While Kentucky fans anxiously await new head coach Mark Stoops to build UK back into a respectable football program capable of competing with anyone in the nation, one doesn’t have to go very far back when the Cats were ranked in the top-10 and knocking off #1 and eventual national champion LSU. From 2006–09, cornerback Trevard Lindley was part of one of the winningest periods in the history of Kentucky football.
A four-year starter at Kentucky, he totaled 158 tackles and 10 interceptions while also holding the school record with 34 pass breakups. His teams won a combined 30 games in his four seasons as a Cat.
Lindley’s best season in blue came in 2008, when he led the SEC in passes defended per game, totaling 11 breakups and four interceptions. He was Second-team All-America and a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back
Lindley was selected in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Lindley played in 11 games (1 start) in his rookie campaign and tallied 21 tackles and an interception. He was released as part of the team’s final roster cut down in 2011, but rejoined the team during the 2012 offseason.
WBN: Thank you for joining us today Trevard. How are things going with the Philadelphia Eagles?
TL: No problem. Thanks for having me. Well, things right now are going good so far. We start OTAs in April, so right now I’m just working out and getting ready for that.
WBN: What players and coaches have helped you make your transition to the NFL?
TL: The coaches that helped me out transitioning from college to the NFL would be Coach (Rich) Brooks and Steve Brown. Coach Brown played cornerback in the NFL for many years, so we would talk about how players should go about practice and how its more of a business. The players that helped me were Asante Samuel and Ellis Hobbs. My locker was between theirs, so I would talk to them about how they made it this fair, how to keep playing for a long time, and just talk about life.