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From the Pressbox: Cody Quinn and other Homecoming notes

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"Coach (Mike) Cassity said 'you're going to have a chance to play early,' but I didn't expect to start."

Cody Quinn made his first start at Florida and made a strong first impression. He's done nothing but improve ever since, challenging receivers and playing strong against the run. The Middletown, Ohio native is one of the fastest players on the team but he says he learned quickly that speed alone would not make him successful.

"Technique is very important. In high school, I could get away with stuff with my speed.  At this level, everybody is just as fast and they're bigger and stronger," said Quinn.

The rookie carries himself with an air of confidence and he says that comes from the games in which he played as a youngster.

"Playing with older guys. Since I was little, I played with older guys and felt like I had something to prove," Quinn said. "Little man syndrome, I guess."

Woodyard, Tamme returning to Lexington during bye week


It's Homecoming weekend at the University of Kentucky and two members of the Denver Broncos are using the open date on their NFL schedule to return to their alma mater.

Wesley Woodyard and Jacob Tamme will be at Keeneland for an autograph signing today as part of the track's See Blue Day and then they will attend the Georgia-UK game tomorrow.  

When I talked to Woodyard earlier this summer, he said Lexington is always going to be special to him.

"This is where I became who Wesley Woodyard is, where I became a man, and the memories me and my teammates put together," he said.  

Woodyard and Keenan Burton are good friends but their practice battles were legendary for their intensity in leading the defense and offense respectively.

"To me, that's where the game starts, on the practice field. There would be days where me and Keenan would go at it," Woodyard explained, "and people would say 'how can you guys be best friends?'  To me, that's the competitive atmosphere that made us who we were."

Georgia a big-play test

When it comes to big plays, Georgia's offense is among the best in the SEC.  The Dogs have a league-high 45 plays that have gained 20 or more yards.  Kentucky ranks last in that category, with 20 such plays.

Many of those big plays have come when Georgia QB Aaron Murray throws on first down.  He's completing 74 percent of his first-down throws (according to cfbstats.com) and off his 55 completions, 31 have resulted in first downs for the Bulldogs.

Reflecting on the first doubleheader with Keeneland

Did you know Georgia was the opponent for Kentucky's first October night game and thus, the first-ever UK football-Keeneland doubleheader?  The year was 1949 and the Cats pounded Georgia 25-0.

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