LEXINGTON, Ky. — Now that Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson has climbed back into the Heisman Trophy race by leading the Wildcats to a win over LSU, coach Rich Brooks knows there’s only one way for his quarterback to stay there.
"Promotion ends up on the field in his numbers and our winning," Brooks said. "If we continue to beat the people we’re beating, Andre Woodson is right at the first discussion in every Heisman ballot, and he should be. So we just have to keep going."
After a disappointing performance Oct. 4 at South Carolina, Woodson responded in Kentucky’s 43-37 triple-overtime victory over LSU last Saturday. Woodson threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Steve Johnson as the Wildcats beat a No. 1 team for the first time in 43 years.
Woodson will be in the spotlight again Saturday when the eighth-ranked Wildcats (6-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) host No. 14 Florida (4-2, 2-2).
"Andre Woodson was not in the conversation when we started the year," Brooks said. "He’s in every conversation now, as he deserves to be."
Brooks said the practice of schools sending out promotional material to help a player’s chance to win the award has been made unnecessary by advances in technology.
No sitting out
Arkansas receiver Marcus Monk appears unlikely to redshirt.
Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said Tuesday that Monk will attempt to play in this weekend’s game at Mississippi. The 6-foot-6 senior injured his knee in August and didn’t play a down until a brief appearance in last weekend’s loss to Auburn.
"(Marcus) really wants to play," Nutt said. "He doesn’t want to redshirt, he wants to play. So he’s going to do everything he can do to be on the field Saturday and that’s the way he’s approaching it."
Nutt said after Monk’s brief appearance against Auburn that he could still redshirt according to the rules.
Monk, the Razorbacks’ career leader in touchdown catches, caught 50 passes for 962 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
The Razorbacks’ passing game has struggled this year, in part because of injuries to Monk, tight end Ben Cleveland and receiver Crosby Tuck. Arkansas is 11th in the Southeastern Conference with 162 yards passing per game.
Nutt said earlier in the week he’d like Monk to play — but was concerned about how healthy the receiver would be if he decided to come back.
Georgia kicker Brandon Coutu made the game-winning field goal at Vanderbilt on Saturday and returned home to fine burglars had broken into his Athens home, taking his personal computer, TV and other items.
Among the items taken were gifts given to players from the SEC championship game and bowl trips.
On Tuesday, Coutu said he had "no expectation" of having any of the items replaced.
"I think it was just a typical break-in," Coutu said. "I don’t know if they knew whose house it was. I don’t think they were expecting to get this much publicity out of it."
Coutu said he and his father, Ron Coutu, who owns the house, decided to make the break-in public in hopes that news coverage and the investigation by Athens-Clarke County police might help prevent future break-ins.
Coutu, a senior sociology major, is having to replace some of his schoolwork stored on the hard drive of his computer.