Imagine 16 guys, most weighing around 300 pounds, walking into a buffet together at the same time.
There is a Shoney's manager in Gatlinburg, Tenn., that is still probably recovering from that image.
With no restaurant in town taking a last-minute table for 16, Kentucky's offensive linemen (and a couple of quarterbacks) opted for the Shoney's buffet instead.
"They freaked out a little bit," laughed Cole Mosier recalling the scene. "They were helpful. On the buffet, they started running guys back, trying to get more food for us."
It's one of many funny, post-card worthy memories for the Cats' linemen, who took a bonding trip to a cabin in Gatlinburg this summer.
All of them got together and rented a cabin, played shuffleboard and other games inside and lots of ping-pong.
The large group of them floated 5 miles together along a local lazy river one day.
"Bunch of good times, bonding with the teammates," center Jon Toth described. "This time we did a lazy river ... Good times, just getting away from football and hanging out."
The trip to Gatlinburg was mostly the brainchild of senior lineman Zach West, a former standout at Lexington Christian,
"They always talk about team unity and how important position unity is, and I never thought we saw each other enough," said West, who mentioned that the linemen work out in different groups in the summer, especially the freshmen.
When he was a newcomer, he felt awkward trying to connect at times and wanted to make sure these UK freshmen felt welcome.
"You just want to make those guys as comfortable as you can and things like that," West said. "So having dinner together every night and hanging out together was real important."
The end result seems to be exactly what West wanted.
"This is the closest group we've ever had," he said. "You don't really have an outlier."
Offensive line coach John Schlarman credited players like West and Jordan Swindle for going out of their way to make everyone feel like a part of the group and organizing group activities away from the football training center.
"As a group, there's just a little bit different feel coming out of that room — in a good way," Schlarman said of the offensive line, which returns four of its five starters from last season and all of the key backups. There are roughly 90 starts between the players.
"They've (gone) out of their way to make sure they spend time with each other," Schlarman said. "I've seen that this summer and that's a good thing to see because you just grow closer and closer."
And maybe unity isn't so important for individual positions like wide receiver, but it is perhaps the most important thing for an offensive line, West said. On the defensive side if the communication is a little bit off, it can be fixed as long as the player over the ball does what he needs to do.
If the offensive line misses a call or has poor communication, the quarterback ends up on his back or worse.
Cohesiveness matters. And wanting to make plays, not just for the coaches on the sideline, but for each other, Schlarman said.
"When you and that guy next to you really have a lot in common, you really want to go out there and battle for each other," the former UK offensive lineman said. "Seems like sometimes you dig a little deeper and give a little more. I think that it does make a difference."