that?
“He will do absolutely fine,” Smith laughed and said. “He knows in his mind he will and I know he will. I know that he will do really well. He is ready for this. No question in my mind about that. He doesn’t need my approval. He has proven himself nationwide. He’s earned this chance and he’ll make the most of it.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
Since he coached Neal Brown in high school, former Kentucky linebackers coach Chuck Smith is obviously going to be a bit biased in his opinion about the Texas Tech offensive coordinator. However, he has no doubts that Brown would be a “tremendous hire” for new UK coach Mark Stoops to run the Kentucky offense.
“I just think it would be a tremendous hire for them if it happens,” said Smith, who was also UK’s recruiting coordinator. “Neal has such a great reputation right now. He is a hot name and has done a wonderful job. His offense has been in the top 15 (nationally) ever since he has been doing it.
“It would be a tremendous hire for Kentucky if they could lure him away from Texas Tech and get him to come here. I think it would be a big plus for the football program and state and Mark Stoops.”
Browns’ Texas Tech offense averaged over 500 yards per game this year and has been one of the Big Ten’s best the last three years under him. Before that, he had a productive offense at Troy.
What advice would Smith, who worked five years under Rich Brooks and three under Joker Phillips, give Brown about whether he should come to Kentucky?
“I would tell him it is a good place. I love the state of Kentucky,” Smith, a former UK linebacker and Jeffersontown native, said. “I love Kentucky football. My opinion would be biased. I am going to be a Kentucky fan for the rest of my life. I am probably not going to leave the state. I always will follow Kentucky football, so my opinion about him coming would be biased because I still love Kentucky.
“He just has to trust his gut and make his own decision. I have never heard a bad thing about Stoops. He sounds like a really good hire and someone that Neal could really work well with. Neal would love it here and fans would love him and his offense. I have no idea if it will happen, but it would be great for Neal and Kentucky if it did.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky linebacker coach Chuck Smith on two of his freshmen players and also opening the season Sept. 2 at Louisville.
Question: Do true freshman Khalid Henderson or Kadeem Thomas have a chance to play this year in some role like Wesley Woodyard, Micah Johnson, Danny Trevathan and Braxton Kelley all did?
Smith: “Yes, but I think Henderson probably especially. Pancho (Thomas) I think is nursing some injuries, but I think Khalid has a chance. I have not got to see them much this summer, but just based on what I know and what I have heard through the strength coaches, he could have a chance.”
Question: What did you like about Henderson when he was being recruited?
Smith: “Just his explosiveness more than anything. His desire, his effort to play hard. Besides the fact that he has skills. He can run, he can strike. He has got great instincts. He has a chance to be a really good player.”
Question: How good offensively is Louisville going to be?
Smith: “They are a good football team, a very nice team. They have a lot of players back from last year. The quarterback is going to be even more experienced and he was pretty good last year. They are going to be a tough opening game for us.”
Question: Do you like opening with Louisville or do you prefer the years when it is the third game of the season?
Smith: “Honestly I don’t really care that much whether it is the first game or not. There will be a lot of hype around it being the first game, but both teams plenty of time to prepare. We will just have to wait and see.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky linebacker coach/recruiting coordinator Chuck Smith offers insights into UK’s recruiting so far for 2013.
Question: Why have verbal commitments picked up so much in recent weeks to the point UK now has 10 players who say they will sign scholarships in February?
Smith: “It goes in seasons. First you have guys who will commit early. Then you have guys who will commit after the junior days. Then it usually shuts down for spring ball and then it picks back up in the summer because guys are visiting schools and going to camps. There will be another wave of commits. Now watch and see, it will shut down again pretty soon and then it will start back and you will get a couple more during the first couple weeks of the season and after that it will pretty much shut down until December. It is always that kind of trend.
“It is based on the opportunities for kids to come see the schools. During junior days they are visiting different schools and see what they need to see to make a decision. They are doing the same thing in the summer if they have not committed by then. Some will wait for first couple of weeks of season to make sure they are making the right decision and maybe even come to a game or two before they make the commit.”
Question: Has the emphasis on recruiting in Florida changed since five of the 10 commits are from Florida?
Smith: “It’s just one of those years. We have hit Florida pretty hard, but we have before too. It kind of goes in cycles.”
Question: Is that true for Kentucky as well since UK has just one verbal commitment from an in-state player?
Smith: “Yeah, that just happens even in the state. Some years there are not as many players in Kentucky, but we always hit Kentucky kids first. That is our priority. If they can play for us and help us win, we want them. That is who we want no matter if bunch or small amount. But we still hit the same areas outside Kentucky. In the state of Kentucky there is not enough every year to build your program around. You are going to have to have players from Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Ohio, Indiana. Those states have to provide a lot of players, to. You never slack them when it is a big year or a down year in Kentucky. It just is all part of the process, but Kentucky kids are always a priority for us.”