Nov. 18, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior tight end Nick Melillo and junior defensive lineman Taylor Wyndham have been named game captains for Kentucky's Southeastern Conference battle with Georgia on Saturday at 12:21 p.m. ET inside Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.
Game captains are usually chosen on the basis of performance in the previous game. Melillo had his best game as a Wildcat against Vanderbilt, earning his first career touchdown reception and posting a career high in receptions and receiving yards. The native of Louisville, Ky., finished the game with four catches for 59 yards, including two receptions of 20 yards or more. Melillo’s touchdown catch was a 22-yarder, while his longest of the game was a 25-yard reception. For his efforts, Melillo was named honorable mention tight end of the week by the College Football Performance Awards.
Wyndham played very well for Kentucky against Vanderbilt, tying a career high in tackles with six stops. The native of Swansea, S.C., filled in nicely for a banged up defensive front last Saturday, recording a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry in the game. Wyndham has played in nine games this season for UK, including three starts.
Melillo and Wyndham will join permanent game captains Danny Trevathan and Stuart Hines at the pregame coin toss.
Kentucky Extends Lead in Big Blue Crush; Friday is Final Day to Bleed Blue for the Cats! After day three of the 24th annual Big Blue Crush, Kentucky has extended its lead over Tennessee to 133 units, 2,410 to 2,277.
The yearly blood battle, which assures a strong blood supply heading into the holidays, continues through Friday, Nov. 18..
All donors will receive a Big Blue Crush T-shirt and a coupon for a free McDonald’s McCafé Beverage. All donors will also be eligible to win one of five $200 gas cards and the grand prize NCAA Game Package.
All KBC donor centers will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the competition. There will also be numerous blood drives throughout the region.
Tennessee leads the rivalry 12 to 10 with 1 tie, but Kentucky won the competition last year for the first time since 2002. KBC has set a goal of 4,000 donors this year, in hopes of keeping the trophy. This friendly competition ensures an adequate blood supply during the holidays.
To find a donation location or to schedule an appointment, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.
Cat Walk at 10:15 a.m. ET: Fans wishing to participate in the “Cat Walk,” greeting the players when they enter Sanford Stadium, should be at Gate 5 of the stadium, on East Campus Road, at 10:15 a.m. ET.