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Former Wildcats look to jumpstart careers at Pro Day (with video interviews)

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Scouts descended on Lexington for Kentucky's annual Pro Day on Wednesday at the Nutter Field House. Thirteen Wildcats had the chance to show what they can do as they look to begin their professional careers.

Representatives from 23 of the NFL's 32 teams were in attendance, as well as the NFL Scouting Combine, to which most of the league's teams subscribe. They watched as UK players went through the 40-yard dash, pro shuttle, vertical jump and broad jump before some participated in positional drills.

"This is an exciting day and shows that our program has come a long way," UK head coach Joker Phillips said. "I can remember when there were only one or two guys here and they were local. Now, we have pretty much every team represented here today. That speaks volumes to how far we have come."

Some of the notable participants were Danny Trevathan, Ronnie Sneed, Anthony Mosley, Billy Joe Murphy, Matt Roark and Nick Mellilo. Trevathan, the star linebacker, took part in spite of a strained hamstring that was causing him discomfort. Due to the injury, he opted not to run his second 40-yard dash.

Sneed, Trevathan's fellow linebacker, was not limited and felt good about his performance. Sneed did not secure an invite to the NFL Combine, so Pro Day was crucial for him as he looks to drum up interest from professional teams. He was most focused on his 40-yard dash, though he did not yet know his time when he spoke to reporters. His previous best time was 4.68 seconds.

"Hopefully I beat that today," Sneed said.

A time any better than that for a middle linebacker would catch some eyes, which is exactly what Sneed is trying to do. He is hoping to secure individual workouts and interviews with teams in the month leading up to the draft and already knows how he will pitch himself.

"I'm a dedicated, hard-working guy with a family," Sneed said. "So everything I do, I'm going to treat it just like a full-time job, which is really what it is. It's not for games; it's my life."

He was optimistic about his football career, but he also already has a "back-up plan" should things not work out. Sneed isn't so sure he's cut out for a desk job, so he can see himself as a police officer either in his native Florida or out west where much of his family lives.

"You might see me in your community, cuffing bad guys," Sneed said.

There in support of his teammates but in street clothes due to a strained groin was Winston Guy. The safety turned linebacker sustained the injury leading up to the Combine. Like Trevathan at Pro Day, Guy cut his workout short at the Combine as a precaution.

"I didn't want to keep going through the drills with the injury," Guy said. "I didn't want to actually pull anything or tear anything so the trainers just told me to pull out. I felt like I wouldn't be ready to do the Pro Day today."

Guy, along with his agent, is currently trying to set up an individual workout in late March so he can establish times in all the events he has missed out on. In the mean time, Guy is working out in Lexington and getting treatment before a visit with the Eagles in Philadelphia on March 19-20.

Oh yeah, and he is spending time with his brand-new baby boy.

"He was born this Saturday at 5:39 in the morning," the proud father said. "He was premature. His name is Jackson. I couldn't name him after me. I'm named after my dad. I didn't want him to be the third."

Here are video interviews with Guy, Sneed and defensive back Anthony Mosley. Also, stay tuned later today for an interview with Joker Phillips as well as a Pro Day video produced by our Sports Video department.




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