UK Football

UK-Arkansas game notes

Cobb to wear Lyons' No. 12

Freshman Randall Cobb will wear No. 12 Saturday night in honor of senior receiver Dicky Lyons, whose UK career was cut short by injury last week.

"Dicky was my role model even before I got here," Cobb said of his request to wear 12, which was approved by Coach Rich Brooks. "There are a lot of things that he taught me and all the wide receivers. He's a person we look up to and can talk to about anything, not just football."

Lyons tore ligaments in his right knee during the South Carolina game. He ended his career with 141 receptions for 1,752 yards and 18 touchdowns.

"He (Randall) called me and asked about wearing my number and I told him, 'The honor's all mine,'" Lyons said. "To have someone want to do that means a lot."

Cobb plans to return to his usual jersey No. 18 after the Arkansas game.

Cats bitten by flu bug

The flu bug hit UK this week. Middle linebacker Micah Johnson was ill during the middle part of the week, and redshirt freshman safety Taeido Smith missed practice time. Brooks said on Thursday that he hoped the bug wouldn't spread.

"It's going around from one (player) to another," he said. "Every day it's someone new coming up with symptoms. It's not a good time of year in that regard. If I tell you something today, it might change tomorrow. We'll just have to see what happens at game time."

UK student to serve as ESPNU broadcaster

Angie Beavins, a senior journalism major, will serve as ESPNU's 'Campus Connection' broadcaster for the Arkansas-Kentucky game. Beavins is also contributing to a pair of segments on the UK basketball team for the network's 'Midnight Madness' coverage.

UK is one of 82 schools participating in 'Campus Connection,' a student-run initiative that includes students announcing games (play-by-play announcer and analyst), sideline reporting and producing televised events on ESPNU involving their schools. The students also will write articles for and ESPN The Magazine.

Chip Cosby