Nov. 6, 2007
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Vanderbilt (5-4, 2-4 SEC) goes for its sixth victory of the season this Saturday against No. 25 ranked Kentucky (6-3, 2-3). Kickoff for the game is slated for 1:00 p.m. CT at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Get to Know Kentucky:
Head Coach Rich Brooks:
Brooks is in his fifth season at the helm of the Kentucky football program. He has compiled a career record of 23-33 with the Wildcats and an overall record of 114-142-4. Before arriving in Lexington, Brooks spent six seasons in the National Football League as a defensive coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons from 1997-2000 and as a head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 1995-1996. Brooks' longest coaching stint was at Oregon from 1977-1994 where he served as the team's head coach. He played collegiate football at Oregon State from 1959-1962.
QB #3 Andre Woodson (6'5" 230 lbs Sr.):
A member of the 2007 Maxwell Award Watch List, Manning Award Watch List, and the O'Brien Award Semifinalist List, Woodson is one of the top quarterbacks in the country. He was on numerous preseason first-team All-America lists. Through nine games, Woodson has passed for 2,431 yards, 28 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions. He set an NCAA record of 325 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. He has been named National Player of the Week three times this season after games against Louisville, Florida Atlantic, and LSU. Last season vs. Vanderbilt, Woodson threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns.
WR #19 Keenan Burton (6'2" 203 lbs. Sr.):
Burton is on the 2007 Biletnikoff Award Watch List. He ranks fourth in the SEC with 44 catches. His 44 catches have totaled 544 yards. Burton is third in school history in career receiving yards (2,179) and fourth in school history in career receptions (167). In 2006 vs. the Commodores, Burton caught 11 passes for 171 receiving yards (both season highs) and two touchdowns.
TE #18 Jacob Tamme (6'5" 240 lbs. Sr.):
A member of the Mackey Award Watch List and a nominee for the Wuerffel Award, Bobby Bowden Award, and NCAA Top VIII Award, Tamme is arguably the most talented tight end in the NCAA. He ranks second in school history for receptions by a tight end (111) and receiving yards (1,148). In 2007, Tamme has set career-highs in receptions (34) and touchdowns (four). Tamme caught one pass for five yards a season ago vs. Vanderbilt.
TB #22 Rafael Little (5'10" 200 lbs. Sr.):
Although missing the last three games due to injury, Little is one of the most feared running backs in the SEC. Through six games in 2007, he has rushed for 685 yards (6.4 yards per rush) and three touchdowns. He has also caught 14 passes out of the backfield for 115 yards. Little ranks second in school history with 4,752 all-purpose yards and fourth in school history with 2,668 rushing yards. Last season vs. VU, Little rushed 20 times for 132 yards and a touchdown while also catching eight passes for 114 yards.
LB #16 Wesley Woodyard (6'1" 212 lbs. Sr.):
Woodyard leads the SEC in tackles with 93. A member of watch lists for the Lott Award, Butkus Award, Bednarik Award, and the Nagurski Award, Woodyard is seven tackles shy of surpassing the 100-mark for the third straight season. Woodyard has recorded at least four tackles in 33 consecutive games. In 2006 vs. VU, he totaled eight stops.
Kentucky Talking Points:
DE #99 Jeremy Jarmon (6'3" 268 lbs. So.):
Jarmon leads the team in sacks this season with six and one-half. His sack mark also ranks him tied for fourth in the conference and 28th nationally. He also has 44 tackles and eight tackles for loss this season. Jarmon was recently added to the Ted Hendricks Award Watch List. In his first performance against the Commodores last season, Jarmon had four total tackles, including three tackles for loss.
Leads the SEC in pass offense, averaging 273.9 yards per game.
Seeking to win its seventh game of the season in back-to-back years for the first time since 1976-1977.
Averages 38.9 points per game (third in the SEC, 11th nationally).
Tallied at least 300 yards of total offense in 14 consecutive games.
Passed for 200 yards or more in 15 consecutive games.
Named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week after its win at Arkansas. Vanderbilt was recognized for the same honor after its victory at No. 6 South Carolina three weeks ago.
Nine players on its roster from the state of Tennessee on its 2007 roster. Vanderbilt does not have any players on its 2007 roster from the state of Kentucky.
Won 11 of its last 15 games. Six of the victories have been fourth-quarter comebacks.
Outscored its opponents 72-22 in the fourth quarter this season.
Although not a starter, WR #13 Steve Johnson leads the Wildcats in touchdown receptions with eight.
Placed in the top ten nationally in both punt return and kickoff return average in the past two seasons.
Team has had a freshman All-American every season to date that Rich Brooks has been the head coach.