Seahawks draft Guy; Broncos take Trevathan

jsmith3@herald-leader.comApril 28, 2012 

The wait was agonizing.

Winston Guy's phone would ring constantly.

The Kentucky safety would perk up, hoping it was an NFL team telling him that his name was about to be called in the draft.

It was usually a friend, calling to offer encouragement as the former Lexington Catholic standout waited round after round and never heard his name uttered.

On Saturday, Guy was in Louisville most of the day with his agent, his girlfriend and their new baby boy.

He had started to drift off during the sixth round of the draft. He was nearing a dream-like state when his dream finally came true and his phone rang with a team official on the other end.

"Want to be a Seahawk?" the man on the phone asked.

"Yes, sir," was all Guy could reply.

And with that, the safety became the 11th pick of the sixth round and the 181st overall.

"When I heard that, I didn't go crazy," Guy said, but you could hear his smile widening as he recounted his story. "I didn't jump for joy. But what a dream come true. It's a blessing that I get a chance to play in the NFL. All it took was one team to fall in love with me."

The wait was equally agonizing for his teammate, linebacker Danny Trevathan, who ran the gamut of emotions via Twitter as the draft progressed.

Perhaps the Cats' most prolific tweeter, the teamless Trevathan ended the first few rounds with this optimistic post: "Maybe tomorrow !!! #prayersup^".

Late Friday night as his name failed to cross the mouths of draft analysts, he added: "Down but #motivated."

Early on Saturday, he tweeted about hard work going unnoticed. Just seven picks after Guy, Trevathan was more than noticed. The outside linebacker was picked up by the Denver Broncos.

Trevathan, who led the Southeastern Conference in tackles the past two seasons, did not return phone calls.

But a few hours after he was selected, the player known for changing his personal Twitter handle to reflect his moods changed his name to "TreeTop Trevathan."

Denver has become a second Lexington of sorts as Trevathan joins three other former Cats there in Wesley Woodyard, Jacob Tamme and Jeremy Jarmon.

As a senior, Trevathan had 143 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, four interceptions and five pass breakups. He forced five fumbles and recovered one.

Guy, who played a different position in each of his four seasons with the Cats, was second in the SEC in tackles this season with 120 tackles, including 14 for a loss, two interceptions, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble.

In UK's 10-7 win over Tennessee, the Cats' first in 26 tries, Guy had 14 tackles.

Guy is the first Wildcat to be selected by Seattle since linebacker Dean Wells in 1993.

A pensive Guy said he was just happy to be "starting a new chapter in my life. It's something I'm ready to do, grow up and mature and be a man."

But he knows that the hard work has barely started for him.

"Just because I got drafted doesn't mean anything," he said. "Now I have to put in work and make the active roster. I'm going to do what I have to do to get myself prepared."

■ UK punter Ryan Tydlacka will sign a free-agent contract with the Eagles. Offensive lineman Chandler Burden will sign with the Titans, and linebacker Ronnie Sneed will join the Lions.

Other Kentuckians

■ Former Christian County standout Keith Tandy of West Virginia was picked by the Buccaneers in the sixth round. He's a 5-foot-10, 200-pound cornerback.

■ University of Louisville defensive end Greg Scruggs was drafted by the Seahawks in the seventh round.

■ Virginia cornerback Chase Minnifield, a former Henry Clay standout and the son of former NFL star Frank Minnifield, said he will sign with the Redskins.

■ Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey said he will sign a free-agent contract with the Ravens. Teammate Derrius Brooks, a cornerback, will sign with the Bengals.

■ Eastern Kentucky cornerback Jeremy Caldwell will sign with the Rams.

■ Louisville linebacker Dexter Heyman and wide receiver Josh Bellamy will both sign with the Chiefs.

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