The Kentucky offensive line will face one of its stiffest tests Saturday in the form of 6-foot-5, 354-pound Alabama nose guard Terrence Cody.
Cody, a pre-season All-American, has 10 tackles, 31/2 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry through three games.
UK managed to keep Cody relatively in check during last year's 17-14 loss at Alabama.
Cody got in the backfield on several occasions but assisted on just two tackles.
UK sophomore guard Stuart Hines had a chance to battle Cody last year and knows what he's up against.
"He's big, strong and good," Hines said. "We've got to come out and be physical with them and get him off the ball somehow. A lot of teams have big guys, but not as big as him. We're going to have to work our butts off to get a push on him."
Saban respects Cobb, Locke
Sophomore receiver Randall Cobb and junior tailback Derrick Locke are two Kentucky players who jumped out on film to Alabama Coach Nick Saban.
"Those two guys to me are real playmaker guys," Saban said. "I think those two guys are capable of making explosive plays and certainly guys that we are going to have to do a good job on at the game."
Wyndham a national name
If you did a Google search on Kentucky football this week, the name Taylor Wyndham probably popped up pretty early.
Wyndham is just a situational, pass-rushing defensive end for the Cats but became a semi-celebrity for his hit last week on Tim Tebow that knocked the Florida quarterback out of the game and sent him to a Lexington hospital for an overnight stay.
While Wyndham might have more notoriety, he still has a way to go to become a fixture on the UK defense.
A former high school linebacker, Wyndham is speedy off the edge, and despite seeing limited action, his two sacks are tied with DeQuin Evans for the team lead.
But at around 230 pounds, Wyndham is still not heavy enough to be an every-down player.
"He plays very fast, and he's a good pass rusher, but he's got to get bigger and stronger," Kentucky Coach Rich Brooks said. "His play against the run is the concern now; it's not the pass-rush ability. On an every-down situation he needs to get a lot stronger, particularly in this league."
Fans wishing to participate in the "Cat Walk," cheering the Wildcats when they enter the stadium on Saturday, should be at Gate One of Commonwealth Stadium at 10:15 a.m.
Big Blue Meter
This is a big litmus test for the Cats.
Fans were vocal in voicing their displeasure after last week's first-quarter meltdown against Florida.
With Big Blue Madness lurking around the corner, another lackluster effort against Alabama might turn a big portion of the Wildcat faithful's attention to hoops.
UK doesn't necessarily have to win, but it needs to play much better and be more competitive than it was against Florida.