? SEC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Vanderbilt (1999)
Will be a starter or top backup at the new outside safety positions ? Finished the spring No. 2 at outside safety ? Good athlete whose former role as a quarterback helps his instinct for being around the ball ? Former walk-on who earned a scholarship ? Has finished his bachelor?s degree in marketing, one of six current Wildcats who have graduated already ? Has played in 22 regular-season games, starting three.
2000 (Junior): Played in all 11 games and made one start at strong safety ? Totaled 26 tackles, including one for loss ? Had a season high of six stops at Mississippi ? Had one fumble recovery ? Two-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
1999 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 games, with virtually all his action on special teams, until he started the last two in place of the injured Willie Gary ... His first collegiate start at Vandy was a dandy ... With bowl eligibility on the line for both teams, he made a number of big plays in UK?s 19-17 win over the Commodores ... Collected seven tackles, two tackles for loss, got his first collegiate interception, made a key goal-line stop that forced a field goal try, and knocked loose the game-clinching fumble with two minutes to go in the game ... Rewarded for that performance with SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors ... Finished the season with 23 tackles ... Had three tackles for loss, most among Wildcat defensive backs ... Also had two pass breakups and an interception ... Had three tackles in the Music City Bowl ... Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
1998 (Sophomore): Transferred to UK and had to miss game action as a transfer ... Was able to practice with the team and used the season as a redshirt year.
1997 (Freshman): Played quarterback at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky. ... Played in eight games and by the end of the season was the starting quarterback ... Completed 45 of 90 passes for 579 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception ... Rushed for 247 yards and four TDs, including a TD run of 60 yards.
High School: Three-year starter at quarterback, running back, and free safety at Collins Hill HS in Suwanee, Ga. ... Career totals include 1,783 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns ... Also threw for 1,142 yards and seven TDs ... Best game came against North Forsyth when he rushed for 240 yards and four touchdowns and also passed for 26 yards ... Named All-Gwinnett County as a junior when he helped lead his team to an 8-1 record ... Won the Cecil Morris Award and the Golden Helmet Award as a senior ... Coached by Alan Fahring ... Three-year baseball letterman as a centerfielder ... Named all-county and all-state his senior year in baseball ... Member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club, Spanish Club, and Young Life ... Honors graduate.
Personal: Full name is Patrick Busbee Wiggins ... Born 5-29-79 in Valdosta, Ga. ... Son of Bob and Beth Wiggins ... Major is marketing ? Inducted into the UK Athletics Society of Character for excellence in academics, athletics, and service.
The Cats? Cause: Participated in the UK mentor program, working each week with a youngster to encourage academic development and personal responsibility (1998-99) ? Helped work the annual UK Children?s Hospital ?Breakfast With Santa? (1999) ? Participated in UK?s ?Schoolhouse Rock? academic pep rally for fourth- and fifth-grade students (2000).
Wiggins Career Statistics
Year Position G-GS Tackles TFL-Yds. PBU Int.-Yds. FR 1999 Strong Safety 11-2 23 3-7 2 1-6 0 2000 Strong Safety 11-1 26 1-6 0 0 1 Totals 22-3 49 4-13 2 1-6 1Wiggins Game-by-Game Statistics
1999 Opponent Tackles TFL-Yds. PBU Int.-Yds. Louisville 0 0 0 0 Connecticut 0 0 0 0 Indiana 0 0 0 0 Florida 0 0 0 0 Arkansas 1 0 0 0 South Carolina 1 0 0 0 Louisiana State 1 0 0 0 Georgia 1 0 0 0 Mississippi State 6 0 0 0 Vanderbilt 7 2-7 1 1-6 Tennessee 6 0 1 0 Totals 23 3-7 2 1-6 Syracuse 3 0 0 0 (Music City Bowl)