Twitter has become the newest integrated means of how fans receive breaking news and reactions to college sports. Football is no exception.
Here are some of the top tweets at the end of the season by current and former University of Kentucky football players and the coach in 2011 that made headlines in their own right:
Nov. 26, La'Rod King (@kingof_uk), junior wide receiver: "Birthday is coming up in about 2 hours the best gift will start around 12 tomorrow when we beat Tennessee."
Timing is everything, as La'Rod King points out here. The day that the Wildcats would have perhaps the biggest win of the 2011-12 season was also King's birthday. Happy birthday, La'Rod, you got your wish.
Nov. 26, Tim Couch (@timcouchtv), former UK quarterback: "After 26 years #UK finally figures out how to beat Tennessee. Play a wide receiver at quarterback. #BBN"
It's true: In its final game of the season, the Kentucky football team won over opponent University of Tennessee for the first time in 26 years. According to former UK quarterback and 1999 No. 1 NFL draft pick Tim Couch, the reason for the drought was because the strategy was all wrong.
Of course, the reason Kentucky was forced to play a wide receiver, senior Matt Roark, was because starting quarterback Morgan Newton was out for the season with injuries to his right shoulder and right ankle and backup freshman quarterback Maxwell Smith injured his right shoulder. Roark had not had much throwing experience during his time at UK, but the series of misdirection plays that Kentucky ran against Tennessee seemed to do the trick.
Nov. 26, Randall Cobb (@rcobb18), former UK wide receiver/quarterback: "Man I'm so proud of those boys! They did it! Its been a long time coming but they showed so much heart and determination. #Salute #BBN"
Similar to Kentucky football alum Tim Couch, Cobb expressed his support of Big Blue Nation after the team was able to overcome Tennessee. Not only did the Wildcats win for the first time in 2-1/2 decades, they were able to break another unfavorable streak of losing the final game of the season. Even though the team missed bowl game berth, ending the 2011-12 season with a win kept Wildcats players, coaches and fans in good spirits.
Dec. 8, Matt Roark (@3matthias), senior wide receiver: "Shout out to @ForGottenTrev22 all sec and @Maxwe11uk fresh all sec proud of y'all boys! And tydie! #salute
This tweet is from Matt Roark, directed at Trevard Lindley for his postseason All-SEC honor and Maxwell Smith for freshman All-Southeastern Conference. The "Tydie" nickname is referring to senior punter/kicker Ryan Tydlacka for being picked for second-team All-SEC. (As is tradition with many of the Kentucky football players, both current and former, they end their tweets with #salute.)
Dec. 14, Joker Phillips (@jokerphillips), Kentucky head football coach: "ESPN.com SEC All-Freshman Team features Maxwell Smith at quarterback. He was also on Coaches All-Freshman team."
This is Joker Phillips' shout out to Maxwell Smith for his All-Freshman team recognition. Although Smith only a handful of games in the 2010-11 season, he came through in some tough situations that would have been equally has hard for a veteran QB. He impressed Phillips and his teammates with his ability to fill in for Morgan Newton and won support from the Kentucky fan base early on. It'll be exciting to see Newton and Smith together next year.
Shannon Frazer graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2011.
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UK Athletics, "Trevathan, Guy, Warford Earn AP All-SEC Honors," ukathletics.com
UK Athletics, "Trevathan, Tydlacka Tabbed All-SEC by Rivals.com," ukathletics.com
UK Athletics, "Tydlacka Named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week," ukathletics.com