Trevathan, Guy will return for senior years


UK linebacker Danny Trevathan tackles Vanderbilt running back Warren Norman during the first half of the football game against Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. The Wildcats beat the Commodores 24-13. Photo by Adam Wolffbrandt

Junior linebacker Danny Trevathan and junior safety Winston Guy will return to UK for their senior years after having their draft status evaluated by NFL personnel.

Trevathan tweeted on Friday morning from his account on the following:

“It’s official “one more year”!!! #unfinished business #leggo

Later on Friday morning, Guy tweeted on his account referencing spending another year with Trevathan and the program from his own account on

“Feels good to workout, I want and need to be in the best possible shape of my life. Time for progress. Another year to rock with @22luvduece”

A UK athletics news release confirmed their decision Friday afternoon.

“I feel like I have a lot of unfinished business,” Trevathan said in the release.  “Overall, I just want to win and get the program where it needs to be. My evaluation (from the NFL) came back good but the easy way is not always the best way.  I waited this long for the NFL, it can wait (another year).  I want to enhance my game.  I’m 228 (pounds), I want to work toward 235 or 240.  I’m definitely going to finish school and that opens more windows in my life.”

Trevathan is expected to graduate in December. His evaluation placed him as a fourth or fifth round draft pick. He led the Southeastern Conference in tackles this year and led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles for loss, forced fumbles and sacks. He was named All-SEC despite playing for a defense that surrendered over 28 points per game.

“I have unfinished business,” Guy said in the release.  “This is my time to step up and be a leader for this team.  I’m going to try to be more vocal and lead the team by how I work.  I love that I’m going to get to play with Danny another year.  I want to do everything I can to be the best player and student I can be. I talked to my parents.  My mom said the NFL will always be there.  She wants me to graduate.”

It’s unknown what Guy’s NFL stock was. He finished the year second on the team in tackles with 81, and led the team with three interceptions. It was widely expected that he would return. He’s on track to earn his degree in May of 2012.

“I’m excited to have Danny and Winston back with us,” UK head coach Joker Phillips said in the release.  “Overall, an extra year will help them develop as players while they continue toward their degrees.  And, another year in the weight room with Coach (Rock) Oliver will do nothing but help them.”

Junior wide receiver Randall Cobb became the sixth player in UK football history to enter the NFL draft early when he declared he would forgo his senior year of eligibility.

Cobb, Guy and Trevathan were the only three UK underclassmen to have their draft stock evaluated. The deadline for underclassmen to make their decision to remain in the draft or remove their name is Jan 15.